A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin ★★★1/2
While writing the fourth book, George R.R. Martin realized that it was much too long. What to do? He split up the story based on the regions of characters. Thus, A Feast for Crows carries over the stories of only four POV characters from the last book: Sansa (now sometimes referred to as Alayne), Arya (now sometimes referred to as Cat), Jamie, and Samwell.
The rest of the space is taken up by two new major POV characters and an assortment of minor ones. I felt that the minor POV chapters weakened the book. While they did show what was happening in Dorne and on the Iron Islands, they took away from the flow of the story and never were able to develop their narrators to the level of the repeating POV characters. Generally, whenever there’s a large number of POV characters in different parts of the world with their own plots, the book will have trouble pulling together. Feast of Crows suffered from that. Characters would be left hanging for hundreds of pages only to ultimately end on a cliffhanger.
The major new POV characters are Brienne and Cersi. I’m glad Brienne got her own sections as I really like her, but I did find some of her chapters rather boring. She’s got an aim in mind, but for most of the book she seems to be just wandering around Westros.
Cersi, I did not like. She might have provided a viewpoint at King’s Landing, but I hated reading her chapters.
My previous reviews brought up some aspects I found problematic with the series. Well, this book gives us a second non-lesbians having lesbian sex scene. You’d think that a prerequisite of a lesbian sex scene would be, you know, lesbians, but apparently not. And neither of the POV characters involved in the scenes were bi either. It’s sort of creepy when there’s an apparent pattern of straight women having lesbian sex…
What with the missing POV characters, the draggy pace, and the cliffhanger endings, I’d say this is my least favorite in the series so far. Hopefully the next will be better.