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  1. I really loved the first book in the series, and flew through it in three days, but now I'm on the second book and it's uh. terrible. I've only covered 100 pages in 2 weeks. I can't really pinpoint the source of the letdown but maybe I'm not too attached to Locke and Jean as compared to the Gentleman Bastards?? Idk, I love reading about tight knit group of friends who practise crime together (and l don't mean the Mafia) and now it's just a....duo. Maybe it's the venue? What really attracted me to the series was the worldbuilding, and I don't like this new city. All I can imagine is a cement complex. The tonal shift is jarring too, I guess I preferred it when it was lighthearted and not more complex than conning rich people out of their money. I don't really have a reason for this rant except for hoping that there are fellow commiserrators, I guess. I'll still read all of it, but I hope it picks up soon.
  2. They're not equals- Catelyn has no legal power over Ned. They only appear to be equals because Ned listens to Catelyn. Ned could in fact shut Catelyn down whenever he wants and order her to do his will, which he did, when he told Catelyn to never speak of Jon Snow's origins to him, scaring her to such an extent she never brought it up again. Re: Gilly and Sam I mean that Gilly was so desperate to leave her abusive father that she is completely dependent upon Sam for protection and guidance.
  3. They actually sat the throne and heard petitions, and ruled even without Aegon. Rhaenys established the Rule of Six. They were also warriors and field commanders. F&B makes a point that Alysanne was not a queen in her own right, while Rhaenys and Visenya were. EDIT: Found a relevant passage: The “rule of six,” now part of the common law, was established by Rhaenys as she sat the Iron Throne while the king was upon one of his progresses …After deliberating with the maesters and septons, Rhaenys declared that, whilst the gods made women to be dutiful to their husbands and so could be lawfully beaten, only six blows might ever be struck—one for each of the Seven, save the Stranger, who was death. Rhaenys didn't have to consult Aegon or get his approval to pass this law.
  4. But they didn't do it through Aegon they did it by themselves.
  5. According to Archmaester Gyldayn, Alysanne had no authority to enact laws, issue decrees, make proclamations, or pass sentences. All she had was her influence over Jaeherys. If Jaeherys didn't listen to her, she would have no power. Meanwhile Visneya and Rhaenys were primarily the ones who governed the realm instead of Aegon, and Visenya founded institutions like the Kingsguard.
  6. I disagree! I think Aegon-Visenya-Rhaenys had a better relationship than Jaeherys and Alysanne. Alysanne had no power other than Jaeherys being willing to listen to her, while Visenya and Rhaenys had actual power of their own and were engaged in statecraft and ruling. Missed the point about incest being ruled out, thanks for pointing that out.
  7. No marriage should qualify here, because all of them are unequal (peasant marriages may not have the same gap in power, but we're not given a close look at them.) The husband has almost complete power over the wife. Power to hit her, rape her, make her obey his orders, control who she sees and where she resides, and so on. Asha and Qarl would also not really be considered equal or healthy by modern standards. Asha is a princess with a band of loyal followers who would follow anything she does, while Qarl is a nobody who Asha can have killed at any time. Sam and Gilly aren't either. Gilly is almost completely dependent on Sam, emotionally and physically. The most equal relationship in ASOIAF was probably Daeron Targaryen and Jeremy Norridge. They were squires of similar age who grew up together and fell in love. Aegon and his sisters as well, as Rhaenys and Visenya owned dragons and had the power to enact laws and pass decrees.
  8. You're one of my favorite people on here even though I wasn't active when you were around. Hope you still ship Bambi and hope you see this :D

  9. Please see this thread, and the circumstances in which Arya thinks to herself that Gendry is 5 years older than herself.
  10. I have a question, does anyone have any idea where I can find the first drafts of the story/what changes GRRM made from the first drafts of the story?
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