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First review of ADWD

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I could be misremembering GRRM, but I suspect there's not a lot in Dorne we'll see (although it does raise the question of what happened that required seeing the Dornish reaction)

I'd link this with a possible fake Aegon. If one of Elia's children was still alive would that not stir up a few Dornishmen?

Of course there are other possibilities - Gregor not being dead, Quentyn dying...

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Exactly, and the line previous to that in the review, about a young man seeking Dany would have to be Quentyn Martell and his band...which leads to the Mummer's Dragon and fake Aegon traveling with Tyrion and his "band of misfits"

So, someone with knowledge of Westeros (and the sack of King's Landing) is plotting within a group of mummers to usurp with a fake Aegon, someone in that group has to have pretty good knowledge of Westeros and its political situation to pull that off in any way that's a real threat. Tyrion could be the viewpoint that shows the actions of this faction, or maybe this is where the last new viewpoint (the one we've never met/seen before) shows up.

I'm very excited that the mummer's dragon and fake Aegon have a larger role in this book than I anticipated. Dany's story has always been the weakest for me because she was so disconnected from Westeros. But with all these unique story lines brewing around her, I am actually very excited for her story especially the parts regarding Quentyn and the mummer's dragon.

ETA: Oh, I didn't see that there was an excerpt that looks like a whole Tyrion chapter. MUST. RESIST. LOOKING.

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Haha, I can tell Matthew is from this site.

I need some context, what does this mean?

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Whether the review is legitimate or not is irrelevant since it contains no additional information we were not already privy to with the possible exception of her reference to numerous Arya chapters when, previously, we were led to believe she only had two or three at the most.

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I'd link this with a possible fake Aegon. If one of Elia's children was still alive would that not stir up a few Dornishmen?

Of course there are other possibilities - Gregor not being dead, Quentyn dying...

My guess is Tommen dies.

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I need some context, what does this mean?

The last comment, by a guy named Matthew, totally nerd rages on her for saying "most (all?) AFFC characters aren't in ADWD." Which is probably why Matthew will not be hooking up with Ania any time soon.

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I'd link this with a possible fake Aegon. If one of Elia's children was still alive would that not stir up a few Dornishmen?

Yes. Good thinking. The only thing that I could imagine would require an immediate Dornish POV chapter would be the death of Quentyn Martell. But Aegon Targaryen rising from the ashes and crowning himself somewhere across the Narrow Sea...

Doran Martell would try and hook a marriage up in there asap. "Would you like to meet your cousin, Arianne?".

Also - presumably Varys and Illyrio know they are hooking Tyrion up with fake Aegon.

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The Televisionary blog has tweeted they have a review copy of ADWD and are reading it now. I'm guessing they will be subject to the embargo like everyone else.

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The Televisionary blog has tweeted they have a review copy of ADWD and are reading it now. I'm guessing they will be subject to the embargo like everyone else.

When is it lifted?

I assume the first review we got two weeks ago severely broke the embargo, or was it a special case?

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When is it lifted?

I assume the first review we got two weeks ago severely broke the embargo, or was it a special case?

That was Publisher's Weekly, vitally important to the bookselling trade, who need to do reviews as early as possible to help stores with ordering and so on. So, they're 1) a special case and 2) the embargo was only announced a couple of days ago, so they posted their review whilst it was still open season (as did the Goodreads reviewer, assuming she's legit), so there isn't a problem.

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Well I was a bit dismayed at the lengthy list of PoVs, so I hope that list is just to get the story over a hump and there will be considerable trimming of PoVs for tWoW.

Other than that I'm salivating for this book to arrive. Hopefully I'll get through a re-read of aSoS before aDwD comes out, then I can read the new book with Storm fresh in my mind and maybe to a re-read of AfFC after.

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Stego just posted that he has a copy. Maybe a review is forthcoming soon.

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What? They gave him a copy? What's he got that I don't (other than muscles)?

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No reviews are coming out much earlier than the release date. Anyone who has a copy now is embargoed, or effectively embargoed.

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No reviews are coming out much earlier than the release date. Anyone who has a copy now is embargoed, or effectively embargoed.

I feel the pre-July 12 embargo will prove ineffective in any event. Going by recent high-profile fantasy releases, lucky non-VIP readers will have the book in their hands by July 6 or 7 at the latest and will have no qualms about posting reviews and major spoilers as well.

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Yes, I figure within a week of the release date is not "much earlier". I would suppose the review embargo will likely go up around the 5th, and the official reviews will start appearing then.

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Yes, I figure within a week of the release date is not "much earlier". I would suppose the review embargo will likely go up around the 5th, and the official reviews will start appearing then.

Ran - do you have the manuscript? Are you one of the early readers? Blink once if yes, twice if no.

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