A Feast For Crows — Chapters 10, 11 & 12

Here is my commentary on Chapters 10, 11 & 12 of A Feast For Crows.
For those of you who don’t know what I am doing with these, I have been reading the various Game of Thrones novels for the first time and posting my thoughts over in the tor.com A Read of Ice and Fire.
This has been quite the interesting experience as it is a very odd way to read a book (or even odder a set of books). Since Google is awash with Game of Thrones spoilers, this limits my ease of look-up of details from earlier books. Funny how quickly the internet has become an external reference point/expanded memory. On the other hand, I have eBook editions and that helps balance things out as it is wildly easier to search them than paper monsters.
Since I am reading these for the first time, don’t post any comments about events later in the series, but also be warned that each chapters posts will contain all the details I find in the chapter or happen to think of as I am reading. I may even put in some extra material that I think I have figured out that I either don’t put in the tor read or white out there to not spoil others reads who may not have thought of such things.

Chapter 10 – Sansa:I’m not recalling right away who the imprisoned singer in the sky cell might be. Now it’s coming back. Lysa had him playing while threatening Sansa and then getting tossed by Petyr. Then Petyr blamed the singer.
Lord Robert has some major issues also. Epilepsy and random breast nuzzling. Locking him in his room seems like quite the good idea–can’t blame Sansa for that at all. Bleeding him is almost certainly not a good plan, though.
So, Petyr is essentially engaged in a slow brain wash of Sansa. Learn to lie as a second nature and think of him as her father. Hopefully she will learn the lessons Petyr is teaching but avoid being entrapped within the lies herself.
They are indeed playing the game of thrones here. Sansa’s life depends on it and her mastery of it. Very interesting lesson on psychology and manipulation with Lord Nestor and the grant of the Gate.

Chapter 11 – The Kraken’s Daughter:Asha Greyjoy would be the obvious referent for the chapter title. If it has been either two or four thousand years since the last kingsmoot, then no wonder people are astonished at the idea of having one. These people are taking tradition a tad too far.
So, yeah, it sucks to be denied being the ruler because they won’t accept a female. So far, none of them seem like people who would actually be very good rulers as opposed to leaders of pillaging war bands.
Asha is determined and I like it when she tells Tris she doesn’t want a dozen sons, she wants adventures. That’s fun. We haven’t really met the Crow’s Eye, so we don’t know what kind of ruler he will be accept that everyone we’ve met so far doesn’t like him.
I also like that she counts her “nuncle” as coequal (or better) than her uncles. Rodrick seems quite useful and Asha is showing some good sense in being willing to talk and listen to him.

Chapter 12 – Cersei:Tommen’s wedding is on. So far, weddings haven’t exactly been happy affairs in these books. Cersei is in a rage probably somewhat from fear of something going wrong but probably mostly from not getting her way.
In addition to wedding plans, they have been dismantling the Tower of the Hand and Cersei is going to burn it down as part of the wedding celebrations. Finding the secret crawlways seems like a good idea, but burning it down seems a tad excessive. Hopefully King’s Landing is not dry–actually the rain they mentioned at the start of the chapter could be quite a good thing.

Ouch–Lyle Crakehall lacks some subtlety:

“Westeros has two queens now, and the young one is as beautiful as the old one.”

Heh, Olenna is ever a source of amusement and the not so subtle barb:

Lady Olenna complained loudly. “I was hoping for ‘The Rains of Castamere.’”

Snow White, much?:

Queen you shall be, the old woman had promised, with her lips still wet and red and glistening, until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.

Although I’m sure GRRM will put a spin on it, so Margaery seems way too obvious. Dany would seem to be a likely young beautiful queen.

Maybe Cersei will send Margaery a poisoned apple–certainly poisoned looks.
Then Cersei gets upset at Tommen’s slight choke. Now, she is very much allowed to feel hesitant after Joff’s death and this part of her emotional state is somewhat understandable. Somewhat due to her incapability to see that maybe Joff doesn’t deserve quite so much concern. But Tommen does, of course.
Lady Merryweather’s news is almost certainly a plot of some sort. Although, just whom the plot is from remains to be seen.

Well, it wasn’t exactly a happy marriage but at least no one died, so, um, Yay?

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