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I have to say, when it comes to dark stories, blood-curdling events as well as jaw-dropping battle, Martin is surely one of the greatest!
When the first entry of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones, made its way onto the bookshelf, many fans of dark fantasy fell head over heels for it. Many years thereafter, its sequel and threequel came and rocked the world of novels for years.
Then, A Feast for Crow joined the party to the joy of countless avid fans, and I was no exception! Even now, when the curtain has almost closed for this epic saga, I’m still into this fourth journey the most. Though this isn’t truly Martin’s best creation, something about it captivates me and imprints all the occurred events into my mind.
Maybe it’s his descriptive language. Martin has always been reputable for his lavish choice of words and his breathtakingly realistic scenes. Despite being just words on a white piece of paper, they can truly visualize everything taking place in the book, making you truly believe that you are walking among the characters themselves.
Maybe it’s his thrilling battles. Taking place in a cruel world where only those with the coldest hearts and the sharpest minds can triumph over the rest, A Feast for Crow centers upon a plethora of conflicts. Through Martin’s unique writing style and excellently constructed situations, you will have your breath caught in your breath as your eyes cannot leave the page while your mind is drowned in the concern for your favorite characters.
Or, maybe it’s them, the fascinating characters, who have given the book its special traits. I have never seen any author that cared about everyone he has crafted like Martin. They all have their moments, they all have their time to shine. Their emotions are captured so well that at some points, I completely forget that they’re just fictional characters. You might hate some of them, but you cannot deny the fact that they all affect you in some way, and you can’t get them off your mind no matter what.
Not all authors can do the same thing as Martin has done. I have read many books, and as far as I’m concerned, most of them only tell us about the protagonists. We only get to see things in one view, one way, one direction only. But Martin’s book isn’t the same.
He let us observe this cold land through the eyes of everyone presenting in the book. He let us feel what they feel, see what they see, and eventually understand the reasons behind their actions.
The way I see it, in A Feast for Crows, and also the entire series, sides don’t exist at all. There is no good or evil, no bad guys, no good guys, just human trying to survive with all they have.
A brutal story, but also an affecting one. It makes me experience so many different emotions that I don’t really know what I’m supposed to think of it in the end.
But there is one thing I know for sure, I’m definitely going to reread it!