A Clash of Kings
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
George R. R. Martin
THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK TWO In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any we have ever experienced. A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel . . . and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
George R. R. Martin
Random House Publishing Group
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"In the second book of the Song of Ice and Fire, it takes a while to really get going, it starts a lot slower than what I remember from when I read it the first time. I think this is the book that you really figure out what the strengths of the series are: the political intrigue, the conversations, the strategy of war. <br/><br/>Like the first book there are POVs that are better than others, the stand outs from this book (to me) are Davos, who does a great job of representing the perspective of Stannis and has a interesting wrinkle of being a former smuggler turned “Onion” knight. Caitlyn continues to be a high mark for the series, which just makes how poorly utilized she is in the show even worst. Her conversation with Jamie is one of the strongest so far in the series and is a great look at a future POV. Another POV holdover from the first book that continues to be great is Tyrion, this is where a lot of the political intrigue and strategy is and it is fantastic <br/><br/>With the POV strategy of storytelling, there are weaker ones as well. Daenerys feels very stagnant for most of the novel and Theon is just so unlikeable that it is hard to connect to and his sections of dialogue feel so cheesy and juvenile, in the worst ways. <br/><br/>Overall the second half of this book (especially the final third) are among the best of the series, and do a great job of showing where the books continue to go and how they grow in the right direction. If my memory is correct, the series continues to better itself from here on out."