Title: A Clash of Kings
Author: George R. R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire
Previous Book in the Series:
1. A Game of Thrones
Date Started: September 20
Date Finished: September 28
Format: Mass Trade Paperback from my own shelf
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 at 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.
Eight months since I finished my reread of the first book in this series and I finally got around to reading book 2 for the first time. And like the Harry Potter books, these seem to be getting thicker with each volume. I wish that the 969 pages was worth it, but alas…Martin really needs to learn to edit. Some of the pages weren’t really necessary to the overall plot, but I digress.
You still are treated to the same characters as you were in the first book, but now everyone is dealing with their own turmoil after the events that made Joffery king. Sansa realizes that she is in a nightmare because all Joffery wants is to humiliate her and she just wants to be free and go back to Winterfell. Aria is stuck traveling as a boy with one of the maesters of the Night’s Watch making sure her boy persona stays in place as they travel back towards the Wall. Bran is stuck at Winterfell and is having odd dreams of being his direwolf Summer. Catelyn is trying to handle her older son Robb, but realizes that even though he is 15, he is the Heir of Winterfell and cannot deny him his thirst for revenge on the Lannisters for what was done to Eddard Stark. Jon is still at the Wall and trying to figure out the mystery of the wildlings and what happens to them when they die. Then there is Tyrion Lannister – the infamous Imp – who is by far one of my favorites in the series. He’s cunning and calculating and the scary thing is I have a feeling it isn’t much for revenge on his siblings and their ilk but also for the good of the kingdom that he plots the way he does. Dany – the Mother of Dragons – doesn’t appear much in book 2 and for that I’m really sad. I get why, there’s a lot going in Westeros to concern ourselves with over the small pilgrimage of the young princess, but still…
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This book was long and had a lot of characters in it that were hard to keep track of. Not that it really mattered because with the war for the Iron Throne going on a good chunk of them died. I’m curious to see what happens with Stannis’ defeat and even more curious with what happens to Bran and his younger brother now that Winterfell has fallen. Hopefully it won’t take me eight months to get around to reading book 3.
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