Finally, we have the release this month of a book that has been looming large on readers' horizons for several years, George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows. This is the fourth entry in Martin's huge, career-making series, A Song of Ice and Fire. From the first book, A Game of Thrones, this series caught readers' imaginations. Previously, Martin was a critical fave (he won multiple Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards, as well as many lesser-known accolades, such as the Skylark, Geffen, Ignotus, Seiun and Balrog awards) yet he had never broken onto the bestseller lists. For a time, he even gave up on novels and turned to writing and producing for film and television. Fortunately for fantasy readers, Martin eventually returned to fiction. In A Feast for Crows, the Seven Kingdoms have almost reached peace after the long years of the War of the Five Kings. But there are rumors of newly hatched dragons, of ancient powers reborn, and, as one of the less savory characters, Leo Tyrell, says, "An age of wonder and terror will soon be upon us, an age for gods and heroes." Unlike the previous books in the series, Crows follows only half of the characters. As he found the book growing longer and longer, Martin decided to save the other half for a second volume, A Dance with Dragons, which is promised for publication next year. Gavin J. Grant runs Small Beer Press in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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