A Feast For Crows Background

A Feast For Crows Background

George R. R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows is the fourth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series which is set in the fantasy world of Westeros. The elements from the novel appeared in season four, five and six of its television adaptation Game of Thrones which is created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It has been translated in over thirty languages.

Published in 2005, the novel was split into two books A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Both the books are situated in simultaneous timelines, that is, in the same frame of time different characters and their journeys are explored in the books. Thus, A Dance with Dragons is a parallel narrative to A Feast for Crows rather than a sequel.

The fourth novel was originally planned to be A Dance with Dragons which would jump ahead five years. But there were too many gaps in the narrative and the incessant use of flashbacks in order to provide exposition became too cluttering. Thus, Martin decided to start writing an immediate sequel of the events of the third novel A Storm of Swords.

The novel is not only a critical but also a commercial success. It debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list in first position. It was also nominated for various awards that recognizes the best in fantasy and science fiction like the prestigious Hugo Award, Locus Award and British Fantasy Society Award.

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