A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think Sandor Clegane is alive and on the Quiet Isle. What I do know for sure is that Elder Brother told Brienne he found Sandor, that is was Arya with him and that they were headed to the Saltpans and that Arya presumably continued on there after she left Sandor. Elder Brother told her "The Hound" was dead but when Brienne asked if Sandor Clegane was dead he said "he is at rest", which isn't exactly the same thing.
Rorge took The Hounds helm and attacked the Saltpans killing everyone not in the castle. Brienne killed Rorge when he attacked the Inn she was staying at, but was grievously wounded by Biter, who chews the flesh off her cheek. After Gendry rescues her from Biter, he and the remaining members of the Brotherhood Without Banners take her captive. Lady Catelyn (the undead) accuses her of betraying her and instructs her men to hang Brienne, Ser Hyle Hunt and Podrick Payne. As she is hanging Brienne says a word............
Arya used the coin that Jaqen H'ghar gave her to buy passage on a ship to Braavos, where she joins the Faceless Men, While posing as Cat (a fish girl) she meets Samwell Tarly, and learns how Dareon deserted the Night Watch and left Sam, Gilly, The Baby (Rayder's son). and Maester Aemon to starve. Arya kills Dareon, when she returns to the Faceless Men she is given milk to drink that makes her blind.
Sam manages to get passage on a ship to Oldtown, but Maester Aemon dies en-route. At the Citadel Alleras, seeks him out and brings him straight to Archmaester Marwyn, who asks Samwell to repeat for him Aemon's final words. Upon hearing the story, Marwyn immediately departs the city with the stated intention of going to Daenerys and becoming her maester (Not sure if Sam should trust Alleras and Archmaester Marwyn).
Jaime releases Edmure Tully, and allows him to return to Riverrun on condition that he surrender the Castle. Edmure allows his Uncle (The Blackfish) to escape before surrendering the castle, which angers Jaime but Jaime keeps his deal and Edmure is taken to Casterly Rock as his prisoner. When he receives the missive from Cersei begging him for help he burns it.
Cersei in an attempt to alleviate the crown's debts, gain the Faith's blessing, and gain more protection from her purported enemies, allows the new High Septon (known as the High Sparrow) to revive the Faith Militant, ignorant of its history of causing trouble for monarchs. Cersei then plotted to frame Margaery Tyrell for adultery and treason. The High Septon arrest Margaery but Cersei's plans to remove the Tyrell influence at court backfires when the High Sparrow arrests her for several crimes, including the murder of the previous High Septon. Her ministers seize control of the government and send for Kevan to be the new Regent.
Sansa is happily plotting with Lord Petyr Baelish who plans for her to marry Harrold Hardyng (the Arryn heir), and reclaim Winterfell in her name.
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