Edited by freyar_88, 08 December 2011 - 06:06 PM.
What did you think of A Feast for Crows?
Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:05 PM
Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:48 PM
I wasn't as thrilled when I first read it, but now I'm fascinated by the character depth. Brienne, Jaime, Samwell - all awesome. Plus, I don't understand why everyone hates the Greyjoy chapters that much. The Damphair, now, is a real character, someone you can despise with all your heart, and yet very authentic and original. I love to read about the struggles of the Iron Islands amongst themselves, and how the very simple picture we had of them before (they're all just brutal jerks) turns out not to be the whole truth (consider the Reader, e.g.). And I'm interested to hear a lot more about Euron Crow's Eye. Plus, I like Asha as a character!
I found the Dorne chapters (which seem to be more popular) more boring in that regard. Arys, well okay, but Areo Hotah is boring and the Sand Snakes all seem to be variations on the same theme. If only one had made an appearance it would have been better. Arianne is more fleshed-out, though. I like how she tries to be tough, but is genuinely hurt by what she thinks her father intends to do with her.
The Brienne chapters could have been shorter, but in the re-read they seem less pointless than they did before.
Like the Cersei chapters because it shows that the game she plays is still the same as it was with Tyrion or Eddard, but that she is so completely bad (and becoming worse) at it (even Jaime gives better counsel) that she completely loses control.
Posted 18 December 2011 - 01:27 PM
Before I began reading it, I immediately knew that there wouldn't be much combat action, as Stannis would be gathering his strength at the Wall, The Lannisters would be mourning the death of the late Tywin Lannister, and the kingdom would be quieting down since The War of the Five Kings is at the Endgame stages.
Overall, I thought Martin handled the plot well, showing that The Lannisters are far more frail with the aftermath of the war, and Tywins death. Also it is highlighted thrugh Cersi's paranoia and anxiety over the Tyrells. I thought the way Martin portrayed Cersi was great, showing her to become a frail, agile character who causes her own downfall by driving her allies (i.e. Jaime and Kevan) further away, whilst trying to grasp upon power over a frail kingdom, showing Cersi to becoming an oppourtunist.
I think what readers do need to remember is that so much happened in a Storm of Swords, that A Feast of Crows had to address all the ramifications, concequences and outcomes of those events, which was handled very well!
Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:21 AM
It's definitely the most intimate of the series and, maybe because there is less action, you get to know the POVs much better than in previous novels.
Also in it's favour are the backstories, prophesies, the Ironborn, Samwell, Cersei's frightening mental state, the random people Brienne meets and especially the final lines from Doran.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 02:05 AM
Sure it wasn't as good as the others but in no way was it a bad book. It gave us Dorne which most of us wanted to see after getting to know Oberyn in ASOS; we got awesome iron men in Asha and Victarion; we got Sansa and Petyr's plot; we got badass Arya in Braavos, and we got the most amazing speech in all 5 books by Septon Meribald that really made us take a step back and question all the violence and wars.
We didn't get our favorites but were intoduced to characters that have become some of my favorites.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 09:38 AM
And I absolutely loved Cersei's chapters.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:57 AM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 06:09 PM
Seems pretty obvious to me that she was already there, from her childhood treatment of her bff.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:18 PM
Jaime's chapters were particularly good (I've never went from hating a character as much as I hated Jaime to absolutely loving them) as were Sam's and Brienne's. Special mention to Arya's as well. I loved seeing her training and Braavos itself turned out to be a whole lot more interesting than I thought (my only complaint was that there's wasn't more of it). I definitely agree that it's underrated.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:33 AM
(I've never went from hating a character as much as I hated Jaime to absolutely loving them)
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