A Feast for Crows

In the aftermath of war and chaos, Westeros attempts to stitch its wounds and rebuild, but the landscape has irrevocably changed. “A Feast for Crows,” the fourth installment in George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, presents a realm in recovery, yet peace remains elusive and the banquet table is set with new intrigues.

Summary

While some battles conclude, the vacuum of power draws in new players and resurrects old ones, each hungry for a slice of the fractured Seven Kingdoms. From the rugged Iron Islands to the sun-soaked alleys of Dorne, ambitions simmer, and plots thicken. Kings and queens, lords and ladies, fill the power void, each maneuvering for supremacy, even as the specter of the past and the uncertainty of the future cloud the present.

Yet, it’s not just the high lords who shape the fate of Westeros. In this volume, Martin masterfully gives voice to the often overlooked — the outcasts, the broken, and those on the fringes — emphasizing that power and intrigue aren’t solely the domain of the mighty. It’s a world where the lines between hero and villain blur more than ever, and every character bears the weight of their choices.

“A Feast for Crows” is a reflective pause, a moment of breathing and introspection amidst the tumult. It’s a study of a land and its people reeling from the costs of war and the price of pride. As always, Martin’s storytelling reminds us that in the game of thrones, triumphs are fleeting, and the toll of ambition can be devastating.

Brace yourself for a journey where the crows feast, but the hunger for power remains insatiable.

Who dies in A Feast for Crows?

There are 27 deaths referenced in A Feast for Crows. The most notable deaths in this book include:

  1. Lysa Arryn (Tully): The Lady of the Vale and Catelyn Stark’s sister. She is pushed through the Moon Door of the Eyrie by Petyr Baelish after he kisses Sansa Stark in front of her, and she becomes enraged with jealousy.
  2. Maester Aemon: The ancient maester of the Night’s Watch and a Targaryen by birth. He dies of old age while traveling to Oldtown with Samwell Tarly.
  3. Nimble Dick Crabb: A guide that Brienne of Tarth hires to help her find Sansa Stark. He is killed by the outlaw group known as the “Brave Companions” or “Bloody Mummers.”
  4. Ryman Frey: The heir to the Twins. He’s hanged by Lady Stoneheart and the Brotherhood Without Banners.
  5. Balon Greyjoy: While his death is mentioned in “A Storm of Swords,” the circumstances around his death are explored more in “A Feast for Crows” through the Kingsmoot and the political maneuverings on the Iron Islands.
  6. Arys Oakheart: A Kingsguard knight who has an affair with Princess Arianne Martell of Dorne. He dies during a failed plot to crown Princess Myrcella Baratheon as queen.
  7. Pate: A novice at the Citadel in Oldtown. He’s killed in the prologue, presumably by a Faceless Man, though the character reappears using Pate’s identity later in the book.