Fear makes even strong men do things they might never do.”Excerpt From:
Feast For Crows
by George R. R. Martin
Synopsis from A Wiki Of Ice and Fire
A Feast for Crows picks up the tale where A Storm of Swords leaves off and runs simultaneously with events in the following novel, A Dance with Dragons. The War of the Five Kings seems to be winding down. Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, and Balon Greyjoy are dead. King Stannis Baratheon has fled to the Wall, where Jon Snow has become Lord Commander. King Tommen Baratheon, Joffrey’s eight-year-old brother, now rules in King’s Landing under the watchful eye of his mother, the Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. Lord Tywin Lannister is dead, murdered by his son Tyrion in his flight from the city. Sansa Stark is in hiding in the Vale, protected by Petyr Baelish who has murdered his wife Lysa Arryn and named himself Protector of the Vale and guardian of eight-year-old Lord Robert Arryn.
After reading Storm of Swords, I’m definitely looking forward to reading this novel. I instantly switched to the next book because I had the booklet downloaded to my iBook and was eager to read it. After hours of reading, I found it unfamiliar because most of the characters were new to me, and because the novel differs significantly from the TV series, I became puzzled about the majority of the book’s content.
I noted that George R.R. Martin lowered the pace of the plot in this fourth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire. He presented a lot of characters, therefore as a reader, I need to acquaint myself with those characters in order to grasp the flow of the tale. I was surprised by Lady Stoneheart, and before reading this chapter, I expected more points of view from her, but I don’t know what emotions to express since part of me was delighted and a little perplexed because of what happened to Brienne and Podrick, two of my favorite characters. And, as a fan of George R.R. Martin, I know that he has the ability to evoke a wide range of emotions in all of his readers, and I experienced this myself. He has so many surprises that even while I’m reading his works, I want to close my eyes because I’m so terrified. I can’t stand his kind of suspense, yet I adore him for it.
This novel introduced me to Princess Arianne. She quickly became one of my favorites. I like the way she thinks, and I can picture how anxious she is to get her hands on what she truly desires. Her character is powerful, which makes me wonder why she wasn’t featured in the TV series because, in my opinion, she is more essential than Prince Trystane. They should also include the scene in which she attempts to flee Dorne in order to deliver Princess Myrcella to King’s Landing. I’m not sure why they left that out, but it would do greater honor to Dorne and Princess Myrcella’s character. So I’m quite glad since I’m learning more about Game of Thrones by reading this novel.
Reading from Cersei and Jaime’s points of view was another one I adored about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot about Cersei, including how much she adores her kids. Although I still find her annoying, I can see how she has changed and how she will use this book set to further her bad intentions for her children and herself. She was incredibly terrible, and I wanted to know more about her horrendous deeds.
This novel was a little sluggish for me, and I observed that many of the important characters weren’t there in this section. I’m thinking the next book will be a lot darker than this one. However, I still adore this book, and I heartily urge everyone to read the entire set because it is far better to the TV series. ☺️