In 2005, George R. R. Martin continues his great and bestselling epic series A Song of Ice and Fire with the fourth volume, A Feast for Crows. With this series, and this book in particular, Martin has made an enormous success and he is now considered as one of the greatest American modern fantasy authors. This novel became the first of the series that topped New York Times Best Seller list in its debut. Just like its prequels, this one also won couple of awards.
Before the printing and publication of A Feast for Crows, Martin and his publisher considered that the material is quite long and decided to split it into two books. Martin chose to split based on character and location. As the result, there are “"two novels taking place simultaneously" with different casts of characters. Just like all of its predecessors, this novel also uses multi-narrators. The story is narrated from the point of view of 12 characters and, as with previous volumes, a one-off prologue point of view of a relatively minor character.
Book Description from Amazon.com:
It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears... With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist—or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.
But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.
It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.
Other books in the series:
• A Game of Thrones
• A Clash of Kings
• A Storm of Swords
• A Dance with Dragons