Alert: There will be spoilers!
There has been war raging for two books now. Stannis Baratheon is at The Wall where he assisted the defenders in exchange for shelter and, as you can see coming, a hope to take over some of the men. Jon Snow is now the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. I feel sorry for Jon at some passages in the book. He needs to maintain authority and misses the camaraderie he had with his former friends. It’s a lonely life.
With Joffrey dead, eight-year-old Tommen is the new king which means Cersei is actually making the decisions. Until Tommen reaches age to rule, Cercei is Queen Regent and rules over all seven kingdoms with the cruelty, deception and manipulation as befits her character. Not for the first time do I find myself saying, How much do I hate Cersei!
Brianne is still wandering the countryside looking for Sansa and is unsuccessful at every turn. Surprisingly, she is aided by Jaime Lannister. Since Jamie lost his hand he has been quite introspective. It is interesting to see the change in his character and demeanor.
Sansa Stark Lannister is actually at the Vale with Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger). She is pretending to be the bastard daughter of Littlefinger since she is wanted for Joffrey’s murder. Obviously, she is falsely accused to be in cahoots with her husband, Tyrion, for the murder. That isn’t the reason she fled King’s Landing but it was part of the incentive to run and hide.
I am not sure how I feel about Sansa at this stage of the storyline. She was always my least favorite; a spoiled inconsiderate girl who eventually faced a harsh reality when Joffrey’s true nature was revealed. But she has been though quite a bit and handled most with grace and steady nerves. Still, I blame her for Eddard being beheaded. To confide in Cercei was unforgivable. Alas, she didn’t see her as the monster she is because her perspective is limited by interactions with Cercei and promises she clung to in her innocence.
Margaery Tyrell is now Tommen’s wife, yes…despite the great gap in age. Margaery is headstrong and this, naturally, doesn’t sit well with Cersei. Using her wiles, Cercei convinces one of the guards to state he had an affair with Margaery causing her to be arrested. This backfires spectactularly when the guard confesses Cercei put him up to it and he has, in fact, had sex with the Queen Regent. The Faith arrest both Cersei and Margaery.
My favorite character is Arya Stark. She has now found her way to the Free City of Braavos and is living at the House of Black and White. Her story takes some interesting turns and I will be pleased if the author devotes another book to her alone. Well…not just Arya but let her be the focus.
Getting started now on Dance with Dragons which is very Daenerys heavy. That’s another review though……..
Some food mentioned in Feast for Crows:
Bread and cheese with bean and bacon soup. This is a meal Samwell had on the Wall. They also served roasted ox for dinner in another chapter taking place on The Wall.
In King’s Landing – “They ate a simple supper of beets and bread, bloody beef with a flagon of Dornish red to wash it down.”
“Sopping up bowls of hot crab stew with chunks of bread”
There was more food mentioned but it’s quite the list. I think I will share tiny game birds such as quail. This is the sort of thing the men beyond The Wall would go after for a quick meal while scouting Wildlings.
Cooking method may be found at Squirrel Head Manor.
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