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Uczta dla Wron
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US Hardcover Edition
Autor George R. R. Martin
Kraj United States
Język English
Serie Pieśń Lodu i Ognia
Gatunek Fantasy novel
Wydawca Voyager Books (UK) & Bantam Books (US)
Wydany 17 October 2005 (UK) & 8 November 2005 (US)
Typ Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Audiobook & E-book
Stron 753 (US Hardback), 704 (UK Hardback), 1104 (US Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-553-80150-3 (US Hardback), ISBN 0-00-224743-7 (UK Hardback), ISBN 0-553-58202-X (US Paperback)
Poprzedni tom  Nawałnica Mieczy
Następny tom  Taniec ze Smokami

Uczta dla Wron is the fourth of seven planned novels in Pieśń Lodu i Ognia, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. The novel was first published on October 17 2005 in the United Kingdom, with a United States edition following on November 8 2005; however, it appeared ahead of the publication date in several UK bookshops. Its publication was preceded by a novella named Arms of the Kraken, which collected the first four Żelazne Wyspy chapters together. Arms of the Kraken was published in the August 2002 edition of Smok Magazine. Another chapbook featuring three Daenerys chapters was published for BookExpo 2005, although these chapters were subsequently moved into the fifth volume, Taniec ze Smokami.

Like its predecessor Nawałnica Mieczy, Uczta dla Wron was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel, one of the two most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy publishing, although it lost out the 2006 ballot to Robert Charles Wilson's Spin. Uczta dla Wron was also the first novel in the sequence to debut at the top of the New York Times bestseller list, a feat among fantasy writers only previously achieved by David Eddings, Robert Jordan and Neil Gaiman.

Due to complexities that arose during the writing process, Uczta dla Wron only includes some of the POV characters from the past novels, as well as some new characters who appear only briefly. The remaining characters will return in Taniec ze Smokami, the fifth book.

Plot summary

Główny artykuł: Chapter Summaries

Uczta dla Wron picks up the tale where Nawałnica Mieczy left off and runs simultaneously with events in the following novel, Taniec ze Smokami. The Wojna Pięciu Królów seems to be winding down. Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy are dead. King Stannis Baratheon has fled to the Mur, where Jon Snow has become Lord Commander. King Tommen Baratheon, Joffrey's eight-year-old brother, now rules in Królewska Przystań under the watchful eye of his mother, the Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. Lord Tywin Lannister is dead, murdered by his son Tyrion in his flight from the city. Sansa Stark is in hiding in Dolina Arrynów, protected by Petyr Baelish who has murdered his wife Lysa Arryn and named himself Protector of Dolina Arrynów and guardian of eight-year-old Lord Robert Arryn.

The novel spans several months in the first half of the year 300 After the Landing, possibly longer.

In the Siedem Królestw

In the city of Stare Miasto, a young novice of the Cytadela named Pate steals a master key from one of the maesters and sells it to a mysterious man calling himself the Alchemist. Shortly after receiving his payment, Pate collapses in the street.

In the city of Królewska Przystań, the funeral of Tywin Lannister is held. To Cersei's distaste, Lord Mace Tyrell tries to use the occasion to put himself forward for the position of Namiestnik Króla and get one of his retainers from Wysogród installed on the Mała Rada. Cersei rebuffs him and asks her uncle Kevan to serve as Hand. Kevan says he will accept only if Cersei steps down as Regent and returns to Casterly Rock as Tywin's heir. Cersei furiously refuses him and Kevan leaves to help his son Lancel rule his new castle of Darry in the Dorzecze. Eventually, she names the biddable Harys Swyft the Hand and fills the rest of the Mała Rada with her minions, including Gyles Rosby as Master of Coin, the sellsail Aurane Waters as Commander of the Royal Fleet, and the disgraced ex-Maester Qyburn as Master of Whisperers.

At the Mur, Samwell Tarly receives a new mission from Jon Snow. He is to take Maester Aemon back to the Cytadela in Stare Miasto by sea and research the Inni in the archives there. The information may be essential in a possible war to come. The Dzicy girl Goździk and the singer Dareon will accompany them as well. Jon is busy rebuilding the Watch following the [[Battle of Czarny Zamek ]], and is concerned over Melisandre's plans to burn the captive Mance Rayder in an attempt to resurrect stone smoks. Sam, Aemon, and Goździk take ship across the Wąskie Morze for the Free City of Braavos, but Aemon's health begins to fail him. Goździk cries throughout the journey, and Aemon reveals that she was forced to swap her baby with Mance's at Mur (again to avoid Melisandre's fires). In Braavos, Aemon's health takes a turn for the worse and they miss the ship that was supposed to take them south. Dareon makes money singing, but constantly spends it on wine and prostitutes, leaving the group stranded. Dareon also hears rumours in the city of a three-headed smok in Meereen. After Sam violently confronts Dareon, he meets a Summer Islander who saw Daenerys Targaryen's smoks in Qarth. Aemon comes to believe that Daenerys fulfills the prophecy of The Prince That Was Promised, reasoning that the wording of the prophesy did not specify the gender of the leader. He resolves to travel to Meereen, and the Summer Islanders agree to take them south to Stare Miasto as part of the journey. At sea, Aemon dies of natural causes. His last instructions to Sam are to tell the maesters of the Cytadela what has happened and make them understand they must send aid to Daenerys. Goździk and Sam become lovers along the way.

Brienne z Tarthu continues her quest to find Sansa. She is found by Podrick Payne, Tyrion's former squire, and agrees to let him accompany her. They pass north through the town of Duskendale, where they encounter the Tyrell army under Lord Randyll Tarly and are joined by an old acquaintance of Brienne, Ser Hyle Hunt. Brienne's explorations take her along Szczypcowy Przylądek, where she kills several of the now-scattered Bloody Mummers, and to a septry in the estuary of the River Trident. The Elder Brother of the septry tells her that he found Sandor Clegane dying under a tree and learned that he had been with Arya Stark, who fled towards the coast. Brienne's pursuit takes her to Staw Dziewic and the Solanki, but she can find no sign of Arya. Her group runs across the remnants of the Bractwo bez Chorągwi, who take her captive. Thoros z Myr tells her that Beric Dondarrion died, giving up his borrowed life to save another. They take her to the undead Catelyn Stark, whom they name 'Lady Stoneheart'. Catelyn believes that Brienne has betrayed her by allowing Jaime to go free without returning with her daughters. She offers Brienne a chance to redeem herself by killing Jaime; when Brienne refuses, Stoneheart orders her, Podrick, and Hunt hanged. As they dangle on the noose, "[Brienne] screamed a word."

Paxter Redwyne's fleet of the Arbor arrives at Smocza Skała and the castle is put under siege, whilst Mace Tyrell leads his army south to invest Koniec Burzy and end the pretensions of Stannis's loyalists in the south once and for all. Cersei has the Wielki Septon murdered so that he can be replaced by someone loyal to her, but the newcomer turns out to be a zealous martinet who has the support of the war-refugees that now throng in the city. He offers to speed up Tommen's coronation and forgive the crown its debts to the Faith if Cersei will restore the Wiara Wojująca. Cersei agrees, to the horror of Grand Maester Pycelle.

In the Orle Gniazdo, Littlefinger is confronted by several of the lords of the Dolina, who are unhappy with him becoming their de facto ruler after the death of Lady Lysa Arryn. One of the lords, whom Littlefinger bribed ahead of time, breaks custom by baring steel during the meeting. Littlefinger uses the insult to turn the tables on the lords, who eventually allow him to remain Lord Protector of little Lord Robert Arryn for the next year. Afterwards, Littlefinger discusses the deception with Sansa (who is posing as his bastard daughter, Alayne Stone) and is impressed at how quickly she picks up on the subtleties of his scheme. He reveals to her that if something should happen to little Robert, the Orle Gniazdo and the name Arryn will pass to Harrold Hardyng, a distant nephew of the house, and if Harry and Sansa were to wed, that would give her an army with which to reclaim Winterfell. Whilst Sansa thinks on this, the weather is worsening, a sure sign that winter is almost upon the Siedem Królestw, and the household of the Orle Gniazdo move to the Księżycowe Bramy at the base of the mountain the Orle Gniazdo rests on. During the move Sansa befriends Mya Stone, one of the late King Robert Baratheon's bastard daughters. Sansa also becomes a new mother figure for sickly Robert Arryn.

Jaime departs Królewska Przystań to help end the siege of Riverrun, where the Frey and Lannister besiegers are still defied by Lord Edmure Tully's uncle and castellan, Brynden the 'Blackfish'. Jaime has the captive Edmure brought down from Bliźniaki and promises not to harm him and to allow the smallfolk of the castle to remain if Brynden surrenders. After a lengthy siege, in which Edmure is made to stand on a gibbet in a failed attempt by the Freys at a threat, Brynden refuses Jaime's terms of surrender. Jaime cuts Edmure down and negotiates a surrender with him, as he is the true lord of the castle. Edmure is returned to Riverrun, but delays his surrender for half a day, slipping his uncle out one of Riverrun's water gates, past the Lannister siege. Furious, Jaime has Edmure sent under heavy guard to Casterly Rock. Emmon Frey takes his appointed place as Lord of Riverrun. Shortly after the siege has ended, snowflakes start falling across the Dorzecze. Winter has come. Jaime realizes that there will be no time for another harvest. The Siedem Królestw will suffer harshly in what is to come.

The Żelaźni Ludzie strike hard along the coast of Reach, conquering the Shield Islands and virtually blockading the mouth of the Honeywine and the route into Stare Miasto. Furious, Margaery Tyrell and her brother Loras ask Cersei for aid, but Cersei is reluctant to give it. She gives permission for Lord Redwyne to take his fleet home and destroy the Żelaźni Ludzie, but only once Smocza Skała is taken. Loras leads an assault on the castle and takes it, but is reported grievously injured in the process. Margaery's protestations vex Cersei, causing her to doubt her future role as Tommen's wife. She conceives a plan to ruin Margaery by framing her to the Faith for sleeping with one of Cersei's guardsmen. Unfortunately the plan backfires when the new Wielki Septon has the guardsman scourged to ensure the truth of the matter, and he confesses about Cersei's many improprieties as well. The Faith arrests both Cersei and Margaery. Kevan Lannister is recalled to take over as Regent and Hand. Cersei's summons for Jaime to return and defend her go unanswered. Mace Tyrell lifts the siege of Koniec Burzy barely weeks after it began to race back to the capital and learn the fate of his daughter, whilst Randyll Tarly marches on the city from the north. Meanwhile, Aurane Waters absconds with the newly-rebuilt royal fleet.

Sam's ship reaches Stare Miasto, barely evading the Żelaźni Ludzie reavers. They learn that the Żelaźni Ludzie have raided and seized territories on the Arbor and failed an attempt to burn the city harbor of Stare Miasto. Sam goes to the Cytadela, but is intercepted by Archmaester Marwyn. Marwyn reveals that the other archmaesters will not be impressed or moved by Sam's revelations about Daenerys. When Sam asks how Marwyn knows that he was coming, Marwyn reveals that the Cytadela has some of the ancient Valyrian obsidian candles, through which they could see things from afar. Marwyn states that nearly two centuries ago the maesters helped kill the last of the smoks to rid the world of magic forever, but now it is returning. Marwyn departs immediately for Zatoka Niewolnicza, telling Sam to study hard and fast, for Mur will need his services. Sam is left in the company of two students, Alleras the Sphinx and a boy named Pate.

In the Free City of Braavos

Arya Stark finds her way to the Dom Czerni i Bieli, a temple to the Bóg o Wielu Twarzach. There Arya is inducted into the ranks of the Ludzie Bez Twarzy as a novice. She learns that the Faceless Men are not simply a band of skilled assassins, but also a religious sect dating long before the Doom of Valyria. They consider their assassinations to be holy sacraments to their god of death. As Faceless Men must have no true identity, Arya assumes the role of 'Cat of the Canals' and becomes a familiar sight on the streets of the city. However, her old identity occasionally slips through. She hides her sword Igła rather than discarding it and later kills Dareon for forsaking his vows to the Nocna Straż. The priests of the House of Black and White strike her blind by some means, but it is unclear whether this is part of her training or punishment for her transgressions.

On the Żelazne Wyspy

Following the death of King Balon Greyjoy, a Królewski Wiec is summoned by Aeron Damphair, Balon's youngest brother and the most respected priest of the Utopiony Bóg. With Theon Greyjoy a prisoner of the Boltons at the Dreadfort, the strongest candidates are Balon's brothers Victarion and Euron Crow's Eye, who has just returned from reaving in the east. Asha Greyjoy, Balon's daughter, also tries to claim the Tron z Morskiego Kamienia in spite of her sex. The moot is deadlocked between the three until Euron reveals his plan to seize control of Daenerys's smoks through the use of magic and so rule Westeros. The moot crowns Euron king, and Asha disappears with her ship northwards. Aeron, who considers Euron ungodly, also leaves to gain popular support against him.

Euron launches an ambitious campaign against the Reach, sending ships under his brother Victarion to conquer the Tarczowe Wyspy and raid the coast. Initial appetites for plunder are sated by the raids in Westeros, however, and both support for Euron's trip across the narrow sea and his hold over the ironmen dwindles. He realizes that he must remain and consolidate his control. Victarion agrees to go to Zatoka Niewolnicza and deliver Euron's marriage proposal to Daenerys. However, Victarion hates Euron for sleeping with his wife and decides to get revenge by courting Daenerys himself.

In Dorne

In Słoneczna Włócznia, the capital of Dorne, news is received of the death of Oberyn Martell at the hands of Gregor Clegane, although Gregor was mortally wounded in the same battle. Oberyn's bastard daughters, the Żmijowe Bękarcice, demand various plans for vengeance, including attacking Stare Miasto and raiding Reach. Prince Doran Martell has them locked up to prevent them from doing anything too precipitous, and sends word to Królewska Przystań confirming his loyalty. His eldest daughter and heir (due to Dorne's equal primogeniture), Arianne is disgusted with her father's weakness and suspicious that her father would prefer to supplant her with her brother Quentyn, who she learns has vanished eastwards on unknown business. Princess Myrcella Baratheon, elder sister to King Tommen, is in Słoneczna Włócznia, as she has been betrothed to Trystane Martell, and Arianne hatches a plan to crown Myrcella Queen of the Siedem Królestw according to Dornish law and reignite the war. Her attempts are thwarted, however. Ser Arys Oakheart, the Gwardia Królewska guarding Myrcella, is killed in a melee and Myrcella is injured. Arianne is imprisoned for her actions.

Prince Doran finally lets his daughter visit him and learns of her grievances. He explains that whilst he had intended Quentyn to follow him as Prince of Dorne, he had a greater role in mind for Arianne: she was to have become Queen of all Westeros. Arianne is confused, but learns that Doran planned to wed her to Viserys Targaryen, but that plan was thwarted when Khal Drogo killed Viserys. Now the plan has changed. Quentyn is on his way to Zatoka Niewolnicza to find and win the heart's desire of Ród Martellów: "Fire and Blood."

Characters

The tale is told through the point of view of 12 POV characters and, as with previous volumes, a one-off prologue POV.

Delay in publication

The novel was published five years and two months after the previous volume in the series, Nawałnica Mieczy. This was due to a series of problems that arose during the writing of the novel. George R. R. Martin originally planned for the fourth book to be called Taniec ze Smokami with the story picking up five years after the events of Nawałnica Mieczy (primarily to advance the ages of the younger characters). However, during the writing process it was discovered that this was leading to an overreliance on flashbacks to fill in the gap. After twelve months or so of working on the book, Martin decided to abandon much of what had previously been written and start again, this time picking up immediately after the end of Nawałnica Mieczy. He announced this decision, along with the new title Uczta dla Wron, at the World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia on 1 September 2001.[1]. He also announced that Taniec ze Smokami would now be the fifth book in the sequence.

The reason for the subsequent delays were that the novel grew too long and the format changed from the previous book, with the introduction of short-lived POV characters who only had one or two chapters apiece. Martin also wrote a 250-page prologue to the novel which he then scrapped and scattered throughout the novel. Finally, when the novel was nearing completion his publishers realised it was significantly longer than Nawałnica Mieczy and requested it be split in half for publication. After initially considering publishing it as 'Part 1' and 'Part 2', Martin's friend and fellow author Daniel Abraham suggested splitting it by POV and location instead, which Martin agreed with. Thus Uczta dla Wron only contains the POV characters from the South of the Siedem Królestw and the Żelazne Wyspy. The characters in Północ, in the Wolne Miasta and in Meereen (including fan-favourites Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen) will return in the fifth book. The split of the novel also meant that the series would be seven rather than six books long. Taniec ze Smokami remains the title of the fifth book.

Martin supplied a note at the end of Uczta dla Wron explaining the reason for the split and promising that Taniec ze Smokami would follow with the missing POV characters 'next year'. However, subsequently Martin embarked on a four-month signing tour in the US, Canada and Europe at the request of his publishers and lost that time in writing the novel, which was expected some time in 2007 but not published until July 2011.

Allusions/references to other works

Bakkalon, the Pale Child, is one of the Gods worshipped mostly by soldiers at the House of Black and White. This god appeared already in Martin's 1975 story And Seven Times Never Kill Man (where he is worshipped by a religious sect called Steel Angels), as well as in some other stories of the same era.

In Stare Miasto, mention is made that Maester Rigney believes that time is a wheel. This could possibly allude to fantasy author Robert Jordan and his popular series, The Wheel of Time, as Jordan's true name is James Rigney. Another character, the southern noble Lord Trebor Jordayne of the Tor, is also an allusion to Jordan, Tor Books being Jordan's best-known publisher, and the name Trebor itself being an anagram of Robert.

In the Chapter "Cat of the Canals" a reference is made to a story about the "Lord of the Woeful Countance," which is believed to be a reference to Don Quixote.

Awards and nominations

  • Hugo Award – Best Novel (nominated) – (2006)
  • British Fantasy Award – Best Novel (nominated) – (2006)
  • Quill Award – Best Novel (Science Fiction & Fantasy) (nominated) – (2006)

Editions

Translations

  • French: Hardcover: Pygmalion (2006-...): "Le chaos", "Les sables de Dorne", "Un Festin pour les Corbeaux"
  • Russian: "Пир стервятников"


References and Notes

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