Book Review: A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin
Author: George R.R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book #4)
Length: 753 Pages
My Rating: ★★★★☆
I've heard many people say that A Feast for Crows is the worst book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. While I do agree it is one of the slower moving books, I quite enjoyed this installment. A Storm of Swords is such a whirlwind of events, that it's necessary to have a kind of "recovery" period. A good portion of A Feast for Crows is dedicated to dealing with the aftermath of the events in book 3. In my opinion, this is completely necessary and while this means there are less things happening, there's still very important development and events in this book.
One thing that is important to know before starting A Feast for Crows is that you will not being reading from the POV's of all the characters. Some of my favorite characters were missing all together and others only have a few chapters. Jon, Daenerys, and Tyrion are not POV characters at all in this book, although you get a little bit of Jon from Samwell's chapters. Sansa and Arya have only a few chapters each, which ended up being my favorite parts of A Feast for Crows. Many chapters are devoted to Kings Landing and the Iron Islands, with perspectives from Cersei, Jamie, and several of the Greyjoys. We also get quite a bit of information from Dorne, including characters and story lines that were cut out of the TV show. Lastly, Brienne of Tarth is a major player in this book (with one of the highest chapter counts), and through her eyes we get some very interesting information on a certain mysterious character.
Whilst reading A Feast for Crows, I found that I would have this issue where I'd get to chapters with characters I didn't care for as much (cough, Greyjoys, cough), and I would lose motivation to continue reading. This is probably why it took me half of the month to finish, even though I was totally focused on this one book. Despite my struggle with some of the chapters, of course I still really enjoyed the writing of George R.R. Martin and I loved reading the inner dialogue of many characters that I didn't fully understand before. For example, I loved reading Cersei's thought process and learning about her background more, because it really helped me to understand her motivations better.
On the other hand, some characters (Jaime, Brienne, and the Greyjoys) were focused on heavily, but I didn't feel like the payoff was worth the effort to explain all of their backgrounds in that much detail. In particular, there is a lot of information learned in this book about the Iron Islands and the Greyjoys that did not really interest me, UNTIL we find out some key information towards the end.
All in all, this was a solid book and I would equate it to the level of A Clash of Kings. There is a lot of set up for upcoming events and I can't wait to find out what happens.