A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
He certainly didn't advance the plot much and the first part is pretty much a rehash of what happened in A Feast For Crows from another characters POV.
Arya sight is returned to her and she is still with the Faceless Men.
Bran has reached the "three-eyed crow" and is learning about about greenseeing and skinchanging. I am really unhappy about what they are doing to Bran.
Jon Snow let the Wildlings through "The Wall", on condition they help fight "The Others". He had planed to rescue some Wildlings at Hardhome but when he got the message from Ramsey Bolton he changed the plan and put Tormund Giantsbane in charge of the rescue attempt, while he planned to go to Winterfell and attack Bolton. He was stabbed by his brothers and we do not know if he is alive or dead.
Alys Karstark, fled to "The Wall" and was given sanctuary by Jon Snow. She married Sigorn, Magnar of Thenn (Wildling) in order to avoid being married to her cousin Cregan Karstark, and having her home stolen from her family.
Stannis has Asha Greyjoy, as his prisoner. Currently Stannis and his "army" have been snowed in. A representative from the Iron Bank showed up with some of Asha Greyjoy's men as well as Theon (Reek) and Jeyne Poole "Bolton" (the False Arya). Jon Snow had sent Mance Rayder (Abel) and six spearwives to rescue Arya. Ramsey has captured Mance and killed the spearwives according to his letter to Jon Snow.
Jon Connington (Griff) has been raising Prince Aegon (Young Griff) in secrecy. The original plan was to go to Daenerys and join forces but Tyrion convinces him to invade the Seven Kingdoms (starting in the Stormlands) without her instead. Jon Connington is suffering from greyscale but so far has managed to keep his condition secret.
Tyrion was kidnapped by Jorah Mormont who planned to take him to Daenerys but they were captured by slavers. Tyrion managed to arrange their escape and they are currently with Brown Ben Plumm, (along with the female dwarf Penny, her dog and pig have probably been killed).
Daenerys Targaryen married Hizdahr zo Loraq in order to restore peace to the city of Meereen, he is believed to have arranged to have her poisoned. Strong Belwas ate the poisoned locusts meant for Daenerys and nearly died. Drogon (the black dragon) shows up and Daenerys flies away on him, many people are trampled when they try to flee and some believe Daenerys is dead. At the end of the book she and Drogon were discovered by the khalasar of Khal Jhaqo.
Victarion Greyjoy sails through the outer islands of Slaver's Bay, bound for Meereen in hopes of marrying Daenerys.
Quentyn Martell, Prince of Dorne got to Meereen to late. Daenerys refused his marriage proposal and wed Hizdahr instead. Wanting to return to Dorne in triumph he attempts to steal one of the remaining dragons. Both dragons escape and Quentyn is badly burned and dies from his injuries.
Ser Barristan Selmy, is acting as Daenerys "Hand" and has taken Hizdahr prisoner.
Davos is still alive and has been sent to rescue Rickon Stark.
Cersei Lannister was imprisoned by the Faith of the Seven. After admitting to fornication she was released after walking through the streets naked. She still has to stand trial for adultery and murder, "Ser Robert Strong" (some sort of Frankenstein's monster cobbled together from the corpse of Gregor Clegane and other prisoners) will be her champion in a trial by combat.
Jamie Lannister has disappeared with Brienne of Tarth.
Varys, arranges the murders of Kevan Lannister and Grand Maester. Pycelle.
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