New contenders emerge to claim the Iron throne, like crows fighting over the carrion of Westeros. Bad blood abounds between the great houses and vengeance is served for murders. Through it all, the innocent are used as pawns by the cold and calculating players of the game of thrones.
Just when you think you’ve learnt who everyone is, Martin introduces a whole host of new characters! A Feast for Crows has a bit too many lions and krakens, and not enough direwolves, although Martin does explain the reasoning behind this. Cersei is not my cup of tea at all.
Some of the new narrators are referred to as “The …” at the start of the chapters. It made me think of them as mafia henchmen, like say Joe “The Tomato” Bloggs. Perhaps they are minor characters which is why Martin does not name them at the start of the chapters. Also, some of the characters like Arya have aliases and assume multiple identities like masks.
The pace picks up at the interesting ending which swerves in a completely different direction to what you think might happen.
My rating: ★★★★☆