Now that we’ve devoured some ancient history, let’s get into the Targaryen rise to power!
It’s finally here! I only preordered the damn thing back in February of 2013, and now I have it in my hands.
Before I begin, a word about structure – I am not going to be writing a full essay per chapter, or at least not now. That would put a GRRM-sized dent in my progress in ACOK, and in the case of material we already know about, it wouldn’t be a very interesting essay to write “well, already knew this.” So instead, I’m going to write in bullet points, similar to how I did the Quick Analyses, in part because I’m going to be building on them for the sections of this book that we’ve been fortunate to see ahead of time.
So here goes…
“I have a role to learn, and you must do the same….you will need to be brave, and strong…and patient, patient above all..”
“I want you to make Father bring his army to King’s Landing.”
“When have I ever been able to make Father do anything?”
Synopsis: Tyrion takes three meetings. One, two, three meetings! Ah ah ah ah ah.
This one took a while to finish, and you’ll see why when you check it out: Pentos, Myr, Tyrosh, Lys, Norvos, and Qohor, all in one go, their historical counterparts, how they operate as a political unit, and much much more!
“It may come down to practicalities…which lord he most needs to court. The riverlands are part of his realm, he may wish to cement the alliance by wedding Lady Hornwood to one of the lords of the Trident.”
“His sister’s ire had led her to overlook the true significance of Stannis Baratheon’s letter. Without proof, his accusations were nothing; what mattered was that he had named himself king.”
Synopsis: Tyrion, Cersei, Littlefinger, and Pycelle discuss Stannis‘ letter. Afterwards, Tyrion has a tense labor-management meeting with the guild of smiths, and then goes to a brothel to meet a eunuch.
“Arya rolled headfirst into the tunnel and dropped five feet. She got dirt in her mouth but she didn’t care, the taste was fine, the taste was mud and water and worms and life…Arya held her breath and kissed the mud on the floor of the tunnel and cried. For whom, she could not say.”
Synopsis: Arya and the Night’s Watch arrive at the holdfast by the Gods Eye. A patrol of reavers under the command of Ser Amory Lorch besiege the holdfast, and Arya barely manages to escape, but not before she makes the choice to save the life of Jaqen H’ghar.