And Now, The Wait Begins

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although this epic fantasy has me captivated, I have to say that ‘A Feast for Crows’ didn’t hold as much appeal for me as the earlier books. That being said, it is still an extremely well-written story. I have no doubt that the new characters, places and events will serve to further the plot.

While hearing Cersei’s viewpoint was somewhat enlightening, it got tiresome. Cersei is as cold and cruel as Joffrey was. Being “stuck” in her mind was torture. She was constantly scheming and manipulating. Honestly, does this woman never stop? Just hearing it was exhausting.

Arya and Sansa continue to do what they have to in order to survive. It is interesting to see how they evolve as their circumstances change. I would’ve liked to hear more about the Stark girls, but maybe next time.

This book also introduced some new characters…and brought back some old ones. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the back from the dead Catelyn Stark. She’s definitely changed in more ways than one. Sometimes, things are better left alone. I’m struggling to accept this particular twist.

Mostly, I was disappointed to find many of my favorite characters noticeably absent in this book. Daenerys is my favorite. I longed to hear about what was going on with her and her dragons. How is their journey going? Unfortunately, I didn’t get that information.

Similarly, Tyrion Lannister was nowhere to be found. As a character, he really grew on me. His disappearing act left me feeling a bit bereft. Like Daenerys, information on Tyrion was noticeably absent. I’m dying here!

Like the last one, this one ends with a bit of an upheaval. Cersei finds herself in a bind and calls upon her knight in shining armor to save her. I’m hoping that she finally gets what she has coming, but I’ll have to wait and see.

Overall, I’m still very much addicted to this series. The writing is spectacular, as is the narration. I’m on to the next book. Based upon the title, I’m expecting to hear more from Daenerys and the dragons. This may have been my least favorite of the books so far, but it still blows most other books away.

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