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Canon: A Song of Ice and Fire
Characters/Pairing: Arya Stark
Prompt: slipping away
Rating: G
Notes: Set in A Game of Thrones.

Quiet as a shadow.

It's difficult to be quiet when you're so near panting, Arya thinks. Catching cats has done much for her stealth, her endurance, even her balance, but it did little to prepare her for something like this.

Light as a feather.

She walks on the balls of her feet, Needle gripped in one hand while the other feels along the wall beside her. Those men said things about her father that chilled the blood in her veins. What would happen if they discovered her following their dim light out of this darkness?

Fear cuts deeper than swords.


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Aug. 24th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
bingo! done it again. I call these prose bonbons. especially if theyr'e from interesting-soundign cannon i have in my to-read pile and tease the hell otu of me to finally break open the coverand plunge in. i don't know who this is adn so forth but she intrigues me already. is this the series perhaps with the cast of characters that needsan index i nthe back of each book?
Aug. 24th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm only one book into this series, which is as yet unfinished, but I enjoyed that book. And you're right: there's a character index in the back. As there should be! It's definitely a large cast.
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
This is beautifully written; I love the way it's imbued with stealth. I smell a little rogue in the making here. Do you recommend the book? I usually shy away from series that are so voluminous that they need a lot of their own reference materials, but since my re-read of JK Rowling is leaving me cold, I might be in the market for something new.
Aug. 24th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Arya seems very much a little rogue in the making.

A few years back, when I first heard enough to take an interest in the series, I looked up some reviews and found three opinions most advertised: the female characters are strong, nobody is what they seem, and nobody is safe. After reading one book I can confirm that the characters keep you on your toes and who's safe versus who's not is certainly no foregone conclusion (with one, possibly two, exceptions). The world itself isn't without its sexism by any means, but the female characters are pivotal and just as complex, clever, flawed, or power-hungry as any of the males.

There's definite evidence of how Dragon Age was loosely based on it.

It's a complex fantasy with a huge cast of characters, and the point of view changes from chapter to chapter. I enjoyed it. I plan to get the others in the series -- they're on my wishlist -- but I'm in no urgent rush since it's unfinished. The fans on Amazon, I've noticed, are increasingly frustrated by the wait for the next book, and since it seems the author is pretty involved with the HBO adaptation it could be an even longer wait.
Aug. 31st, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what this fandom is but goodness, this was good! =)
Sep. 5th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the slow response (was away on vacation) but thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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