YMMV / A Feast for Crows

  • Contested Sequel: A Feast for Crows features only half the usual characters and places a lot of emphasis on new characters, giving the reader more of a commoner's perspective of Westeros than before. Many readers rejected the shift in emphasis, preferring the focus stay on the main plotlines and characters. The frustration is also due to the fact that the book came five years after ASOS and was followed by another five year wait until A Dance With Dragons. It's far better liked after A Dance with Dragons came out as well as by readers who came to the books from the show (which came out when all five books were on the shelf).
  • Genius Bonus: Lady Genna tells Jaime that Lord Tywin referred to his successor as Hand of the King as "The Chuckler" because the only thing he was good for was chuckling at King Aerys' witticisms. A similar derogatory nickname was given to Wilhelm Keitel, the formal leader of the German Army in World War II, as his main qualification for the job was his ability to chuckle at the wit of another insane dictator.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Cersei had not long since passed the MEH, her treatment of Falyse Stokeworth would see her leaping across it. She tells Falyse and her husband to get rid of Bronn, and when the plan fails she condemns Falyse to be tortured to death by Qyburn without a second thought simply because her presence at court would inconvenience Cersei.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Archmaester Marwyn, called "The Mage" by the other archmaesters for his interest in the occult and jumping at the call to put his knowledge to work.
    • Septon Meribald and the Elder Brother are bit characters and appear briefly but many consider their sections to be one of the emotional high points of the entire series, with Word of God himself saying that Septon Meribald's "Broken Man" speech is one of his favorite moments.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Darkstar was an admitted attempt to replace Oberyn Martell with a badass mercenary. However, his big talk about being dark and awesome combined with his ineffectual attack on Myrcella make him come across more as a Small Name, Big Ego Harmless Villain.
  • Squick: Cersei describes how she got a kick out of eating Robert's semen as a figurative consumption of tens of thousands of his potential children out of spite. Weird.
  • They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste: The Queenmaker plot was to demonstrate that the intricate plots of her father Doran are also quite fragile. Also, it demonstrates that Arianne isn't as smart as she thinks she is. As well as giving her some hopes for Character Development, as she quite clearly understands the consequences of her rashness and may learn from it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Arianne's "Queenmaker" story would have been an interesting arc if it wasn't foiled so abruptly.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Brienne's storyline battling against the Brave Companions provides some awesome moments for her and Pod, but ultimately it doesn't add to the plot that much, at least until Lady Stoneheart and the Brotherhood show up. Though ultimately it gives insight into her character growth and gives us a real look at post-War Westeros from the ground-up.