- Broken Base: The Broken Man speech: is it an amazing and heartfelt exploration on what war does to the mind, and a great example of Grey and Grey Morality developing even the most depraved villains of the series, and thus one of the highlights of the series? Or is it a hamfisted "war is bad" message that isn't reflected in the actual narrative, given how we hardly ever actually see these broken men or have any significant characters become one; Brienne's main antagonist throughout Feast being the Always Chaotic Evil Brave Companions doesn't help matters. Or is it just a fairly good speech that the fanbase praised far too much?
- 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 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.
- Wangst: Both Tyrion and Jaime Lannister spend much of the book obsessing on the revelations about their loved ones, Tysha and Cersei. While this might be understandable at first, they angst at such wearying length that it becomes half of everything they think about. Their obsessions extend to the exact wording as well ("wherever whores go" and "Moon Boy for all I know", respectively) to the point where each starts considering absolute nonsense: Tyrion starts wondering if there's a specific place in the world whores go (there isn't) and Jaime begins question whether his sister had slept with a person that he well knows Cersei wouldn't touch with a twenty-foot pole.
YMMV / A Feast for Crows