Framing the Dialogue

A Feast For Crows

A Feast for Crows is the fourth novel in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series probably better known by the HBO series title, Game of Thrones. Since Martin, as is his want, killed off many of the main characters in the previous book he has introduced many new characters. The format is the same with each character getting a chapter at a time and I found the storyline hard to follow at first as some of the characters seemed random.

It did not take long, however, to be drawn in to the story. As I neared the end of the book I realized that there were a few characters that were not really part of this book. It is a testament to Martin’s skill that the book is as engaging without adhering to traditional writing (i.e. killing off main characters, not featuring main characters feature in other books, sad endings, etc.). Martin must have some enormous character “map” to keep track of where they’ve been and where they are going.  Martin explains the missing characters in an epilogue.

I highly recommend A Feast For Crows with two caveats; you must not be squeamish about blood and gore. The novel doesn’t really dwell on it, but it is there and often though not used for shock, but simply a description of the ways of that time. The second caveat is that you really need to read the other books first. Much will be missing if you don’t have that background.

 

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