A Feast For Crows was very different from the previous three books in A Song of Ice and Fire. For one thing, it follows many different characters, only keeping three of the originals from the other three novels. And while I am sure many people will disagree with me my overall thought for this fourth book was… (*slight spoilers ahead*)
Cersei Lannister meets Lucille Bluth
Too much Cersei!
Really, I thought maybe seeing events from her point of view would make me empathize with her character more. And while I definitely feel bad that she wasn’t able to marry the guy she wanted to, and ended up with Robert (who didn’t love her at all), and lost her son, I actually ended up disliking her character even more. I mean….talk about mean and crazy! I believe at one point Cersei complains that she isn’t being taken seriously because she’s a woman, and while this might be true, I also think she is BAT SHIT INSANE AND CRUEL TO BOOT.
You can’t blame all your problems on womanhood, lady. Some of it is just your own crazy.
Cersei does have some similarities to Lucille Bluth, but I think I might like Lucille better.
Okay, Cersei rant over.
I really did enjoy this installment of the series, even if it was very different. But I will be looking forward to returning to Bran and Jon Snow and Danaerys in the next book!
Here is the picture of Jon Snow that I MUST post with all of my Song of Ice and Fire reviews. Bran is in this one too!
Although this book is over a whopping thousand pages long with font size so small I feel like I need a new prescription after I’m done reading it, I just could not put it down. So far I have gathered that George R.R. Martin must really love causing his readers pain…I wanted to stay with all of the characters at the ends of each of their chapters, but alas, this was of course impossible.
As this is the third book in the series, I will skip writing a synopsis of the plot, I don’t want to give anything away. All I can say is, if you haven’t read this fantasy series yet, YOU MUST. It is simply fabulous. But I will warn, these books will suck you into their world. I call it “The Vortex.”
I am still not out of The Vortex, folks. I have two more books to finish and I can only HOPE that George R.R. Martin won’t croak and will finish the series soon.
So, instead, I will simply say that I felt like this book was even more intense than the previous titles of the series. So much happens, and I have to say that I was glad to have Jaime’s and Sam’s perspectives for this book (though was equally happy to revisit Daenarys, Jon, Bran, Arya, Sansa, and Tyrion….oh Tyrion).
Also, I’ve been assigning theme songs for each character as they come to me. I was having a little trouble with Joffrey though. I mean, really….what song could really encapsulate the wicked madness that is Joffrey Baratheon? Then….it came to me in a moment of inspiration. The perfect song.
You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch as sung by Thurl Ravenscroft. I’ve added the youtube video below. Just replace “Mr. Grinch” with “Joffrey Baratheon” and you’ll see what I mean.
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, King Joffrey, given the choice between the two of you I’d take the……..SEASICK CROCODILE!
Almost forgot the obligatory picture of Jon Snow!!
A Clash of Kings is the second book in A Song of Ice and Fire. For readers who have been diehard fans for years and years, I can only imagine your frustration as I am just now starting this series. However, despite the fact that I am a little bit late to jump on the readership bandwagon, I have no less been drawn into George R.R. Martin’s world of dragons, White Walkers, wargs, and blue-lipped warlocks. This sequel to A Game of Thrones did not disappoint. And in fact, I may have enjoyed this book even better than the first!
Instead of giving a traditional review, though, I will just say that I really enjoyed the shift to focus on different characters (such as Davos and Theon). As much as I cringed during the second season of the show when Theon makes these horrible choices that he does, from reading the book I felt like I understood his character and his character’s choices a bit more. I also actually felt bad for him in his very first chapter–his homecoming. If Pyke were an actual location on earth, no amount of money would be enough to pay me to visit there. However, despite Theon’s downward spiral, the character I really seemed to draw close to this time was Bran.
Although the other Stark children are dear to me (I felt sorry for Sansa even in the beginning when she was your typical pre-teen girl), this time around I really felt as though I grew closest to Bran. His undying, boyish, yet heartbreaking desire to be a knight, how he reacts to the things that happen to him, how he looks out for his younger brother Rickon, and especially his friendship with the Reeds, all made me pay special, close attention to his chapters. His discovery of his talents was done very well, and very subtly, I thought. And I found it particularly satisfying that though he may never achieve his dream of being a knight, he has newfound powers that help him protect himself and those he loves. I can only hope he lives in sequels to come.
That is all I will write on A Clash of Kings, though I have many thoughts about the blue rose that links Daenyris and Jon Snow! Instead of expounding on those, I will leave you with just a picture of Jon from the HBO show. Because really, no post about A Song of Ice and Fire would be complete without a picture of Jon Snow!