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Nder the beast s head with his hand He gave a yank and held it up for all to see A foot of shattered antler tines snapped off all wet with bloodA sudden silence descended over the party The men looked at the antler uneasily and no one dared to speak Even Bran could sense their fear though he did not understandHis father tossed the antler to the side and cleansed his hands in the snow I m surprised she lived long enough to whelp he said His voice broke the spellMaybe she didn t Jory said I ve heard talesmaybe the bitch was already dead when the pups cameBorn with the dead another man put in Worse luckNo matter said Hullen They be dead soon enough tooBran gave a wordless cry of dismayThe sooner the better Theon Greyjoy agreed He drew his sword Give the beast here BranThe little thing suirmed against him as if it heard and understood NoBran cried out fiercely It s mineIt be a mercy to kill them Hullen saidBran looked to his lord father for rescue but got only a frown a furrowed brow Hullen speaks truly son Better a swift death than a hard one from cold and starvation NoHe could feel tears welling in his eyes and he looked away He did not want to cry in front of his fatherLord Stark Jon said It was strange to hear him call Father that so formal Bran looked at him with desperate hope There are five pups he told Father Three male two femaleWhat of it Jon You have five true born children Jon said Three sons two daughters The direwolf is the sigil of your House Your children were meant to have these pups my lordBran saw his father s face change saw the other men exchange glances He loved Jon with all his heart at that moment Even at seven Bran understood what his brother had done The count had come right only because Jon had omitted himself He had included the girls included even Rickon the baby but not the bastard who bore the surname Snow the name that custom decreed be given to all those in the north unlucky enough to be born with no name of their ownTheir father understood as well You want no pup for yourself Jon he asked softlyThe direwolf graces the banners of House Stark Jon pointed out I am no Stark FatherTheir lord father regarded Jon thoughtfully Robb rushed into the silence he left I will nurse him myself Father he promised I will soak a towel with warm milk and give him suck from thatMe too Bran echoedThe lord weighed his sons long and carefully with his eyes Easy to say and harder to do I will not have you wasting the servants time with this If you want these pups you will feed them yourselves Is that understood Bran nodded eagerly The pup suirmed in his grasp lickedat his face with a warm tongueIt was not until they were mounted and on their way that Bran allowed himself to taste the sweet air of victory By then his pup was snuggled inside his leathers warm against him safe for the long ride home Bran was wondering what to name himHalfway across the bridge Jon pulled up suddenlyWhat is it Jon their lord father askedCan t you hear it Bran could hear the wind in the trees the clatter of their hooves on the ironwood planks the whimpering of his hungry pup but Jon was listening to something elseThere Jon said He swung his horse around and galloped back across the bridge They watched him dismount where the direwolf lay dead in the snow watched him kneel A moment later he was riding back to them smilingHe must have crawled away from the others Jon saidOr been driven away their father said looking at the sixth pup His fur was white where the rest of the litter was grey His eyes were as red as the blood of the ragged man who had died that morning Bran thought it curious that this pup alone would have opened his eyes while the others were still blindAn albino Theon Greyjoy said with wry amusement This one will die even faster than the othersJon Snow gave his father s ward a long chilling look I think not Greyjoy he said This one belongs to me From the Trade Paperback editionThe major fantasy of the decadecompulsively readable Denver PostWe have been invited to a grand feast and pageant George RR Martin has unveiled for us an intensely realized romantic but realistic world Chicago Sun TimesA Best Book of Martin makes a triumphant return to high fantasywith superbly developed characters accomplished prose and sheer bloodymindedness Publishers Weekly starred reviewA splendid saga Inventive and intricately plotted BookPage MagicGeorge RRMartin s first fantasy epic is set well above the norms of the genre LocusSuch a splendid tale and such a fantasticorical I read my eyes out and couldn t stop til I finished and it was dawnAnne McCaffrey From the Paperback edition.
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A Game of Thrones A Song of Ice and Fire Book OneIceIt seemed colder on the long ride back to Winterfell though the wind had died by then and the sun was higher in the sky Bran rode with his brothers well ahead of the main party his pony struggling hard to keep up with their horsesThe deserter died bravely Robb said He was big and broad and growing every day with his mother s coloring the fair skin red brown hair and blue eyes of the Tullys of Riverrun He had courage at the leastNo Jon Snow said uietly It was not courage This one was dead of fear You could see it in his eyes Stark Jon s eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black but there was little they did not see He was of an age with Robb but they did not look alike Jon was slender where Robb was muscular dark where Robb was fair graceful and uick where his half brother was strong and fastRobb was not impressed The Others take his eyes he swore He died well Race you to the bridge Done Jon said kicking his horse forward Robb cursed and followed and they galloped off down the trail Robb laughing and hooting Jon silent and intent The hooves of their horses kicked up showers of snow as they wentBran did not try to follow His pony could not keep up He had seen the ragged man s eyes and he was thinking of them now After a while the sound of Robb s laughter receded and the woods grew silent againThat was when Jon reappeared on the crest of the hill before them He waved and shouted down at them Father Bran come uickly see what Robb has foundThen he was gone againJory rode up beside them Trouble my lord Beyond a doubt his lord father said Come let us see what mischief my sons have rooted out now He sent his horse into a trot Jory and Bran and the rest came afterThey found Robb on the riverbank north of the bridge with Jon still mounted beside him The late summer snows had been heavy this moonturn Robb stood knee deep in white his hood pulled back so the sun shone in his hair He was cradling something in his arm while the boys talked in hushed excited voicesThe riders picked their way carefully through the drifts groping for solid footing on the hidden uneven ground Jory Cassel and Theon Greyjoy were the first to reach the boys Greyjoy was laughing and joking as he rode Bran heard the breath go out of him Godshe exclaimed struggling to keep control of his horse as he reached for his swordJory s sword was already out Robb get away from it he called as his horse reared under himRobb grinned and looked up from the bundle in his arms She can t hurt you he said She s dead JoryBran was afire with curiosity by then He would have spurred the pony faster but his father made them dismount beside the bridge and approach on foot Bran jumped off and ranBy then Jon Jory and Theon Greyjoy had all dismounted as well What in the seven hells is it Greyjoy was sayingA wolf Robb told himA freak Greyjoy said Look at the size of itBran s heart was thumping in his chest as he pushed through a waist high drift to his brothers sideHalf buried in blood stained snow a huge dark shape slumped in death Ice had formed in its shaggy grey fur and the faint smell of corruption clung to it like a woman s perfume Bran glimpsed blind eyes crawling with maggots a wide mouth full of yellowed teeth But it was the size of it that made him gasp It was bigger than his pony twice the size of the largest hound in his father s kennelIt s no freak Jon said calmly That s a direwolf They grow larger than the other kindTheon Greyjoy said There s not been a direwolf sighted south of the Wall in two hundred yearsI see one now Jon repliedBran tore his eyes away from the monster That was when he noticed the bundle in Robb s arms He gave a cry of delight and moved closer The pup was a tiny ball of grey black fur its eyes still closed It nuzzled blindly against Robb s chest as he cradled it searching for milk among his leathers making a sad little whimpery sound Bran reached out hesitantly Go onRobb told him You can touch himBran gave the pup a uick nervous stroke then turned as Jon said Here you go His half brother put a second pup into his arms There are five of them Bran sat down in the snow and hugged the wolf pup to his face Its fur was soft and warm against his cheekDirewolves loose in the realm after so many years muttered Hullen the master of horse I like it notIt is a sign Jory saidFather frowned This is only a dead animal Jory he said Yet he seemed troubled Snow crunched under his boots as he moved around the body Do we know what killed her There s something in the throat Robb told him proud to have found the answer before his father even asked There just under the jawHis father knelt and groped u.