“A Feast for Crows begins different from the other books in this series, because this time Martin introduces new characters(of whom we've never heard before) and gives others a voice(Cersei for one). Some I liked, others I didn't follow...
As usual, the story is very complex and sometimes difficult/a bit confusing, but the advantage is, that you can always take a look in the index at the end of the book.
What I really love about Martin's series is, we build an opinion about a character, and later this opinion will definitely change, and sometimes even surprise us as readers. Yes, there are some people I just dislike(Cersei), but Martin is able to write in a way that will make you understand why she is how she is(I still dislike her, but her motives will be clear and explain her madness). And the same goes for the other characters("good" or "evil"). This series shows that there is no such a thing like black or white, but rather a deep grey and that people we believe to be good are able to commit very bad deeds.
About the end- hm, okay, I've just read this 4th book now, May/June 2011 so I don't have to wait very long for the next book(which will be published in July 2011), but I understand the anger of some readers(because A Feast for Crows was published in 2006!). On the other hand I share Martin's little comment at the end of the book, that all characters, old or new, deserve a whole story, and not just some halfcooked, fast end of the story. So, these almost 1000 pages of fantasy are the first half, the rest will be written in A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five.
I am kind of uneasy about the last 2 books after A Dance with Dragons, because the breaks between books were always huge, but for a huge fantasy series of this quality I am also willing to wait(for years...?).
4 stars, because I wasn't prepared that the book introduces even more new characters and that the end is so sudden(without having a real one).”