- Better Than Canon: Or at least just as good as canon in a different way. This is one of the very few A Song of Ice and Fire stories on the Internet that portrays Roose Bolton properly, and manages to simultaneously ameliorate most of the tragedy of the canon while still maintaining the original series's realism and brutal medieval setting. One reader found the Hound's death to be more emotionally trying than the Red Wedding.
- Moral Event Horizon: A disguised Melisandre forcing Sandor Clegane to undergo a nigh-impossible trial that ultimately kills him, despite everything he's done, caused her to skip right over this line for many readers.
- The Scrappy: Arya Stark (unlike her canon version, who is almost universally beloved). Arya Stark in this fic is a murderous, jealous and whiny girl. Her planning revenge in canon at least makes sense, but in this fic, she becomes very dark and psychotic, although she is saved fairly early in the story and is returned to her loving family. War is going on, but her planning murders is just plain evil.
YMMV / Sean Bean Saves Westeros