A Feast for Crows by G.R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones Book 4
In this fourth book of the A Game of Thrones series, we see from new perspectives. Some of the favorites don’t show up in this one. There is a note from the author saying that there just wasn’t enough room. He split it in two because it was too long. The story of Tyrion, John Snow, Stannis, Davos, Bran, and others will be in book 5…oh and Daenerys.
In this book, we see Samwell Tarly’s adventure with Gilly and Maester Aemon. Lord Commander John Snow sends Sam to get his Maesters chain at the Citadel in Oldtown. Oldtown, meanwhile had been taken over by the Ironborn, I’ll get to that later. We see a lot of their views and some people we’ve never heard of before. Sam has to take Gilly and a baby along with Maester Aemon on a long voyage. Once they get on a ship, things get very difficult. OH I forgot about the singer, Daeron. He was supposed to sing of the Nights Watch to entice men to join. As they are on the ship, Maester Aemon becomes very ill. He tells Sam that John switched babies and the baby with Gilly is actually Mance Ryder’s son. She cried the whole way and was scared of the water too, and the baby cried. Daeron wanted to throw them both of the ship. They went to Braavos and a girl that was called “Cat” (Arya Stark) saved Sam from some men who tried to rob him, then she went on her way without telling him who she really was. He was looking for Daeron. They were unable to sail on the ship they paid to take them to Oldtown because Maester Aemon was dying. The captain didn’t want him dying on his ship. Sam wouldn’t leave him, so Daeron left Sam and the Nights Watch to make his singing career. Sam found him at a whore house and punched him. He was thrown in the river and rescued by a man who worked on a ship. Luckily for him, they were nice people from the Summer Islands. They took their stuff as payment and let Sam and Gilly work. Maester Aemon died on the way to Oldtown, but only after the man who rescued Sam from drowning told him about Daenerys and her dragons. He told Sam to tell the archmaesters in Oldtown and send someone to help her and bring her home. Sam and Gilly got drunk to honor Maester Aemon and had sex. He felt so guilty. He did go to Oldtown and an archmaester went to find Daenerys while he stayed to earn his chain. He was going to take Gilly and the baby to his mother, but it didn’t say if he actually did that.
Arya sailed to Braavos from the Saltpans, after putting Jaqen H’ghar’s coin in his hand and saying “Valar Morghulis.” They took her to the Temple of the Many-Faced God, the House of Black and White. There she met the one she calls “the kindly man,” though that may change considering. She stayed there for awhile, learning to speak a bit of Braavosi. The old man she called “the kindly man” seemed to know everything. I keep wondering if he is Jaqen H’ghar, though he claims to not know who the name. He told her she had to leave, but could come back after she learned three new things. She came back every new moon, told him at least three new things, and “served” for three days. The rest of the time she was with a fisherman helping him sell fish. She still had the dreams of Nymeria, she just doesn’t seem to realize it is Nymeria. When she went back to the house of the Many-Faced god, the last thing she told “the kindly man” was that Daeron of the Nights Watch had been stabbed an thrown in the river. He asked who did that. She said “Arya of House Stark.” She took his boots and killed him because he was a deserter. He told her to drink some milk and go to bed. When she woke up, she was blind.
Cersei had a voice in this, I kept hearing the voice of Cruella DeVille which I thought was rather fitting. She used poor Tommen to rule Westeros. After Joff, you’d think she’d just take him back to Casterly Rock where he’d be safer. So she and Jaime do not get along anymore. He changed after his hand was lopped off. She asked him to be the Hand after Tywin’s death, and he said no. She asked Ser Kevan, and he said only if she would go back to Casterly Rock. So Ser Kevan left with Lancel. We find out that she saw a magi when she was a girl who told her she would be a queen and have three children and the king would have 16 children. The magi said a younger and more beautiful queen would take everything she cared about away. Cersei makes a huge mess of things, and just thinks she is some kind of genius as she screws everything up. There are bands of holy men that used to plague Westeros, and she gave them their weapons back. She plotted to have Queen Margaery beheaded for adultery, that backfired. She thought Margaery was the younger and more beautiful queen, so she wanted to destroy her first. Queen Margaery ended up standing trial, but so did Cersei. The High Septon did not care who she was. She wrote to Jaime begging him to come back and save her. She sent him to Riverrun to take it over. He threw the letter in the fire.
Jaime took Ser Ilyn Payne, the head master that took Ned Stark’s head off. Since he didn’t have a tongue, Jaime decided he would make the best dueling partner. He is trying to be a good left handed swordsmen…he’s not doing so well. On his best night he said Ser Ilyn would have only killed him twice that night. He has kind of become his best friend, he tells him everything since Ser Ilyn can’t talk. They went to Darry to see Ser Kevan, but he and Lancel had a fight and Ser Kevan left. Lancel decided to join the warriors that fought for the Septon. He was leaving his wife and his lordship. He confessed to Jaime that he had sex with Cersei. Jaime took Edmure Tully hostage and promised he would be treated well if he surrendered Riverrun. Edmure let Bryndan Tully escape, which really pissed Jaime off. He got Cersie’s letter at Riverrun.
We learn a lot about the Ironborn. We see from Aeron Greyjoy, Asha Greyjoy, and Victarion Greyjoy. Euron “Crow’s Eye” Greyjoy has won the Seastone throne despite his family. Asha and Victarion tried for the throne, but Euron came in with a huge magic horn that was supposed to steal dragons and bring them into his command. Then he sent his brother Victarion to find Daenery’s after they took over Oldtown. They were becoming a nuisance to King’s Landing. Oh and Ser Loras went to take over Dragonstone and is near death.
We also learn of Dorne. The Dornish Princess Arianne starts to cause trouble. She thinks that her father was going to take Dorne from her and give it to her younger brother. Dorne is cool, the oldest child has all the rights, male or female. So Arianne (and Ser Amory) plot to make Myrcella a queen. In Dorne, she would be recognized as queen because she is the oldest. The plan goes bad, Ser Amory is killed and Myrcella is injured. Arianne learns that her father had other plans. He had planned to marry her to Viserys Targaryen, but he was dead. So his son is now seeking Daenerys…as is Victarion Greyjoy.
Brienne kept looking for Sansa, but never found her. She found Podrick Payne, who became her squire. She killed some of the bloody mummers. She found a man that also served Renly, and he traveled with them. They were looking for the hound, because they had heard he had one of the Stark girls. They learned it was Arya and not Sansa and that the Hound was dead and buried. They find an inn full of orphans, one of whom is Gendry. She thinks he is Renly at first and realizes that he is King Robert’s bastard. They are attacked by the rest of the Bloody Mummers. Brienne kills one, but Biter attacks her face. Gendry killed him, but she was very wounded. They are taken to see the walking dead version of Lady Catlain. She says Brienne can either kill Jaime or be hanged. She refused and they were all hanged. The dead don’t seem to stay dead long in this series.
If you haven’t read the books, I highly recommend them! Happy reading!