Title: No Featherbed for Me Author: lit_chick08 Rating: M Genre: Alternate Universe. Status: In-Progress. Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire. Pairings: Various. Summary: Arya Stark wanted to be a knight; she wanted to find glory and adventure with Needle in her hand. But that is not an appropriate life for a highborn lady, and that was all Arya of House Stark was allowed to be. (or What if Gendry was heir to the Iron Throne and Arya had to go through life as a highborn lady instead of a badass?) Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/317779/chapters/511035 I never throw fics up for review, but this one really impressed me. It is the most well-written fic in the fandom, not to mention very true to the series. It reads like it could have happened in the actual series, and while Arya is in a very different situation, she acts like herself. The first couple of chapters are kind of dodgy (or maybe that’s because I don’t like Arya / Gendry as a pairing), but it gets better with every chapter written. Currently, it’s only three chapters away from completion and the nine chapters that are uploaded right now are long as shit. The only thing I raised my eyebrow at is while the changes in the backstory seem to only extend to Gendry, things like the White Walker invasion and Dany’s single-minded quest to get to the mainland are hand-waved away (not that they don't appear, but the circumstance have been changed). Other than that, though, this fic is perfect. 5/5.