- Never piss off the money men
- If you think someone is a fool, don't employ them to do something cunning
- If you are only going to hire yes men you are going to limited your responses
- There are reasons you don't arm religious zealots
Samwell, friend of John Snow, is also reluctantly seeking knowledge as he heads to Oldtown where the Maesters are trained. We do get to see Oldtown for the first time, and get to know the Dornish who live in deserty south of the realm. These are both interesting new players in the game, and thus far this part of the realm hasn't been touched by war. But of course it is just a matter of time.
That's the thing about this novel, it's something of a very violent lull. Some characters even think that the war is winding down. Of course it isn't. There are already new plots being put in place and new players joining. If anything, things promise to be even bloodier in the future. Also, Winter is here, and folks face a real chance of starvation now. Things are going to get very desparate soon.
All in all, I'm glad I read this book 2 weeks before the next volume comes out. How you other people managed to stay sane after years of waiting I'll never known.