A Feast for Crows
Book 4: A Song of Ice and Fire
By George R. R. Martin
Epic Fantasy with a Dose of Dullness.
Paperback, 1104 pages
Published by Bantam Spectra
Released November 2005
This novel is so convoluted I’m not even going to touch a summary, not because I’d give away a bunch of stuff (nothing spectacularly crucial happens to any of the characters I love – because they’re not in the book) but because we’d be here until a month past next Tuesday.
First let me say that, unlike the last three novels, I ended this book feeling completely at peace. Not because anything was resolved, in fact, a heaping pile of other crap is piled onto the already lumbering plot contrivances in this series. The reason I had no problem with how this book ends, is not because a specific character seems to be about to get their comeuppance (because let’s face it, this is GRRM, in the next few books this character will find a way out of their predicament and everyone reading the book will be annoyed at the author, yet again). The reason I can end this novel and breath a heavy sigh of relief, is that nothing has changed for those characters I love – because they’re not in this book.
The book was divided (back, I’m assuming in 2004ish) into two parts, in which you receive the entire story from one set of perspectives (12 characters, only 4 of which have had perspective chapters in the previous novels). The fifth book which came out this past July (that’s right, six years later) rounds out the story (which we’ve already read) with characters not in Feast, and while the perspectives in the fifth book are not too close to those in the fourth, one can’t help but wonder, if the fourth book wasn’t an attempt at filling the void while he figured out his plot issues in book five.
Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
Not having read the fifth novel yet, I can’t tell you to just skip this one – though, I began to feel like it would have been a good course of action half way through. If you’re reading the series, this is not as infuriating as some of the others, in fact, things come to a head for several characters you may well hate – and that could prove satisfying.
My thoughts are to Borrow this one, if you have to continue the series. Otherwise, Brush Past.