Ryswell must be one. Cersei says the Umbers, Ryswells, and several other northern lords have rallied to Bolton. IIRC, from other chapters I think we can take it that the Mormonts have not rallied to either side just yet, and were dubious of joining Stannis. The Karstarks were looking to be going Stannis's way. The Manderlys were professing loyalty to the Iron Throne, but if this is post "The Reaver" then it's not impossible they've switched sides from the last time Cersei/Jaime knew of their professed loyalty. We've got various candidate houses remaining -- Lockes, Dustins, Flints of Widow's Watch, Flints of Flint's Finger, and so on...
Right, I should have said that the names that were on the Bolton list didn't jump out at me except for the Umber. I think I would be surprised (and thus would have remembered) if I heard Manderlys, Karstarks or Mormonts mentioned. People like Ryswells, Flints, Lockes and Dustins wouldn't say in my mind for long OTOH. :)
I gather from all this that Asha thinks it's Boltons troops coming, and has no clue that Stannis has come down, which is exactly what Jon said would happen if Stannis used his suggested tactic.
Exactly. She knows that there is something peculiar about the trumpets but in the middle of a battle against northmen she doesn't have time to figure it out. Glad it makes sense for one of the attackers to be a Flint!
Regina, you weren't the only person to think it was 3 forces, so no biggie. I think GRRM designed us to be a little confused by events. Like Asha was. I do think that the northmen were just the vanguard (perhaps with some wildings help). Considering the Ironmen had problems travelling at night silently, it makes since for Stannis to use the Northmen's knowledge to track down Asha's forces.
Perhaps Asha thought that Euron went south, and Victarion with him, instead?
And I think Ran is right here. When I think about it I think Asha was thinking about how Euron went off chasing a dragon and Victarion went after him. I was thinking this referred to after the Shield Isles but more likely it was referring to the trip to the Shield Isles.
Has George added big revelations on to the end of an already read chapter before?
I believe that in aFfC GRRM read the Arys Oakheart chapter before hand but he excluded the part when Arys died at the end. Having Theon appear would certainly be a major surprise but as Ran said, how does he manage to join Stannis? He could manage to escape himself but it doesn't sound like the Boltons have left him in a fit state to escape anywhere. OTOH if he is returning to the story, he can't stay in prison throughout. But he could only have a couple of chapters I suppose. Stego is right that the burning of the letter from the Boltons was in the past. So sometime since her return to DM.
Any indication as to what's Qarl's feelings are? Does he care about Asha or is he trying to sleep his way to the top?
I think there is a very strong bond there. Asha is smart enough to see through Qarl I imagine. There are no mention of rows about him insisting on her marrying him. And they fight back to back for a while. And nope, don't remember any significant Ironmen with Asha besides the already mentioned.
Burning Theon because of his supposed ties to the Ironborn kings from before the Targaryens or something similar.
Vaguely possible but if that was the case then Mel could burn a lot of people. A lot of families must have a drop of kingsblood from the time Starks ruled. The Boltons probably declared themselves kings at times. I don't believe the Greyjoys were directly related to the Ironborn that the Targaryens slayed also.
I guess a 2007 release is not very realistic at this point, right?
Well...i'm sure the book could be finished by the end of May. That's probably GRRM's aim at the moment (although that is pure speculation on my part). Whether things work out that well, i'm not very confident. But who knows for sure. Once it gets into June though, the window of opportunity for a 2007 release begins to rapidly decrease.