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A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2)

by George R. R. Martin

A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Summary

Extended Summary

A Clash of Kings is the sequel to George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novel, A Game of Thrones. The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros have been united under one ruler for centuries. However, after Robert Baratheon dies, the lords of Westeros are quick to seize power for themselves. Robert’s two brothers, Stannis and Renly, both declare themselves king. In the north, Robb Stark declares himself “king in the north.” At King’s Landing, a port city and the capitol of Westeros, the child Joffrey Baratheon sits on the Iron Throne, but how long can he and his advisors hold it?

Tyrion Lannister is the second son of one of the most powerful families in the realm. However, although he is very intelligent, Tyrion is reviled, even by his family, because he is a dwarf. Nevertheless, Tyrion has been sent to King’s Landing to control the king, to subdue Queen Cersei Lannister, and to defend the city against invasion. Tyrion takes action immediately. He begins by cowing his political rivals, especially his sister the queen. He seeks out “pyromancers” and has them increase production of “wildfire,” an extremely volatile liquid. He also sets every forge in the city to work building a chain, though he refuses to explain why. Finally, he begins sending letters seeking political alliance, offering Cersei’s daughter and son as hostages or potential matches in marriage. However, although Tyrion relishes the power he wields, he has surrounded himself with mercenaries whose loyalties can easily be bought from him. Tyrion is doing everything in his power to save the city, which is slowly beginning to starve as the war continues, but the common people blame Tyrion for their hardships.

The greatest threats to Tyrion may be his family, but the greatest threats to King’s Landing are surely Stannis and Renly Baratheon and their armies. As Robert’s oldest living brother, Stannis has the stronger claim to the Iron Throne, particularly since Joffrey is actually born of incest, but the lords of the south have rallied behind Renly, who is much more likeable than stern Stannis. Stannis, however, has a “shadowbinder” at his disposal, one that soon begins using magic to assassinate Stannis’ rivals. The first victim of her dark magic is Renly. When Renly dies, the majority of his bannermen switch allegiance to Stannis, who quickly prepares to attack King’s Landing. However, the Tyrell family remains independent, choosing not to support Stannis’ claim.

King’s Landing is not the only stronghold that faces invasion. Robb Stark, King of the North, sends Theon Greyjoy to meet with his father, Lord Balon. Their plan is that the Greyjoys will attack the Lannisters in the west. However, Lord Greyjoy instead chooses to launch raids on the north. Theon, trying to impress his father, decides to betray Robb and launches an attack on Winterfell. Though Winterfell is the seat of the Starks, Robb has left only a minor garrison behind to defend it. When Theon attacks, he is able to take over quickly. When the people of Winterfell name him “Theon Turncloack,” Theon soon finds that his victory is not as sweet as he expected.

Unfortunately, Robb is unable to return to the north as he is fighting battles against the Lannisters in the West. His primary opponent is the experienced general and talented politician Lord Tywin Lannister. To the surprise of every lord in the realm, Robb, his generals, and his direwolf Grey Wind have won every battle, but despite his victories, Robb is expected to lose the war. Robb’s army is situated near the Tully stronghold, Riverrun, and Tywin has settled in a nearby castle, Harrenhal, which many believe to be cursed. What Robb does not know is that his youngest sister, Arya Stark is also at Harrenhal. Arya has fled...

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A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter Summaries

Prologue Summary

Cressen is the aged maester of Dragonstone, a place where Stannis Baratheon has recently declared himself King of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and now prepares for war. Cressen watches a comet that streaks across the sky and wonders what it means. The Citadel in Old Town has sent a white raven to him, declaring the end of summer and the coming of winter. Maester Pylos, a younger man who is to take Cressen's place, announces that Stannis's daughter and Patchface, a fool that survived drowning, would like to see it. Cressen is happy to see them, particularly since he feels guilty for not protecting Shireen from greyscale when she was young. Pylos also informs him that Ser Davos Seaworth has returned. Normally, Stannis would have summoned the old maester, but now he must go and present himself. Stannis rules from the top of a tower, inside of which is a table shaped like Westeros. Cressen climbs up the stairs and meets Ser Davos, who is descending. Ser Davos admits that no lords are interested in joining Stannis's cause. They have all joined Stannis's younger brother, Renly. When Cressen finally makes his way to Stannis, the maester tries to encourage him to find allies in the Arryns or the Starks. Stannis refuses to seek allegiance among the lords that should rightfully kneel before his claim to the Iron Throne. Instead, Stannis has placed his faith in Melisandre, priestess to R'hllor, the Lord of Light, the Heart of Fire, the God of Flame and Shadow. She is a shadowbinder from Asshai. Cressen decides to poison her so that she cannot spread her ways. However, when he arrives at supper that evening, Cressen finds that Pylos has been given his seat, already thwarting his plan. Cressen improvises and proposes a toast to Melisandre's god. They both drink from the same cup, but Melisandre's magic protects her from the poison. Cressen dies.

Chapter 1 Summary

Arya has escaped King's Landing, thanks to Yoren, a brother of the Night's Watch. He explains to her that she will pose as a boy as they travel along the kingsroad. The most difficult part will be urinating, he predicts. Still, it is best that she goes unnoticed. Yoren has thirty men and boys with him, three of whom are so dangerous that they are still in shackles. Though Arya tries to remain silent, two boys notice her sword, Needle, and try to take it from her. Lommy Greenhands, who had been an inker's apprentice, encourages Hot Pie, whose mother had been a baker, to steal it. Hot Pie approaches Arya, and she offers him her wooden practice sword. When Hot Pie comes closer, she attacks him with it and beats him raw until Yoren stops her. He takes her to the woods and switches her. After, he tells her that her father, Lord Eddard Stark, was supposed to have been allowed to join the Night's Watch. Instead, Joffrey ruined the plan. Now, Arya walks along the column, too sore to ride a donkey, with Bull, an older boy. Bull thinks the comet looks like a red sword, but Arya sees the sword that was used to kill her father, turned red with her father's blood. At night, Arya dreams of returning to Winterfell.

Chapter 2 Summary

Sansa gossips with Ser Arys Oakheart of the Kingsguard. Though Ser Arys will strike Sansa when commanded to, he protests and does so with less force than the others. Sansa and Ser Arys consider the meaning of the comet in the sky—glory to Joffrey—and discuss who will win the tourney in honor of Joffrey's name day. Ser Arys is confident that he will win, though he points out that the competition is not very impressive. The jousting is poor indeed and Joffrey soon loses his temper. When Ser Dontos arrives, drunk, Joffrey prepares to have the knight killed. Sansa intervenes, suggesting that it would be bad luck for Joffrey to kill a man on his name day. Joffrey, rightly, suspects that Sansa is making this up as she goes, until...

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Chapter 3 Summary

Tyrion approaches the small council with Bronn and Timett son of Timett. Ser Mandon Moore of the Kingsguard initially refuses to allow Tyrion through until Tyrion threatens to have him killed. It is his first victory as the Hand of the King. He enters the small council and presents a letter from his father. The members of the small council welcome Tyrion but Cersei does not. Tyrion requests a private audience, and once alone he confronts his sister, the queen regent. Joffrey's reign has been a disaster. Cersei explains that Joffrey is willful and expects to command rather than be commanded. Tyrion proposes that he will better control Joffrey and that he will find a way to free Jaime. Cersei agrees, though she insists that Tyrion...

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Chapter 4 Summary

Bran is unhappy when he lies in bed. The walls press in on him even though the world outside calls. He can hear the direwolves howling from the godswood. Some people at Winterfell think that the direwolves are hungry, which explains why they howl all day long. Maester Luwin thinks they howl at the comet in the sky, mistaking it for the moon. Osha thinks that the comet means blood and fire is coming. Old Nan cannot see the comet but claims that she can smell it, and she thinks that it means dragons. Regardless, Bran misses Summer. Both of the direwolves have been locked in the godswood since Shaggydog attacked the Walders, his mother's wards. Maester Luwin, who also has been attacked by Shaggy, explains that the direwolves are...

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Chapter 5 Summary

Arya sees freshly dug graves along the kingsroad, and soon notices that Yoren and his recruits are the only ones traveling north. Everyone warns of war. When Yoren reaches an inn and allows his recruits to wash, though not sleep, Arya stays behind so that no one will realize she, "Arry," is a girl. That night, however, she is allowed to have a beer with the other recruits when the owner of the inn gives them a round on the house because his brother was sent to the Wall for stealing a pinch of pepper. The men and women at the inn tell Yoren that he will not be able to travel north much longer because of the war. Yoren disagrees. They also talk about a gigantic wolfpack that has attacked farmers. Arya thinks that it might be Nymeria...

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Chapter 6 Summary

Jon Snow goes into the depths of Castle Black, beneath the Wall in search of his friend Samwell Tarly. The tunnels are not often used in summer, but when winter comes, the Night's Watch will rely on them to move from one castle to another. Sam is Jon's friend, and though he may be a coward, he is enthusiastic about books and learning. Sam tells Jon that there are ancient books about rangings beyond the Wall where men met giants and the children of the forest. Jon reminds Sam that his first purpose was to find maps for Lord Commander Mormont, the Old Bear, who is planning to lead an army of the Night's Watch beyond the Wall. He has lost Benjen Stark, Jon's uncle and the First Ranger, as well as the man that went after Benjen Stark....

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Chapter 7 Summary

Catelyn watches as her fifteen-year-old son, Robb, the King in the North, delivers his terms to Ser Cleos Frey. Although the Freys have allied themselves with the Starks and the Tullys, Ser Cleos married a Lannister and so fought beside them. Now, Robb offers to return his hostages, save Jaime Lannister, in exchange for his sisters, Sansa and Arya. He also demands that his father's remains and his greatsword, Ice, be returned. He demands that the north and the riverlands be considered a separate kingdom, ruled by him. The terms are not very generous, Catelyn thinks, and they are unlikely to lead to the return of her daughters, Sansa and Arya. Her son has other concerns now. He means to send Theon Greyjoy to treat with his father,...

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Chapter 8 Summary

Tyrion is feasting Ser Janos Slynt, Commander of the City Watch, in the Small Hall. When Slynt sided with the Lannisters rather than Eddard Stark, they rewarded him with the Harrenhal and a seat on the small council. Now, the two of them are alone and Janos is very drunk. Tyrion has spent the evening trying to charm Slynt and he asks about some of Slynt's recent actions. He is particularly interested in confirming that Cersei is behind some of the more brutal commands. Slynt explains that when he leaves to occupy the Harrenhal, Tyrion would do well to promote Allar Deem, the man who killed the last of King Robert's bastard children, babes included, in King's Landing. Now, Tyrion explains to his guest, Ser Janos would do well to...

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Chapter 9 Summary

Arya is happy that they no longer meet as many people as they used to on the road, but she is frustrated by their lack of progress. The road is little more than two muddy ruts and the carts get stuck a dozen times every day. Two of the men Yoren is taking north were found guilty of poaching, and Yoren sends them out foraging for food. Sometimes they return with a deer, and Arya even managed to bring home a rabbit once. At night, they set sentries, but Arya can sneak past them easily. She thinks about traveling alone, but who would watch her back while she sleeps? She decides it is safer to stay. Still, there are dangers. Yoren has them leave the road to avoid Lannister and Stark men. Although the Night's Watch takes no part, they...

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Chapter 10 Summary

Ser Davos Seaworth watches as Melisandre, Queen Selyse, and their followers burn the Seven in effigy. Representations of the Mother, the Maid, the Crone, the Smith, the Father, the Warrior, and the Stranger all burn. Afterward, Melisandre explains that years ago, Azor Ahai, beloved of the fire god, R'hllor, fought the darkness with a fiery sword, Lightbringer. Now, Stannis, clad in leather, walks into the fire and withdraws the sword. As he puts out a fire on his pants, Melisandre declares him Azor Ahai come again. Davos is disturbed by the ritual, but he thinks of all that he has received from Stannis. Though his newly proclaimed king took his fingers as punishment for his days as a smuggler, he also knighted him, made him a lord,...

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Chapter 11 Summary

Theon is returning to Pyke, where his father, Balon Greyjoy, rules the Iron Islands. Long ago, the men of the Iron Islands were reavers, a tradition that was ended by Aegon the Conqueror. When Theon was a boy, his father had led a rebellion, not just to become a king but also to restore the Old Way. The words of the Greyjoys are "we do not sow," and their sigil is a gold kraken on a field of black. When King Robert and Lord Eddard Stark defeated Balon, Theon was taken to Winterfell as a hostage. Now, he brings word that Robb Stark would name Balon a king again. When he lands, Theon meets his uncle, Aeron Damphair, a priest of the Drowned God. Aeron tells Theon that little has changed, people live their lives and die. Still, much...

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Chapter 12 Summary

Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, leads her followers along the path of the comet, which the Dothraki call shierak qiya. She decides that since the comet arrived on the same nights her dragons did, it is her guide. Besides, every other direction will lead them to a khalasar, led by men that will kill her and her followers. They travel into the red waste, where her followers begin slowly dying. As the people die, however, the dragons grow. Dany names them Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion. The journey ends when they reach an abandoned city. There, they find water and dates. Dany asks Ser Jorah about his past and he tells her that he married twice. His first wife died in childbirth. He met his second wife after...

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Chapter 13 Summary

Jon and the men of the Night's Watch have just found Whitetree, one of the villages on the old maps, abandoned. Though it is called a village, it is actually just four sod roofed hovels. Inside, there is nothing but straw for beds. At the center of Whitetree lies a weirwood, the largest Jon has ever seen. A face has been carved into it, and inside its massive mouth are human bones. The wildlings burn their dead, though until recently the Night's Watch never understood why. The Night's Watch has now found four empty villages, and they intend to press on. The men are becoming more unsettled by the emptiness of the haunted forest. However, when Jon goes to see cowardly Sam, he learns that the latter is the only person in the column...

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Chapter 14 Summary

Arya and the others reach a river. It seems like a peaceful day until they find a dead man floating in the reeds. Yoren gathers them together and explains that they cannot cross the river so they will proceed to a holdfast and try to find boats to take across the God's Eye, a lake. However, when they get there, they find that the holdfast has been abandoned. Still, they decide to stay the night. That night, Arya wakes from a wolf dream and rouses the others. Trouble is coming. Moments later, the watchman sounds his horn and troops approach. The commander, Ser Amory Lorch, demands that they reveal themselves in the name of King Joffrey, but Yoren refuses. Arya looks closer and realizes that they do not care whether Yoren is a member...

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Chapter 15 Summary

Tyrion listens with the small council as Cersei reads Stannis's letter. She is outraged that Stannis would name her children as the product of incest. Tyrion knows that Stannis has not lied, but he is impressed by Cersei's incensed performance. She demands that anyone who spreads the tale be punished severely. Tyrion proposes that they do nothing and let the story die off. Littlefinger, meanwhile, suggests that they spread a story that Stannis's child is actually the daughter of Patchface, the fool. It is a good idea, but it makes Tyrion realize that Littlefinger is dangerous. He leaves to meet with the city's blacksmiths and sets them to work making a giant chain, though he does not tell them its purpose. After, he goes to an...

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Chapter 16 Summary

Bran must do his best to be the Stark in Winterfell now that a harvest feast has been called. It is not easy and he stops in the yard to watch the swordplay. When Big Walder and Little Walder tease Hodor, Bran defends the gentle, simple-minded giant. Maester Luwin chastises the Walders for picking on the helpless. He takes Bran to the hall where they receive Lord Manderly. He is interested in marrying the Lady Hornwood, a widow with no heirs, and in building ships. Maester Luwin and Ser Rodrik promise to bring the matter before Robb. The Umbers also arrive, asking after the widow and defending their shores from raiding wildlings. When Lady Hornwood arrives, she worries over Roose Bolton's bastard, who rules in the Dreadfort. He is...

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Chapter 17 Summary

Tyrion is eating breakfast with Grand Maester Pycelle. When Pycelle's young serving girl is sent away, Tyrion instructs the old man to send a message to Prince Doran Martell, the lord of the Dorne, which is in the deep south of Westeros. Tyrion is careful not say aloud what is in the message. When Pycelle leaves, Tyrion inspects the maester's potions and takes one bottle. When he finishes, he meets Littlefinger. He suggests that Littlefinger travel to the Vale of Arryn to convince Lysa Arryn to send her bannermen to help the Lannisters fight King Renly. Littlefinger then should offer to marry Myrcella to Robert Arryn, Lysa's sickly child. Finally, Tyrion meets Varys that evening. Thanks to his informants, Varys already knows that...

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Chapter 18 Summary

Sansa has received a note that instructs her to go to the godswood if she wants to return home. She wonders if it might be a trap to test her loyalty to Joffrey. Sansa is given new maids every two weeks so that they cannot befriend her. She knows that Varys and the queen both watch her. She requests a fire and burns the note. That night, she goes to the godswood. There she finds Ser Dontos, who claims to have had only one cup of wine for courage. Sansa is disappointed that he is the one the gods have sent until he reminds her of the stories about Florian the Fool, the greatest knight of them all. Florian saved Jonquil, Sansa recalls. Excited by the similarity, she accepts Ser Dontos and kisses him on the cheek. In her rush back to...

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Chapter 19 Summary

Arya and the others are struggling to survive in the middle of the war torn riverlands. Three of the men survived the attack, but one has died of his wounds and the other two decide to abandon the orphan boys and Arya shortly after. Now, she and Gendry try to lead Hot Pie and an injured Lommy, who has to be dragged in his litter. They have also saved a crying girl, though now she no longer cries. They call her "Weasel." Lommy is angry at Yoren, and he believes that they should have yielded. When they reach a village, Arya and Gendry walk closer to investigate. They split up, and Arya watches as Gendry is caught. Arya leaves to retrieve Hot Pie. They return and Arya plans for each of them to attack one of Gendry's guards. When Hot...

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Chapter 20 Summary

Tyrion has dressed warmly to visit the alchemists beneath the castle. They once were a prestigious guild but now have been all but supplanted by the maesters of the Citadel. The alchemists hint at secret powers but they now only make wildfire, which they refer to as the "substance." Though Tyrion does not feel safe around so flammable a concoction, he intends to use it to defend King's Landing. When he leaves the guild, he finds Bronn, who has two messages for him. The first is from Ser Jacelyn Bywater. Ser Cleos Frey has arrived with Robb Stark's terms for peace. Though they are too much for Tyrion, he sees in them the potential to delay Robb Stark so that the Lannisters can train their second army in preparation for Renly and...

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Chapter 21 Summary

Bran welcomes everyone to the harvest feast. The last time so many had been gathered in Winterfell's hall was when his father hosted King Robert. Now, every member of his family but Rickon has gone or else has died. Bran is offered the first portion of every course in the meal, but before long he is full and he sends choice portions to others around him. To the Walders, he sends beets and turnips. The feast stops, momentarily, when Meera and Jojen Reed arrive. They are the children of Howland Reed, who was one of Eddard Stark's most dependable companions during the rebellion. Meera is armed with a spear and a net, while Jojen is dressed all in green. Even his eyes are a deep mossy green. Bran leaves the hall when the feast ends and...

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Chapter 22 Summary

Catelyn wakes from a dream in which Ned is alive, Robb is not at war, Sansa and Arya hold hands, Bran is not crippled, and Rickon is still a babe. She is tired of being strong. Now, she and an escort of men travel south to meet with King Renly Baratheon. She recalls how Robb maneuvered her into leaving by threatening to send the Greatjon Umber to Renly. And she worries what Robb will do next; he has declared that his forces will march again, though not on the Harrenhal. Renly has made camp outside a castle, and Catelyn arrives at the end of a tourney. A knight in blue defeats all comers, including Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers, but the crowd does not love him. Catelyn is surprised to learn that the knight is a woman,...

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Chapter 23 Summary

Jon and the men of the Night's Watch have journeyed in the rain for six days when they arrive at Craster's keep. Though Jon had not expected a grand castle, he is still surprised by it: a long hovel with a sod roof. The Old Bear and his officers go inside to ask Craster where the wildlings have gone. He tells them that Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, is gathering the wildlings to him. Jon is sent to find Sam, who will draw a map for them. There, he meets Gilly, one of Craster's "daughters," though his daughters grow up to become his wives. The next morning, she comes to Jon and asks to come with him. She is pregnant and is convinced that she will have a son. Craster gives his sons to the gods, she explains. Jon knows that...

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Chapter 24 Summary

Theon visits the shore and inspects his newly made longship. He looks around at the other longships, which have come in by the dozen. His father will strike at the north very soon. He sees a woman and decides to pursue her. She introduces herself as Esgred, the shipwright's wife and says that she is newly with child. Undaunted, Theon flirts with her and finds that she has a fast wit. He names his ship in her honor, the Sea Bitch, and he offers to take her back to his father's castle. She agrees. As they travel back to the inn where his horse, Smiler, is stabled, Esgred greets the men she sees, explaining that all of the rowers love the shipwright's wife. They gather Theon's squire, Wex, and travel back to Pyke. There,...

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Chapter 25 Summary

Tyrion goes to Cersei's chambers and hears someone singing inside. He enters and finds Ser Lancel, Jaime's cousin. Tyrion requests a word in private and once alone he tells Cersei that Stannis has laid siege to Storm's End, Renly's seat. In her glee, Cersei does not notice Tyrion poisoning her wine. The next day, Cersei is unable to leave her chambers and Tyrion holds court while Joffrey plays with his new crossbow. He announces his peace terms to Ser Cleos before the court. They are not generous, though he does offer to return Eddard's remains. He also proposes to send the Lannister garrison, Cersei's last remaining troops, with Ser Cleos. Among them will be four men who will try to free Jaime. Afterward, Ser Alliser Thorne...

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Chapter 26 Summary

Arya used to tell herself that "fear cuts deeper than swords," but now when she says the phrase, she cowers. Arya and Hot Pie have been taken captive by Ser Gregor Clegane, who is searching for Beric Dondarrion. Arya thinks that they are sheep now. Each day, one of the captives is taken and tortured by the Tickler, one of Ser Gregor's men. The answers they give vary, but they die at the end of every day. At night, women are raped. Each evening, Arya says a prayer: a list of the people she wishes were dead. In addition to Ser Gregor and the Tickler, she hates Polliver, who took Needle, and Raff the Sweetling, who killed Lommy. She also hates Dunsen and Chiswyck, two of Ser Gregor's men. Additionally, she hates Ser Amory Lorch, who...

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Chapter 27 Summary

Daenerys arrives in Qarth, a spectacular city in the East. The warlock Pyatt Pree tells Dany that it is the greatest city in the world, and it does seem to be the richest. The city is surrounded by three walls, each of which is heavily ornamented. There are water fountains in every square. Children stream flowers in Dany’s path as a welcome. Xaro Xhoan Daxos, the merchant, takes Dany back to his palace and gives her tiny khalasar one wing to themselves. Dany is amazed by its wealth. Before she leaves, Quaithe tells Dany to beware of the lust men will have for her dragons and Ser Jorah agrees. He wishes to protect Dany like a child and he lusts after her as a women, but he does not see her as his queen. She wishes she...

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Chapter 28 Summary

Bran watches as Meera circles Summer with her spear and net. Though he lunges at her, she manages to catch him in her snare. Everyone has left after the harvest feast except the Reeds. Ser Rodrik has left to fight the bastard of Bolton, who has forced Lady Hornwood to marry him. Here in Winterfell, Jojen claims to have greensight. Sometimes he has green dreams, and when he does, they always come true. When he dreamt of a winged wolf, he and Meera came to Winterfell. Jojen explains that when he touched Summer after the harvest feast, he felt Bran inside the wolf. Every night, Jojen thinks, Bran falls in his dreams, though the three-eyed crow that haunts Bran in his dreams tells him to “fly or die.” The Reeds have come to teach...

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Chapter 29 Summary

Tyrion is up late reading reports from Varys and accounts from Littlefinger when his squire, Podrick Payne, enters. Lancel has come with a message from Cersei. Tyrion rises, though slowly, and goes to see the young knight. Ser Lancel gives Tyrion a royal decree from Queen Regent Cersei; it calls for Grand Maester Pycelle’s release. When Lancel threatens Tyrion, Tyrion explains that he knows the role Lancel played in murdering King Robert. Lancel had given Robert strongwine so that he would fail to kill the boar. Now, Tyrion guesses aloud, Lancel is sleeping with the queen as well. He can see in Lancel's eyes that he has guessed correctly. Tyrion threatens to tell Joffrey that Lancel has killed his father and is sleeping with his...

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Chapter 30 Summary

Arya thinks she has become a mouse as she scrubs the floors and does other jobs for Weese. Weese is a cruel master, and it does not take long before Arya adds Weese’s name to her daily prayer of people she wants dead. Hot Pie ends up in the kitchens and Gendry is sent to the forge, where they work well and live more comfortably. The servants often gossip about the lords that ride in and out from Harrenhal now that Lord Tywin has moved in. When Lady Whent had ruled in Harrenhal for Lord Tully, she had only maintained the lower floors of the gigantic castle. Now, Lord Tywin orders that they all be restored, and the servants worry over the ghosts they will find in the haunted castle. There is word that Beric Dondarrion has been...

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Chapter 31 Summary

Catelyn is the first to arrive at the meeting place. Stannis Baratheon arrives next. He is accompanied by the shadowbinder Melisandre, who bears his banner, a stag within a burning heart. Catelyn does not recognize it. Stannis expresses his condolences for Catelyn’s losses, though he quickly points out that Eddard Stark was never his friend. Catelyn suggests that Robb and Stannis can be friends, but Stannis maintains that kings can only have enemies and subjects. One day, he will come for Robb. Renly arrives last with Brienne at his side. Renly and Stannis immediately begin bickering over who has the best claim. Renly argues that his army gives him the right to be king and he threatens to destroy Stannis. Stannis returns that...

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Chapter 32 Summary

Sansa worries when she sees the look on Sandor Clegane’s face. It is clear that she is in trouble, and she wonders if they have learned about her arrangement with Dontos. She does her best to make herself pretty and wears a gown that she knows Joffrey likes. She sees a dead cat, killed by a crossbow quarrel, when they reach Joffrey. Dontos, dressed as a fool astride a broom that doubles as his horse and armed with a mace with a melon on its end, quietly wishes her luck. When Sansa presents herself before Joffrey, he declares that Robb has attacked and defeated Ser Stafford’s army near Lannisport. It was a battle won by sorcery and wargs. He commands his Kingsguard to beat Sansa in front of the court, and Dontos tries to make...

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Chapter 33 Summary

Catelyn prays to the Seven. She sits first with the Mother and thinks about how Cersei is a mother as well. She looks at the Warrior and sees her husband, her son, and even Arya. She remembers her mother, who died trying to give Lord Hoster Tully a second son. In the maid, she sees Sansa. She prays to the Crone, who is often depicted with a lantern signaling her wisdom, for guidance. When her guards declare that it is time to return, Catelyn leaves the sept. She goes to Renly, who is preparing to attack. He does want to leave early as it might not be considered chivalrous. Although they are marching into the dawn, he remains confident in his numbers and hopes not to have Stannis’s body mutilated after the battle. Renly knows that...

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Chapter 34 Summary

Jon notices that Lord Commander Mormont is feeling his age. Still, the Old Bear continues to give orders and his latest is that the men of the Night's Watch will set up camp on the Fist of the First Men. It is a ring fort atop a hill, a place that everyone agrees is strong. They will fortify the hill and wait there for Qhorin Halfhand and his men from Shadow Tower. They will also wait for Mance Rayder to come down from the Frostfangs. If he truly does have a large army, he will need to follow the Milkwater River and pass the hill. Lord Commander Mormont refuses to allow Thoren to send out his rangers, arguing that he will not lose more men. That night, Jon joins the other men and listens as one ranger complains of the smell of the...

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Chapter 35 Summary

Bran is summoned to Maester's Luwin's turret. There, he learns that Robb has won a great victory over Ser Stafford Lannister. However, Bran agrees when the Walders declare that Tywin is the true threat. Ser Stevron Frey, Lord Frey's heir, died in the battle, but the Walders do not care. They instead discuss succession. Maester Luwin chides them, but Bran finds himself recalling Jojen's green dream. He goes to the Reeds a believer. Jojen tells Bran that he has seen salt water drowning Winterfell in one of his dreams. Bran confesses that he dreams as well. Sometimes, he is a wolf, eating squirrels. Sometimes, a three-eyed crow and a great tree ask him to open his third eye. Jojen identifies Bran as a "warg" or shapechanger, and he...

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Chapter 36 Summary

Tyrion sits with the small council, which consists only of himself, Cersei, Varys, and Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) now that Tyrion has removed Grand Maester Pycelle and Janos Slynt. They have received word that Renly is dead, though no one can say exactly who murdered him. Tyrion decides that Stannis must be behind Renly's death since he is the one who has gained the most from it. Most of Renly's lords have joined Stannis, though not all of them. The Tyrells, for example, have returned to Highgarden. Tyrion proposes that they wed Joffrey to Margaery Tyrell in order to forge an alliance. Cersei thinks that her son will object, but Tyrion points out that Margaery is attractive and "beddable." When Cersei states that her son does not...

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Chapter 37 Summary

Theon has begun to raid the north. They have just finished their latest raid and the Ironmen are busy looting. Theon would like to question Benfred Tallheart, but the latter insults Theon and the Drowned God. Aeron Damphair, Theon's uncle and priest of the Drowned God, insists that they kill Tallheart for insulting them. When Tallheart continues his insults, Theon agrees to have him killed. Damphair insists on killing him in the "old way," by drowning and as a gift to the Drowned God. Theon relents, but he refuses to drown Tallheart himself. Theon finds neither the joy or exultation in these victories that he felt when he was fighting alongside Robb. Rather than dwelling on this feeling, he seeks out Dagmer Cleftjaw. Cleftjaw is an...

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Chapter 38 Summary

Arya is sent to and fro delivering messages from Weese to the other stewards now that Lord Tywin is preparing to leave. Weese does not realize that Arya can read, so he does not conceal his messages from her. There is nothing of value in them, unfortunately, though she does deliver one to a knight who owes Weese money. When he claims that he cannot read, Arya takes a silver goblet from him and delivers it to Weese. He promises to share a capon with her that evening. She delivers a message to the forge and Gendry informs Arya that during the fighting, she yelled "Winterfell!" Hot Pie has remembered, though Gendry told Hot Pie that Arya was yelling "go to hell!" She watches men leaving the castle and wonders whether she could sneak...

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Chapter 39 Summary

Catelyn returns to Riverrun. Brienne is still with her but she is eager to return south to confront Stannis Baratheon. Catelyn convinces Brienne instead to enter her service, though she promises not to hold Brienne back when the time comes. At Riverrun, they find bodies hanging outside. They were Lannisters. Four of them were sent by Tyrion to free Jaime Lannister, and they almost succeeded. In the end, they failed and now Jaime is held in the dungeons. She also learns that Roose Bolton has married one of the Freys. Catelyn finds her brother, Edmure, who commands in Riverrun now. They have received word that Lord Tywin is marching west to battle Robb Stark in the Lannister lands. However, should they cross near Riverrun, Edmure...

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Chapter 40 Summary

Daenerys is leaving the Hall of a Thousand Thrones with Xaro Xhoan Daxos, but she is not happy. At the Hall, the Pureborn listened to Dany's plea for help but they nevertheless denied her, even after all of her bribes. As they travel back to Xaro's manse, he professes his love for her, though Dany sees no passion in the merchant's eyes. The litter stops in the street and Dany exits to watch a firemage at work. In the crowd, cutpurses rob the watchers while the mage walks up a ladder of fire. Quaithe tells Dany that the mage could not do such magic a year before. Now that the dragons have returned, magic has too. Dany must leave or else Qarth will force her to stay. When asked for her counsel, Quaithe declares that "to go north, you...

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Chapter 41 Summary

Tyrion watches as Princess Myrcella leaves King's Landing. She will board Seaswift and make for Braavos. From there, she and Ser Arys will travel south to Dorne. In return, Prince Doran Martell will move his troops north, possibly convincing a few of Stannis's lords to stay south rather than joining his attack on King's Landing. Myrcella is a true princess, Tyrion reflects, and she does not cry. Tommen, however, does. Stannis looks at his winch towers, which will be complete in two weeks. It is better than listening to the fat High Septon's prayers, which seem unending. Finally, Tyrion and the rest of the royal family return to the Red Keep. The smallfolk are starving now, and one man throws dung at Joffrey. The young king...

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Chapter 42 Summary

Ser Davos watches as Stannis treats with Ser Cortnay Penrose, the castellan of Storm's End. Ser Cortnay tells Stannis that he will not yield Edric Storm, Robert's bastard, to him. Instead, he challenges Stannis to single combat. Otherwise, they can lay siege to Storm's End, one of the most powerful castles in Westeros. In fact, during Robert's rebellion against Aerys, Stannis had held Storm's End for a full year, and had only survived because Davos smuggled onions in the black of night to the garrison. For his smuggling, Davos lost the ends of his fingers, and for his heroism, he was knighted and taken into Stannis's service. Most of the lords that surround Stannis used to support Renly and now look down on Ser Davos, but Stannis...

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Chapter 43 Summary

Jon wakes to the sound of a horn. The men wait for a second blast, signaling the attack of raiders. However, it is just the one blast, which means that riders are approaching. Quorin Halfhand has arrived, finally. Jon goes to see Lord Commander Mormont, who demands to see Quorin at once. Along the way, Jon overhears Chett and Lark the Sisterman complaining and speaking about mutiny. Jon decides they are merely afraid of the wild and continues. The Halfhand is a large man. He lost two fingers from his sword hand in battle and used the splattering blood to blind his enemy before slaying him. Quorin recognizes Jon as Ned Stark's son when he arrives and asks after Ghost, Jon's direwolf. Jon takes Quorin to the Old Bear, who asks why...

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Chapter 44 Summary

Tyrion listens as Lancel reports on Cersei's latest scheme. She is sending Tommen out of the city, disguised as a page to stay in Lord Gyles Rosby's castle. Tyrion dismisses Lancel and summons Bronn. He gives the sellsword a letter ordering Ser Jacelyn Bywater to capture Tommen's party but to continue on to the castle, take over the garrison, and keep the lands as Lord Bywater. After, Tyrion travels to Shae, where he finds a singer named Symon Silvertongue. Tyrion sleeps with Shae. After, Varys arrives with news that Stannis has taken Storm's End. Ser Cortnay Penrose is dead. When Varys leaves to prepare their horses, Tyrion tells Shae that he will try to sneak her into the Red Keep to keep her safe. She would prefer to enter the...

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Chapter 45 Summary

Catelyn watches as her brother Edmure rides off to battle. She is full of doubts about him and about her life. She has always done her duty, and now she wonders what it has brought her. She married Ned at her father's request and he left her, rode to war, and brought home a bastard. It is curious, thinks Catelyn, how men fight for bastards. Ned had fought for Jon, Ser Cortnay fought for Edric Storm, and yet, Roose Bolton claimed not to care about the death of his bastard son, Ramsay. In his latest letters, Roose remained determined to take the Harrenhal for King Robb. When word arrives that Ser Cortnay Penrose is dead, Catelyn has word sent to her son, who is still in the field. Lord Tywin begins probing the river around Riverrun...

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Chapter 46 Summary

Bran is Summer in the wolf dream. He senses men scaling the walls of Winterfell. Summer tries to climb a tree to escape the godswood, but he falls and hurts his shoulder. When Bran wakes, his shoulder hurts, but he dismisses the pain as he realizes Jojen's green dream about the sea drowning Winterfell has arrived. Bran summons his guards and then remembers that all of them have left with Ser Rodrik to defeat Dagmer Cleftjaw. The Ironman might be old, but even Nan agrees that he is a mighty warrior. An Ironman enters, followed by Theon. Bran is relieved and asks after Robb, alongside whom Theon had fought, until Theon tells Bran that he will have to yield Winterfell to him. Maester Luwin, shaken by what has happened and ashamed that...

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Chapter 47 Summary

Arya has more freedom now that Lord Tywin has left the castle and that Weese is dead. There are fewer guards and the ones that remain often do not know what to do. Weese's successor, meanwhile, is a drunkard that sleeps through every night. Arya goes out at night to see Hot Pie in the kitchen. She practices her swordplay and balance in treetops. She goes to see Gendry, who, like Hot Pie, feels no urge to escape the Harrenhal. He hopes to become a master smith. The northern prisoners that Vargo Hoat brings to the castle might hope to escape, but Ser Amory Lorch, the castellan left in charge of the Harrenhal, puts them in the dungeon. Arya finds Jaqen and tricks him into helping her free the northerners. They take hot soup to the...

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Chapter 48 Summary

Daenerys is surprised to see that the House of the Undying is an old ruin without windows. Although Ser Jorah and her bloodriders tell her not to enter, Dany remembers that Mirri Maz Duur had knowledge. Pyatt Pree tells Dany to always enter the first door on the right and to always climb stairs. Dany drinks a flute of shade of the evening and enters the House of the Undying with Drogon on her shoulder. Inside, she veers right again and again. She sees visions, including a man with the head of a wolf eating at a feast of corpses. She then sees a man who names his son Aegon for a king. When his wife asks whether he will write a song for the child, he replies that the child has a song of "ice and fire." He also says that another is...

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Chapter 49 Summary

Tyrion prepares for Stannis's attack on King's Landing. He sends the last of his clansmen out of the city to harass Stannis's lines. Now he only has the City Watch and Bronn's sellswords. He tells Bronn that the sellswords might earn a knighthood if they acquit themselves well. The men will kill for a knighthood, but Bronn warns that they will not die for it. The City Watch is just as unreliable; if the battle goes badly, they will break. As Tyrion disperses his strength, Cersei gathers more to her. She has appointed two men to the Kingsguard: Ser Balon Swann and Ser Osmund Kettleblack. Tyrion approves of Swann, the son of an old house, but Kettleblack is a only a step removed from a hedge knight. Still, they can hardly do worse...

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Chapter 50 Summary

Theon wakes in the middle of the night. Kyra lies naked beside him and Wex sleeps at the foot of the bed. Theon wonders why he feels unsettled and realizes that he can no longer hear the direwolves howling. He goes to his men and commands them to search Winterfell. They find two dead men. When the northerners are summoned, Theon recalls all he did with them while he lived in Winterfell and he wonders why they hate him so much now. After all, he punished the men that raped their women and he only murdered the septon as a sacrifice to the Drowned God. Now, he sees that Bran, Rickon, the direwolves, and the Reeds are missing, as are Osha and Hodor. Theon worries over what will happen if Asha arrives with more men and discovers that he...

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Chapter 51 Summary

Jon and the others in Quorin's party spot a watchfire half a mile ahead and two thousand feet up. They know that the wildlings have posted a guard in the mountain. If the wildlings waiting by the fire blow their horn, Quorin's party will not long survive the warriors that come into the Skirling Pass to find them. Stonesnake, the best climber, first volunteers to climb to the watchers, and Jon joins him. They climb the mountain, carefully, until they are above the watchers. There are three of them, but Jon and Stonesnake defeat the first two wildlings. Jon has his knife at the throat of the third wildling when he discovers that the watcher is a woman. He asks her to yield to him and learns her name: Ygritte. As they return to...

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Chapter 52 Summary

Sansa is still haunted by the day Princess Myrcella left King's Landing and she was attacked by the mob. In the godswood, she now encourages Ser Dontos to take her away while everyone is focused on Stannis. Though Stannis is not yet at the gates of King's Landing, his vanguard has arrived. Stannis and his army, meanwhile, are setting fire to the woods around King's Landing in order to destroy Tyrion's clansmen. Ser Dontos tells Sansa that although the Red Keep is less well defended, the city remains locked up tight. There are no ships on which they can even leave. Ser Dontos is full of news because no one guards their words around a fool. He also reports to Varys in exchange for gold. Sansa encounters the Hound, Sandor Clegane, on...

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Chapter 53 Summary

Jon and the others do not march during the day, hoping that they will go unnoticed if they march in the shadows. Quorin commands the men to sleep, but he talks to Jon. Jon tells Quorin about Ygritte and her tale of Bael the Bard. Quorin knows the tale from Mance Rayder, who used to sing it when he was still a brother of the Night's Watch. Jon wonders why Rayder left. Quorin explains that Mance was a wildling child, though he was raised by the Watch. He would have been their best ranger except that he never learned to obey others. The wildlings are as courageous and as clever as anyone else, Quorin tells Jon, but they lack discipline. Jon admits that he also struggles with orders and tells Quorin that he let Ygritte go, which does...

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Chapter 54 Summary

Tyrion is on his way to meet Cersei for supper in her quarters when he meets Lord Varys, who arrives with the news that Brandon and Rickon Stark are dead. Tyrion offers to deliver the news to Cersei, who is not overly concerned until Tyrion tells her that it puts Jaime, who is held by Lady Catelyn Stark, at risk.

Everyone that Cersei cares about is at risk, however. Tyrion has sent her daughter, Myrcella, to Dorne. When Cersei tried to remove her youngest son, Tommen, from King's Landing, Tyrion intercepted the party and now his man, Ser Jacelyn Bywater, holds the young prince.

Now, Varys has told her that Tyrion means to separate Joffrey from Sandor Clegane. The Hound is to lead sorties in defense of the...

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Chapter 55 Summary

Catelyn thinks that she has become a sour woman as she sits eating supper with Brienne. Though the food is good, Catelyn does not care. Everyone in Riverrun but Catelyn celebrates Edmund's great victory over Tywin Lannister. Catelyn instead mourns after receiving news that her sons, Bran and Rickon, have been murdered by Theon Greyjoy. She remembers that she left Winterfell before Bran had woken from his sleep; she had believed the boys would be safe, like Robb, so long as their direwolves were with them. Her girls, she reflects, have lost their direwolves. Arya must be dead too, she thinks. She wishes aloud that Theon Greyjoy and the Lannisters were dead. Catelyn tells Brienne that she has sent Jaime Lannister wine and asks to...

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Chapter 56 Summary

Theon is having a nightmare in which he cries for mercy as direwolves chase him through the snow. He wakes, reaching for his dagger, and sees Reek and Wex standing over him. Theon's sister, Asha Greyjoy, has finally arrived. As Theon prepares to see her and her men, who wait in the Great Hall, he thinks about his dreams. They have been cold and horrible and they continuously return to the corpses he dressed at the mill. He remembers to don his poorly made crown (Mikken's replacement is not a very talented blacksmith, unfortunately) before he leaves. He reflects on the killings that have happened and how he executed Farlen, "as likely a suspect as any," in order to give the appearance of solving the situation. The killings have...

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Chapter 57 Summary

Sansa listens as the people sing their prayers in the septs. Stannis's ships have been spotted on the horizon and King's Landing prepares for war. The women pray to the Mother and the men on the walls to the Warrior. Sansa recalls how the septons taught her that the seven are merely aspects of one god, but now she wonders whose prayers the one god hears. She goes to the yard, where the men are preparing for battle. The highborn women have gone to the Queen's Ballroom in Maegor's Holdfast, but Joffrey has summoned Sansa. He demands that she kiss his new sword, Hearteater and she complies. He tells her that she will kiss it again when he returns; it will be red with his uncle's blood. Sansa thinks him more a child than ever. When she...

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Chapter 58 Summary

Davos sails into Blackwater Bay aboard Black Betha. His two oldest sons command in their ships, the Wraith and Lady Marya, alongside him. When he commands the oarsmen to man their oars, it is Davos's son, Matthos, who relays the commands. Stannis, meanwhile, is with his army, so Ser Imry Florent leads the fleet aboard the Fury. Davos worries that he and his sons are on the starboard wing of the fleet, which Davos well knows is a dangerous place for them. Imry has ordered his ships to sail headlong into the Blackwater, though Davos does not approve of the decision. He would send ships to probe the bay in search of traps. Because Stannis has four times as many ships as Joffrey, Imry finds it easy...

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Chapter 59 Summary

Tyrion watches the battle for King's Landing from atop the walls of the city, where he sits still as a gargoyle. Joffrey's fleet is lost to the wildfire, but so is Stannis's fleet. The Blackwater itself seems afire. Tyrion sends commands to Ser Jacelyn Bywater by messenger until Joffrey arrives, pouting at the loss of his fleet. He wants to command the "Whores," trebuchets. Joffrey has rounded up the trecherous Antler Men and intends to launch them over the city walls so that they can welcome Stannis. Tyrion sends the king away to his fun, though he commands Osney to make sure that Joffrey stays there, out of the way and safe. When word arrives that Stannis's men are attacking the King's Gate with a ram, Tyrion, his squire, Pod,...

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Chapter 60 Summary

Sansa notices that although the torches shine against the walls, there is darkness in the faces of everyone around her. Cersei has been drinking wine, but it seems to make her even more beautiful. Her eyes are bright green, like wildfire, Sansa thinks. Cersei sees women crying and recalls how her mother once taught her that tears are a woman's weapon. She tells Sansa that they have another weapon between their legs, though it will not work on Stannis. Growing up, Cersei and Jaime had done everything together until the day they gave him a sword. Then, Jaime began to be groomed for power and glory while she was raised to smile and be sold to a stranger who would ride her at his whim until he traded her in. Cersei wishes that she...

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Chapter 61 Summary

Tyrion leads the men to defend the King's Gate. They finish Stannis's men and when Tyrion sees fighting in the distance, he commands his men to follow him. The men ride after him shouting "Halfman!" When they arrive, they join Ser Balon Swann and his men. Tyrion realizes that he has battle fever. When Tyrion and Ser Balon have defeated the attackers, they eye Stannis's men crossing the Blackwater by marching over the decks of the jammed ships. Tyrion, Ser Balon, Ser Mandon, Podrick, and what remains of their men ride to fight. Soon, Tyrion finds himself fighting with the two men of the Kingsguard. When he loses his horse, the world turns to madness. He finds himself on a boat, spinning over the position of the armies. It looks...

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Chapter 62 Summary

Sansa is dismayed when both Ser Lancel and Osney Kettleblack report that the battle is over. Stannis's men are at the gates of the city. Lancel can barely contain his fury as he tells Cersei that her commands to remove King Joffrey from the gates caused the men to break. Now, Joffrey commands a group of archers and Cersei commands them to bring him to her in Maegor's Holdfast. Lancel grows even angrier and points out that Joffrey will die if they lose the city. It would be better for him to remain visible so that they men will continue to fight. Cersei commands Osney to bring Joffrey; then she pushes past Lancel and leaves. Sansa helps the disillusioned Lancel up, even though he is a Lannister. When the women demand to know what is...

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Chapter 63 Summary

Daenerys decides to dress for the day as the Dothraki do, and she now wears a bell in her hair to signal her victory over the warlocks. Qarth has turned against Dany now that they realize how dangerous her dragons are. Xaro Xhoan Daxos is increasingly hostile to Dany now that she has told him she will not marry him. He has ordered her to return his gifts and to leave Qarth, warning also that the warlocks, whose magic seems to grow stronger every day, are planning to kill her. Dany does not know where to go. She reflects on the visions she saw in the House of the Undying and wonders about the meaning of the three-headed dragon. The sigil of the Targaryens is a three-headed dragon, which represents Aegon the Conqueror and his...

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Chapter 64 Summary

Arya walks past the tarred heads of the Lannister supporters as she carries out her duties for Roose Bolton. The women that slept with the Lannister men now are kept naked in the stocks, free for any man to use. Goodwife Amabel sees Arya and tells her that Arya will be put in the stocks when Tywin Lannister takes the castle back. Everyone looks at Arya differently now, though Roose Bolton hardly sees her at all when she serves him wine or removes leeches from his body. She only knows that it is best to keep him waiting. The Freys with Lord Bolton worry over what to do next. The Harrenhal is too big to hold without supplies, and there are none to be had. Robb Stark may have won every battle, but he has lost Winterfell and his...

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Chapter 65 Summary

Sansa looks at the victorious court. Lord Tywin Lannister enters the throne room astride a magnificent horse. Everyone pretends not to notice when it defecates. King Joffrey names his grandfather the Hand of the King and the Savior of the City. Next enter the Tyrells, Mace and his two sons, Garlan and Ser Loras. Mace is named to the small council, Loras is named the Kingsguard, and Garlan asks Joffrey to marry his sister, Margaery. Though she was married to Renly, the marriage was never consummated due to the war. Joffrey expresses reluctance to break his vow to marry Sansa, but the small council and the High Septon all agree that he can marry her. Sansa knows that it is all a show, and Cersei has warned Sansa not to look pleased....

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Chapter 66 Summary

Theon does not like Maester Luwin's cousel. The maester advises Theon to yield Winterfell to Ser Rodrik, who has returned with two thousand men. Theon has just seventeen men left, but he also has a plan. When he goes to treat with Ser Rodrik, he has his men present Rodrik's daughter, Beth, at the walls. She is not only Rodrik's last child but also the only remaining member of his house besides himself. Theon tells Rodrik that the girl will hang unless Rodrik leaves by sundown. He returns to the castle and waits, knowing that he will have to kill the girl if they do not leave. And if he does hang the girl, Rodrik will attack. Maester Luwin approaches again, this time advising Theon to join the Night's Watch. Theon considers it until...

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Chapter 67 Summary

Tyrion lies in bed, seriously wounded and dreaming. He sees all of the people that died at his order. He remembers Tysha, the first woman he ever loved. He married her and was later told that Jaime hired her for him. He dreams that he sees his father and Cersei standing over him, though Tyrion dismisses this as a dream because Lord Tywin must still be in the field. When Tyrion next wakes up, there is a plaster on his face and he struggles to breathe. A maester comes, asks if he is thirsty, and when Tyrion nods, the maester feeds him milk of the poppy. Tyrion dreams again. When he next wakes, he grabs the chain around the maester's throat and twists it. The cowed maester removes Tyrion's plaster and brings him a mirror. Tyrion looks...

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Chapter 68 Summary

Jon follows Quorin Halfhand back through the pass toward Lord Commander Mormont. The wildlings are on their trail. An eagle watches over them constantly and the men know that the skinchanger within it is spying on them for the wildlings. They know that Squire Dalbridge has been killed. Ebben is now sent to carry a message to Lord Mormont. Later, Stonesnake is told to climb over the mountain in the hope of returning to the rest of the Night's Watch. Only Jon and Quorin are left; Quorin asks Jon whether his blade is sharp and tells him to yield to the wildlings if they are captured. They build a bright fire and then double back. They leave the trail, pass beneath a waterfall, and hide in a cave. Quorin explains that if the wildlings...

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Chapter 69 Summary

Bran is in the wolf dream, and he watches as ashes fall like snow. He smells men and fire. The direwolves prowl through the night until the men leave. Then, they approach. Crows eat the dead. When Bran wakes, he closes his third eye and opens the "blind two." He hears Hodor saying "Hodor" to himself. Bran explains to Meera, Jojen, Osha, Hodor, and Rickon that Winterfell is burning and the people within are dead. They decide to leave the crypts beneath Winterfell to see what has happened. They arm themselves using swords from the crypts. At first, they assume that Theon set fire to the castle, until they see the dead Ironmen. When the direwolves howl from the godswood, the party finds Maester Luwin, who tells them that he knew Theon...

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