TITLE: A Song of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows
AUTHOR: George R.R. Martin
Not quite as amazing as book 3 in the series, this 4th volume still has much to recommend. My main problem is that it follows only half the characters! They'll be seen in the next book, which I'm now reading. But this book finally gives us Cersei's point of view, and it was good seeing what makes this character tick.
Since you really can't start this series in the middle, and I don't want to post spoilers, all I'll say is that things start coming together on some fronts, new plots are set in motion, and repercussions from the previous book are felt and help move the story forward. There are no resolutions; those probably won't really come til the last volume of the series, but the fates of some characters seem resolved, while the direction for others are either made a bit clearer or take a sharp turn. Which is to say, nothing much changes from the previous volumes. And it's all so amazing and enthralling. The series might not be for everyone, but if you fall under its spell, it makes for compelling reading.