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A Taste of Winter

For all of you who have been clamoring, I have a somewhat belated Xmas/ New Year's gift, a new sample chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER. You can find it on my website.

This one features Arianne Martell, Princess of Dorne.

(And here she is, couresty of Fantasy Flight Games and Magali Villeneuve)


Read, enjoy, discuss, and speculate to your heart's content... but not here, please, there are better places for that, like the forums at Westeros and Tower of the Hand.

Me, I have a lot more writing to do. On WINDS, and half a dozen other projects.


Jan. 9th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
A question for you about "Game of Thrones," if you're willing to share your thoughts.
In the last episode of Season 2, Jaime told Brienne that there were three men in Westeros who might be able to beat him in a sword fight. I assume one of them was Ser Barristan Selmy, but who were the other two? Assuming you know who the screenwriter had in mind, and agree with his assessment, of course. The possibilities that spring to mind as fighters Jaime *might* regard as credible threats include both Clegane brothers, Bronze Yohn Royce, Ser Lyn Corbray, Lord Randyll Tarly, the Red Viper of Dorne, and Darkstar Dayne. (I would think Loras Tyrell might have a chance against him as well, but I don't imagine *Jaime* would think so.)
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:58 am (UTC)
Re: A question for you about "Game of Thrones," if you're willing to share your thoughts.
If you will check out that scene in the novel, you will see exactly who Jaime was thinking of... though in the book, he is mulling who is stronger than him, not who can beat him in a swordfight.
Jan. 9th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
Re: A question for you about "Game of Thrones," if you're willing to share your thoughts.
I do remember that scene, and the short list of swordsmen stronger than Jaime, but he also concluded that his superior speed and skill could overcome their superior strength. I was wondering if there were any warriors whose skill he believed matched or exceeded his own; Benioff and Weiss seemed to imply that there were three, but it sounds like that's their own interpretation of the character, not something they got from you. Maybe I'll ask one of them about it, if I get the chance.

The scene in "Lord Snow" where Robert asks Jaime and Ser Barristan about the first men they killed suggested that Ser Barristan is one of the few knights alive (perhaps the only knight alive?) whom Jaime sincerely admires and respects. He did tell Loras in A Feast for Crows that Ser Arthur Dayne could have beaten both of them with one hand while seated and eating breakfast with the other hand, but of course Ser Arthur Dayne was dead. That Ned Stark was one of the two survivors of the fight where the Sword of the Morning died might have given Jaime pause at the prospect of fighting Ned, but neither the books nor the show have suggested that that prospect worried him any -- although I did read his expression when they fought in "The Wolf and the Lion" as fierce delight at the all-too-rare experience, for him, of crossing swords with a genuinely worthy opponent.

There was a forum thread in which I participated a few years ago, one of those "who would win a fight between..." things where you could propose any improbable match-up you wanted. One of mine was "Jaime Lannister, pre-amputation and armed with a Valyrian steel longsword, vs. Turin Turambar with Gurthang." Not only are they both considered the greatest swordsmen of their respective times in their respective settings, and know it, and are egotistical jerks about it, they also both slept with their respective sisters -- although Turin at least had the excuse of not knowing Niniel was his sister when he took her to bed.
Anthony Concannon
Jan. 9th, 2013 07:29 am (UTC)
Re: A question for you about "Game of Thrones," if you're willing to share your thoughts.
Here's that paragraph :D. I thought the exact same thing when I heard that line in the finale as well...took a little time to find it but it was great re-reading this fantastic chapter!
"The realization chilled him. Robert had been stronger than him, to be sure. The White Bull Gerold Hightower as well, in his heyday, and Ser Arthur Dayne. Amongst the living, Greatjon Umber was stronger, Strongboar of Crakehall most likely, both Cleganes for a certainty. The Mountain's strength was like nothing human. It did not matter. With speed and skill, Jaime could beat them all. But this was a woman. A huge cow of a woman, to be sure, but even so ... by rights, she should be the one wearing down."
I'm thinking, unlike the television show's re-imagining of the line, Jaime considered himself the single best swordsman.(Disclaimer: I hope there was no copyright infringement by typing up that paragraph)


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