I finished A Feast for Crows, book #4 in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, this morning. When GRRM was writing it, he realized there was too much material, so he decided to split it into two volumes: A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Rather than split it down the middle, he put half the characters in one book and half in the other.
A Feast for Crows primarily focuses on King’s Landing, but also includes events in places like Dorne, the Iron Islands, the Eyrie, and Braavos. A Dance with Dragons, on the other hand, will focus on the Wall and events taking place across the sea.
So how did I like it? It was certainly good, but slower-paced than the other books and it lacked the big, shocking moments that were especially prevalent in the later half of A Storm of Swords. It didn’t help that few of my favorite characters were also missing entirely. 😛 Most of the points-of-view went to new characters in A Feast for Crows; a few of them were characters we were already familiar with, but several of them were new characters entirely.
A Feast for Crows was a great book, but it didn’t have the same addictive excitement as the other books in the series.
A Dance with Dragons comes out in paperback on October 29. Until then, I have a big pile of books next to me to keep me busy. 🙂