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  1. Yea, but Blood of Eden moved their troops and operatives from planet to planet without necromancy fairly quickly. They wouldn't have been much of an opponent for the Cohort otherwise. And of course there are/were all these planets inhabited by non-ressurected humans, and though theoretically they could have gotten there via sublight, 10 millenia probably shouldn't have been enough for there to be so many. So, some form of non-necromantic FTL travel must exist and communication between planets ditto. Additionally in Nona: I have to say that I am in awe of all of you folks noticing all the many allusions and homages that flew straight over my head! And exponentially more so of Muir for elegantly cramming all this stuff into her books. And of how with each book we get better and deeper understanding of characters and their motivations. We got mystery boxes with actually satisfying contents, for once. For instance, it now seems clear that
  2. This is very much untrue. Lion's share of Jon's successes hinge on him being a son of Eddard Stark and having been raised alongside his legitimate siblings as well as his direwolf. Without the prestige of his father's family, a noble education at the most powerful regional court it afforded him, without his physical resemblance to the Starks and their sigil as his animal companion he wouldn't have had the opportunities he did. And all he had to do to get Ghost was to be self-effacing for a couple of minutes. Oh, and don't start me on his getting a Valyrian steel sword on a very contrived pretext and even more ridiculously, not being relieved of it by the wildlings. Finally, simply being male is also an unearned advantage for him. That's not to say that Jon didn't make a fairly good use of his advanatages, but let's not pretend that he is some kind of self-made man. @Oana_Mika: Sadly, we can't trust GRRM. I had had some reservations about his depiction of adult women in ASoIAF from the beginning, but it seems like at some point while writing ADwD and materials for the worldbook, which became WoIaF and FaB, he decided that his setting wasn't sexist enough and it's women too capable. I used to think that it was a clumsy and misguided set-up for Dany overcoming these obstacles, but after the ending of the show and reading the early outline for the "trilogy", I suspect that it was meant as a justification for her failing. Because whatever else may have been distorted by the showrunners' chase after subversion and shock, king Bran could have only come from GRRM. Ditto Martin's hypocritical stance on dragons, where they are simultaneously weapons of mass destruction and also somehow give their female riders and to some degree even Daemon zero political clout and don't prevent them from being pushed around by dragonless men. Oh, and also they are unbeatable by mundane means, except for all the many cases when they were killed by the same. Etc., etc. Honestly, very little concerning dragons and their use in FaB and WoIaF makes much logical sense.
  3. This is actually somewhat unclear, since we have a primogeniture versus proximity to the title holder situation here. Both principles were used to determine inheritance during the RL Middle Ages and it was very much situational which prevailed. This also happened in Westeros when king's sons inherited ahead of king's grandchildren from senior lines. i.e when Jaehaerys I chose Baelon over Rhaenys and Aegon V was chosen over his niece and nephew. There may even be an example in the Stark family tree where children of Cregan's second son Edric, including his sons, didn't inherit, but their uncle, the third son of Cregan, did instead.
  4. Well, I liked the show, but the title character actor isn't quite working out for me (and independantly for my brother as well, who also liked it on the whole, as I found out last weekend). There is just something undefinably goofy about him, and the way they have the music swell with pathos after his pretentious, pseudo-deep pronouncements is a bit silly IMHO . But the show is still absolutely deserving and it would be a huge pity if it got cancelled.
  5. I have been listening to a lot of library audio-books lately: "Certain Dark Things" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - an urban fantasy stand-alone set in Mexico City. Fresh setting made it an entertaining, but not particularly memorable listen. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee - I am happy to report that the suck fairy passed this one by - it was a re-read - still excellent, IMHO. "The Hate U Give" and it's prequel "Concrete Rose" by Angie Thomas, which I checked out on a whim due to the library homepage suggestion - coming of age stories in a black ghetto, one contemporary, one 18 years prior. I liked them, but preferred the prequel. "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman - another re-read, another book that held up well. I needed a refresh to decide if I should recommend it to my 11-year-old niece, but nah, she is too much of a scaredy cat and they have just moved . Currently listening to "A Psalm for the Wild-Built" by Becky Chambers , which is nice, but didn't bowl me over so far (3/4 through). I also read "Nona the Ninth" by Tamsyn Muir, which I loved and wrote about in detail in the Locked Tomb thread. Currently making my way through "Locklands" by Robert Jackson Bennett and it is a somewhat slow going. I actually started it before Nona's arrival. This trilogy isn't quite doing it for me, sadly.
  6. Thanks, I guess I just have to wait for the final book to learn the answers. At least I didn't miss anything of substance. A slight correction - it is currently the other way round, which was an important plot point in Ht9. Hm, I wonder why they even needed it, though, given that they have alternative methods.
  7. I loved the book, as is evident from the speed of my reaction post . The main narrator voice resonated with me much better than in the previous volume, while the setting, plot and mysteries remain as intriguing as ever. I also enjoy having certain theories of mine having been proven right! It is great how every installment manages to have a distinct tone and show another part of this very imaginative setting. Yep. Have I missed something in the previous books? I didn't re-read, just read this https://www.tor.com/2022/06/08/as-yet-unsent-tamsyn-muir/, which wasn't in the ebook : Care to elaborate? I don't understand. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Nona is an absolute treasure.
  8. Stannis will last long enough to get re-united with Shireen and for the Others to put him into a hopeless enough situation that he'd sacrifice her. He is set to win the Battle of Ice and take Winterfell by subtrefuge. Beyond that, Ramsey isn't a particularly interesting villain in the books, despite his cruelty, Roose is superior to him in every way. I kinda expect either Nymeria's pack to move north and do for him, or for Bran to somehow remotely skinchange his dogs ditto. Though maybe Roose will finally decide to get rid of him too, as with "Arya" gone, he is just a liability. Frankly, even with her around he was already harming Roose's situation more than helping it. What I don't expect is some great rivalry like in the show or gathering of yet another army by Jon or yet another battle, etc. I think that attack on Jon is in part supposed to narratively stop him from running off to chase after Ramsey.
  9. It should be about whatever the Promised Prince was actually supposed to accomplish - which was completely cut from the GoT show, but had been set up in the books and is being constantly hyped up in HoTD. How they do it in detail would in part depend on which actors agreed to return, etc. They'd have to ret-con the "Short Night" into a mere skirmish, but it would only feel logical and be entirely in the spirit of humanity getting easily distracted from existential threats, which is supposed to be one of the main themes of ASoIaF. Only one season _is_ a problem - though if HoTD demonstrates that time jumps are viable, then they can work with that to bring more weight to the proceedings. But I suspect that it was always supposed to be a mini-series "with continuation potential".
  10. Yes, indeed. If this Chekov's gun doesn't fire, all the build-up, which even continues in HoTD would feel pretty ridiculous, like the last seasons of GoT did. It would be pretty bad writing after Cersei was already depicted as quite mad in her PoVs in AFFC and ADwD, though. GoT, of course, completely cut this aspect of her character. GRRM really needs to take a hard look at how he writes women who wield or aspire to wield hard power - so far it seems that he intends to vindicate all the bigots from WoIaF and FaB. Certainly, 12-13th century in England and France produced more capable noblewomen actively involved in politics and even war than the fake history of Westeros.
  11. That would depend - IMHO GoT used very little of the plot that GRRM envisioned for Jon after his assassination attempt. What we got instead was mostly a mix of Stannis's and (F)Aegon's arcs. And since the Long Night was flubbed as well and Jon was in all likelyhood integral to it, well, it would be reasonable to go in "they were wrong that the threat was decisively dealt with" direction. Certainly, focus on the prophecies in HoTD would make zero sense otherwise. Honestly, if GRRM is prepared to share, it would be less of a fan-fic than the last 2 seasons of GoT.
  12. It was what the book itself suggested, wasn't it? That they were supposed to kill Aegon or Aemond, but the first was too well guarded and the second wasn't even in KL. Because what Blood and Cheese actually did makes zero sense and it would have been so much better to hang on to the knowledge of the secret passages for a decisive advantage. Rhaenyra wasn't implicated in it at all, she was just told that Luke would be avenged.
  13. It is so weird that the Dance is actually more sexist than the historical events which inspired it! Because the 2 Matildas were both very personally active in the conflict. Matilda of Bulogne, Stephen's wife was actually _the_ reason why he managed to hang on to the throne. She even occasionally commanded troops and while Empress Matilda was more of a political leader, she still raised troops and was physically present at many significant battles, etc. They didn't just leave everything to their men once the conflict became a war.
  14. Um, given the numbers disparity only a fool would want to face them again. Yes, he is prejudiced, yes he considers the wildlings to be as much a threat as the Others, but a more imminent one, yes he probably even wants revenge for black brothers killed in the fight against Weeper's followers on the Bridge of Skulls. And yes, he short-sightedly believes that filling up the gates would bottle both of these dangers up north forever. But he does take risks with his personal safety when he feels that he has to. Tywin didn't threaten the lives of the officers at the Wall - he merely stated that they would receive no further support from the crown if they didn't elect Slynt. Marsh, as the chief accountant is more aware of how disastrous it would be for NW than anybody else. Jon's solutions also would cause issues later on and might even result in some immediately. And some of what Marsh wanted, like opposing Stannis's demands more, wouldn't have been safer in the moment. He is a conservative, who wants to hang on to how things have always been, which is yes, largely wrong in this unprecedented situation. But it doesn't mean that Jon is right either. How was, attacking Jon in front of his fired-up wildling followers cowardly? It was likely suicide. I don't understand your insistence on something that isn't supported by the text. He also has to realize that Stannis came because, among other things, Melisandre made him believe that there was a real danger behind the Wall, while the NW has done shamefully little to try to convince other lords of the same. That fool Thorne didn't even bother to show the wight hand around while Tyrion was snubbing him. And that while Stannis certainly would try to help the Watch if he wins... they would be completely SOL if he loses. That's the danger of tying oneself too closely to one side in a war and what neutrality was intended to prevent. Now, I know that many on the board and particularly in this thread believe that there would be enough time for Jon himself to go unify the North should Stannis fail, while the Others politely wait with their invasion until he is good and ready and nothing goes wrong among the disparate groups on the Wall in his absence... but IMHO it would be just bad writing, like it was on the show. Jon announced that he was going to attack Winterfell with about 200-250 wildling who were present in the Shieldhall, rather than meet Ramsay somewhere on the Night Watch lands, though. Which sounds pretty insane and also more damning re: oathbreaking. It would also break the promises he gave to the mountain clan chiefs and go against the advice he gave Stannis about not taking wildlings to the lands claimed by northern lords. Yes, there are theories that he in reality planned something else, but if so making this announcement was bloody stupid. Particularly after Jon repeatedly thought to himself in his PoVs that many in NW didn't approve of him and of what he was doing, after he himself questioned if letting the wildlings in wasn't a betrayal and a horrible mistake on the eve of welcoming Tormund's group and after even that latter warned him that many crows would disagree with it. This speech was just a capstone that confirmed the worst for all who already suspected him.
  15. The lords already can name heirs in disregard of primogeniture, though, this is referenced several times in AGoT - ASoS. Also, it is repeatedly mentioned throughout that a daughter inherits if there are no sons, yet you'll notice that this isn't always adhered to either.
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