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book review - A Feast for Crows - ★★★★
sethimayne
Now that school is over i'm finally able to read some books of my choosing. Obviously, the first thing to do is go back to my roots and read some fantasy! Obviously my first choice was George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows, since I got it for Christmas (i've only been waiting for 5 years for this damn book to come out!). I was afraid that it's been so long since i've read fantasy that I might not enjoy it as much as I used to, but it turns out I had no reason to fear, Martin's book didn't disappoint. Well, that's not entirely true...I only gave it 4 stars, and after a 5 year wait a 4 star rating is a bit of a letdown, but at least he didn't crap out completely. It was fairly exciting all the way through with some interesting turns and twists, although nothing as big as in the previous books. Cersei was pretty much the "villain" of the book, and it was amusing to watch her frantic attempts to secure the throne, doing whatever it takes, trusting no one and jumping at every movement in the shadows. Jaime was really annoying though, perhaps the most boring character to read about; his whining self-pity and pathetic attempts to retain some sort of honour was just sad. Brienne was entertaining, although in the grand scheme of things her role seemed pretty pointless. Arya had her moments, but this religious group she's joined is annoying beyond belief. Speaking of religion, it seems to be starting to play a larger part in the story as well, which kind of scares me because I find the whole fanatical religious zealot concept to be very boring. The last character was Sansa, who was more entertaining then usual I have to say, perhaps because she was with Littlefinger who is always interesting to watch. So all-in-all it was a good read, but the biggest issue I have with the Martin is his decision to split the book into two; this is only half the book and deals with only half the characters. Not only that, but he introduced a crapload more main characters and so many more story arcs that it leaves my head spinning at times. Not to say they weren't interesting; I enjoyed almost all of them, however, it's starting to feel like it's becoming increasingly more epic at an exponential rate. I'm beginning to worry that the resolution (when it finally comes) is going to be abrubt and unfufilling because Martin's simply taking on too much to handle. The other thing that is odd is how Martin deals with the "supernatural" aspects of the book; for a 700+ page novel, they are far and few between, hovering on the edge with an aura of doom and destruction, making an appearence mostly at the end of the book (like before) as a cliffhanger. It will be interesting to see what the hell happens when the shit finally hits the fan, so to speak. Hopefully all my fears will be unwarrented; I'm still eagerly awaiting the second half. It deals with some of my more preferred characters, although it is also extemely annoying that I have to wait even longer to find out what happens to the characters I just read about. Oh well, such is the life of a fantasy fan...

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