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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Don't miss any of the novels in George R. R. Martin's saga
A Song of Ice and Fire
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
and coming soon
A STORM OF SWORDS
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About the Author
George R.R. Martin is the author of fourteen novels, including five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, several collections of short stories and numerous screen plays for television drama and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Publication date : January 1, 2003
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 770 pages
- File size : 4876 KB
- Publisher : Bantam (January 1, 2003)
- ASIN : B000FC1HBY
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,769 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book was as good as the first. RR. Martin is a very talented writer. There are 1000 characters, and you sometimes get a little lost on who belongs to you, but it doesn't distract from the story. Even though he writes about a fictional world, he doesn't make up words just to make them up. He makes those 1000 pages fly by.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next. If you haven't tried this series yet, I highly recommend it.
This is the second book to the series and I love the allegories of this book which can be related to reality where power grab is common and often the order of the day.
This books pick up from where the Game of Thrones left after the throne was succeeded by the son of Robert Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon. Yet his succession to the Iron Throne is packed with controversies. This is the very same reason that prompted others to claim for the same throne.
But what I find to be most frustrating was Stannis is claim to the throne is based on his legitimate succession as the eldest sibling of the former king but why the hell would his younger brother Renly made the same claim? Wouldn’t it be great if Stannis and Renly were on the same side against the Lannisters but that is how deep and complex the story and plots of the series that’s why I love it.
I reccommend this to all the fans of the Game of Thrones series and those who are seeking books that has some element of political allegories in it. The same reason why I am reading the series aside from being fan of the popular TV series.
As I said above the series is amazing and enlightening as I look at it from the perspective of political allegory.
Here, competing lords are vying for the Iron Throne -- the kingship of Westeros. The people of the North seek to break away and become an independent kingdom under the leadership of the Young Wolf, Robb Stark of Winterfell. This is a great story.
Lord Tyrion Lannister dominates this second novel, but the other main characters (and many of the minor ones) are equally unforgettable and all are highly nuanced. The story sweeps forward as lords vie for the right to be the king. Don't miss this one. RJB.
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One to read again in retirement, maybe?
If you read a few reviews here, you would find that the Bantam edition of the books are not up to the par in terms of quality.
Harper-Voyager edition is what I
would recommend, if you are a serious reader. They are costlier, yes; but worth it for sure. Pages, binding, printing quality, size of fonts and basically everything is better on it.
By the time I was halfway through I didn't want to put it down and was again enthralled.
If you struggled like I have I can only suggest to try it, try it again and persevere.
That makes this review somewhat redundant, and for that reason I almost didn't bother writing one. However, I do try to review most things I buy through Amazon so for the sake of completeness here we go...
As the review title suggests, A Clash of Kings maintains the high standards set by the previous volume. The writing, characters and plot are all just as strong, and as the saga unfolds you'll find yourself drawn further into the worlds of George R.R. Martin has created.
As with GoT, each chapter of the book is narrated from a single character's point-of-view. However, not every character who featured in GoT gets their own chapter or chapters in A Clash of Kings. Dany, Tyion, Arya, Theon Greyjoy and Jon Snow all feature heavily, whilst others such as Robb Stark and Jaime Lannister hardly feature at all. Depending on who your favourite character from the first book is, this may be either a source of disappointment or extreme joy. Personally I didn't have a particular favourite, but I did appreciate the focus on the ever entertaining Tyrion.
Martin also adds in new characters, all of whom add further depth to the story, and one of whom, Davos Seaworth, is even given chapters told from his own perspective. I especially liked this, as Davos is older than many of the other major characters in the book and this lends a fresh if world weary perspective to events.
Magic is also more to the fore in this second volume. Its significance and influence is still limited but its use is more overt than in GoT. If you're not a big fan of more hardcore 'fantasy' plot devices you might worry that this will be off-putting. Let me reassure you that it doesn't detract from the story and Martin has integrated the more fantastical elements so that the world he has created remains a believable place.
Finally, if you're coming to A Clash of Kings after watching Season 2 of Game of Thrones on TV then do not expect a direct translation from screen to page or vice-versa. Whilst Season 1 of the TV show stuck pretty closely to the source novel, A Clash of Kings is too dense a novel to translate so easily to the screen. As a result the narrative pace of the TV show is far quicker than the book and elements of volume three, A Song of Ice and Fire (3) - A Storm of Swords Complete Edition (Two in One) , have been integrated into Season 2 of the show. Both TV show and novel work well in their own right, but they are very different animals.
Having enjoyed both A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings I will be coming back for volume 3 in due course. As I read volumes 1 and 2 back to back however, I'm taking a break before I tackle the next stage of what is an undeniably compelling saga.