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| country      = United States
 
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| series      = [[A Song of Ice and Fire]]
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| series      = ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]''
 
| genre        = Fantasy novel
 
| genre        = Fantasy novel
| publisher    = Voyager Books (UK) & Bantam Books (US)
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| publisher    = Voyager Books (UK) & [[w:Bantam Books|Bantam Books]] (US)
| media_type  = Print ([[w:Hardcover|Hardback]] & [[w:Paperback|Paperback]])<br> audiobook <br>e-book
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| media_type  = Print ([[w:Hardcover|Hardback]] & [[w:Paperback|Paperback]]) <br/> [[w:Audiobook|Audiobook]] & [[w:E-book|E-book]]
 
| release_date = 17 October 2005 (UK) & 8 November 2005 (US)
 
| release_date = 17 October 2005 (UK) & 8 November 2005 (US)
 
| pages        = 753 (US Hardback), 704 (UK Hardback), 1104 (US Paperback)
 
| pages        = 753 (US Hardback), 704 (UK Hardback), 1104 (US Paperback)
 
| isbn        = ISBN 0-553-80150-3 (US Hardback), ISBN 0-00-224743-7 (UK Hardback), ISBN 0-553-58202-X (US Paperback)
 
| isbn        = ISBN 0-553-80150-3 (US Hardback), ISBN 0-00-224743-7 (UK Hardback), ISBN 0-553-58202-X (US Paperback)
| preceded_by  = [[A Storm of Swords]]
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| preceded_by  = ''[[A Storm of Swords]]''
| followed_by  = [[A Dance with Dragons]] (forthcoming)
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| followed_by  = ''[[A Dance with Dragons]]''
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'''''A Feast for Crows''''' is the fourth of seven planned novels in ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'', an epic fantasy series by American author [[George R. R. Martin]]. The novel was first published on October 17 2005 in the United Kingdom, with a United States edition following on November 8 2005; however, it appeared ahead of the publication date in several UK bookshops. Its publication was preceded by a novella named ''Arms of the Kraken'', which collected the first four Iron Islands chapters together. ''Arms of the Kraken'' was published in the August 2002 edition of Dragon Magazine. Another chapbook featuring three [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] chapters was published for BookExpo 2005, although these chapters were subsequently moved into the fifth volume, ''[[A Dance with Dragons]]''.  
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'''''A Feast for Crows''''' is the fourth of seven planned novels in ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'', an epic fantasy series by American author [[George R. R. Martin]]. The novel was first published on October 17 2005 in the United Kingdom, with a United States edition following on November 8 2005; however, it appeared ahead of the publication date in several UK bookshops. Its publication was preceded by a novella named ''[[Arms of the Kraken]]'', which collected the first four Iron Islands chapters together. ''Arms of the Kraken'' was published in the August 2002 edition of Dragon Magazine. Another chapbook featuring three [[Daenerys Targaryen]] chapters was published for BookExpo 2005, although these chapters were subsequently moved into the fifth volume, ''[[A Dance with Dragons]]''.  
  
Like its predecessor ''[[A Storm of Swords]]'', ''A Feast for Crows'' was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, one of the two most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy publishing, although it lost out the 2006 ballot to Robert Charles Wilson's ''Spin''. ''A Feast for Crows'' was also the first novel in the sequence to debut at the top of the ''New York Times'' bestseller list, a feat among fantasy writers only previously achieved by David Eddings, Robert Jordan and Neil Gaiman.  
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Like its predecessor ''[[A Storm of Swords]]'', ''A Feast for Crows'' was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, one of the two most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy publishing, although it lost out the 2006 ballot to [[w:Robert Charles Wilson|Robert Charles Wilson's]] ''[[w:Spin (novel)|Spin]]''. ''A Feast for Crows'' was also the first novel in the sequence to debut at the top of the ''New York Times'' bestseller list, a feat among fantasy writers only previously achieved by [[w:David Eddings|David Eddings]], [[w:Robert Jordan|Robert Jordan]] and [[w:Neil Gaiman|Neil Gaiman]].  
  
Due to complexities that arose during the writing process, ''A Feast for Crows'' only includes some of the POV characters from the past novels, as well as some new characters who appear only briefly. The remaining characters will return in ''A Dance with Dragons'', the fifth book.  
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Due to complexities that arose during the writing process, ''A Feast for Crows'' only includes some of the POV characters from the past novels, as well as some new characters who appear only briefly. The remaining characters return in ''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'', the fifth book.  
  
 
== Plot summary ==
 
== Plot summary ==
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{{Main|Chapters#A Feast for Crows{{!}}Chapter Summaries}}
  
''A Feast for Crows'' picks up the tale where ''A Storm of Swords'' left off and runs simultaneously with events in the following novel, ''A Dance with Dragons''. The [[War of the Five Kings]] seems to be winding down. [[Robb Stark]], [[Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Renly Baratheon]] and [[Balon Greyjoy]] are dead. King [[Stannis Baratheon]] has fled to the [[Wall]], where [[Jon Snow]] has become Lord Commander. King [[Tommen Baratheon]], Joffrey's eight-year-old brother, now rules in King's Landing under the watchful eye of his mother, the Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]]. Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] is dead, murdered by his son [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] in his flight from the city. [[Sansa Stark]] is in hiding in the Vale, protected by [[Petyr Baelish]] who has murdered his wife [[Lysa Arryn]] and named himself Protector of the Vale and guardian of eight-year-old Lord [[Robert Arryn]].  
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''A Feast for Crows'' picks up the tale where ''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' leaves off and runs simultaneously with events in the following novel, ''[[A Dance with Dragons]]''. The [[War of the Five Kings]] seems to be winding down. [[Robb Stark]], [[Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Renly Baratheon]], and [[Balon Greyjoy]] are dead. King [[Stannis Baratheon]] has fled to the [[Wall]], where [[Jon Snow]] has become Lord Commander. King [[Tommen Baratheon]], Joffrey's eight-year-old brother, now rules in King's Landing under the watchful eye of his mother, the Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]]. Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] is dead, murdered by his son [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] in his flight from the city. [[Sansa Stark]] is in hiding in the Vale, protected by [[Petyr Baelish]] who has murdered his wife [[Lysa Arryn]] and named himself Protector of the Vale and guardian of eight-year-old Lord [[Robert Arryn]].  
  
The novel spans several months in the first half of the year 300 After the Landing, possibly longer.  
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The novel spans several months of the year {{Date|300}}.  
  
=== In the Seven Kingdoms ===
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===In King's Landing===
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In the city of [[King's Landing]], the funeral of [[Tywin Lannister]] is held. To [[Cersei Lannister]]'s distaste, Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] tries to use the occasion to put himself forward for the position of [[Hand of the King]] and his uncle, [[Garth Tyrell]], installed on the [[small council]]. Cersei rebuffs him and asks her uncle [[Kevan Lannister|Kevan]] to serve as Hand. Kevan says he will accept only if Cersei steps down as [[Regent]] and returns to [[Casterly Rock]] as Tywin's heir. Cersei furiously refuses him and Kevan leaves to help his son [[Lancel Lannister|Lancel]] rule his new castle of [[Darry]] in the [[riverlands]]. Eventually, she names the biddable [[Harys Swyft]] as Hand and fills the rest of the small council with her minions, including [[Gyles Rosby]] as master of coin, the sellsail [[Aurane Waters]] as grand admiral, and the disgraced ex-maester [[Qyburn]] as master of whisperers.
  
In the city of [[Oldtown]], a young [[Maesters|novice of the Citadel]] named [[Pate]] steals a master key from one of the maesters and sells it to a mysterious man calling himself the Alchemist. Shortly after receiving his payment, Pate collapses in the street.  
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The [[Redwyne fleet]] sails from the [[Arbor]] to [[Dragonstone]] and that castle is put under siege, whilst Mace Tyrell leads his army south to invest [[Storm's End]] and end the pretensions of Stannis's loyalists in the south once and for all. Cersei has the [[High Septon (Tyrion's)|High Septon]] murdered by [[Osney Kettleblack]] so that he can be replaced by someone loyal to her, but the newcomer turns out to be the [[High Sparrow]], a zealous martinet who has the support of the war-refugees that now throng in the city. He offers to speed up Tommen's coronation and forgive the crown its debts to the Faith if Cersei will restore the [[Faith Militant]]. Cersei agrees, to the horror of Grand Maester [[Pycelle]].  
  
In the city of [[King's Landing]], the funeral of Tywin Lannister is held. To Cersei's distaste, Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] tries to use the occasion to put himself forward for the position of [[Hand of the King]] and get one of his retainers from [[Highgarden]] installed on the [[Small council]]. Cersei rebuffs him and asks her uncle [[Kevan Lannister|Kevan]] to serve as Hand. Kevan says he will accept only if Cersei steps down as Regent and returns to [[Casterly Rock]] as Tywin's heir. Cersei furiously refuses him and Kevan leaves to help his son [[Lancel Lannister|Lancel]] rule his new castle of [[Darry]] in the Riverlands. Eventually, she names the biddable [[Harys Swyft]] the Hand and fills the rest of the small council with her minions, including [[Gyles Rosby]] as Master of Coin, the sellsail [[Aurane Waters]] as Commander of the Royal Fleet, and the disgraced ex-Maester [[Qyburn]] as Master of Whisperers.  
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The [[ironborn]] strike hard along the coast of the Reach, conquering the Shield Islands and virtually blockading the mouth of the [[Honeywine]] and the route into Oldtown. Furious, [[Margaery Tyrell]] and her brother [[Loras Tyrell|Loras]] ask Cersei for aid, but Cersei is reluctant to give it. She gives permission for Lord [[Paxter Redwyne]] to take his fleet home and destroy the ironborn, but only once the [[siege of Dragonstone]] is complete. Loras leads an assault on the castle and takes it, but is reported grievously injured in the process. Margaery's protestations vex Cersei, causing her to doubt her future role as Tommen's wife. She conceives a plan to ruin Margaery by framing her to the [[Faith of the Seven]] for sleeping with Osney. Unfortunately the plan backfires when the new High Septon has the knight scourged to ensure the truth of the matter, and he confesses about Cersei's many improprieties as well. The Faith arrests both Cersei and Margaery. Kevan Lannister is recalled to take over as Regent and Hand. Cersei's summons for Jaime to return and defend her go unanswered. Mace Tyrell lifts the siege of Storm's End barely weeks after it began to race back to the capital and learn the fate of his daughter, whilst Randyll Tarly marches on the city from the north. Meanwhile, Aurane Waters absconds with [[Cersei's dromonds]].  
  
At the [[Wall]], [[Samwell Tarly]] receives a new mission from Jon Snow. He is to take [[Maester Aemon]] back to the Citadel in [[Oldtown]] by sea and research the [[Others]] in the archives there. The information may be essential in a possible war to come. The [[Wildling]] girl [[Gilly]] and the singer [[Dareon]] will accompany them as well. Jon is busy rebuilding the Watch following the [[Battle of Castle Black]], and is concerned over Melisandre's plans to burn the captive [[Mance Rayder]] in an attempt to resurrect stone dragons. Sam, Aemon, and [[Gilly]] take ship across the [[Narrow sea]] for the [[Free Cities|Free City]] of [[Braavos]], but Aemon's health begins to fail him. Gilly cries throughout the journey, and Aemon reveals that she was forced to swap her baby with Mance's at the Wall (again to avoid Melisandre's fires). In Braavos, Aemon's health takes a turn for the worse and they miss the ship that was supposed to take them south. Dareon makes money singing, but constantly spends it on wine and prostitutes, leaving the group stranded. Dareon also hears rumours in the city of a three-headed dragon in [[Meereen]]. After Sam violently confronts Dareon, he meets a [[Summer Isles|Summer Islander]] who saw [[Daenerys Targaryen]]'s dragons in [[Qarth]]. Aemon comes to believe that Daenerys fulfills the prophecy of [[The Prince That Was Promised]], reasoning that dragons are hermaphroditic. He resolves to travel to Meereen, and the Summer Islanders agree to take them south to Oldtown as part of the journey. At sea, Aemon dies of natural causes. His last instructions to Sam are to tell the maesters of the Citadel what has happened and make them understand they must send aid to Daenerys. Gilly and Sam become lovers along the way.  
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===In the narrow sea===
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At the [[Wall]], [[Samwell Tarly]] receives a new mission from Jon Snow. He is to take Maester [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon]] back to the Citadel in [[Oldtown]] by sea and research the [[Others]] in the archives there. The information may be essential in a possible war to come. The [[wildling]] girl [[Gilly]] and the singer [[Dareon]] will accompany them as well. Jon is busy rebuilding the [[Night's Watch]] following the [[attack on Castle Black]] and the [[battle beneath the Wall]], and is concerned over [[Melisandre]]'s plans to burn the captive [[Mance Rayder]] in an attempt to resurrect stone dragons. Sam, Aemon, and Gilly take ship across the [[narrow sea]] for the [[Free Cities|Free City]] of [[Braavos]], but Aemon's health begins to fail him. Gilly cries throughout the journey, and Aemon reveals that she was forced to swap her baby with Mance's at the Wall (again to avoid Melisandre's fires). In Braavos, Aemon's health takes a turn for the worse and they miss the ship that was supposed to take them south. Dareon makes money singing, but constantly spends it on wine and prostitutes, leaving the group stranded. Dareon also hears rumors in the city of a three-headed dragon in [[Meereen]]. After Sam violently confronts Dareon, he meets a [[Summer Isles|Summer Islander]] who saw [[Daenerys Targaryen]]'s dragons in [[Qarth]]. Aemon comes to believe that Daenerys fulfills the prophecy of [[the prince that was promised]], reasoning that the wording of the prophesy did not specify the gender of the leader. He resolves to travel to Meereen, and the Summer Islanders agree to take them south to Oldtown as part of the journey. At sea, Aemon dies of natural causes. His last instructions to Sam are to tell the maesters of the Citadel what has happened and make them understand they must send aid to Daenerys. Gilly and Sam become lovers along the way.  
  
In the Free City of Braavos, [[Arya Stark]] finds her way to the [[House of Black and White]], a temple to the Many-Faced God. There Arya is inducted into the ranks of the [[Faceless Men]] as a novice. She learns that the Faceless Men are not simply a band of skilled assassins, but also a religious sect dating long before the Doom of [[Valyria]]. They consider their assassinations to be holy sacraments to their god of death. As Faceless Men must have no true identity, Arya assumes the role of 'Cat of the Canals' and becomes a familiar sight on the streets of the city. However, her old identity occasionally slips through. She hides her sword [[Needle]] rather than discarding it and later kills Dareon for forsaking his vows to the Night's Watch. The priests of the House of Black and White strike her blind by some means, but it is unclear whether this is part of her training or punishment for her transgressions.  
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===In the crownlands and riverlands===
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[[Brienne of Tarth]] continues her quest to find [[Sansa Stark]]. She is found by [[Podrick Payne]], Tyrion's former squire, and agrees to let him accompany her. They pass north through the town of [[Duskendale]], where they encounter the Tyrell army under Lord [[Randyll Tarly]] and are joined by an old acquaintance of Brienne, Ser [[Hyle Hunt]]. Brienne's explorations take her along [[Crackclaw Point]], where she kills several of the now-scattered [[Bloody Mummers]], and to the [[Quiet Isle]] in the estuary of the [[Trident]]. The [[Elder Brother (Quiet Isle)|Elder Brother]] of the septry tells her that he found [[Sandor Clegane]] dying under a tree and learned that he had been with [[Arya Stark]], who fled towards the coast. Brienne's pursuit takes her to [[Maidenpool]] and [[Saltpans]], but she can find no sign of Arya. Her group runs across the remnants of the [[brotherhood without banners]], who take her captive at the [[crossroads inn]] after she fights more Bloody Mummers. [[Thoros of Myr]] tells her that [[Beric Dondarrion]] died, giving up his borrowed life to save another. They take her to the undead Catelyn Stark, who is now called Lady Stoneheart. Catelyn believes that Brienne has betrayed her by allowing Jaime to go free without returning with her daughters. She offers Brienne a chance to redeem herself by killing Jaime; when Brienne refuses, Stoneheart orders her, Podrick, and Hyle hanged. As they dangle on the noose, Brienne screams a word.
  
[[Brienne of Tarth]] continues her quest to find Sansa. She is found by [[Podrick Payne]], Tyrion's former squire, and agrees to let him accompany her. They pass north through the town of [[Duskendale]], where they encounter the Tyrell army under Lord [[Randyll Tarly]] and are joined by an old acquaintance of Brienne, Ser [[Hyle Hunt]]. Brienne's explorations take her along [[Crackclaw Point]], where she kills several of the now-scattered [[Bloody Mummers]], and to a septry in the estuary of the River Trident. The Elder Brother of the septry tells her that he found [[Sandor Clegane]] dying under a tree and learned that he had been with Arya Stark, who fled towards the coast. Brienne's pursuit takes her to [[Maidenpool]] and the [[Saltpans]], but she can find no sign of Arya. Her group runs across the remnants of the [[Brotherhood Without Banners]], who take her captive. [[Thoros of Myr]] tells her that [[Beric Dondarrion]] died, giving up his borrowed life to save another. They take her to the undead Catelyn Stark, whom they name 'Lady Stoneheart'. Catelyn believes that Brienne has betrayed her by allowing Jaime to go free without returning with her daughters. She orders her, Podrick, and Hunt hanged. As they dangle on the noose, "[Brienne] screamed a word."
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Jaime departs King's Landing to help end the [[siege of Riverrun]], where the [[House Frey|Frey]] and [[House Lannister|Lannister]] besiegers are still defied by the castle's castellan, Ser [[Brynden Tully]]. Each day Ser [[Ryman Frey]] threatens to hang the Blackfish's uncle, the captive Lord [[Edmure Tully]], and Brynden refuses Jaime's terms of surrender. Jaime cuts Edmure down and negotiates a surrender with him, as he is the true lord of the castle. Edmure is returned to Riverrun, but he delays his surrender for half a day, allowing his uncle to slip out one of Riverrun's water gates, past the Lannister siege. Furious, Jaime has Edmure sent under heavy guard to Casterly Rock. [[Emmon Frey]] takes his appointed place as [[Lord of Riverrun]]. Shortly after the siege has ended, snowflakes start falling across the riverlands. Winter has come. Jaime realizes that there will be no time for another harvest. The Seven Kingdoms will suffer harshly in what is to come.  
  
[[Paxter Redwyne|Paxter Redwyne's]] fleet of the [[Arbor]] arrives at [[Dragonstone]] and the castle is put under siege, whilst Mace Tyrell leads his army south to invest [[Storm's End]] and end the pretensions of Stannis's loyalists in the south once and for all. Cersei has the [[High Septon]] murdered so that he can be replaced by someone loyal to her, but the newcomer turns out to be a zealous martinet who has the support of the war-refugees that now throng in the city. He offers to speed up Tommen's coronation and forgive the crown its debts to the church if Cersei will restore the [[Faith Militant]]. Cersei agrees, to the horror of [[Grand Maester Pycelle]].  
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===In the Vale===
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In the [[Eyrie]], [[Petyr Baelish]] is confronted by several of the lords of the [[Vale of Arryn|Vale]], who are unhappy with him becoming their de facto ruler after the death of Lady [[Lysa Arryn]]. One of the [[Lords Declarant]], whom Littlefinger bribed ahead of time, breaks custom by baring [[Lady Forlorn]] during the meeting. Littlefinger uses the insult to turn the tables on the lords, who eventually allow him to remain [[Lord Protector of the Eyrie and the Vale of Arryn|Lord Protector]] of little Lord [[Robert Arryn]] for the next year. Afterwards, Littlefinger discusses the deception with Sansa (who is posing as his bastard daughter, Alayne Stone) and is impressed at how quickly she picks up on the subtleties of his scheme. He reveals to her that if something should happen to little Robert, the Eyrie will pass to [[Harrold Hardyng]], a distant nephew of the house, and if Harry and Sansa were to wed, that would give her an army with which to reclaim Winterfell. Whilst Sansa thinks on this, the weather is worsening, a sure sign that winter is almost upon the Seven Kingdoms, and the household of the Eyrie move to the [[Gates of the Moon]] at the base of the [[Giant's Lance]]. During the move Sansa befriends [[Mya Stone]], one of the late King [[Robert I Baratheon]]'s bastard daughters. Sansa also becomes a new mother figure for sickly Robert Arryn.  
  
In the [[Eyrie]], Littlefinger is confronted by several of the lords of the [[The Vale of Arryn|Vale]], who are unhappy with him becoming their de facto ruler after the death of Lady Lysa Arryn. One of the lords, whom Littlefinger bribed ahead of time, breaks custom by baring steel during the meeting. Littlefinger uses the insult to turn the tables on the lords, who eventually allow him to remain Lord Protector of little Lord Robert Arryn for the next year. Afterwards, Littlefinger discusses the deception with Sansa (who is posing as his bastard daughter, Alayne Stone) and is impressed at how quickly she picks up on the subtleties of his scheme. He reveals to her that if something should happen to little Robert, the Eyrie and the name Arryn will pass to [[Harrold Hardyng]], a distant nephew of the house, and if Harry and Sansa were to wed, that would give her an army with which to reclaim Winterfell. Whilst Sansa thinks on this, the weather is worsening, a sure sign that winter is almost upon the Seven Kingdoms, and the household of the Eyrie move to the [[Gates of the Moon]] at the base of the mountain the Eyrie rests on. During the move Sansa befriends [[Mya Stone]], one of the late King Robert Baratheon's bastard daughters. Sansa also becomes a new mother figure for sickly Robert Arryn.  
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===In Oldtown===
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In the city of [[Oldtown]], a young [[Maesters|novice of the Citadel]] named [[Pate (novice)|Pate]] steals a master key from Archmaester [[Walgrave]] and sells it to a mysterious man calling himself the [[Alchemist]]. Shortly after receiving his payment, Pate collapses in the street.  
  
Jaime departs King's Landing to help end the siege of [[Riverrun]], where the [[House Frey|Frey]] and [[House Lannister|Lannister]] besiegers are still defied by Lord Edmure Tully's uncle and castellan, [[Brynden Tully|Brynden]] the 'Blackfish'. Jaime has the captive Edmure brought down from [[The Twins]] and promises not to harm him and to allow the smallfolk of the castle to remain if Brynden surrenders. After a lengthy siege, in which Edmure is made to stand on a gibbet in a failed attempt by the Freys at a threat, Brynden refuses Jaime's terms of surrender. Jaime cuts Edmure down and negotiates a surrender with him, as he is the true lord of the castle. Edmure is returned to Riverrun, but delays his surrender for half a day, slipping his uncle out one of Riverrun's water gates, past the Lannister siege. Furious, Jaime has Edmure sent under heavy guard to Casterly Rock. [[Emmon Frey]] takes his appointed place as Lord of Riverrun. Shortly after the siege has ended, snowflakes start falling across the Riverlands. Winter has come. Jaime realizes that there will be no time for another harvest. The Seven Kingdoms will suffer harshly in what is to come.  
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Sam's ship reaches Oldtown, barely evading the ironborn reavers. They learn that the ironborn have raided and seized territories on the [[Arbor]] and failed an attempt to burn the city harbor of Oldtown. Sam goes to the Citadel, but is intercepted by Archmaester [[Marwyn]]. Marwyn reveals that the other archmaesters will not be impressed or moved by Sam's revelations about Daenerys. When Sam asks how Marwyn knows that he was coming, Marwyn reveals that the Citadel has some of the ancient Valyrian obsidian candles, through which they could see things from afar. Marwyn states that nearly two centuries ago the maesters helped kill the last of the dragons to rid the world of magic forever, but now it is returning. Marwyn departs immediately for Slaver's Bay, telling Sam to study hard and fast, for the Wall will need his services. Sam is left in the company of two students, [[Alleras]] and a boy named Pate.
  
The [[The Iron Islands|ironborn]] strike hard along the coast of the Reach, conquering the Shield Islands and virtually blockading the mouth of the [[Honeywine]] and the route into Oldtown. Furious, [[Margaery Tyrell]] and her brother [[Loras Tyrell|Loras]] ask Cersei for aid, but Cersei is reluctant to give it. She gives permission for Lord Redwyne to take his fleet home and destroy the ironborn, but only once Dragonstone is taken. Loras leads an assault on the castle and takes it, but is reported grievously injured in the process. Margaery's protestations vex Cersei, causing her to doubt her future role as Tommen's wife. She conceives a plan to ruin Margaery by framing her to the [[Faith]] for sleeping with one of Cersei's guardsmen. Unfortunately the plan backfires when the new High Septon has the guardsman scourged to ensure the truth of the matter, and he confesses about Cersei's many improprieties as well. The Faith arrests both Cersei and Margaery. Kevan Lannister is recalled to take over as Regent and Hand. Cersei's summons for Jaime to return and defend her go unanswered. Mace Tyrell lifts the siege of Storm's End barely weeks after it began to race back to the capital and learn the fate of his daughter, whilst Randyll Tarly marches on the city from the north. Meanwhile, Aurane Waters absconds with the newly-rebuilt royal fleet.  
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=== In Braavos ===
 
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[[Arya Stark]] finds her way to the [[House of Black and White]], a temple to the [[Many-Faced God]] in [[Braavos]]. There Arya is inducted into the ranks of the [[Faceless Men]] as a novice. She learns that the Faceless Men are not simply a band of skilled assassins, but also a religious sect dating long before the [[Doom of Valyria]]. They consider their assassinations to be holy sacraments to their god of death. As Faceless Men must have no true identity, Arya assumes the role of 'Cat of the Canals' and becomes a familiar sight on the streets of the city. However, her old identity occasionally slips through. She hides her sword [[Needle]] rather than discarding it and later kills Dareon for forsaking his vows to the Night's Watch. The priests of the House of Black and White strike her blind by some means, but it is unclear whether this is part of her training or punishment for her transgressions.  
Sam's ship reaches Oldtown, barely evading the ironborn reavers. They learn that the ironborn have raided and seized territories on the [[Arbor]] and failed an attempt to burn the city harbor of Oldtown. Sam goes to the Citadel, but is intercepted by Archmaester [[Marwyn]]. Marwyn reveals that the other archmaesters will not be impressed or moved by Sam's revelations about Daenerys. When Sam asks how Marwyn knows that he was coming, Marwyn reveals that the Citadel has some of the ancient Valyrian obsidian candles, through which they could see things from afar. Marwyn states that nearly two centuries ago the maesters helped kill the last of the dragons to rid the world of magic forever, but now it is returning. Marwyn departs immediately for Slaver's Bay, telling Sam to study hard and fast, for the Wall will need his services. Sam is left in the company of two students, [[Alleras]] the Sphinx and a boy named Pate.  
 
  
 
=== On the Iron Islands ===
 
=== On the Iron Islands ===
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Following the death of King [[Balon Greyjoy]], a [[kingsmoot]] is summoned by [[Aeron Greyjoy|Aeron Damphair]], Balon's youngest brother and the most respected [[priest of the Drowned God]]. With [[Theon Greyjoy]] a prisoner of the [[House Bolton|Boltons]] at the [[Dreadfort]], the strongest candidates are Balon's brothers [[Victarion Greyjoy|Victarion]] and [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron Crow's Eye]], who has just returned from reaving in the east. [[Asha Greyjoy]], Balon's daughter, also tries to claim the [[Seastone Chair]] in spite of her sex. The moot is deadlocked between the three until Euron reveals his plan to seize control of Daenerys's dragons through the use of magic and so rule Westeros. The moot crowns Euron king, and Asha disappears with her ship northwards. Aeron, who considers Euron ungodly, also leaves to gain popular support against him.
  
Following the death of King [[Balon Greyjoy]], a [[Kingsmoot]] is summoned by [[Aeron Damphair]], Balon's youngest brother and the most respected priest of the [[Drowned God]]. With [[Theon Greyjoy]] a prisoner of the [[House Bolton|Boltons]] at the [[The Dreadfort|Dreadfort]], the strongest candidates are Balon's brothers [[Victarion Greyjoy|Victarion]] and [[Euron Greyjoy|Euron Crow's Eye]], who has just returned from reaving in the east. [[Asha Greyjoy]], Balon's daughter, also tries to claim the [[Seastone Chair]] in spite of her sex. The moot is deadlocked between the three until Euron reveals his plan to seize control of Daenerys's dragons through the use of magic and so rule Westeros. The moot crowns Euron king, and Asha disappears with her ship northwards. Aeron, who considers Euron ungodly, also leaves to gain popular support against him.
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Euron launches an ambitious campaign against the [[Reach]], sending ships under his brother Victarion to conquer the [[taking of the Shields|Shield Islands]] and raid the coast. Initial appetites for plunder are sated by the raids in [[Westeros]], however, and support for Euron's trip across the [[narrow sea]] and his hold over the ironmen dwindle. He realizes that he must remain and consolidate his control. Victarion agrees to go to [[Slaver's Bay]] and deliver Euron's marriage proposal to Daenerys. However, Victarion hates Euron for sleeping with [[Victarion Greyjoy's third wife|his third wife]] and decides to get revenge by courting Daenerys himself.
 
 
Euron launches an ambitious campaign against the [[The Reach|Reach]], sending ships under his brother Victarion to conquer the [[Shield Islands]] and raid the coast. Initial appetites for plunder are sated by the raids in [[Westeros]], however, and both support for Euron's trip [[Across the Narrow Sea|across the narrow sea]] and his hold over the ironmen dwindles. He realizes that he must remain and consolidate his control. Victarion agrees to go to [[Slaver's Bay]] and deliver Euron's marriage proposal to Daenerys. However, Victarion hates Euron for sleeping with his wife and decides to get revenge by courting Daenerys himself.  
 
  
 
=== In Dorne ===
 
=== In Dorne ===
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In [[Sunspear]], the capital of [[Dorne]], news is received of the death of [[Oberyn Martell]] at the hands of [[Gregor Clegane]], although Gregor was mortally wounded in the same battle. Oberyn's bastard daughters, the [[Sand Snakes]], demand various plans for vengeance, including attacking Oldtown and raiding the Reach. Prince Doran Martell has them locked up to prevent them from doing anything too precipitous, and sends word to King's Landing confirming his loyalty. His eldest daughter and heir (due to Dorne's equal primogeniture), [[Arianne Martell|Arianne]] is disgusted with her father's weakness and suspicious that her father would prefer to supplant her with her brother [[Quentyn Martell|Quentyn]], who she learns has vanished eastwards on unknown business. Princess [[Myrcella Baratheon]], elder sister to King Tommen, is in Sunspear, as she has been betrothed to [[Trystane Martell]], and Arianne hatches a plan to crown Myrcella Queen of the Seven Kingdoms according to Dornish law and reignite the war. Her attempts are thwarted, however. Ser Arys Oakheart, the [[Kingsguard]] guarding Myrcella, is killed in a melee and Myrcella is injured. Arianne is imprisoned for her actions.
  
In [[Sunspear]], the capital of [[Dorne]], news is received of the death of [[House Martell#Oberyn|Oberyn Martell]] at the hands of [[Gregor Clegane]], although Gregor was mortally wounded in the same battle. Oberyn's bastard daughters, the [[Sand Snakes]], demand various plans for vengeance, including attacking Oldtown and raiding the Reach. Prince Doran Martell has them locked up to prevent them from doing anything too precipitous, and sends word to King's Landing confirming his loyalty. His eldest daughter and heir (due to Dorne's equal primogeniture), [[Arianne Martell|Arianne]] is disgusted with her father's weakness and suspicious that her father would prefer to supplant her with her brother [[Quentyn Martell|Quentyn]], who she learns has vanished eastwards on unknown business. Princess [[Myrcella Baratheon]], elder sister to King Tommen, is in Sunspear, as she has been betrothed to [[Trystane Martell]], and Arianne hatches a plan to crown Myrcella Queen of the Seven Kingdoms according to Dornish law and reignite the war. Her attempts are thwarted, however. Ser Arys Oakheart, the [[Kingsguard]] guarding Myrcella, is killed in a melee and Myrcella is injured. Arianne is imprisoned for her actions.
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Prince Doran finally lets his daughter visit him and learns of her grievances. He explains that whilst he had intended Quentyn to follow him as Prince of Dorne, he had a greater role in mind for Arianne: she was to have become Queen of all Westeros. Arianne is confused, but learns that Doran planned to wed her to [[Viserys Targaryen]], but [[secret marriage pact|that plan]] was thwarted when Khal [[Drogo]] killed Viserys. Now the plan has changed. Quentyn is on his way to Slaver's Bay to find and win the heart's desire of House Martell: "[[House Targaryen|fire and blood]]."
 
 
Prince Doran finally lets his daughter visit him and learns of her grievances. He explains that whilst he had intended Quentyn to follow him as Prince of Dorne, he had a greater role in mind for Arianne: she was to have become Queen of all Westeros. Arianne is confused, but learns that Doran planned to wed her to [[Viserys Targaryen]], but that plan was thwarted when [[Khal Drogo]] killed Viserys. Now the plan has changed. Quentyn is on his way to Slaver's Bay to find and win the Martells' heart's desire: "Fire and Blood."  
 
  
 
== Characters ==
 
== Characters ==
  
The tale is told through the point of view of 12 POV characters and, as with previous volumes, a one-off prologue POV.  
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The tale is told through the point of view of twelve [[POV character]]s and, as with previous volumes, a one-off prologue POV.  
  
 
*Prologue: Pate, a novice of the maesters in Oldtown.  
 
*Prologue: Pate, a novice of the maesters in Oldtown.  
*The Prophet, The Drowned Man: [[Aeron Greyjoy|Aeron "Damphair" Greyjoy]]  
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*The Prophet, The Drowned Man: [[Aeron Greyjoy]]  
*The Captain of the Guards: [[Areo Hotah]], Captain of Guards to Prince [[Doran Martell]] of Dorne  
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*The Captain of Guards: [[Areo Hotah]], protector of [[Doran Martell]], Prince of Dorne  
 
*The Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]]  
 
*The Queen Regent [[Cersei Lannister]]  
*[[Brienne of Tarth|Lady Brienne, the Maid of Tarth]]  
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*Lady [[Brienne Tarth|Brienne, the Maid of Tarth]]  
 
*[[Samwell Tarly]]  
 
*[[Samwell Tarly]]  
 
*[[Arya Stark]], later referred to as "Cat of the Canals"  
 
*[[Arya Stark]], later referred to as "Cat of the Canals"  
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The novel was published five years and two months after the previous volume in the series, ''A Storm of Swords''. This was due to a series of problems that arose during the writing of the novel. George R. R. Martin originally planned for the fourth book to be called ''A Dance with Dragons'' with the story picking up five years after the events of ''A Storm of Swords'' (primarily to advance the ages of the younger characters). However, during the writing process it was discovered that this was leading to an overreliance on flashbacks to fill in the gap. After twelve months or so of working on the book, Martin decided to abandon much of what had previously been written and start again, this time picking up immediately after the end of ''A Storm of Swords''. He announced this decision, along with the new title ''A Feast for Crows'', at the World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia on 1 September 2001.<ref>[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Month/2001/09/ n]</ref>. He also announced that ''A Dance with Dragons'' would now be the fifth book in the sequence.  
 
The novel was published five years and two months after the previous volume in the series, ''A Storm of Swords''. This was due to a series of problems that arose during the writing of the novel. George R. R. Martin originally planned for the fourth book to be called ''A Dance with Dragons'' with the story picking up five years after the events of ''A Storm of Swords'' (primarily to advance the ages of the younger characters). However, during the writing process it was discovered that this was leading to an overreliance on flashbacks to fill in the gap. After twelve months or so of working on the book, Martin decided to abandon much of what had previously been written and start again, this time picking up immediately after the end of ''A Storm of Swords''. He announced this decision, along with the new title ''A Feast for Crows'', at the World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia on 1 September 2001.<ref>[http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Month/2001/09/ n]</ref>. He also announced that ''A Dance with Dragons'' would now be the fifth book in the sequence.  
  
The reason for the subsequent delays were that the novel grew too long and the format changed from the previous book, with the introduction of short-lived POV characters who only had one or two chapters apiece. Martin also wrote a 250-page prologue to the novel which he then scrapped and scattered throughout the novel. Finally, when the novel was nearing completion his publishers realised it was significantly longer than ''A Storm of Swords'' and requested it be split in half for publication. After initially considering publishing it as 'Part 1' and 'Part 2', Martin's friend and fellow author [[w:Daniel%20Abraham|Daniel Abraham]] suggested splitting it by POV and location instead, which Martin agreed with. Thus ''A Feast for Crows'' only contains the POV characters from the South of the Seven Kingdoms and the Iron Islands. The characters in the North, in the Free Cities and in Meereen (including fan-favourites Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen) will return in the fifth book. The split of the novel also meant that the series would be seven rather than six books long. ''A Dance with Dragons'' remains the title of the fifth book.  
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The reason for the subsequent delays were that the novel grew too long and the format changed from the previous book, with the introduction of short-lived POV characters who only had one or two chapters apiece. Martin also wrote a 250-page prologue to the novel which he then scrapped and scattered throughout the novel. Finally, when the novel was nearing completion his publishers realized it was significantly longer than ''A Storm of Swords'' and requested it be split in half for publication. After initially considering publishing it as 'Part 1' and 'Part 2', Martin's friend and fellow author [[w:Daniel Abraham (author)|Daniel Abraham]] suggested splitting it by POV and location instead, which Martin agreed with. Thus ''A Feast for Crows'' only contains the POV characters from the South of the Seven Kingdoms and the Iron Islands. The characters in the north, in the Free Cities and in Meereen (including fan-favorites Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen) will return in the fifth book. The split of the novel also meant that the series would be seven rather than six books long. ''A Dance with Dragons'' remains the title of the fifth book.  
  
Martin supplied a note at the end of ''A Feast for Crows'' explaining the reason for the split and promising that ''A Dance with Dragons'' would follow with the missing POV characters 'next year'. However, subsequently Martin embarked on a four-month signing tour in the US, Canada and Europe at the request of his publishers and lost that time in writing the novel, which is now expected some time in 2007.  
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Martin supplied a note at the end of ''A Feast for Crows'' explaining the reason for the split and promising that ''A Dance with Dragons'' would follow with the missing POV characters 'next year'. However, subsequently Martin embarked on a four-month signing tour in the US, Canada and Europe at the request of his publishers and lost that time in writing the novel, which was expected some time in 2007 but not published until July 2011.
  
 
== Allusions/references to other works ==
 
== Allusions/references to other works ==
  
Bakkalon, the Pale Child, is one of the Gods worshipped mostly by soldiers at the House of Black and White. This god appeared already in Martin's 1975 story ''And Seven Times Never Kill Man'' (where he is worshipped by a religious sect called ''Steel Angels''), as well as in some other stories of the same era.  
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[[Bakkalon]], the Pale Child, is one of the gods worshipped mostly by soldiers at the House of Black and White. This god appeared already in Martin's 1975 story ''And Seven Times Never Kill Man'' (where he is worshipped by a religious sect called ''Steel Angels''), as well as in some other stories of the same era.  
  
In Oldtown, mention is made that Maester Rigney believes that time is a wheel. This could possibly allude to fantasy author [[w:Robert%20Jordan|Robert Jordan]] and his popular series, ''[[w:The%20Wheel%20of%20Time|The Wheel of Time]]'', as Jordan's true name is James Rigney. Another character, the southern noble Lord Trebor Jordayne of the Tor, is also an allusion to Jordan, [[w:Tor%20Books|Tor Books]] being Jordan's best-known publisher, and the name Trebor itself being an anagram of Robert.  
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In Oldtown, mention is made that Maester Rigney believes that time is a wheel. This alludes to fantasy author [[w:Robert Jordan|Robert Jordan]] and his popular series, ''[[w:The Wheel of Time|The Wheel of Time]]'', as Jordan's true name was James Rigney. Another character, the southern noble Lord Trebor Jordayne of the Tor, is also an allusion to Jordan, [[w:Tor Books|Tor Books]] being Jordan's best-known publisher, and the name Trebor itself being an anagram of Robert.  
  
In the Chapter "Cat of the Canals" a reference is made to a story about the "Lord of the Woeful Countance," which is believed to be a reference to Don Quixote.  
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In the Chapter "Cat of the Canals" a reference is made to a story about the "Lord of the Woeful Countenance," which is believed to be a reference to [[w:Don Quixote|Don Quixote]].
  
== Release details ==
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== Awards and nominations ==
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*[[w:Hugo Award|Hugo Award]] – Best Novel (nominated) – (2006)
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*[[w:British Fantasy Award|British Fantasy Award]] – Best Novel (nominated) – (2006)
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*Quill Award – Best Novel (Science Fiction &amp; Fantasy) (nominated) – (2006)
  
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== Editions ==
 
*2005, UK, Voyager ISBN 0-00-224743-7, Pub date 17 October 2005, hardback  
 
*2005, UK, Voyager ISBN 0-00-224743-7, Pub date 17 October 2005, hardback  
 
*2005, UK, Voyager ISBN 0-00-722463-X, Pub date&nbsp;?&nbsp;? 2005, hardback (presentation edition)  
 
*2005, UK, Voyager ISBN 0-00-722463-X, Pub date&nbsp;?&nbsp;? 2005, hardback (presentation edition)  
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*2006, UK, Voyager ISBN 0-00-224742-9, Pub date 25 April 2006, paperback
 
*2006, UK, Voyager ISBN 0-00-224742-9, Pub date 25 April 2006, paperback
  
== Translations ==
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=== Translations ===
 
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* [[:fr:A Feast for Crows|French]]: Hardcover: Pygmalion (2006-...): "Le chaos", "Les sables de Dorne", "Un Festin pour les Corbeaux"
*Bulgarian: Bard (2006)&nbsp;: Пир за Врани
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* [[:ru:Пир для Воронов|Russian]]: "Пир стервятников"
*Croatian: Algoritam (2006): ''Gozba vrana''
 
*Dutch: Luitingh (2006): ''Een feestmaal voor kraaien''
 
*French: Hardcover: Pygmalion (2006-2008); paperback: J'ai Lu(2007-2009)&nbsp;: ''Le chaos'', ''Les sables de Dorne'', ''Un festin pour les corbeaux''
 
*German: Single volume, Fantasy Productions (2006): ''Krähenfest'' (to be released). Two volumes, Blanvalet (2006): ''Zeit der Krähen'', ''Die dunkle Königin'' (to be released).
 
*Italian: Il Dominio della Regina (Volume 1, 2006), more to come.
 
*Serbian: Laguna (2006): Gozba za vrane
 
 
 
== Awards and nominations ==
 
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*[[w:Hugo%20Award|Hugo Award]] – Best Novel (nominated) – (2006)
 
*[[w:British%20Fantasy%20Award|British Fantasy Award]] – Best Novel (nominated) – (2006)
 
*Quill Award – Best Novel (Science Fiction &amp; Fantasy) (nominated) – (2006)
 
== Chapter Summaries ==
 
 
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 1]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 2]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 3]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 4]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 5]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 6]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 7]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 8]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 9]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 10]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 11]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 12]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 13]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 14]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 15]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 16]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 17]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 18]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 19]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 20]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 21]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 22]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 23]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 24]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 25]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 26]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 27]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 28]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 29]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 30]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 31]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 32]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 33]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 34]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 35]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 36]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 37]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 38]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 39]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 40]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 41]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 42]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 43]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 44]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Chapter 45]]
 
*[[A Feast for Crows-Appendix]]
 
  
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* Chinese (Simplified): 重庆出版社(2008): "群鸦的盛宴"
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* Chinese (Traditional): 高寶國際(2006): "群鴉盛宴"
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* Croatian: Algoritam (2006): "Gozba vrana"
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* Czech: "Hostina pro vrány" (2006)
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* Dutch: Luitingh (2006): "Een feestmaal voor kraaien"
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* Finnish: "Korppien kestit" (2007)
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* German: Single volume, Fantasy Productions (2006): "Krähenfest" (to be released). Two volumes, Blanvalet (2006): "Zeit der Krähen", "Die dunkle Königin"
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* Greek: Two volumes, Anubis (2007, 2008): "Βορά Ορνίων"
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* Hungarian: Alexandra (2007): "Varjak lakomája"
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* Italian: "Il Dominio della Regina" (Volume 1, 2006) (The Queen's Domain), "L'ombra della profezia" (Volume 2, 2007) (The Shadow of the Prophecy).
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* Japanese: 乱鴉の饗宴 (The War-Crow's Feast) 2008, Hardcover, 2 volumes, Hayakawa Publishing Corporation
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* Norwegian: Two volumes, Kråkenes gilde (The Crow's feast) November 2013, Jern og sand (Iron and dust) April 2014
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* Polish: Two volumes, Zysk i S-ka (2006): "Uczta dla wron: Cienie śmierci", "Uczta dla wron: Sieć spisków"
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* Portuguese: Two volumes: Saída de Emergência (2009): "O Festim de Corvos", "O Mar de Ferro"
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* Romanian: "Festinul Ciorilor"
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* Serbian: Laguna (2006): "Гозба за вране"
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* Slovene: "Vranja gostija"
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* Spanish: Gigamesh (2007): "Festín de Cuervos"
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* Hebrew: Opus (2007): "משתה לעורבים"
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A Feast for Crows
AFeastForCrows.jpg
US Hardcover Edition
Author George R. R. Martin
Country United States
Language English
Series A Song of Ice and Fire
Genre(s) Fantasy novel
Publisher Voyager Books (UK) & Bantam Books (US)
Released 17 October 2005 (UK) & 8 November 2005 (US)
Media Type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Audiobook & E-book
Pages 753 (US Hardback), 704 (UK Hardback), 1104 (US Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-553-80150-3 (US Hardback), ISBN 0-00-224743-7 (UK Hardback), ISBN 0-553-58202-X (US Paperback)
Preceded by A Storm of Swords
Followed by A Dance with Dragons
Purchase A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows is the fourth of seven planned novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. The novel was first published on October 17 2005 in the United Kingdom, with a United States edition following on November 8 2005; however, it appeared ahead of the publication date in several UK bookshops. Its publication was preceded by a novella named Arms of the Kraken, which collected the first four Iron Islands chapters together. Arms of the Kraken was published in the August 2002 edition of Dragon Magazine. Another chapbook featuring three Daenerys Targaryen chapters was published for BookExpo 2005, although these chapters were subsequently moved into the fifth volume, A Dance with Dragons.

Like its predecessor A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, one of the two most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy publishing, although it lost out the 2006 ballot to Robert Charles Wilson's Spin. A Feast for Crows was also the first novel in the sequence to debut at the top of the New York Times bestseller list, a feat among fantasy writers only previously achieved by David Eddings, Robert Jordan and Neil Gaiman.

Due to complexities that arose during the writing process, A Feast for Crows only includes some of the POV characters from the past novels, as well as some new characters who appear only briefly. The remaining characters return in A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book.

Plot summary

A Feast for Crows picks up the tale where A Storm of Swords leaves off and runs simultaneously with events in the following novel, A Dance with Dragons. The War of the Five Kings seems to be winding down. Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, and Balon Greyjoy are dead. King Stannis Baratheon has fled to the Wall, where Jon Snow has become Lord Commander. King Tommen Baratheon, Joffrey's eight-year-old brother, now rules in King's Landing under the watchful eye of his mother, the Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. Lord Tywin Lannister is dead, murdered by his son Tyrion in his flight from the city. Sansa Stark is in hiding in the Vale, protected by Petyr Baelish who has murdered his wife Lysa Arryn and named himself Protector of the Vale and guardian of eight-year-old Lord Robert Arryn.

The novel spans several months of the year 300 AC.

In King's Landing

In the city of King's Landing, the funeral of Tywin Lannister is held. To Cersei Lannister's distaste, Lord Mace Tyrell tries to use the occasion to put himself forward for the position of Hand of the King and his uncle, Garth Tyrell, installed on the small council. Cersei rebuffs him and asks her uncle Kevan to serve as Hand. Kevan says he will accept only if Cersei steps down as Regent and returns to Casterly Rock as Tywin's heir. Cersei furiously refuses him and Kevan leaves to help his son Lancel rule his new castle of Darry in the riverlands. Eventually, she names the biddable Harys Swyft as Hand and fills the rest of the small council with her minions, including Gyles Rosby as master of coin, the sellsail Aurane Waters as grand admiral, and the disgraced ex-maester Qyburn as master of whisperers.

The Redwyne fleet sails from the Arbor to Dragonstone and that castle is put under siege, whilst Mace Tyrell leads his army south to invest Storm's End and end the pretensions of Stannis's loyalists in the south once and for all. Cersei has the High Septon murdered by Osney Kettleblack so that he can be replaced by someone loyal to her, but the newcomer turns out to be the High Sparrow, a zealous martinet who has the support of the war-refugees that now throng in the city. He offers to speed up Tommen's coronation and forgive the crown its debts to the Faith if Cersei will restore the Faith Militant. Cersei agrees, to the horror of Grand Maester Pycelle.

The ironborn strike hard along the coast of the Reach, conquering the Shield Islands and virtually blockading the mouth of the Honeywine and the route into Oldtown. Furious, Margaery Tyrell and her brother Loras ask Cersei for aid, but Cersei is reluctant to give it. She gives permission for Lord Paxter Redwyne to take his fleet home and destroy the ironborn, but only once the siege of Dragonstone is complete. Loras leads an assault on the castle and takes it, but is reported grievously injured in the process. Margaery's protestations vex Cersei, causing her to doubt her future role as Tommen's wife. She conceives a plan to ruin Margaery by framing her to the Faith of the Seven for sleeping with Osney. Unfortunately the plan backfires when the new High Septon has the knight scourged to ensure the truth of the matter, and he confesses about Cersei's many improprieties as well. The Faith arrests both Cersei and Margaery. Kevan Lannister is recalled to take over as Regent and Hand. Cersei's summons for Jaime to return and defend her go unanswered. Mace Tyrell lifts the siege of Storm's End barely weeks after it began to race back to the capital and learn the fate of his daughter, whilst Randyll Tarly marches on the city from the north. Meanwhile, Aurane Waters absconds with Cersei's dromonds.

In the narrow sea

At the Wall, Samwell Tarly receives a new mission from Jon Snow. He is to take Maester Aemon back to the Citadel in Oldtown by sea and research the Others in the archives there. The information may be essential in a possible war to come. The wildling girl Gilly and the singer Dareon will accompany them as well. Jon is busy rebuilding the Night's Watch following the attack on Castle Black and the battle beneath the Wall, and is concerned over Melisandre's plans to burn the captive Mance Rayder in an attempt to resurrect stone dragons. Sam, Aemon, and Gilly take ship across the narrow sea for the Free City of Braavos, but Aemon's health begins to fail him. Gilly cries throughout the journey, and Aemon reveals that she was forced to swap her baby with Mance's at the Wall (again to avoid Melisandre's fires). In Braavos, Aemon's health takes a turn for the worse and they miss the ship that was supposed to take them south. Dareon makes money singing, but constantly spends it on wine and prostitutes, leaving the group stranded. Dareon also hears rumors in the city of a three-headed dragon in Meereen. After Sam violently confronts Dareon, he meets a Summer Islander who saw Daenerys Targaryen's dragons in Qarth. Aemon comes to believe that Daenerys fulfills the prophecy of the prince that was promised, reasoning that the wording of the prophesy did not specify the gender of the leader. He resolves to travel to Meereen, and the Summer Islanders agree to take them south to Oldtown as part of the journey. At sea, Aemon dies of natural causes. His last instructions to Sam are to tell the maesters of the Citadel what has happened and make them understand they must send aid to Daenerys. Gilly and Sam become lovers along the way.

In the crownlands and riverlands

Brienne of Tarth continues her quest to find Sansa Stark. She is found by Podrick Payne, Tyrion's former squire, and agrees to let him accompany her. They pass north through the town of Duskendale, where they encounter the Tyrell army under Lord Randyll Tarly and are joined by an old acquaintance of Brienne, Ser Hyle Hunt. Brienne's explorations take her along Crackclaw Point, where she kills several of the now-scattered Bloody Mummers, and to the Quiet Isle in the estuary of the Trident. The Elder Brother of the septry tells her that he found Sandor Clegane dying under a tree and learned that he had been with Arya Stark, who fled towards the coast. Brienne's pursuit takes her to Maidenpool and Saltpans, but she can find no sign of Arya. Her group runs across the remnants of the brotherhood without banners, who take her captive at the crossroads inn after she fights more Bloody Mummers. Thoros of Myr tells her that Beric Dondarrion died, giving up his borrowed life to save another. They take her to the undead Catelyn Stark, who is now called Lady Stoneheart. Catelyn believes that Brienne has betrayed her by allowing Jaime to go free without returning with her daughters. She offers Brienne a chance to redeem herself by killing Jaime; when Brienne refuses, Stoneheart orders her, Podrick, and Hyle hanged. As they dangle on the noose, Brienne screams a word.

Jaime departs King's Landing to help end the siege of Riverrun, where the Frey and Lannister besiegers are still defied by the castle's castellan, Ser Brynden Tully. Each day Ser Ryman Frey threatens to hang the Blackfish's uncle, the captive Lord Edmure Tully, and Brynden refuses Jaime's terms of surrender. Jaime cuts Edmure down and negotiates a surrender with him, as he is the true lord of the castle. Edmure is returned to Riverrun, but he delays his surrender for half a day, allowing his uncle to slip out one of Riverrun's water gates, past the Lannister siege. Furious, Jaime has Edmure sent under heavy guard to Casterly Rock. Emmon Frey takes his appointed place as Lord of Riverrun. Shortly after the siege has ended, snowflakes start falling across the riverlands. Winter has come. Jaime realizes that there will be no time for another harvest. The Seven Kingdoms will suffer harshly in what is to come.

In the Vale

In the Eyrie, Petyr Baelish is confronted by several of the lords of the Vale, who are unhappy with him becoming their de facto ruler after the death of Lady Lysa Arryn. One of the Lords Declarant, whom Littlefinger bribed ahead of time, breaks custom by baring Lady Forlorn during the meeting. Littlefinger uses the insult to turn the tables on the lords, who eventually allow him to remain Lord Protector of little Lord Robert Arryn for the next year. Afterwards, Littlefinger discusses the deception with Sansa (who is posing as his bastard daughter, Alayne Stone) and is impressed at how quickly she picks up on the subtleties of his scheme. He reveals to her that if something should happen to little Robert, the Eyrie will pass to Harrold Hardyng, a distant nephew of the house, and if Harry and Sansa were to wed, that would give her an army with which to reclaim Winterfell. Whilst Sansa thinks on this, the weather is worsening, a sure sign that winter is almost upon the Seven Kingdoms, and the household of the Eyrie move to the Gates of the Moon at the base of the Giant's Lance. During the move Sansa befriends Mya Stone, one of the late King Robert I Baratheon's bastard daughters. Sansa also becomes a new mother figure for sickly Robert Arryn.

In Oldtown

In the city of Oldtown, a young novice of the Citadel named Pate steals a master key from Archmaester Walgrave and sells it to a mysterious man calling himself the Alchemist. Shortly after receiving his payment, Pate collapses in the street.

Sam's ship reaches Oldtown, barely evading the ironborn reavers. They learn that the ironborn have raided and seized territories on the Arbor and failed an attempt to burn the city harbor of Oldtown. Sam goes to the Citadel, but is intercepted by Archmaester Marwyn. Marwyn reveals that the other archmaesters will not be impressed or moved by Sam's revelations about Daenerys. When Sam asks how Marwyn knows that he was coming, Marwyn reveals that the Citadel has some of the ancient Valyrian obsidian candles, through which they could see things from afar. Marwyn states that nearly two centuries ago the maesters helped kill the last of the dragons to rid the world of magic forever, but now it is returning. Marwyn departs immediately for Slaver's Bay, telling Sam to study hard and fast, for the Wall will need his services. Sam is left in the company of two students, Alleras and a boy named Pate.

In Braavos

Arya Stark finds her way to the House of Black and White, a temple to the Many-Faced God in Braavos. There Arya is inducted into the ranks of the Faceless Men as a novice. She learns that the Faceless Men are not simply a band of skilled assassins, but also a religious sect dating long before the Doom of Valyria. They consider their assassinations to be holy sacraments to their god of death. As Faceless Men must have no true identity, Arya assumes the role of 'Cat of the Canals' and becomes a familiar sight on the streets of the city. However, her old identity occasionally slips through. She hides her sword Needle rather than discarding it and later kills Dareon for forsaking his vows to the Night's Watch. The priests of the House of Black and White strike her blind by some means, but it is unclear whether this is part of her training or punishment for her transgressions.

On the Iron Islands

Following the death of King Balon Greyjoy, a kingsmoot is summoned by Aeron Damphair, Balon's youngest brother and the most respected priest of the Drowned God. With Theon Greyjoy a prisoner of the Boltons at the Dreadfort, the strongest candidates are Balon's brothers Victarion and Euron Crow's Eye, who has just returned from reaving in the east. Asha Greyjoy, Balon's daughter, also tries to claim the Seastone Chair in spite of her sex. The moot is deadlocked between the three until Euron reveals his plan to seize control of Daenerys's dragons through the use of magic and so rule Westeros. The moot crowns Euron king, and Asha disappears with her ship northwards. Aeron, who considers Euron ungodly, also leaves to gain popular support against him.

Euron launches an ambitious campaign against the Reach, sending ships under his brother Victarion to conquer the Shield Islands and raid the coast. Initial appetites for plunder are sated by the raids in Westeros, however, and support for Euron's trip across the narrow sea and his hold over the ironmen dwindle. He realizes that he must remain and consolidate his control. Victarion agrees to go to Slaver's Bay and deliver Euron's marriage proposal to Daenerys. However, Victarion hates Euron for sleeping with his third wife and decides to get revenge by courting Daenerys himself.

In Dorne

In Sunspear, the capital of Dorne, news is received of the death of Oberyn Martell at the hands of Gregor Clegane, although Gregor was mortally wounded in the same battle. Oberyn's bastard daughters, the Sand Snakes, demand various plans for vengeance, including attacking Oldtown and raiding the Reach. Prince Doran Martell has them locked up to prevent them from doing anything too precipitous, and sends word to King's Landing confirming his loyalty. His eldest daughter and heir (due to Dorne's equal primogeniture), Arianne is disgusted with her father's weakness and suspicious that her father would prefer to supplant her with her brother Quentyn, who she learns has vanished eastwards on unknown business. Princess Myrcella Baratheon, elder sister to King Tommen, is in Sunspear, as she has been betrothed to Trystane Martell, and Arianne hatches a plan to crown Myrcella Queen of the Seven Kingdoms according to Dornish law and reignite the war. Her attempts are thwarted, however. Ser Arys Oakheart, the Kingsguard guarding Myrcella, is killed in a melee and Myrcella is injured. Arianne is imprisoned for her actions.

Prince Doran finally lets his daughter visit him and learns of her grievances. He explains that whilst he had intended Quentyn to follow him as Prince of Dorne, he had a greater role in mind for Arianne: she was to have become Queen of all Westeros. Arianne is confused, but learns that Doran planned to wed her to Viserys Targaryen, but that plan was thwarted when Khal Drogo killed Viserys. Now the plan has changed. Quentyn is on his way to Slaver's Bay to find and win the heart's desire of House Martell: "fire and blood."

Characters

The tale is told through the point of view of twelve POV characters and, as with previous volumes, a one-off prologue POV.

Delay in publication

The novel was published five years and two months after the previous volume in the series, A Storm of Swords. This was due to a series of problems that arose during the writing of the novel. George R. R. Martin originally planned for the fourth book to be called A Dance with Dragons with the story picking up five years after the events of A Storm of Swords (primarily to advance the ages of the younger characters). However, during the writing process it was discovered that this was leading to an overreliance on flashbacks to fill in the gap. After twelve months or so of working on the book, Martin decided to abandon much of what had previously been written and start again, this time picking up immediately after the end of A Storm of Swords. He announced this decision, along with the new title A Feast for Crows, at the World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia on 1 September 2001.[1]. He also announced that A Dance with Dragons would now be the fifth book in the sequence.

The reason for the subsequent delays were that the novel grew too long and the format changed from the previous book, with the introduction of short-lived POV characters who only had one or two chapters apiece. Martin also wrote a 250-page prologue to the novel which he then scrapped and scattered throughout the novel. Finally, when the novel was nearing completion his publishers realized it was significantly longer than A Storm of Swords and requested it be split in half for publication. After initially considering publishing it as 'Part 1' and 'Part 2', Martin's friend and fellow author Daniel Abraham suggested splitting it by POV and location instead, which Martin agreed with. Thus A Feast for Crows only contains the POV characters from the South of the Seven Kingdoms and the Iron Islands. The characters in the north, in the Free Cities and in Meereen (including fan-favorites Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen) will return in the fifth book. The split of the novel also meant that the series would be seven rather than six books long. A Dance with Dragons remains the title of the fifth book.

Martin supplied a note at the end of A Feast for Crows explaining the reason for the split and promising that A Dance with Dragons would follow with the missing POV characters 'next year'. However, subsequently Martin embarked on a four-month signing tour in the US, Canada and Europe at the request of his publishers and lost that time in writing the novel, which was expected some time in 2007 but not published until July 2011.

Allusions/references to other works

Bakkalon, the Pale Child, is one of the gods worshipped mostly by soldiers at the House of Black and White. This god appeared already in Martin's 1975 story And Seven Times Never Kill Man (where he is worshipped by a religious sect called Steel Angels), as well as in some other stories of the same era.

In Oldtown, mention is made that Maester Rigney believes that time is a wheel. This alludes to fantasy author Robert Jordan and his popular series, The Wheel of Time, as Jordan's true name was James Rigney. Another character, the southern noble Lord Trebor Jordayne of the Tor, is also an allusion to Jordan, Tor Books being Jordan's best-known publisher, and the name Trebor itself being an anagram of Robert.

In the Chapter "Cat of the Canals" a reference is made to a story about the "Lord of the Woeful Countenance," which is believed to be a reference to Don Quixote.

Awards and nominations

  • Hugo Award – Best Novel (nominated) – (2006)
  • British Fantasy Award – Best Novel (nominated) – (2006)
  • Quill Award – Best Novel (Science Fiction & Fantasy) (nominated) – (2006)

Editions

  • 2005, UK, Voyager ISBN 0-00-224743-7, Pub date 17 October 2005, hardback
  • 2005, UK, Voyager ISBN 0-00-722463-X, Pub date ? ? 2005, hardback (presentation edition)
  • 2005, USA, Spectra Books ISBN 0-553-80150-3, Pub date 8 November 2005, hardback
  • 2006, UK, Voyager ISBN 0-00-224742-9, Pub date 25 April 2006, paperback

Translations

  • French: Hardcover: Pygmalion (2006-...): "Le chaos", "Les sables de Dorne", "Un Festin pour les Corbeaux"
  • Russian: "Пир стервятников"

References and Notes

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