More thoughts, now that I’m over halfway through the book. Again, do not read if you haven’t read the series or this book yet.
Revelation #3: Davos is not really dead. In book 4 there’s an offhand comment that someone saw his head, stuffed with on onion (per his nickname, the Onion Knight) on a castle wall. But apparently not, and it’s a trick so that one of the lords can dupe the treacherous House Frey (whom I REALLY LOATHE). So he’s being sent off to do something else… which I forget at the moment. Am hungry and tired.
Revelation #4: Mance Rayder is not really dead. I guess to make up for the rampaging death toll of the previous books, GRRM is pulling some back. Melisandre is up to something, and disguised Rayder as one of his other men (who really did die). This was revealed to Jon Snow, and Mance is being sent off to rescue Jon’s sister Arya (who’s not really Arya, but Sansa’s poor friend Jeyne, who got married off to the absolutely horrid Ramsey Bolton (Snow)), but nobody knows this except for Theon. Although many probably suspect it, since she looks nothing like Arya.
Revelation #5: Dany disappears into the sky with Drogan the black dragon after entering a marriage of duty and evading a possible poisoning attempt. Nobody knows what happened to her, although some rumors say she died (highly doubtful).
Revelation #6: Arya also has the skinchanging power, dipping into the head of a cat. Her sight is restored due to this, since she gets information she shouldn’t be able to. This book needs way more Arya. Also this now makes me wonder if even the worthless Sansa has this power, or if she’s just too dense to do anything with it, since now Bran, Arya, and Jon all have it. Robb’s dead of course, so we’ll never know. And Rickon most likely does as well, since he seems to be strongly connected with Shaggydog which makes both of them a bit wild (although who knows, since we haven’t heard from Rickon for what now, 2 books?). Or maybe to do this, Sansa needs Lady, which she no longer does (poor Lady).
Revelation #7: Jon Snow is in love with Val, Mance Rayder’s sister-in-law. Hmmm… should be interesting. Probably tragic, too, since he can’t marry her or anything, being Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Val also has brought a good amount of warring wildlings to help protect the Wall, although the wildlings do not want to kneel to Stannis and the Red God, much to the Queen’s displeasure.
In other news:
Theon/Reek escapes Winterfell (maybe…) with Jeyne/false Arya, who is utterly broken by Ramsey Bolton. Maybe he can redeem himself, little slimy rat. Also one of my friends really likes Theon from the tv series (as in, he thinks he’s hot), and I think he is mentally deranged. Although not as mentally deranged as my friend who says Joffrey is his favorite character.
The prince of Dorne has presented himself to Dany, but was rejected.
Tyrion, Penny, and Jorah were sold into slavery and sent to the Great Pit to joust in front of Dany, but were spared at the last minute by Dany before she mounted Drogan and flew away.
Cersei faces trial even after confessing to sleeping with everyone except for Jaime, and still keeping quiet about her children’s true father.
Jaime is avoiding his sister, and meets up with Brienne who wants to take him to Sansa (?).
Asha Greyjoy is taken prisoner by Stannis, and is snowed in at camp, although maybe not, since I believe Stannis is attacking Winterfell now? I don’t know how they got from snowed in camp to Winterfell yet.
Bran, last I saw (it’s been a while), is in training to be a greenwarden, and traveling through time via the weirwoods, who apparently are always watching and observing.
I think that’s it… this hasn’t been much of a critique, just a listing of occurrences to help me keep my story in order.