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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 2000
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How does he do it? George R.R. Martin's high fantasy weaves a spell sufficient to seduce even those who vowed never to start a doorstopper fantasy series again (the first book--A Game of Thrones--runs over 700 pages). A Clash of Kings is longer and even more grim, but Martin continues to provide compelling characters in a vividly real world.
The Seven Kingdoms have come apart. Joffrey, Queen Cersei's sadistic son, ascends the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, who won it in battle. Queen Cersei's family, the Lannisters, fight to hold it for him. Both the dour Stannis and the charismatic Renly Baratheon, Robert's brothers, also seek the throne. Robb Stark, declared King in the North, battles to avenge his father's execution and retrieve his sister from Joffrey's court. Daenerys, the exiled last heir of the former ruling family, nurtures three dragons and seeks a way home. Meanwhile the Night's Watch, sworn to protect the realm from dangers north of the Wall, dwindle in numbers, even as barbarian forces gather and beings out of legend stalk the Haunted Forest.
Sound complicated? It is, but fine writing makes this a thoroughly satisfying stew of dark magic, complex political intrigue, and horrific bloodshed. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
The second novel of Martin's titanic Song of Ice and Fire saga (A Game of Thrones, 1996) begins with Princess Arya Stark fleeing her dead father's capital of King's Landing, disguised as a boy. [...] In between [the beginning and the end], her actions map the further course of a truly epic fantasy set in a world bedecked with 8000 years of history, beset by an imminent winter that will last 10 years and bedazzled by swords and spells wielded to devastating effect by the scrupulous and unscrupulous alike. Standout characters besides Arya include Queen Cersei, so lacking in morals that she becomes almost pitiable; the queen's brother, the relentlessly ingenious dwarf Tyrion Lannister; and Arya's brother, Prince Brandon, crippled except when he runs with the wolves in his dreams. The novel is notable particularly for the lived-in quality of its world, created through abundant detail that dramatically increases narrative length even as it aids suspension of disbelief; for the comparatively modest role of magic (although with one ambitious young woman raising a trio of dragons, that may change in future volumes)... Martin may not rival Tolkien or Robert Jordan, but he ranks with such accomplished medievalists of fantasy as Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson. Here, he provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites—and this is only the second course of a repast with no end in sight. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
"From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war.
As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky - a comet the colour of blood and flame - five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night.
Against a backdrop of incest, fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood."
This is an adult's story, there is no grossing over the battles, blood and gore and sex are very much part of George R.R. Martin's writing style.
The Tyrion and Arya chapters are the best parts of the book (for me); that doesn't mean the other character's tales aren't good, just that these were exceptional and had me swiping the pages to know what happens.
I started "A Storm of Swords" as soon as I finished "A Clash of Kings".
I don't know why I haven't read this series before now. Definitely five stars.
This is such an awesome read but a book you would not want to read out of order so a reader must read The Game of Thrones first or they would be completely confused of the reasoning's behind the conflicts and drama's.
I have many conflicting emotions concerning this second book. Yes it is very good but aggravating because it seems the good guys have no luck and are all destroyed. The author does keep the reader hooked to every sentence in hopes that the good guys will prevail. I'm looking forward to jumping into the third book "A Storm of Swords".
There is too much going on in this 700 plus pages to explain every detail but below I'm listing notes on some of the characters I either hate or love:
Joffrey - spoiled rotten brat (13 yr old new king) that needs to be killed along with his mother Cersei and his hound Sandor Clegane - talking about a twisted individual - one sick puppy that is lethal.
Cersei - another person I hate and hope she gets her head chopped off in front of her son Joffrey.
Stannis Baratheon - King that needs to be slapped for getting messed up with a sorceress - get ready for all kinds of evil foul magic
Renly Baratheon - shamed he got killed but in a way he was a dumb greedy bastard like most of these kings and lords.
Jaime Lannister - the Kingslayer - sick and cruel individual that I hope gets killed. He is twin to Cersei and father to Joffrey (yes incest). Right now the Starks and Tullys have him captured.
Tyrion Lannister - Brother to Jaime and Cersei, one of the better ones in that family but very sly. Though he is a deformed midget I like him and find him humorous at times. I like his new protector Bronn, he is lethal. I like his new men Shagga and Timett - I love their bantering and love how they think. I feel sorry for Tyrion in a way, his family is so mean to him and I hope he finds away to destroy them all and will be able to find happiness with Shae. It is funny how Tyrion has more honor and wisdom then his family, I admire him for leading his men to victory when they went to war to fight.
Grand Maester Pycelle, Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger/master of coin), Janos Slynt (commander of gold cloaks),and Varys (Spider/spy-master of whisperers) - they're conniving instigators galore! CUT THROATS! Power Hungry pieces of Crap and un-trust worthy.
Robb Stark - New King of the North at the age of 15 yrs old - I like their whole family except for his sister Sansa and it seems they are being killed off one by one - I hope they get a break of luck soon.
Lady Catelyn - Robbs mother - one strong woman and very smart and wise.
Sansa - Robb's sister - I can't stand her, she is a snooty beotch and deserves what she gets. She is so blinded by fairy tales up until this second book and now she isn't getting such a fairy tale ending since her betroth Joffrey had her fathers (Ned)head cut off and he has her beat. However now Joffrey puts her aside for another and her life outcome is in the open - will she remain a captive and be rapped or will she escape????
Arya Stark - I love this 10 yr old, she is an all out Tom Boy. When reading I look forward to her chapters and hope she comes back and kills everyone that has done her family wrong.
Bran Stark - I love this kid too and think it is neat that he is a Warg - a shapeshifter in dreams, one with three eyes or a crow with 3 eyes. He can see through his DireWolf,s eyes. He and his brother Rickon (4yr old) are survivors
Jon Snow - Ned Starks bastard child - I love him and his direwolf. He is a Warg also. I look forward to his adventures beyond the Black Wall and I hope he learns of the old magic and will prevail in the coming wars.
The Direwolf's - love them all - Nymeria, Summer, Shaggydog, and Ghost.
Though Winterfel has been burned and destroyed I hope the Starks make a comeback - they are the good guys. The kids are scattered all over, will they all come back in the end?????
Daenerys Targaryen - the queen across the waters - Mother of Dragons. I think she is cool but her journey is taking too long, will she make it back over with her 3 dragons???? Will she reclaim her throne???? There is not much action happening now with her so I look forward to her drama mixed with the kings. I also hope that the Dragons will grow and reproduce.
There is so much to this series and just within the two books I have read, it is so complex and mind boggling. One thing for sure and that is it keeps you on the edge of your seat, your laughing one moment and freaking out the next. The writing is a visionary wonder!
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