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Book #4: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin [Jan. 29th, 2009|08:42 pm]
Darth Paradox
Gah, I've reached the end of what's published so far. And so I join the hordes of people waiting for the publication of A Dance with Dragons...

#4: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

The wide-ranging battles of the second and third books are mostly over, but the intrigues for the throne continue. After being accused of the murder of his nephew, and actually murdering his father, Tyrion Lannister has vanished. Danaerys Targaryen rules a city-state of freed slaves, and has decided to temporarily halt her march of conquest towards Westeros. And Jon Snow has been elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, one of the youngest men to ascend to that post. That's where things stood at the end of A Storm of Swords, but what is the common thread between those three characters?

The answer is that none of them appear in the fourth book. It seems that the book was getting far too long, and so GRRM decided to split the book in two, lengthwise. It was a much better idea than cutting each of the fourth book's story arcs in half, and yet I remain wracked with frustration over the absence of the fifth book. I suppose I really am part of the fandom, now.

But oh, the plotting. I think Cersei's arc was probably my favorite in this book, because of the Greek-tragedy aspects to it. The dual crimes of hubris and trying to avoid a prophesied fate lead Cersei fairly directly from her post as Queen Regent to her sudden imprisonment beneath the Great Sept; as someone who despises the character (and loves the way she's written), seeing her get her comeuppance was very satisfying.

I think my least favorite part was Brienne's arc. Quest though she may have, she seemed to just meander around and not do much of consequence for most of the book.

I know a few of you have been waiting to discuss this book with me; comments are a spoiler-permitted zone now that I'm all caught up.

Next up is a gift from shardavarius: Soon I Will Be Invincible. I'm nearly two-thirds done with it already, and it's poking all the right parts of my comic-geek lobe.

[User Picture]From: xaandria
2009-01-30 05:29 am (UTC)
I don't know why, but I've always liked Arya's arcs. I am miffed that I won't know what happened to her for AGES.

And now that Sansa's not the simpering spoiled little bitch she was before, I'm starting to commiserate with her. And I won't know what happened to HER, either. Or Bran, heir apparent of the Stark house.

And dangit, I wanna know what happened to Nymeria.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-01-30 05:58 am (UTC)
Oh, right, I nearly forgot. Arya's arc in this book was fantastic. But not knowing what will happen to her or Sansa until, oh, 2012 or so? GAH.

We know what happened to Nymeria - she's leading a gigantic wolf pack in the Trident/Harrenhal area. It's never been said explicitly, but it seemed pretty obvious to me. We've been getting about four references per book of random people being terrorized in the area by a pack led by a huge she-wolf.
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[User Picture]From: xaandria
2009-01-30 06:11 am (UTC)
I'd gotten that far with Nymeria--but dangit, I want someone to recognize her. Preferably someone who's wronged the Starks.

Wonder what would happen if Ghost or Summer or Shaggydog came across her.
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From: yts88
2009-01-30 07:03 am (UTC)
I'm more interested in what GRRM's favorite character is going to do in book 6. I'm putting money down that good ol' Tyrion gets to ride a dragon.
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From: ext_119907
2009-01-30 07:41 am (UTC)
Can't help with Nymeria, but no worries about the Stark children -- they're all slated to be POVs in ADwD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dance_with_Dragons#Characters).

(Unless you were just offering a comment on how long it's going to be before book five even comes out, in which case I say: Zing!)
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