A clash of kings prologue
A Clash of Kings
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Maester Cressen watches the terrible red comet in the sky from a tower of Dragonstone. He is worried by the comet and by the official confirmation from the Citadel that summer is ending. Maester Pylos interrupts his ruminations to inform him that Shireen and her fool, Patchface , have come to see the white raven. Cressen broke his hip two years ago and fell seriously ill last year, at which time Pylos was sent to be his eventual replacement. Cressen has been the maester at Dragonstone for twelve years, arriving with Stannis when he was made lord of the castle.
She was not beautiful. She was red, and terrible, and red. At the same time, as with all the prologues in the series, there is a running theme of the supernatural infiltrating into the natural world in a profoundly destabilizing way.
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As always feedback and comments are welcome. Clearly, as you can see from my ranking above, I consider ACOK and ASOS to be the strongest books in ASOIAF not just because things actually happen but because the pacing, the character development and the plot advances so much and so fast that the whole thing just seems like a roller-coaster ride. Anyway, enough small talk on to the post:. Maester Cressen watches the terrible red comet in the sky from a tower of Dragonstone. He is worried by the comet and by the official confirmation from the Citadel that summer is ending. Maester Pylos interrupts his ruminations to inform him that Shireen and her fool, Patchface, have come to see the white raven. Cressen broke his hip two years ago and fell seriously ill last year, at which time Pylos was sent to be his eventual replacement.
Prologue - A Clash of Kings
Tower of the Hand
Cressen, the maester of Dragonstone, watches a red comet. He wonders if it is an omen, like the raven that brought news that summer, which had lasted ten years, has ended. Pylos, his assistant, brings in Shireen, the daughter of King Stannis Baratheon, and her fool, Patches. Stannis refuses. Queen Selyse arrives. Cressen objects but is dismissed to his chambers.
Martin The Seven Kingdoms have come apart. Joffrey, Queen Cersei's sadistic son, ascends the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, who won it in battle. Queen Cersei's family, the Lannisters, fight to hold it for him. Both the dour Stannis and the charismatic Renly Baratheon, Robert's brothers, also seek the throne. Robb Stark, declared King in the North, battles to avenge his father's execution and retrieve his sister from Joffrey's court.
Maester Cressen broods on the omens all around him on Dragonstone. In a desperate attempt to kill Melisandre, Cressen shares poison wine with her, but dies while she remains unaffected. Maester Cressen watches from his balcony as the red comet spreads across the dawn over Dragonstone like a wound in the sky. The feeble year-old chides himself for considering it an omen, yet he has never seen a comet so bright nor of that color. It is even visible during the day now. At the same time, hot steam has begun to issue from vents beneath the Dragonmont volcano, and a white raven has arrived from the Citadel , declaring the end of the longest summer in living memory 10 years, two turns and 16 days ; too many omens to deny.