May 25, 2009

Song of Ice and Fire- Winterfell

I'm going to do something a little different in this post. For one, I am going to spread the cast over many postings, as there are simply too many characters to post at once. The posts will instead be separated by region. For example, this post will be cast the Starks and Winterfell. The next will be King's Landing. This will allow each post to be a reasonable length. Also, I will not go into individual books. These casts are for the series as a whole.

In light of the pending pilot on HBO, I will also provide the actors who have officially been cast for the show. This isn't to judge how many I get "right", but to offer a professional opinion. There's no way that the cast I present would work. This is a dream cast and no film company would ever front the budget that the stars in my cast would require. And just for fun, I'll throw in an artist's rendition of each character, when I can find one. On to Winterfell....

House Stark is the principal noble house in the North; many lesser houses are sworn to them. Their seat is Winterfell. Their sigil is a grey direwolf on a field of white, and their house motto, referred to in-universe as their words, are "Winter Is Coming."

The Starks are descended from Brandon the Builder, a legendary figure from the Age of Heroes thousands of years in the past, who built Winterfell and the Wall. They were Kings of Winter in the North from the Age of Heroes beginning with Bran the Builder until Torrhen Stark submitted to Aegon the Conqueror at the end of the War of Conquest. Since that time the Starks have held the North for the kings of Westeros as Lords of Winterfell and Wardens of the North.


Eddard "Ned" Stark

DC: Daniel Day-Lewis
HBO: ?

Eddard Stark is Lord of Winterfell, Lord Paramount of the North, and Warden of the North. He and Catelyn have five children, and he claims a bastard son, Jon Snow. Eddard is known for his sense of honor and justice; he dislikes deceit, intrigue, and secrecy. Though his family finds him kind, some consider his reserved personality a sign of coldness and disdain. He is in his mid-thirties. He has a long face, dark hair, and grey eyes. His closely-trimmed beard is beginning to grey.

Catelyn Stark

DC: Sonya Walger

Catelyn Stark is the wife of Eddard Stark and lady of Winterfell. She had five children: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. She was born into House Tully. Catelyn is seen as honorable and upright by acquaintances, holding duty over desire as a governing principle of behavior. She has a deep love for family and a strong faith in the Seven. However, she regards the bastard Jon Snow as an outsider to her family, and has never forgiven Eddard for bringing him into her household. She is described as beautiful, with auburn hair, blue eyes, and long fingers.

Robb Stark-

DC: Ed Speelers

Robb Stark is Eddard Stark's eldest legitimate child, and the heir to Winterfell. He bears great responsibility with scant complaint, and shares his father's devotion to honor and justice. He is frequently accompanied by his direwold is Grey Wind. Robb's appearance favors his Tully side, with a stocky build, blue eyes, and thick auburn hair.

Sansa Stark-

DC: Rachel Hurd-Woods

Sansa Stark is the elder daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark. She possesses the traditional feminine graces of her milieu and is a strong believer in the world of chivalry portrayed in stories and songs. She is beautiful and excels at many female leisure activities, including singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, sewing, fashion, and social graces. Sansa is traditionally beautiful, with high cheekbones, vivid blue eyes, thick auburn hair and, as she grows up, a tall and graceful figure.

Arya Stark-

DC: Holly Gibbs

Arya Stark is the third child, and second daughter of Eddard and Catelyn. She is nine at the start of A Game of Thrones. A spirited girl with an interest in fighting and exploring, she is a foil of her proper sister Sansa, whom she often describes as "stupid". She is particularly close to her bastard half-brother Jon Snow. Throughout her travels, Arya displays great resourcefulness, cunning, and an unflinching ability to accept hard necessity. She is said to take after her fiery aunt Lyanna in temperament. Arya is skinny and athletic. She has strong Stark family features, with a long face, grey eyes and brown hair. A the start of the story, she is generally regarded as plain, as exemplified by her nickname Arya Horseface, and often mistaken for a boy.

Bran Stark-

DC: Jasper Harris

Brandon Stark, typically called "Bran", is Eddard and Catelyn's second son. He is nam ed after his uncle, whose death was one of the series of events that led to Robert's Rebellion. Bran enjoyed climbing and exploring Winterfell until he was crippled. Like his siblings, he is dutiful and tough-minded.

Rickon Stark-

DC: Kristopher and Jason Simmons

Rickon Stark is Eddard and Catelyn's youngest child, only three years old when the series begins. Rickon is a naturally aggressive and strong-willed child, but his youth makes it difficult for him to cope with the terrible changes that come to his family and life.

Jon Snow-

DC: Aaron Johnson

Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark, by a mother whose identity is not widely known. He was raised by his father alongside his true-born half-siblings, but joins the Night's Watch when he reaches adulthood. Jon has a strong Stark features. He has a lean build and a long face, with dark hair and grey eyes.

Theon Greyjoy-

DC: Skandar Keynes

Theon Greyjoy is the son and heir apparent of Balon Greyjoy. He was taken as a hostage and ward by Eddard Stark when he was ten years old and raised in Winterfell for ten years. Theon is lean, dark, cruel, and vain, taking pride in his skills of archery and seduction. Having grown up a hostage in another family, Theon feels caught between the Stark and Greyjoy worlds, belonging to neither in full. ßPin It

May 17, 2009

The Dragon Reborn

"Jordan continues his Wheel of Time saga (after The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt ). Three thousand years ago the Dragon led the male mages of the world into entrapping the Dark One, but the cost was high: all male mages, then and thereafter, were driven mad. Now the Dark One is breaking free, and the only salvation may come through Rand al'Thor who may be a reincarnation of the Dragon and who must obtain the sword Callandor, held in the city of Tear. All of Rand's companions from the previous books find themselves, willing or not, moving toward Tear for a confrontation with evil traps. Jordan's fast and absorbing adventure novel will keep the reader too entranced to worry about plot inconsistencies, numerous coincidences, lack of character development and Rand's inexplicably infrequent appearances. As light fantasy, however, it proves an enjoyable diversion." -- Publisher's Weekly


Lucas Babin as Galad- He is the half-brother of Elayne and Gawyn. He sees the world in black and white, and will always do what he sees as right. He is described as taking good to a fault. "He is almost too handsome for masculinity. He is tall and slender with dark hair and eyes."

Kathy Bates as Sheriam Sedai- Sheriam is the Mistress of Novices. It's her duty to oversee and train all the Novices in the White Tower. She serves as both a disciplinarian and a shoulder to cry on for girls who need either. " She is slightly plump with high cheekbones, tilted green eyes, and fiery red hair."

Jason Flemyng as Gaul- An Aielman who is searching for He Who Comes With the Dawn, the man prophesied to unite the Aiel and lead them from the Waste. He is caught by some Hunters of the Horn and is imprisoned in a gibbet.
"He is handsome in a rugged way with green eyes and long eyelashes." He is taller even than Rand.

Noureen DeWulf as Zorrine Bashere (Faile)- She is from Saldaea, but left home to become a Hunter of the Horn in Illian. She follows Perrin, Moraine, and Lan because she thinks they will lead her to the Horn of Valere. "She is tall with black, shoulder-length hair. She has a large, bold nose, a generous mouth, high cheekbones and dark, slightly tilted eyes."

Laura Prepon as Aviendha- Aiel of the Nine Valleys sept of the Taardad Aiel. She is Far Dareis Mai, a Maiden of the Spear. She is with a group searching for He Who Comes With the Dawn. She is tall and lovely with blue-green eyes. Her reddish hair is short with a tail in the back

Daniel Day-Lewis as Julian Sandar- Thief-catcher in Tear. One of the most dangerous people that Mother Guenna knows of. He carries a notched sword-breaker and narrow staff; he is deadly with both. "He is lean and handsome and in his middle years. He looks as though he were carved from aged wood. He has short, black hair and dark eyes."

Liam Neeson as Rhuarc- Clan chief of the Nine Valleys sept of the Taardad Aiel. He was once Aethan Dor, a Red Shield. He is leading his clan in the search for He Who Come With the Dawn. "He is tall and handsome with a strong, square face and a good smile. His dark red hair is graying. He has broad shoulders and blue eyes."

**Special thanks to the Encyclopaedia WOT for providing descriptions! ßPin It

May 12, 2009


"In a world where people born with an extreme skill -- called a Grace-- are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, king of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anuone who displeases him.
When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po's friend.
She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace- or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone." --Book Jacket


Shoshanna Bush as Katsa- Katsa is the niece of King Randa. When she was 8 years old, her Grace appeared. When a man at her uncle's court had reached out to fondle her leg, she turned around and struck the heel of her hand into the man's nose, killing him instantly. Her Grace was one of killing. From that point on, King Ransa used her as his strong-arm and occasional assassin. Although she hates what she does, she believes she does not have to power to stop it.

Sean Faris as Prince Po- Po is the youngest prince of Lienid. He is searching for his kidnapped grandfather when he runs into Katsa. He suspects Katsa of being involved in the kidnapping and follows her home. It turns out that Po has a fighting grace and for the first time, Katsa has someone who can challenge her in a fight. The two develop an uneasy friendship while sparring.

Adair Tischler as Bitterblue- Bitterblue is princess of Monsea and Po's niece. When Po hears of strange developments in Monsea, he and Katsa travels there to investigate. Bitterblue is a tough kid, about 10 years old, who stoically accepts matters when her world is upheaved.

Lucas Babin as Prince Raffin- Prince Raffin is the son of King Ransa and Katsa's cousin. He is her closest friend. His father considers him a disappointment, because he is more interested in herbs and medicine than politicking and fighting. This disappointment doesn't bother Raffin however, because he sees his father as little more than a bully.

Rufus Sewell as King Leck- King Leck is king of Monsea and Bitterblue's father. His past is shrouded in mystery. He was adopted by the previous and king and queen, but no one knows where he came from before that. He has a reputation of helping sick children and animals. Po and Katsa undergo a journey to visit him and ask him about rumors of strange events.

John Noble as King Randa- King Randa is king of Middluns and is Katsa's uncle. He is known as a bully, but rarely is seen carrying out his orders. He stays behind his walls and holds feasts, while ordering his people to carry out orders persecuting his people. He uses Katsa as a thug and stiff-arm against those who he believes has wronged him.
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May 8, 2009

The Way of Shadows

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.


James McAvoy as Azoth/Kylar Stern- Azoth is an orphan who lives in the Warrens of Cenaria City. He and his two friends, Jarl and Doll Girl, are members of the Black Dragon guild. They make their living stealing money to buy food and pay their guild dues to Rat, the Guild Fist, an enforcer who beats anyone who doesn't pay. To escape this life, Azoth convinces Durzo Blint, the world's greatest Wetboy, or elite assassin, to take him as his apprentice.

Jason Statham as Durzo Blint- Blint is the world's greatest 'Wetboy.' Wetboys take assassins to a whole other level. They are graced with Talent, which gives them powers of speed, strength, and concealment. He believes "Life is empty. Life is meaningless. When we take a life, we aren't taking anything of value."

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Momma K- Momma K sits on the the council of The Nine, the leaders of the several underworld guilds in Cenaria. Momma K is the Mistress of Pleasures, leader of the prostitution and spy network in Cenaria. She also has a soft heart towards the ophans on the streets and provides them with food and shelter during the winter months.

Daniel Cudmore as Logan Gyre- Logan represents the ideal nobleman. He inspires loyalty from men years old and expects no more from people than he does of himself. He is tall, muscular, and handsome, but is also an intellectual and a student of life. Despite all this, he does not realize how well regarded he is and is very humble. He is Kylar's best friend.

Billie Piper as Elene Cromwyll- Elene spent her first 8 years or so on the streets of Cenaria City, where she was friends with Azoth and Jarl. She was maimed, disfigured, and left for dead as retribution against Azoth. Azoth convinces Blint to save her and have her adopted by a well-to-do family. She has grown into a curvaceous beauty, although her face is still covered with the scars from her childhood.

Reese Ritchie as Jarl- Jarl is Azoth's best friend on the streets of Cenaria City. He is quite entrepreneurial. He has saved the coin he has collected on the street and hid them from the overseers who demand their collections. He is beaten when he doesn't pay the required "due," but he chooses the beatings in hopes of buying his way off the streets some day.

Eric Bana as Count Drake- A kindly, lower-placed noble who has a dark past. He is friends with Durzo Blint and helps him with false papers and other services. Azoth is placed into Count Drake's care in order to learn how to be a nobleman.

Sam Riley as Roth Ursuul- Roth is the main antagonist of the story. He grew up on the streets with Azoth and Jarl, as one of the overseers boys. We also learn he is the son of a foreign king who intends to take over Cenaria as his own. Roth is working to fulfill his father's plans. ßPin It
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