Title: The Kings Who Cared Author: SomeRandomWeirdGuy Rating: T Genre: General Status: ~37K as of 8/5/2019 Fandom: ASoIaF Pairings: none listed Summary: A chance meeting in Braavos leads to Young Griff setting his sights on the opposite end of Westeros. Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/18023759/chapters/42586643 Pretty brief at this point, but I found it this afternoon and read the whole thing in one go which felt enough of a recommendation I should share it. The fic centres around Aegon (who does not seem to be the false Aegon in this story) and his group (Griff, Rolly etc), as well as a few pointed scenes about Stannis, who seems planned to feature more heavily in the future. The point of deviation is Rolly encountering Alliser Thorne with the severed wight hand in Braavos, persuading Aegon that the north needs his aid. The characterisation is solid, and reasonably book consistent from what I recall, the dialogue fits the tone without being overly archaic. I ran through 10 chapters quickly without ever being jarred out by poor grammar or a clumsy passage. The author is playing up the mysticism of GoT to a fair degree, and there are some occasionally implausible character decisions, but enough in story dispute that I'm not too worried about railroading. TBH I'm just happy to find a GoT story that felt polished and fresh, and I thought I'd chuck this out there. I'd give it a 4/5 for engaging writing consistent with the tone of the original work, that had me reading chapter after chapter. EDIT: Thought I should make it clear that at least one character has had a bit of a change, Aegon himself is much more of a conscientious figure, earnest and keen to be a good king. No hints of angst which is pretty pleasing though.