Category Archives: A Song of Ice and Fire

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Catelyn III, ACOK

This one will never bend, she thought, yet she must try nonetheless. Too much was at stake.

Synopsis: Stannis and Renly meet at Storm’s End, with Catelyn Stark mediating. It doesn’t go well.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Arya VII

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“On the road Arya had felt like a sheep, but Harrenhal turned her into a mouse…she had killed Chyswick with a whisper and she would kill two more before she was through. I’m the ghost in Harrenhal.

Synopsis: Arya goes about her day-to-day in Harrenhal until she encounters a friendly murder genie who offers her three wishes.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Hymn for Spring Sample is Up at Tower of the Hand!

Over on Tower of the Hand, you can now read Amin Javadi(of the Podcast of Ice and Fire)’s excellent essay on the role of singers and songs in ASOIAF, along with an update about where Hymn for Spring stands.

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Check it out!

Guest Post at Tower of the Hand: The Blacks and Red Part IV, The Golden Company, Then and Now

And…we’re done! The last part in the Blacks and Reds series, focusing on the Golden Company itself, its origin and purpose, its military structure, its role in the politics of Essos, the War of Ninepenny Kings, and its role in the story of A Song of Ice and Fire, is now up at Tower of the Hand!

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So go check it out!

 

Hymn for Spring Update!

Ok…some of you may have noticed that 3/15 went by without our pre-order page going up on Amazon.com for Tower of the Hand: Hymn for Spring. This is an embarrassing but unavoidable delay driven by some things out of our control. However, the plan is now to have the pre-order page up by April 1st, so the show will go on. And just to personally reassure you, I can see the progress toward the book being published, and it’s accelerating by the day – this book is going to happen very soon and I think it’s going to be excellent.

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So, by way of apology, there’s going to be a free sample up on Tower of the Hand on Tuesday, which you should check out. Also, there is an additional **free** sneak-peak available to anyone who’s interested in pre-ordering the book…which you can get if you email me through the About page.

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Tyrion VII

“This was what I was made for, and gods forgive me, but I do love it…and her.”

Synopsis: Tyrion breaks Lancel like a blond teenage toothpick.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Guest Post on Tower of the Hand: The Blacks and Reds, Part III: The Kings Over the Sea

Part III of my series on the Blackfyre Rebellions is up at Tower of the Hand!

In this essay, I examine the Second, Third, and Fourth Blackfyre Rebellions, as well as the lesser-known events like the Peake Uprising and the activities of the Rat, the Hawk, and the Pig, to explain why the Blackfyre cause did not die at Redgrass Field.

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Guest Post at Tower of the Hand: The Blacks and Reds, Part II

Part II in my series on the Blackfyre Rebellions is up on Tower of the Hand. In this part, I try to reconstruct the course of the First Rebellion, explain Daemon I’s reign from a single coin, and try to explain what happened at Redgrass Field.

 

 

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Bran IV, ACOK

“Open your eye…the crow gave you the third, but you will not open it.”

Synopsis: Bran discusses the greensight with Jojen and Meera, and then with Maester Luwin.

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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Guest Post on Tower of the Hand: The Blacks and Reds, Part I

The long-anticipated first part in a new essay series on the Blackfyre Rebellions has arrived! In this essay, I explore the origins and causes of the First Blackfyre Rebellion, both on a geopolitical and personal level, which houses fought for the Black Dragon and which for the Red, and unveil my Leo Longthorn Conspiracy theory.

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