Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. Kevan says he will accept only if Cersei steps down as Regent and returns to Casterly Rock as Tywin's heir. Cersei meets with the new High Septon and agrees to restore the militant orders of the Faith in return for a blessing for Tommen and forgiveness of the crown's debt. Marwyn departs immediately for Slaver's Bay, telling Sam to study hard and fast, for the Wall will need his services. The reason for the subsequent delays were that the novel grew too long and the format changed from the previous book, with the introduction of short-lived POV characters who only had one or two chapters apiece. Marwyn reveals that the other archmaesters will not be impressed or moved by Sam's revelations about Daenerys. Martin also wrote a 250-page prologue to the novel which he then scrapped and scattered throughout the novel. Cersei meets with the small council and concocts a plan to have Ser Osney Kettleblack assassinate Jon Snow. Jaime sets out for Riverrun, stopping at Hayford, Sow's Horn and finally Harrenhal to put the castle to rights. Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, and Balon Greyjoy are dead. Brienne asks after Sansa in Rosby and encounters the hedge knights Ser Creighton and Ser Illifer on the road to Duskendale. Arys is killed and Myrcella is maimed by Ser Gerold Dayne. Cersei furiously refuses him and Kevan leaves to help his son Lancel rule his new castle of Darry in the riverlands. The novel was first published on October 17 2005 in the United Kingdom, with a United States edition following on November 8 2005; however, it appeared ahead of the publication date in several UK bookshops. Jaime has an unsuccessful parlay with Ser Brynden and subsequently releases Edmure back to Riverrun with orders to yield the castle or see it completely destroyed. Meanwhile, Aurane Waters absconds with Cersei's dromonds. Her attempts are thwarted, however. After initially considering publishing it as 'Part 1' and 'Part 2', Martin's friend and fellow author Daniel Abraham suggested splitting it by POV and location instead, which Martin agreed with. Arianne is brought before Prince Doran and learns that her brother, Quentyn, has gone east to court Daenerys. They learn that the ironborn have raided and seized territories on the Arbor and failed an attempt to burn the city harbor of Oldtown. The wildling girl Gilly and the singer Dareon will accompany them as well. 1 The Faith arrests both Cersei and Margaery. However, during the writing process it was discovered that this was leading to an overreliance on flashbacks to fill in the gap. Ser Arys Oakheart, the Kingsguard guarding Myrcella, is killed in a melee and Myrcella is injured. He realizes that he must remain and consolidate his control. Thus A Feast for Crows only contains the POV characters from the South of the Seven Kingdoms and the Iron Islands. During the move Sansa befriends Mya Stone, one of the late King Robert I Baratheon's bastard daughters. Aemon comes to believe that Daenerys fulfills the prophecy of the prince that was promised, reasoning that the wording of the prophesy did not specify the gender of the leader. Jaime realizes that there will be no time for another harvest. The characters in the north, in the Free Cities and in Meereen (including fan-favorites Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen) will return in the fifth book. His last instructions to Sam are to tell the maesters of the Citadel what has happened and make them understand they must send aid to Daenerys. A Feast for Crows picks up the tale where A Storm of Swords leaves off and runs simultaneously with events in the following novel, A Dance with Dragons. The list of authors can be seen in the page history of A Feast for Crows. 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