Last night, I finished A Feast for Crows. I finished it quite quickly. I’m wondering what I’ll read next (not really, Bolaño, or Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi) and I will patiently await the next volume, A Dance with Dragons. Things have gone from bad to worse for the Lannisters.
Warning: spoilers ahead!
Cersei is imprisoned by the High Septon and is facing a morality trial, in which she’ll most likely end up dead. Margary is also facing similar charges. This is all down to Cersei blunderings as the Queen Regent. Ser Jaime is far away and leaving her to her fate.
Arya Stark is apprenticing with the Faceless Men in Braavos. She had a run in with Samwell, but he left shortly after for the Citadel, where he’s forging his chain. Brienne was strung up by Lord Beric and his merry gang of rebels after Biter chewed off her cheek. Unbeknownst to her, she faced the wrath of a revived Lady Catelyn.
Sansa Stark is masquerading as Littlefinger’s bastard daughter Alayne in the Eyrie, where he killed Lysa and is trying to rule in her place. Everyone underestimates him, as he looks at the long term, not the short term.
The Ironmen have a new king, Euros the Crow’s Eye, and they are reaving, raping, and pillaging their way through the coasts of Westeros. In Dorne, a plot to crown Princess Myrcella failed Prince Doran is left with a few option to deal with what is going on.
Dragonstone was recaptured by Ser Loras, who paid for this with his life. Well, he’s all burned up, so I’m guessing that he’ll survive but you never know. Martin has the habit of not being afraid of killing off main characters.
Lord Stannis wasn’t mentioned much as he’s currently on the Wall. Those stories will be told in A Dance with Dragons. Euros has also sent his brother Victarion to fetch Dany and her dragons. I doubt that they’ll come willingly.
Samwell reported Aemon Targaryen’s last thougts to the Mage at the Citadel. He thought that they should send a maester quickly to Daenerys to serve as a counselor. The archmaester Mage went off to Essos.
One of the only faults of using the viewpoints of so many characters is that there is a problem with timelines. We might stay for days, if not weeks with a character, while the rest of the stories continue on. Still, Martin was able to create some very good stories. It’s somewhat surprising that it took him 6 years to finish this book. Initially, back in 2005, he thought that the next book would be released a year later. It’s been 6 years! Lucky for me, I only started reading the books when the HBO series started.