A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Chapter 16 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 16 Summary

Daenerys attempts to convince Xaro Xhoan Daxos that he can help restart trade between Meereen with Qarth. However, he has come to bring slavery back to Meereen. He explains that slaves are made by the Dothraki and trained by the Ghiscari. Meereen has little else to trade. Further, without Meereen, the Dothraki must now drive their slaves directly to Qarth, which is inconvenient. He points out that Meereen was once rich and peaceful, but now is poor, hungry, and bloody under Dany's rule. Dany is surrounded by enemies. The Sons of the Harpy attack her within the city. Now, the sellsword companies are amassing against her, under the pay of her enemies, especially Yunkai. The warlocks also seek to destroy Daenerys. Fortunately, Xaro has brought thirteen ships to carry Dany and her army to Westeros. The next day, Dany sends men to inspect the ships and they are declared seaworthy. However, her Meereenese followers worry that they will be conquered and enslaved by the surrounding slavers, punished for supporting Dany's rule. Dany declares that Westeros must wait. When she informs Xaro that she will not go, she realizes that she has made yet another enemy. When she next holds court, a messenger brings a bloody glove upon a pillow. War has been declared.