A Feast for Crows (George R. R. Martin) 3.5*

A year has passed since reading A Storm of Swords, but I am still conversant in the political geography of Westeros. What does that say about me? I enjoyed this book even though not much happens and the viewpoints are splintered. This installment is more about Westeros than any character, and I’m a happy sucker for political intrigue.

Brienne, however, can shut up, and the Iron Islands needs to be split off for a novella. There’s a limit of one story per story, buddy.  Happening at the same time does not automatically make it part of this story.

The books in the series have generally been mis-titled, but A Feast for Crows is the most egregious. I was expecting a body count along the lines of Act V of Hamlet. I propose these new titles:

1. A Game of Thrones, the Stark-focused beginning, should be the Stark words WINTER IS COMING.
2. A Clash of Kings would be less generic as THE WAR OF THE FIVE KINGS.
3. A Storm of Swords should be A FEAST FOR CROWS for the high mortality rate.
4. A Feast for Crows should be A GAME OF THRONES because characters, places, and plots are being patiently set up like a complex chess maneuver.

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