* PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RE-READ POSTS WILL INCLUDE SPOILERS FOR ALL PUBLISHED WORKS IN THE SONG OF ICE & FIRE UNIVERSE. *
On a personal note, I've put off writing this recap for far too long. I've been super busy, have had several ARCs to read, and to be honest I also gave up the idea of finishing my ASOIAF re-read before Ice & Fire Con this year...so I'm in no hurry.
Anyway, let's jump right in!
As maddening as they are, Jojen's green dreams are one of the best parts of ACOK. Of course Martin is pretty much the master of red herrings and prophecies and whatnot, but I'm of the opinion that he handles all of that with the most grace in ACOK. Perhaps that's part of the reason it's my favorite book in the series (so far)...
That said, the talk of dreams in Bran's chapters does get a bit tiring. Bran is dreaming but doesn't want to talk about it; he doesn't want to be an "evil" beastling/shapechanger. Meanwhile, Jojen insists that they should fear things in dreams - "The past. The future. The truth." It's a lot for a bunch of children to take on, even in ASOIAF. Unless you're a Walder, that is - those boys are screwy.
In other Stark news - and also, speaking of things being a lot for children to take on - Arya definitely should be chastising herself for choosing to send Jaqen after Weese instead of Gregor or Lord Tywin. But then she IS just a child, so we kind of have to give her a pass. (Funny how people will do that for Arya when she makes mistakes, but refuse to do the same for Sansa... ::sigh::)
Side note: I kind of want to use the name "Tuffleberry the brewer" for one of my pets or something in the future.
Meanwhile Catelyn arrives back at Riverrun, but not before accepting Brienne's oath. Probably since my second re-read, I've wondered if certain parts of their "agreement" would come back to haunt Catelyn/Lady Stoneheart - namely that she won't hold Brienne back from Stannis, and that Brienne will "always have a place by [Catelyn's] hearth and meat and mead at [her] table", that Catelyn will ask no service of Brienne that might bring her into dishonor. How does this apply to the current state of things - that being, Lady Stoneheart telling Brienne to go after Jaime Lannister? And will the part about Stannis ever come up again? Inquiring minds want to know!
However, some questions that came from this chapter have essentially already been answered - unless of course you believe that there's a chance Sweetrobin is Littlefinger's son, we now generally know what Hoster Tully was raving about in regards to Lysa. Thanks, GRRM! (Gods, I can't wait for the next book...)
We also saw a bit of Theon again. Note my excitement. (Yes, that's sarcasm.) That said, as much as I find myself rolling my eyes at Theon, when he is thinking about Dagmer Cleftjaw as the man who gave him "more smiles than [his] father and Eddard Stark together. Even Robb..." - well, up until it becomes clear that he means to take Winterfell, I almost feel bad for him. Almost.
Daenerys is still hanging out in Qarth (honestly, Qarth and Xaro annoy me so much, and I can't even pinpoint exactly why) - in fact, she's kind of stuck there - but at least she runs into Quaithe and things get interesting for a moment with this little 'prophecy' of sorts...
"To go north, you must journey south. To reach the west, you must go east. To go forward you must go back, and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow."
|Here is my diagram of Quaithe's prophecy.|
As we know, Dany has already done some of these things (well, going east, anyway), and chances are this actually means that eventually she'll end up in Asshai...she doesn't seem to WANT to go there, but Quaithe insists that she'll find "truth" there. Of course, I have no idea how Martin is going to send Dany to Asshai and get her back to Westeros in time to do her business there in just two books, but I'm trying not to dwell on that too much.
Finally, we come to Tyrion, whom I've left for last because there were two of his POV chapters in this section. News of Renly's death has reached King's Landing, the Small Council moves forward with proposing Joffrey's marriage to Margaery, and lo and behold, Cersei is nice to Tyrion! (But probably only because she's planning something, of course.)
The second Tyrion chapter is a lot more important, though - they send Myrcella off to Dorne, and then, you know, there's a riot. For which everyone blames Tyrion. Even though, much as I'm loathe to admit it, the crappy situation in King's Landing isn't really his fault. In a way, he's even the glue holding the city together, though almost no one knows it.
Back to that riot, though, a whole bunch of people die or go missing, and Sansa's almost one of them. I can't help but think that she was supposed to go "missing" as well, because seriously WHERE is Tyrek?! I bet you he's not dead, and I'm telling you there's at the very least fanfic about that. I've always wondered if the riot was at least somewhat orchestrated, perhaps by Varys...am I alone in that? Bueller? Bueller?
Anyway, that's about all I have to say! Eventually I'll get around to my next recap...eventually. ;)