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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) [Format Kindle]

George R. R. Martin
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Cersei


She dreamt she sat the Iron Throne, high above them all.

The courtiers were brightly colored mice below. Great lords and proud ladies knelt before her. Bold young knights laid their swords at her feet and pleaded for her favors, and the queen smiled down at them. Until the dwarf appeared as if from nowhere, pointing at her and howling with laughter. The lords and ladies began to chuckle too, hiding their smiles behind their hands. Only then did the queen realize she was naked.

Horrified, she tried to cover herself with her hands. The barbs and blades of the Iron Throne bit into her flesh as she crouched to hide her shame. Blood ran red down her legs, as steel teeth gnawed at her buttocks. When she tried to stand, her foot slipped through a gap in the twisted metal. The more she struggled the more the throne engulfed her, tearing chunks of flesh from her breasts and belly, slicing at her arms and legs until they were slick and red, glistening.

And all the while her brother capered below, laughing. His merriment still echoed in her ears when she felt a light touch on her shoulder, and woke suddenly. For half a heartbeat the hand seemed part of the nightmare, and Cersei cried out, but it was only Senelle. The maid’s face was white and frightened.

We are not alone,
the queen realized. Shadows loomed around her bed, tall shapes with chainmail glimmering beneath their cloaks. Armed men had no business here.

Where are my guards?
Her bedchamber was dark, but for the lantern one of the intruders held on high. I must show no fear. Cersei pushed back sleep-tousled hair, and said, “What do you want of me?” A man stepped into the lantern light, and she saw his cloak was white. “Jaime?” I dreamt of one brother, but the other has come to wake me.

“Your Grace.” The voice was not her brother’s. “The Lord Commander said come get you.” His hair curled, as Jaime’s did, but her brother’s hair was beaten gold, like hers, where this man’s was black and oily. She stared at him, confused, as he muttered about a privy and a crossbow, and said her father’s name. I am dreaming still, Cersei thought. I have not woken, nor has my nightmare ended. Tyrion will creep out from under the bed soon and begin to laugh at me.

But that was folly. Her dwarf brother was down in the black cells, condemned to die this very day. She looked down at her hands, turning them over to make certain all her fingers were still there. When she ran a hand down her arm the skin was covered with gooseprickles, but unbroken. There were no cuts on her legs, no gashes on the soles of her feet. A dream, that’s all it was, a dream. I drank too much last night, these fears are only humors born of wine. I will be the one laughing, come dusk. My children will be safe, Tommen’s throne will be secure, and my twisted little valonqar will be short a head and rotting.

Jocelyn Swyft was at her elbow, pressing a cup on her. Cersei took a sip: water, mixed with lemon squeezings, so tart she spit it out. She could hear the night wind rattling the shutters, and she saw with a strange sharp clarity. Jocelyn was trembling like a leaf, as frightened as Senelle. Ser Osmund Kettleblack loomed over her. Behind him stood Ser Boros Blount, with a lantern. At the door were Lannister guardsmen with gilded lions shining on the crests of their helmets. They looked afraid as well. Can it be? the queen wondered. Can it be true?

She rose, and let Senelle slip a bedrobe over her shoulders to hide her nakedness. Cersei belted it herself, her fingers stiff and clumsy. “My lord father keeps guards about him, night and day,” she said. Her tongue felt thick. She took another swallow of lemon water and sloshed it round her mouth to freshen her breath. A moth had gotten into the lantern Ser Boros was holding; she could hear it buzzing and see the shadow of its wings as it beat against the glass.

“The guards were at their posts, Your Grace,” said Osmund Kettleblack. “We found a hidden door behind the hearth. A secret passage. The Lord Commander’s gone down to see where it goes.”

“Jaime?” Terror seized her, sudden as a storm. “Jaime should be with the king . . .”

“The lad’s not been harmed. Ser Jaime sent a dozen men to look in on him. His Grace is sleeping peaceful.” Let him have a sweeter dream than mine, and a kinder waking. “Who is with the king?”

“Ser Loras has that honor, if it please you.”

It did not please her. The Tyrells were only stewards that the dragon-kings had upjumped far above their station. Their vanity was exceeded only by their ambition.

Ser Loras might be as pretty as a maiden’s dream, but underneath
his white cloak he was Tyrell to the bone. For all she knew, this night’s foul fruit had been planted and nurtured in Highgarden.

But that was a suspicion she dare not speak aloud.

“Allow me a moment to dress. Ser Osmund, you shall accompany me to the Tower of the Hand. Ser Boros, roust the gaolers and make certain the dwarf is still in his cell.” She would not say his name. He would never have found the courage to lift a hand against Father, she told herself, but she had to be certain.

“As Your Grace commands.” Blount surrendered the lantern to Ser Osmund. Cersei was not displeased to see the back of him. Father should never have restored him to the white. The man had proved himself a craven. By the time they left Maegor’s Holdfast, the sky had turned a deep cobalt blue, though the stars still shone. All but one, Cersei thought. The bright star of the west has fallen, and the nights will be darker now. She paused upon the drawbridge that spanned the dry moat, gazing down at the spikes below. They would not dare lie to me about such a thing. “Who found him?”

“One of his guards,” said Ser Osmund. “Lum. He felt a call of nature, and found his lordship in the privy.”

No, that cannot be. That is not the way a lion dies.
The queen felt strangely calm. She remembered the first time she had lost a tooth, when she was just a little girl. It hadn’t hurt, but the hole in her mouth felt so odd she could not stop touching it with her tongue. Now there is a hole in the world where Father stood, and holes want filling.

If Tywin Lannister was truly dead, no one was safe . . . least of all her son upon his throne. When the lion falls the lesser beasts move in: the jackals and the vultures and the feral dogs. They would try to push her aside, as they always had. She would need to move quickly, as she had when Robert died. This might be the work of Stannis Baratheon, through some catspaw. It could well be the prelude to another attack upon the city. She hoped it was. Let him come. I will smash him, just as Father did, and this time he will die. Stannis did not frighten her, no more than Mace Tyrell did. No one frightened her. She was a daughter of the Rock, a lion. There will be no more talk of forcing me to wed again. Casterly Rock was hers now, and all the power of House Lannister. No one would ever disregard her again. Even when Tommen had no further need of a regent, the Lady of Casterly Rock would remain a power in the land.

The rising sun had painted the tower tops a vivid red, but beneath the walls the night still huddled. The outer castle was so hushed that she could have believed all its people dead. They should be. It is not fitting for Tywin Lannister to die alone. Such a man deserves a retinue to attend his needs in hell.

Four spearmen in red cloaks and lion-crested helms were posted at the door of the Tower of the Hand. “No one is to enter or leave without my permission,” she told them. The command came easily to her. My father had steel in his voice as well.

Within the tower, the smoke from the torches irritated her eyes, but Cersei did not weep, no more than her father would have. I am the only true son he ever had. Her heels scraped against the stone as she climbed, and she could still hear the moth fluttering wildly inside Ser Osmund’s lantern. Die, the queen thought at it, in irritation, fly into the flame and be done with it.

Two more red-cloaked guardsmen stood atop the steps. Red Lester muttered a condolence as she passed. The queen’s breath was coming fast and short, and she could feel her heart fluttering in her chest. The steps, she told herself, this cursed tower has too many steps. She had half a mind to tear it down.

The hall was full of fools speaking in whispers, as if Lord Tywin were asleep and they were afraid to wake him. Guards and servants alike shrank back before her, mouths flapping. She saw their pink gums and waggling tongues, but their words made no more sense than the buzzing of the moth. What are they doing here? How did they know? By rights they should have called her first. She was the Queen Regent, had they forgotten that?

Before the Hand’s bedchamber stood Ser Meryn Trant in his white armor and cloak. The visor of his helm was open, and the bags beneath his eyes made him look still half-asleep. “Clear these people away,” Cersei told him.

“Is my father in the privy?”

“They carried him back to his bed, m’lady.” Ser Meryn pushed the door open for her to enter.

Morning light slashed through the shutters to paint golden bars upon the rushes strewn across the floor of the bedchamber. Her uncle Kevan was on his knees beside the bed, trying to pray, but he could scarcely get the words out. Guardsmen clustered near the hearth. The secret door that Ser Osmund had spoken of gaped open behind the ashes, no...

From Publishers Weekly

Long-awaited doesn't begin to describe this fourth installment in bestseller Martin's staggeringly epic Song of Ice and Fire. Speculation has run rampant since the previous entry, A Storm of Swords, appeared in 2000, and Feast teases at the important questions but offers few solid answers. As the book begins, Brienne of Tarth is looking for Lady Catelyn's daughters, Queen Cersei is losing her mind and Arya Stark is training with the Faceless Men of Braavos; all three wind up in cliffhangers that would do justice to any soap opera. Meanwhile, other familiar faces—notably Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen—are glaringly absent though promised to return in book five. Martin's Web site explains that Feast and the forthcoming A Dance of Dragons were written as one book and split after they grew too big for one volume, and it shows. This is not Act I Scene 4 but Act II Scene 1, laying groundwork more than advancing the plot, and it sorely misses its other half. The slim pickings here are tasty, but in no way satisfying. (Nov.)
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3158 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 865 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0007447868
  • Editeur : Harper Voyager (24 février 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0006486126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006486121
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Stagne un peu 11 janvier 2007
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Le choix de Georges R.R Martin (et surement de son éditeur) de ne faire apparaître qu'une partie des personnages dans ce 4eme livre est compréhensible, mais également très frustrant.

Ce volet accentue d'avantage la dimension politique de l'intrigue, au détriment de l'action. Du coup, cela donne l'impression que l'histoire stagne un peu, avec des personnages certes intéressants (Jaime notamment, qui s'humanise de plus en plus, ou Arya). Mais pas de Tyrion, pas de Jon ou presque, pas de Bran, pas de Daenerys, pas d'Onion knight, pas de Stannis. Ca fait beaucoup ! Il faudra attendre le prochain pour savoir ce qu'il advient d'eux.

Il reste que l'univers de Georges R.R Martin est certainement le plus complexe parmi toute la littérature « fantasy », et que son livre, qui fait quand même pas loin des 1000 pages habituelles, trouve sans mal sa place à côté des 3 autres.

Vivement la suite !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent !!!!!!! 27 janvier 2007
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Quatrième volume de la saga A song of ice and fire, cette suite nous laisse sur notre faim tout en nous distillant l'action parcimonieusement. On suit les péripéties de quelques personnages seulement, et les chapitres nous dévoilent peu à peu une conclusion inattendue. Les personnages sont toujours aussi intéressants, les coups de théâtre toujours présents, et les complots et autres mesquineries royales mènent à des issues qu'on soupçonne fatales. Si on se demande souvent où certains chapitres nous mènent, il faut garder à l'esprit que tout ce que raconte Martin a une raison d'être et l'ensemble des volumes déjà parus ne sont que l'introduction d'une vaste histoire. On ressent de plus en plus la tension qui monte, on pressent des événements encore plus déterminants et les 4 premiers volumes donnent l'impression de n'être qu'un préambule. Le suspens est donc à son comble à la fin du volume.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Le "calme" après la tempête 1 août 2012
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G.R.R. Martin continue ici son oeuvre avec ce 4ème tome de la série : A song of ice and fire.

On pouvait se demander comment l'auteur allait traiter la suite du tome 3, très brutal et rempli de bouleversements dans tout Westeros ainsi que dans les liens entre les différents personnages.

L'histoire est donc bien plus calme tout au long de ce tome 4, mais sans jamais frôler l'ennui, sauf rares exceptions (je pense ici aux chapitres où l'on suit Brienne, mais ce n'est qu'une opinion personnelle). Les nouveaux personnages sont tout aussi intéressants que les premiers, et l'introduction de Dorne dans le "game of thrones" est très crédible et annonciatrice de futurs bons tomes!

ATTENTION petits spoils :

La perte des chapitres narratifs de Tyrion dans le livre est largement compensée, à mon avis, par ceux de Jaime et Cersei Lannister!

Un livre qui poursuit donc cette épique série, à lire!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it 8 février 2012
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I loved A Feast for Crows!
Although I had to miss some of my favorite characters in this book, I still loved it to bits.
What can I say, I love all this scheming and back-stabbing, the "Game of Thrones" as it is called in the book.

In this book Cersei was my favorite charachter by far. She tries so hard to be the Queen, convinced that she is the great ruler that everyone is waiting for. Always paranoid and thinking everyone is out to get her, always scheming, one devious plan after another. I just love her!
Don't get me wrong, I'm not rooting for her to stay on the throne. I wanna see her fall from her pedestal... I wanna see her fall, fail and be left all on her own with no one left at her side to help her.

I'm off to book 5!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 23 février 2014
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Bon, il faut aimer ce genre d'histoire mais quand même : faire tenir les lecteurs sur 6 livres énormes ça demande un certain génie.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Still going strong 11 juillet 2012
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This forth tome is different from the others in that some of the characters drop off the radar screen. Their perspective comes back in the fifth book, which completes the fourth. I am quite impressed by how the author still managed to keep my attention. In fact, the more I see the layers of interests of different actors in the story, the more intrigued I am about how all this will end.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed the series 2 mai 2006
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The first three are definitely the best so far, this one goes on and on. It is still enjoyable and if you loved the first set, you'll still enjoy this one. A little more action and a little less description is what's needed.

Frankly, I believe there comes a point when complexity overwhelms the story. Most readers don't have time to read it all at once and when they pick it up at a later time, they forget some of the important details that were immeresed in so much other none important stuff.

Just one readers opinion.

**A book I would also recommend is The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt. This, the first installment of The Morcyth Saga is a great beginning for a new author. Battles, magic, gods, secret passages and intrigue, all the elements of a classic epic fantasy! Any fantasy reader will enjoy it. Also, it gets right to the story and isn't nearly as 'descriptive'.
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We miss Dany and Arya and Tyrion and Jon, but the story is still thrilling ! I'm longing to know how everything will go on.
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