The Fall and Rise of Kat Walker : Volume I: The Game
So he said "Well, I'll go along with you" and he did. And while he was up in the plane to Africa to find out what life was all about for him, he looked out of the plane window and he said, um, you know, "Look at those clouds down there; it's very strange to look at the clouds from up above them. I remember as a boy having dreamed up at clouds a lot and having seen the cloud from both sides now, I suppose I shouldn't really be amazed by anything. I call my song "From Both Sides, Now. Did you ever used to watch that show called Star Trek?
I just had a flash of this show, that I saw while I was singing this tune. It was the only show where Dr. Spock ever got any emotion, right? You remember that one? It was really great because They've been there for a while, they took some horses and they took some grain, they took a lot of that stuff, and they were going to experiment up there, maybe as an alternative planet, you know? When we mess this planet up too bad we'll have to go some place, right? So they were up there working kind of scientifically and all of a sudden, a message comes to Dr.
Spock and the Star Trekkers that this planet is being bombarded by some kind of rays which are, uh, not very good for any kind of animal, vegetable So, it's getting bombarded so they all go down to check it out. First thing they notice is that there are no insects around, then they notice there are no animals around.
And just when they're about ready to say that there are no people around, they discover this colony of people in the euphoric state, and not only that, when the doctor checks them out, every uh And they're in perfect heath. Well, what happens is, the reason Dr. Spock suddenly becomes a compassionate-feeling creature is 'cause one day with the youngest and the prettiest member of the scientific team, of course, he's walking through a field and he comes upon a whole kind of row of sunflower-looking creatures.
And as he's walking through these sunflower-looking creatures, one of them explodes and shoots things all over him and then you see Dr. Spock lying down on the ground and looking up at the clouds--that's what made me think of this.
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Stannis's advisor, the sorceress Melisandre , warns Jon that a Northern girl is in trouble, who Jon assumes is his half-sister, Arya Stark. Mance is revealed to be alive thanks to Melisandre's magical trickery, and he is sent to the Starks' ancestral castle Winterfell , now occupied by the enemy Boltons, to rescue Arya. However, the girl in Melisandre's visions turns out to be Alys Karstark, daughter of the deceased Lord Rickard Karstark, fleeing to the Wall to escape her treacherous uncle.
To protect Alys and aid the wildlings' integration into Westerosi society, Jon arranges for Alys to marry Sigorn of Thenn, a wildling leader. Jon receives a taunting letter from Ramsay Bolton , who claims to have crushed Stannis's army at Winterfell. Ramsay demands that Jon hand over to him Stannis' wife and daughter or be killed, and also insists that Jon deliver Arya and his foster-brother Theon Greyjoy , neither of whom Jon has seen in years. Jon instead decides that he will seek out and kill Ramsay himself, asking for volunteers from the Watch to accompany him. For this perceived betrayal of the Watch's principle of neutrality, Jon is betrayed and stabbed by several of his own men.
He is led to the last surviving Children of the Forest , the non-human natives of Westeros. They introduce Bran and his companions to the Three-Eyed Crow: the last "greenseer", an ancient man intertwined with the roots of a weirwood tree. He helps Bran learn clairvoyant "greensight", enabling Bran to witness the past and present through the eyes of the weirwood trees that grow throughout the North. Having killed his father Tywin , the Hand of the King, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister is smuggled out of Westeros to the city of Pentos by the spymaster Varys , where he is sheltered by the aristocrat Illyrio Mopatis.
Tyrion is sent south with a party ostensibly to aid the exiled princess Daenerys Targaryen , who controls the only living dragons , in claiming the Iron Throne; on the journey, he learns that Varys and Illyrio have hidden the presumed-dead Aegon Targaryen , son of Daenerys's late brother Prince Rhaegar , intending to eventually install him as king of Westeros with Daenerys's aid.
Tyrion persuades Aegon to invade Westeros immediately, without waiting for Daenerys. After traveling with Aegon to the Free City of Volantis, Tyrion is kidnapped by Daenerys's disgraced advisor Jorah Mormont , who intends to deliver him to Daenerys as a means to regain her favor. Temporarily afflicted with blindness at their hands, she develops her sense of hearing, and realizes that she can "see" through cats the same way she could with her pet direwolf, Nymeria. After her sight is restored, she is tasked with assassinating a corrupt merchant while magically disguised with another girl's face.
After doing so, Arya is declared an apprentice of the Faceless Men, to be sent to another assassin to continue her training. Daenerys has conquered the city of Meereen and banned slavery, but struggles to maintain peace within the city while also trying to prevent military defeat at the hands of the neighboring city of Yunkai. A plague known as the "pale mare" dysentery ravages the city.
Daenerys' dragons have become increasingly dangerous, and she reluctantly confines them in a dungeon for the safety of her people. Drogon, the largest, evades capture and flies off. Despite her sexual relationship with the mercenary Daario Naharis , Daenerys marries the Meereenese nobleman Hizdahr zo Loraq to secure an alliance that will hopefully appease the Sons of the Harpy, a violent Meereenese resistance group. Quentyn Martell , the son of the Prince of Dorne in southern Westeros, arrives in Meereen to seek to reestablish the allegiance between her family and his but is unable to maintain her attention.
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Jorah and Tyrion are shipwrecked, kidnapped, and sold to a Yunkish slave trader; at Meereen, Tyrion escapes in the mass confusion of the plague ravaging the Yunkish army, joins the Second Sons mercenary group, and secures their support for Daenerys. Meanwhile, another Westerosi, Victarion Greyjoy , the brother of the king of the Ironborn, sails for Meereen, intending to marry Daenerys and use her dragons to overthrow his brother.
At Hizdahr's insistence, Daenerys reopens the city's "fighting pits" for gladiatorial combat, but the noise and carnage attract Drogon. Two hundred people are killed in the resulting panic, at which point Daenerys climbs on Drogon to calm him. He flies off with Daenerys on his back. Hizdahr is soon implicated in an attempt to poison Daenerys, and her advisor Barristan Selmy removes Hizdahr from power and prepares for battle with the armies outside Meereen. Quentyn attempts to prove his worth by riding one of the remaining dragons, but is killed, unleashing both dragons on the city in the process.
Drogon flies Daenerys to the Dothraki Sea , the grassland controlled by the nomadic Dothraki people.
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After several days, Daenerys encounters a horde led by Khal Jhaqo, a former subordinate to her late Dothraki husband Khal Drogo , who abandoned her after Drogo's death. In the North , Roose Bolton has assumed authority after conspiring with House Frey to overthrow the Stark family, the North's longtime overlords; meanwhile, much of the region is occupied by the Ironborn. Stannis wins the support of the northern lords and hill clans by pledging support for the Starks and fighting off the Ironborn; while doing so, he captures Asha Greyjoy , Victarion's niece.
He marches his forces toward Winterfell to attack the Boltons, but his army becomes snowbound and cannot advance. Stannis's advisor Davos Seaworth is sent to win the support of the wealthy lord Wyman Manderly, who pretends to execute Davos to curry favor with the Lannister regime that controls the Iron Throne. In a secret meeting, Davos is told the Manderlys and other Northern vassals intend to feign submission to the Boltons and Lannisters while plotting revenge for Robb Stark 's death.
Revealing to Davos that young Rickon Stark is in hiding on the remote island of Skagos, Manderly pledges to support Stannis if Davos can retrieve Rickon and unite the Starks' supporters around him. Theon Greyjoy is a prisoner of the Boltons, mutilated and driven nearly insane by torture at the hands of Roose's sadistic son Ramsay, who renames him "Reek".
After the wedding, Ramsay repeatedly abuses Jeyne physically and sexually. Meanwhile, several suspicious murders in the castle increase the already high tensions between House Frey and the northmen. Mance Rayder arrives at Winterfell in disguise and enlists Theon to help him free the false Arya. Mance and his spearwives are left behind while Theon and Jeyne escape, leaping from the castle wall into the snow to be captured by Stannis's forces. Jaime Lannister , the uncle and, secretly, father of the young king Tommen Baratheon , negotiates the surrender of the last of the late Robb Stark's allies, nominally putting an end to the Stark—Lannister war in the Riverlands.
Brienne of Tarth , whom Jaime had sent to search for Sansa Stark and who unbeknownst to Jaime was captured by Sansa's undead, vengeful mother Catelyn , finds Jaime and tells him Sansa is in danger; he follows after her. After Tyrion convinces Aegon to attack Westeros, Aegon and his forces capture several castles in the Stormlands with little resistance.
Meanwhile, Aegon's foster father Jon Connington is secretly succumbing to greyscale, a deadly and infectious disease. Doran Martell , the prince of Dorne, sends three of his late brother Oberyn 's daughters north to the capital city of King's Landing to infiltrate the Faith and the government and work in Dorne's interests.
Cersei Lannister , Tommen's mother and queen regent, has been arrested by the Faith on charges of fornication and conspiracy. In order to gain release from her imprisonment, she confesses to several of the lesser charges against her, but does not confess to having murdered her husband King Robert Baratheon , nor that her children are the product of incest.
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As a condition of her release, she is forced to walk naked across the city as the smallfolk pelt her with rotten vegetables and insults. Meanwhile, Cersei's ally, the ex-maester Qyburn , has created "Ser Robert Strong", an eight-foot-tall figure encased in armor, to be an unbeatable champion in Cersei's upcoming trial by combat.
Having taken control of the government, Cersei's uncle Kevan Lannister and the Grand Maester Pycelle attempt to undo the damage caused by Cersei's misrule. However, Varys returns to King's Landing and murders both Kevan and Pycelle, revealing that he has been plotting for years for the Lannisters to destroy themselves so that Aegon Targaryen can take the throne, having been raised to be an ideal ruler.
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The book ends with Varys sending his "little birds" child spies to finish Kevan off. In addition to the maps published in previous books, the book includes a new map of the previously-unmapped area of the Free Cities on the eastern continent. Like the previous four volumes in the Ice and Fire series, the book includes an appendix with a complete list of characters. The story is narrated from the point of view of 18 different characters,  including two minor one-off point-of-view POV characters featured in the prologue and epilogue.
A Dance with Dragons was originally intended to be the title of the second novel in the sequence, when Martin still envisioned the series as a trilogy. The anthology Legends , which features the novella The Hedge Knight from the same universe, listed A Dance of Dragons as the third installment of a four-book series. In May Martin announced that the "sheer size" of his still-unfinished manuscript for A Feast for Crows had led him and his publishers to split the narrative into two books. Approximately one-third of the published A Dance with Dragons consists of material that had been written for the pre-split A Feast for Crows , although much of this has been rewritten by Martin.
In , Martin confirmed that, contrary to earlier statements, Sansa Stark would not appear in A Dance with Dragons ; Sansa chapters initially slated for the novel have instead been pushed back to The Winds of Winter , which is planned to be the sixth book in the series. Despite original, optimistic predictions of possible completion in late , Martin completed the novel in April , nearly five years later.