Opinions are mixed about darkstar, but I think everyone likes Ned dayne. Homie has been "missing" since game of thrones, who is holding starfall in his name? Maybe his aunt? But that's not much. Darkstar definitely feels entitled to dawn, and probably thinks he has a claim to starfall as well. I think aero hotah is a pov to give us a window into this fight, rather than dorne at large. Remember, we learn about the Daynes before almost all other characters, and starfall is on the original westeros map before so much else. Grrm has been building this subplot since the very beginning, and I think dawn is Lightbringer, even if darkstar sucks now this plot is gonna get awesome real quick.
Also, starfall isn't too far from oldtown, were we think the ironborn might attack soon.
That is an amazing name, lord chiboda, for your daughter! Both for it being an awesome reference and just a beautiful real life name!
My cats name is Charles but sometimes I call him grey wind. "Smoke grey fur and eyes like molten gold." That may actually be a description of summer but it fits either and is just a line that always stuck with me.
Valyrian features can still be passed down without incest, even if they sometimes don't. Auraune waters is a bastard, so it is unlikely that his parents were brother and sister otherwise he'd be legitimate. Also, we never hear of bar emmon or celtigar incesting or having valyrian features. Although I do think that Justin Massey has super blonde/gold hair?
I think grrm has also confirmed that we will see casterly rock at some point, so I'm thinking jeyne will get into something cool there. Maybe she will help tyrion take the castle and team up with him to kill cersei and jaime.
Daemon would have been a good ruler, and after such a big war most houses would have been forces to bend the knee. This is similar to how things would played out with Robert. Win the war win the throne; but how do you manage a succession? Daemon had like seven sons and there still would be other main branch targs floating around potentially.
Also, daemons eldest sons were twins, so who inherits? Do we know which redwyne twin is the heir in the main books?
All 4 stark kids stories, no idea how those will turn up. I don't think that both Jamie and Brienne can walk away from their pow wow with lady stoneheart, maybe they end up killing her? No clue how Loras will be brought back into play, if he isn't injured. No clue what the faith militant end up doing.
I think the big thing is: where are they getting all the wood for their ships on these small stony islands? I don't actually get bothered by this kind of stuff but I do agree that it doesn't make sense as much as the other regions do.
The iron islands don't make sense sometimes when it comes to population resources etc I agree with that. On the specific point about harrenhal and the river lands kingdom, I think the implication is that the river lords never had much cohesion, so they couldn't mount a proper defense and then once harren makes the smallfolk his thralls that's that kinda. It was until aegon made the Tullys the true lord paramount did thy really weild influence across all the river lands. Or at least that's how I've always that about that.
I think all of these chapters that are being mentioned are boring the first time around, but significantly improve on the reread. Also, the writing throughout the feast and dance chapters is beautiful. Arianne in the tower however is super boring because there isn't even any foreshadowing. I think damp hairs chapters will be better in retrospect when we know where that storyline goes. I like oakhearts chapter but in general I really like the kings guard subplot.
Had to double check this, but it is brought up in Dance that there are many claims put forth to Rosby. Hard to say how it will get resolved, but the slow background simmer of Rosby mentions makes me think it will come into play somehow.
With Jon alive it becomes lannisters vs the realm instead of Starks vs lannisters vs stannis vs tyrells. Also, then he has this open slot to now himself into at the vale to do with as he likes. Also also Littlefinger is an opportunist he makes the moves that are available and that one was there. Also also also he's got a special vendetta against the Starks which this helps him move on. Also also also also we still don't know LF's endgame so maybe the end of storm wasn't the big reveal we thought it was.