And I’m there. A Feast for Crows is over and now I, along with countless others, await the arrival of A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, in a fortnight’s time.
I was surprised at how much I had forgotten about A Feast for Crows. And while I wasn’t as impressed the first time around compared to the other books in the series, mainly due to the telling of only half of the characters’ stories, now it served to whet my appetite for what is to come—not to mention the major vindication near the end, which I had forgotten about.
On that, almost every story in A Feast for Crows ended in a cliffhanger (which I will address in more detail below), so I hope that A Dance with Dragons does address these, as well as filling in the blanks for characters like Jon and Dany.
To sum up my month of reading, A Song of Ice and Fire was even better than I remembered. I don’t know why I put off rereading it for so long. Only a few authors could be said to match the depth, breadth and scope of Martin’s work, and I have found none that grip me as he does.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the posts over the past month, I will be back again ahead of the arrival of A Dance with Dragons.
For those who have yet to pick up their copies, do so. It will be well worth your while. Here is the list:
- A Song of Ice and Fire Box Set
- A Game of Thrones
- A Clash of Kings
- A Storm of Swords
- A Feast for Crows
- A Dance with Dragons
SPOILER ALERT – as per usual, don’t read the below unless you have finished A Feast for Crows.
Cliffhangers galore. I can’t belief that we have been waiting six years (or maybe even more) for the resolutions to the below:
Cersei – Finally she received some punishment (Joffrey’s death aside). I have a feeling that Martin won’t kill her off in disgrace, mostly because I don’t think he would allow me to be that happy.
Jamie – Warmed slightly toward him by the end of the book, but it took quite a while to turn me. Not sure how he will react to what may happen in King’s Landing—war between Lannister and Tyrell? Also, don’t know if Tom of Sevenstreams will set him up or will be content to feed more Freys to Stoneheart.
Brienne – Dead or alive, what does it matter?
Arya – Apparently blind now. Not sure where this is going.
Littlefinger – Aiming for at least three kingdoms under his control: Riverlands, Vale, North. May also have some sort of side deal with Oleanna and the Tyrells.
Dany – At least three groups from Westeros seeking her out by my count: Quentyn Martell, Victarion Greyjoy and Archmaester Marwyn (maybe Tyrion and Varys?). This might be much of the focus in A Dance with Dragons.
So many questions still left unanswered, so much story still to come and so many years since the last book...I can’t wait.
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