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January 26th, 2013

Book 18: A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4).
Author: George R.R. Martin, 2005.
Genre: Epic Fantasy. Historical Fantasy.
Other Details: Hardback 755 pages and Unabridged Audio (approx 34 hours). Read by Roy Doltrice.

In the spring of 2005 George R. R. Martin announced that his manuscript for the next in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Feast For Crows, was too large to be published as a single work and so he had made the decision to split the narrative between this and the next book A Dance for Dragons. Also, rather than split them in half chronologically he elected to divide them in terms of characters and locations. This split is roughly that here we hear of events from various points of view from the west and south.

After the events in A Storm of Swords, this did feel a little anti-climatic even though it was quite clear that life had to continue and here and in A Dance with Dragons many characters are struggling against very adverse circumstances. I came to this novel late though it was the first one I owned as my brother had sent me a copy in 2005 and it languished on my shelves until I finally got around to reading the series from its beginning. I've never quite determined whether he assumed that I had the previous three in my possession or if he was seeking to tempt me into reading them.

As I have mentioned before, Martin's style is very rich in terms of description and again I opted to both read and listen to the novels. In this case I was glad that they had re-issued A Feast for Crows with the series original narrator, Roy Doltrice, as I am used to the sound of his voice and enjoy his style of narration.

Book 19: A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) .
Author: George R.R. Martin, 2011.
Genre: Epic Fantasy. Historical Fantasy .
Other Details: Hardback 1017 pages and Unabridged Audio (approx 49 hours). Read by Roy Doltrice.

Here the character and location split means that the emphasis is upon events taking place in the north and east. Again I won't say anything about the plot itself or who continues as POV characters as that would count of 'proof of life' and anyone who has read Martin knows he can be ruthless in killing folk off.

Six years must have been such a long wait for this novel and happily given my late reading I didn't have to wait that long though now I will likely be watching closely for any news of the publication of Book 6!



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