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  1. Late to the party but a great chapter! Liked the little details, for some reason I liked how the older guard served with Lord Tywin back in the days. A nice detail, doesn't really mean anything but still interesting (at least to me!). However this chapter enforces my opinion that Essos is most interesting when there are Westerosi characters around..
  2. Yeah I agree, Feet of Clays is one of the best in the series. Been meaning to do a Pratchett reread for some time now, great books in general. Edit: Reaper Man and Small Gods are (imo) two of the best books in the series, favorites of mine. Interesting Times as well, was one of the first I read.
  3. Yeah, Roose is certainly not the master-villain (imo). Still he will do, in the same vain as say Tywin while not exactly being the "Dark Overlord". That's what makes him even more likeable, he is in many ways only a minor "villain".
  4. Krakarys! :D Time for Victarion to shine, doing what he does best! Edit:
  5. Great work Azador, really interesting! Imagine what the Yunkai forces must feel when an army of savage Ironmen comes storming ashore, lead by Victarion I assume. Must be a terrifying sight! Edit: Still, it does seem that more confusion is bound to follow. I doubt it will go as smoothly as Barristan might think.
  6. She has been training him though she thinks that he is still weak for someone of his age, IIRC she reflects that he is quick though not strong enough.
  7. Would be interesting to know which role he played in Roberts rebellion, besides urging Ned to cut the wounded Barristans throat. Also the Dreadfort is an awesome name, another thing that speaks well for Roose imo..
  8. Indeed, he deserves more praise for this. Honestly which Lord wouldnt think in the same manner, and act accordingly? To avoid heavy losses to your own men while still maintaining the fight? Also Steelshank Walton seems to be a good soldier/second in command, one of many interesting minor characters in Asoiaf..
  9. I've actually started liking Roose more and more, I wasnt keen on him upon my first read but he has grown on me. Especially in ADWD..He remains one of my favorite characters, imo he is almost the northern counterpart to Tywin..Somehow I see him and the Umber/Karstarks as more traditional/conservative northern, as in they havent changed much over the centuries in habits etc while the Starks has adapted more. Ramsay on the other hand I despise..
  10. Havent read Unseen Academicals, suppose I best get to it.. Though it doesnt seem to be as impressive..
  11. Been awhile since I read a Pratchett book, though I consider myself a fan. Looking forward to this..
  12. I dont know if this has been suggested earlier but anyway here it goes: In AFFC (page 780) Brienne on seeing hanged men says: "On the gallows tree, all men are brothers". Brienne had read that in a book, though she could not recall which one. Could this passage be a reference to the 15th century French poet Fran├žois Villon? And more specifically to Ballade des pendus? Fran├žois Villon And Ballade des pendus (with english translation)
  13. Hmm I guess it was to be expected that Slynt would get his due eventually though I must say that I kinda liked him, pompous upjumped butcher son that he is..I also like Thorne hovewer and it will be interesting to see how he interacts with Jon, unlike Slynt Thorne is a loyal man of the NW though he doesnt like Jon. I hope it more or less stays that way, just because they dont like each other doesnt mean one is evil and the other good..
  14. Hi all! I am Johan from Sweden.. I more or less discovered this forum while searching for news related to the books and signed up right away, I have been using the wiki for some time though.. Love the books and I am looking forward to the next one!