Length: 753 pages
Setting: Westeros, immediately following the events in A Storm of Swords (you can read my review here).
Interest: It’s the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. If you haven’t read them yet, start with A Game of Thrones, and you’ll quickly make your way to through the rest of them.
Summary: This book focuses mainly on events occurring in the South. Cersei is trying to cement her rule of the Kingdoms, but she ends up imprisoned by the Faith. Jaime has sent Brienne out to find Arya, but Brienne is captured by Stoneheart. Jamie is fighting in the Fiverlands. Sansa is posing as Littlefinger’s bastard daughter. In the Iron Islands, a Kingsmoot is called and Euron Greyjoy is elected King. We also see some manipulations trying to put Myrcella on the throne instead of Tommen. Arya makes her way to the House of Black and White where she undergoes the training to master their lack of identity.
Final thoughts: (These are full of spoilers, so if you haven’t read the book yet and plan to, don’t read my final thoughts. Martin loves to throw you for a loop, and it ruins the shock factor when you know what’s coming.) Intriguing and complete and leaves you wondering what else is happening. The big surprises were Joffrey’s death (totally didn’t see it coming, but it was so satisfying) and Cercei’s imprisonment. Both of them got their comeuppance, but that doesn’t mean the characters I like are safe either. I don’t think Brienne is dead, but there’s no confirmation of that fact yet. I love that Sam has met Bran and Arya – now let’s see if he can become a Maester.
Title comes from: All the warring creates a feast for crows on the dead bodies left behind.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.