GAME OF THRONES BOOK TWO
A Clash of Kings is the second novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by A Game of Thrones, it won the Locus Award (in ) for Best Novel and was Learning of Renly's death, Tyrion resolves on two courses of action. A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. He began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, in , and it . Books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series are first published in hardcover and are later re-released as paperback editions. Game Of Thrones Book Two By George R.R. Martin -Summary By Gyorgy Martin Game of Thrones is a popular book series in the world today. Game of Thrones.
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THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO. In this eagerly awaited sequel to A Game of. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) Martin's first novel in this series, A Game of Thrones, fulfilled all three swimmingly. He forged one of the deepest. either side of him, a hellhound and a wyvern, two of the thousand that brooded over the walls of the ancient He let the younger man settle him behind his books and papers. . “If the gods are good, they will grant us a warm autumn and .
But is it worth the time? The book has a lot of content to take in, but it is mainly about different houses and powerful people fighting each other to sit on the mighty throne, while other danger approaches.
The story is also mixed with a fantasy element. While fighting for the throne is more based on reality, there is the undead, called night walkers, Approaching north of the wall.
Oh, and did i mention, its al "A clash of kings" by George R. Oh, and did i mention, its always snowing all four seasons in the world of game of thrones, and summer actually last up to 7 years.
Meaning when winter come, only those who have enough resource can survive. This is when the power of the houses really matters. And it is the coldest in the North, so people built a wall, separating the cold and the danger away from the rest. And people called the Nights watch guard to walls, form wildlings scavengers and others sorts of evil One thing i liked about the book is that theres is really a lot of take in.
It feels like a living and breathing world. The story is also narrated by different peoples viewpoint, and different location, instead on focusing on one main character. And it all makes sense when you connect them together. You know exactly what a character thinks and feels. However, the book is extremely graphic violence, sex etc.
I give this book a 5 star because i really enjoyed reading it and the story, and despite the long read, the story always gets me reading on and on. This book has great story and a huge roster of characters. I will recommend this book to all realistic fictions fans. View all 3 comments.
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May 18, Mark rated it really liked it. Not as full of as many twists and turns as the previous entry in the series, but still a fantastic read. Martin is creating a new epic, and one I did not think I would be able to get sucked into. The characters are all growing within the confines of the story, with the exception of say Sansa and she is still my most loathed character.
However, I understand that we're supposed to find fault with her and her childish views when disaster and ruin are around us. I have every confidence th Not as full of as many twists and turns as the previous entry in the series, but still a fantastic read.
I have every confidence that the author will redeem her in our eyes and she will grow as much as Jon, Bran and Arya have. One criticism of this book was not enough Robb and too much Theon.
However, there's still plenty of novels in the series in which to correct that. I'll be taking my sorbet of another book before launching into the next volume in this epic, but it's getting harder and harder to do so. May 27, Michelle rated it did not like it. I just cannot understand how this book has received such rave reviews.
It is Harlequin Romance on crack.
With one exception, all the good guys are very good, all the bad guys are very bad and all the bit players are interchangeable. If you can't remember who is who among the Sers, don't worry, they all get cut down in the end. And the "love scenes"? This guys has a fetish for women taken roughly and against their will If I heard ab Who? If I heard about a glistening manhood once, I heard about it 1, times.
Maybe it was all the hype, but if this isn't the case of the Emperor has no clothes, I don't know what is. Lemmings, step away from the cliff and from this book. Sep 13, Missy rated it it was amazing. I'm already into the next one of the series. Kinda boring cover- Not so, the book. Each chapter features a character and each character is so richly portrayed. There are a wide wide range of people to fall in love with and a few despicable creeps to keep things exciting.
Plus, some of the characters are neither one nor the other, but some of both. It's a combo, new to me, bringing a historical fiction feel to pure believable f Fantastic! It's a combo, new to me, bringing a historical fiction feel to pure believable fantasy. I went through the whole spectrum of feelings. Did I cry? There were a lot of really great cultural interweaving. Dec 03, Nadine X rated it really liked it.
And the rabbit hole goes deeper. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that this series is becoming more complicated and intriguing by the book. At times it does feel convoluted, or at least, confusing. I had to re-read some sections several times, and there were many more characters introduced, which is kinda overwhelming. However, there is a rich fandom and lots of websites dedicated to answering questions and discussing plot points.
One shouldn't have to rely on that though. That said thou And the rabbit hole goes deeper. That said though, I can't stop reading. This particular book had some major plot twists and revelations that have pulled me deeper into the series. I have to see what happens next, how all of these characters paths cross, and where their roads will lead. View all 5 comments. Oct 18, James Lyon rated it it was amazing. I've been watching the TV series, and feared it would color or somehow negatively impact the reading experience.
It didn't. Martin's imagination and cosmology are fascinating. Sadly, they are firmly rooted in real human behavior and politics. But that is what makes it all the more gripping. Occasionally a bit too much telling and not enough showing, but the plot twists and character development more than make up for this. Couldn't put it down. Well done and close to the second season. Two down, and three or five to go. Che poi, a tradurli in italiano alla lettera o quasi sarebbero suonati tanto male?
Da qui prende il via una sequela impressionante di intrighi, manovre politiche, tragedie, vendette, passioni, scontri, lotte di potere e di religione, guerre. Astenersi in particolare animi troppo sensibili, amanti del lieto fine e paladini della giustizia.
Un consiglio: A volte sembra quasi che Martin si diverta nel distruggere le aspettative del lettore e nel far accadere proprio quello che mai si vorrebbe. Mai uno spiraglio di luce o di speranza, neppure per caso. Lo definirei sotterraneo, nascosto, serpeggiante. Ovviamente senza aspettarmi un lieto fine, ma solo eventi nefasti e profondamenti ingiusti! Mr Martin is a god. Read the entire book in 6 days because I couldn't put it down. Enfrentei, todavia, alguns problemas com a leitura.
Capricha tanto, que a leitura de sua obra muitas vezes se torna desinteressante, pois pouco caminha para frente. E , acreditem-me: Dec 02, M. Harveland rated it it was amazing. Rarely do I give a five-star rating to a book. But, I feel that this one is well-deserving.
The prose was well-written and easily devoured. Martin wrote in a straightforward style—each chapter highlighting a specific character whom the reader follows throughout the entire book.
Though each chapter is written in first-person a POV that I generally dislike , the characters were developed with depth and sincerity. Unlike some characters in first-person narratives, these have a feeling Rarely do I give a five-star rating to a book. Unlike some characters in first-person narratives, these have a feeling of authenticity because of their multiple layers.
In most narratives, protagonists and antagonists are generally archetypical. However, Martin creates such well-rounded characters that I often found that those I rooted for had disenchanting character flaws, while those I tended to oppose had redeeming qualities.
At times, I questioned whether I was rooting for the correct family. And typically, in most fantasies, villains are less intelligent or less cunning than the hero, which is not true in this book.
The story is far from formulaic, and caught me off guard at particular moments when strong characters were killed off unexpectedly. The book plays off as historical fiction—until the fantasy elements come into play. The story would be just as excellent were the fantastical elements removed, but far less entertaining. Though readers who enjoy fantasy or historical fiction would thoroughly enjoy this book, I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Nov 25, Julie rated it it was amazing. How do authors do this? How do they come with this alternate world with all these complex story lines filled with war, love, hate lots of hate! George Martin has done it all-blending the world as we know it with a new really old world of knights, castles, armor, lords and ladies, sword fights and war.
There are new words to learn, new ideas to wrap your mind around, and a story that keeps you guessing from the first page to the last. I can't say that I found this How do authors do this? I can't say that I found this book uplifting; the life of these people is hard and unforgiving.
But, you will get totally wrapped up the the storylines and you will be able to feel the battle scenes, and cheer people that sound like they are fighting for the right now, but could very well turn out to have fooled everyone, even you by their cold, scheming ruin of a person, a family, or a kingdom. Every kind of character is here; the young who need to grow smart and street wise quickly to old unrelenting men who have a small crack of love and forgiveness in them.
A fabulous book and story Oct 08, Tom rated it it was amazing. To start with, I'll say that this book blew me away. The amount of characters in this book and the detail in the plot is amazing. At the back of the book, there is a huge list of characters in the main households in the book, but that still doesn't cover all of them. Unfortunately, this means that you could get confused, especially because many characters share similar or the same name.
Still, it's hard to forget the main characters. I absolutely loved some characters and hated others, though To start with, I'll say that this book blew me away. I absolutely loved some characters and hated others, though I wasn't always sure whether or not I was supposed to like the characters. This is not your average fantasy book. There are very little mythical beasts although they are mentioned and the combat isn't described in great detail most of the time.
This book is about the characters, their households and the way they interact with each other. It's hard to describe the plot much more without spoiling itm but I highly recommend this book.
Just beware that it is very long, and I wouldn't recommend it if you don't intend to buy the other books in the series you'll see why when you finish the book. Oct 27, Elizabeth K. I whipped through this! I was very excited to spend some time with the characters I liked from the first book in this series, and a few new ones, and liked seeing how the various factions in support of the various possible kings as well as the non-faction up on the Wall in the North were developing their strategies and plots.
Even that turned out not to be a problem, though, because the last pages that pace turned on a dime and it was one insanely exciting thing after another. A Recommended: I would say the series is good for people like myself, people who like long, rambling epic stories, but are vaguely suspicious of fantasy novels with too much magic crap in them. May 10, Blanca Estrella rated it it was amazing. Amazing stuff I can go on for hours about this book. I am so familiar with all of them I feel them in my heart and feel their pain as well Oh my: I don't want spoilers here.
Us Game of Throne addicts hate spoilers: Sep 27, Karen Kristie rated it really liked it. Since there is no half-star rating 4.
Like some war-themed books I've read, I found my eyes skipping some lengthy descriptions and going directly to conversations. But then I always go back. It also helps that, as a visual learner, I look at the maps every so often. Or is there? What's similar to my experience with reading the first book is that I still have my own favorite Since there is no half-star rating 4. What's similar to my experience with reading the first book is that I still have my own favorite chapters, thus admitting to having my own favorite characters.
There are characters I want to kill though. Maybe the book is bringing out the violent side of me.
Every Game of Thrones book you can read after the final season
I guess that's how good a writer George R. Martin is. Like most great writers, he makes you a part of the world he created that sometimes you wish you were really a part of it. Jun 16, Shelley Lee Riley rated it liked it Shelves: When I see comments in other reviews saying this series is "Just way better than Lord of the Rings," I am astounded.
Where is the fellowship? Everybody is everywhere, other than together. Nonetheless, I keep on reading. Would I recommend this series? Yes, yes I would. Is it better than The Lord of the Rings? The sound you hear is gales of laughter.
A Clash of Kings
Comparing this series to Lord of the Rings is about the same as comparing a mustang to Secretariat. Apr 07, Nick rated it really liked it. The story is epic and the characters are complex. The series is very compelling, and above all, the reader cannot and should not assume anything about how the struggles of the characters unravel. The most beautiful part of the series is that there is no single protagonist, no antagonist Despite all of these great qualities I struggled with this book and I ultimately gave up on the series.
The writing is maddening. Martin's writing suf The story is epic and the characters are complex. Martin's writing suffers heavily from ADHD where the story flips from one character to another in span of pages or so May 18, Renee rated it really liked it.
This took me a bit longer than the first because I had books I had to read first in between but I'm still enjoying this series. I felt a bit cheated at the end of this one, however, where I didn't with the first. I think it's just my aversion to cliffhangers of any kind. I need to have closure, damn it. I dove into number 3 the moment I finished the last page though, so I can't complain.
Now, if I had to wait for the next book to be published like others had to, I'd be irate. That's not the case This took me a bit longer than the first because I had books I had to read first in between but I'm still enjoying this series.
That's not the case, so I'll rub that in a bit. I can't help it. Robb is also becoming quite interesting, and I love Ayra of course. Jon is waning, I hope his character gets some balls soon. Jul 11, Nick Popadich rated it really liked it. I started reading this because I watched the HBO series and was hoping that the book would help me understand the characters better and fill in the gaps from when I fell asleep.
The book delivered. I got sucked into this world and not only understand who the characters are but more of why they do what they do. Will I stick with it through the rest of the series?
Maybe not, but the rest of the books are on my dining room table so that could get awkward. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction Fantasy. About George R. Martin was born September 20, , in Bayonne, New Jersey.
He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, George R. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included.
Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines amateur fan magazines. The second book in the series, 'A Clash of Kings' picks up the story and submerges readers in action and adventure. With all of the new kings coming forward to lay claim to different lands and all of the battles, I found myself again, lost at times.
There are so many moving Whew! There are so many moving parts and so many characters that it was hard to keep track of everything at times. Although the storyline continues to be very complex and multifaceted, I have immensely enjoyed the evolution of the storyline and characters.
Tyrion especially has grown on me, in spite of his horrible family. He seems to be the only one in his family that isn't entirely despicable. Thank goodness that he is doing damage control or his wicked sister and her depraved spawn would bathe the streets in blood. With Robb growing his army day by day, he is getting closer to avenging the death of Eddard.
Deals are made that will, no doubt, prove to be influential later in the story. In truth, I'm growing a bit impatient waiting for him to storm Joffrey's castle. Meanwhile, with multiple stories running parallel to one another, I have been completely absorbed in this book, waiting for the next little piece of each story.
Dani and her dragons find themselves in a perilous situation. There are huge changes in Winterfell with Bran. New kings are coming out of the woodwork.
Arya struggles to survive under the guise of an orphan boy. Things that go bump in the night are proving dangerous near the north wall.
Without a doubt, there is plenty of danger and adventure to keep your head spinning. Overall, I continue to be engrossed in this epic tale. It is brutal and grim, but I'm loving every minute.
The narration is done superbly, but it is still a tough audiobook for me to follow. There are just so many moving parts with this story that I've had to rewind a few times to keep up with what is going on. I'm on to book 3 now. View all 67 comments. Jan 17, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Forget about Dany, and forget about Jon Snow because this is the book where we get to see the true quality of Tyrion Lannister. For me, he is the most unique, and original, character that George R.
R Martin has written. He is wise beyond his years and has developed an acute perception of things; he knows his own place in the world and he knows exactly what it is. Instead of letting it destroy him, like a lesser man would, he uses it to his advantage.
This surprises no other more than Tyrion himself. So far he has been given no real opportunity to show the world what he is actually capable of, and when his chance comes he seize it and even comes to relish it. In this, we get to see the worth of the man. He is much more beyond the silver tonged drunkard he initially appeared to be; he is a man of great compassion, but also one who can be ruthless when he has to be.
He learns to play the game, and he learns quickly to become its master. If you look further beyond that you get to see a man who is as fragile as he is wise.
But, as ever, he has learned to prevent that from becoming his weakness. He has learnt that love is a necessary facet for man, and he has learnt to use it to his advantage.
He loves but one man, his brother Jaimie. No harm can come from that as there is small chance of losing the master swordsman.
He hides his only weakness. Through all this Tyrion plays the game with a steady hand and take no chances. He learns to succeed over the other schemers and solidifies his place at court. Indeed, it is only because of his nature and a practical form of honour, that Ned Stark completely lacked, does he do so well in the most dangerous city in Westeros.
Well, at least until his farther shows up. Tyrion is great character, and is reason enough to love this series. His revenge thus far has been bitter sweet. I do hope he gets the ending he deserves. A Song of Ice and Fire 1. A Game of Thrones - A life chnaging five stars 2.
A Clash of Kings - An Impish five stars 3. A Storm of Swords - A Lannister loving five stars 4. A Feast for Crows - A flat 3. View all 12 comments. But I did it! It was a great read, but less satisfying than A Game of Thrones. I'm not entirely sure why, but I think the many Kings and their battles were a little tiring. Tyrion - Unexpected turns, witty and intruiging Daenerys - New unknown lands and strange magic, dragons!
May 21, Lyn rated it really liked it. George R. Raymond Richard, born in New Jersey, differs from Ronald Reuel, born in what is now South Africa, in many ways, but their fantastic world building is what puts them in a class with few others. If any. More m George R. More modern and more American. Clash of Kings reveals more of the jaw dropping world building that made A Game of Thrones so much fun.
I had compared this to Tolkien and Frank Herbert, but Martin might be king of the hill as this universe has enough detail and backstory to make a Western Civ professor choke on his Starbucks. And have you seen the Interactive map?
The king is dead, long live the king. Thus the cool title. Meanwhile, a world away, Daenerys Targaryen is in BFE Essos gathering her forces for a return to the Seven Kingdoms and her small but growing band now includes some juvenile but getting bigger dragons.
As in Game of Thrones, Martin divides up his narrative between several point of view characters and this lets the reader keep up with all the action across the enormous playing field. This time around we get to know the Greyjoys — a piratical kingdom in the islands off the western coast — as well as Davos Seaworth and some other new characters and we get to know the Starks and Lannisters better.
For all the great characters and action, though, the real hero is Martin himself and his incredible world building as he takes the baton from Tolkien and keeps running. No more and no less. Four men strive to take the Iron Throne from the newest King currently sat on it. All the while Daenerys is over in the east with her Khalasar looking for ships and growing more famous as the Mother of Dragons day by day. We are introduced to the new religi "Power resides where men believe it resides.
We are introduced to the new religion of The Lord of Light, powered by Red Priestesses who strike fear into even the strongest of hearts. The entire Stark family is separated. New loyalties are created while old ones are destroyed. Fights are begun, and won. But this is only the beginning. A Song of Ice and Fire is the only series to continually shock me. We never know what is around the next corner.
Who will still be alive in the places where everyone is out for them and theirs. Outstanding fantasy and world building. An entire host of characters who drift in and out of importance as it goes on. I am entranced. The magic just gets better and better. View all 6 comments. Sep 06, Ryan rated it really liked it. Martin makes writing fantasy seem insultingly effortless.
At first glance, Martin hardly bothers to do more than sketch his characters, yet they become legends so quickly. For example, Quorin Halfhand is a brother in the Night's Watch. He eats an egg and has perhaps five lines, but he is a character that readers will find difficult to forget. Why is he called "halfhand? They say he's even more dangerous with a sword now than he was before. What about Roose Bolton? He's the lord of the Dreadfort, he uses leeches to purify his blood, and his sigil is a flayed man.
He speaks quietly but no one dares to defy him. Usually characterization has to be done well to create a memorable character, but all Martin needs to do is come up with a nickname, a slogan, and a sigil. Maybe a cool sword or a notorious deed. Like it or lump it, it's tough to forget these characters. Martin also has a talent for architecture. Here's how long it takes Martin to transform Lord Balon Greyjoy's distant castle into the coolest keep in Westeros: Drear, dark, forbidding, Pyke stood atop those islands and pillars, almost a part of them, its curtain wall closing off the headland around the foot of the great stone bridge that leapt from the clifftop to the largest islet, dominated by the massive bulk of the Great Keep.
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Farther out were the Kitchen Keep and the Bloody Keep, each on its own island. Towers and outbuildings clung to the stacks beyond, linked to each other by covered archways when the pillars stood close, by long swaying walks of wood and rope when they did not. I would rather not see Pyke in a movie if only so that I could continue to remember it as I imagine it now.
In fact, I find that I have carried these characters and castles with me since I first read this story ten years ago. It's easy to get caught up in the Tyrion's intrigues and Jon Snow's adventures, but even Arya's scrappy determination to exact revenge on everyone that has wronged her makes for a compelling storyline. Each night, Arya recites a list of villains that have wronged her, ranging from the Lannisters to Ser Gregor Clegane to Raff the Sweetling.
After Arya rescues Jaqen H'ghar and his two companions from certain death, he declares that he will kill any three people she names to even the stakes. Could he kill King Joffrey in King's Landing? Jaqen explains Speak the name, and death will come. On this morrow, at the turn of the moon, a year from this day, it will come. A man does not fly like a bird, but one foot moves and then another and one day a man is there, and a king dies.
Arya is a courageous underdog, but perhaps the best part of her story is that she always attracts memorable mentors. Jaqen H'ghar is neither the first nor the last of Arya's guides, but like Syrio before him and view spoiler [Sandor Clegane hide spoiler ] after, he is impossible to forget.
It just doesn't seem fair that Martin is able to come up with so many great characters, and it seems criminal that he introduces and dismisses them so callously. So I was happy to notice upon re-reading A Clash of Kings that Martin's seemingly effortless world building and characterization are largely due to a carefully structured series of revelations. Quorin is only impressive because of the many ways he stands out amongst the Night Watch's rangers.
He is clean shaven, well mannered, and surprisingly loyal to the Wall's mandate. Roose Bolton is not just a strange lord with leeches: Pyke isn't just a castle in the sea.
It took the might of the realm to put down the Greyjoy rebellion. Jaqen H'ghar isn't just a strange man. Daenerys was betrayed by a maegi in the first novel that had occult knowledge that is tantalizingly similar to Jaqen's. Clearly, there is a great deal of thought that goes into these novels. Thank goodness. Perhaps history teaches us that power and wealth shape our lives more than ideals and principles. So A Clash of Kings is sometimes quite depressing. However, this time, it struck me that talent counts for little without hard work, and I find that encouraging.
View all 18 comments. Please refrain from reading if you have not read this book or its predecessor, A Game of Thrones. So, we have the king sitting on the Iron Throne, Joffrey. We have Theon's father crowing himself 1. We have Theon's father crowing himself King of the Iron Islands. We have both of brothers of the late King Robert, Stannis and Renly, calling themselves kings and proving they will do anything to keep their titles. We have Robb Stark, the young wolf himself, proclaiming he is King of the North.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we have the lovely Daenerys trying to throw her hat crown in the ring, while trying to find a fleet of ships to take her to Westeros. Each chapter is a new POV with a new character within the Seven Kingdoms seeing Daenerys' red comet for the first time.
We, as readers, know that the comet is because of the birth of her three dragons at the end of A Game of Thrones , but each character tells their own interpretation of what omen they think the falling comet brings with it. I always loved Davos in the books, and then Liam Cunningham playing him on the show, just completely sealed the deal for me. I don't have high hopes for him living throughout the entirety of this series, but I completely live for his chapters in these five books that are out.
My heart bleeds for him at Battle of the Blackwater. Actually, my heart just continues to bleed for Davos. He always does the right thing, not the selfish right thing that other characters in this world trick themselves into thinking is the right thing, but the actual right thing. Please, GRRM, leave my precious little cinnamon roll alone! Stannis always seemed so childish, the only redeeming quality he ever has going for him is his daughter, Shireen. Catelyn's chapters where much more bearable for me than they were in A Game of Thrones.
I actually could feel her pain and regret, and she really impacted me much differently this time around. She actually made some pretty strong decisions, and this whole story would have gone much differently if Robb would have taken some of her advice.
He was so heartless about even attempting to get his sisters back. Then, he made stupid decision after stupid decision. I feel like maybe he has to be a bastard, too, because I cannot believe this is the son of Ned Stark with his actions.
I know people who were upset that Robb never got any chapters, but during this reread I was extremely thankful for that. Another one of my favorite characters is introduced in this book, which is Brienne of Tarth. You know, I've been on the fence about if Brienne actually killed Stannis in S5E10 , but after rereading her love for Renly, I completely believe she did in the TV show. Regardless, Catelyn made her first good decisive choice, in my eyes, by rescuing Brienne from a very unfair situation.
And we all know Brienne goes forth to repay that debt tenfold. Speaking of the TV show, one thing that the TV doesn't show is all the foreshadowing the book does about Arya's wolf, Nymeria.
There are so many passages hinting about this new wolf pack leader that is ruling the Riverlands, and scaring the hell out of a lot of people. Poor Arya, she might have the worst deal of them all in this book. After having to witness the public execution of her father, she is forced into hiding by Yoren, who helps smuggle her out with a group of boys and wishes to take her to Castle Black to be with Jon.
She ends up making friends, Gendry Robert's bastard and Hot Pie, but after even more unfortunate events in her life, Yoren winds up dead and the group captured.
She then ends up being Roose Bolton's cupbearer, but the whole situation seems kind of weird for me. Arya did not know the Bolton's already were traitors against Robb, I imagine she would still think they were one of the Stark's banner men, no? And if she thought this, like I imagine I would, I would bet she would tell him who she really is! I mean, in hindsight we know she made the much, much, much better choice keeping her identity a secret, but the situation felt a little strange for me this read-through.
Regardless, Arya also meets, and we are introduced to, Jaqen H'ghar in this book. They have a few very intense moments, and he leaves her with his coin and explains to her that if she ever needs to find him to give the coin to anyone in Braavos. Okay, now I know Ramsey goes down on the TV show as the most evil villain ever, but that's why I freakin' love him!
Ramsey will do anything, and I mean anything, to prove to his rather that he should have the last name Bolton. If only Rob acutally listened to his mother this time. Unfortunately Robb didn't listen and unfortunately Theon will never be as cunning as Ramsey, who is posing under the guise of Reek, even though the real Reek died after having sex with a dead body of a girl that Ramsey had just raped and killed, who is now a prisoner in Winterfell. Twists and storylines like this is why this series is a step above the rest and completely deserves all the praise it receives.
I guess I should always state a disclaimer , like with all of the books in this series, that there are many very graphic rape and gang-rape scenes. I couldn't even list all of the triggers for sexual abuse in this book, so please use caution when reading if this is something that concerns you.
As scary as the sexual violence is to me, I think it is very believable in this world and helps to show people that the real monsters aren't just beyond the wall; they are human beings capable of very evil things. We are the monsters. And the heroes too.
Each of us has within himself the capacity for great good, and great evil," GRRM even says perfectly himself, via The Guardian. I have always liked Ygritte more in the books, and this reread proves no different.
We get to see Jon kill his first wildling, and then see something in Ygritte he hasn't been able to see in another living soul. I get teary-eyed just thinking about this sub-plot. Jon obviously doesn't kill Ygritte either time he is "supposed" to, while being north of the wall looking for his uncle, Benjen, and I cannot wait to start my reread of A Storm of Swords just for Ygritte and Jon alone. Like, not only has he completely taken Jon under his wing hehehe and is guiding him like a father should, I'm kind of thinking his raven is more important that what we are lead to believe in this book.
With what we know from the TV show, which will probably be canon for the book as well, we have this raven saying "king" and all these other questionable word choices. Who are my other personal MVPs of this book? Howland Reed and his kids, Meera and Jojen. Not only was Howland maybe the most loyal man to Ned Stark, but now his two children have run away with Bran, after Winterfell is under siege, to help him on a much bigger journey ahead. I mean, where the hell would the Starks be without the Reeds?
I mean, besides dead. I know Howland has never had a POV in this series, yet, but I can't help but dream of the day he will. Hopefully it will be in The Winds of Winter.
Lastly, in Westeros, we have King's Landing. Thanks to Tyrion and wildfire, they have defeated Stannis' army at Battle of the Blackwater. Sadly, this had also driven the Hound away, because he is scared of fire and it breaks my little black heart every time.
Joffrey is still the crowned king after the victory, but many people are opposing it. Cersei is trying to guide him as best she can, while also giving Sansa some pretty sound life advice about women in this world and what they need to do to protect themselves. Sansa is also somewhat saved, considering her father is now seen as a traitor to the crown, who has no money or men willing to fight because Robb has them, so her marriage proposal to Joffrey isn't looking as good to the Lannisters.
House Tyrell on the other hand, has lots of money and fifty-thousand swords they are willing to bring with a marriage proposal. After this marriage proposal is deemed more worthy, Margaery is sent for, because Renly, her now late husband, was killed by Stannis. It is pretty crazy how intricate this story is, and how everything works out. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, George RR Martin truly is a genius and words cannot express how much I love this world he has created.
I mean, I sure in the hell wouldn't memorize all these names for just any old author. View all 16 comments. View all 7 comments. Jun 05, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: All across the river the first line was engaged. That is to say, I really did not have any expectations at all. A Game of Thrones was good in a way I had not expected.
Never much for fantasy, I discovered instead a fascinating world of complex characters, unique weather patterns, and a social system besieged by its own tangled history. Yes, there were hints of magic that eventually became explicit, but there was also a tactility and earthiness to the proceedings. This was a book that took J. About halfway through A Game of Thrones , a strange thing happened. I looked up and discovered I was hooked.
I knew I was going to need the next volume right away. So I ordered it online. Now, I should add, this was back in the day before free two-day shipping. I needed to continue the journey — and nothing else could fill that void. It was a strange fate, to suddenly need something that, only shortly before, I did not know existed.
The withdrawal symptoms hit me hard. I would only take liquids from a flagon, and those liquids had to be wine. I went to a Ren Faire and bought a sword — a sword! When the book finally came, it was like being a kid again, when reading was brand new and everything was unexpected and wonderful. My heretofore nonexistent expectations were suddenly cloud-high. I should note here that plot-points for A Game of Thrones must necessarily be discussed.
The thing about George R. Martin, though, is that he does not care about your expectations. Rather than hopping right back into the machinations, Martin begins — as is his tendency — with a prologue starring unfamiliar characters in an unfamiliar setting. Once that throat clearing is done, Martin leads us back to the story left dangling at the end of A Game of Thrones. In Stannis-land, the smuggler-turned-knight Davos watches uncertainly as his king falls under the spell of a priestess who serves the Lord of Light.
All the while, the widowed wife of Khal Drogo, Daenerys, wanders the desert with her dwindling band of blood-riders and three dragons, birthed at the end of A Game of Thrones. This is a summary that just scratches the surface of the overall plot. There is a lot going on, and Martin spends a great deal of time methodically putting his pieces into place, which often requires long journeys larded with dense expositions on various houses, their interlocking loyalties, and the burdens of the past that weigh upon them all.
The first time I read this, it all became a bit much.
As with A Game of Thrones , A Clash of Kings is written in the third-person limited style, with alternating chapters from the viewpoint of nine characters, not including the prologue. Most are returning, though we are introduced to new blood in the person of former-smuggler Davos Seaworth Martin loves his aptronyms!
Having read through the entire series several times now, it is interesting to go back and attempt to discuss these characters objectively, since they have become like old friends even the bad ones.
Tyrion was great from the jump, but others, such as the self-righteous Catelyn Stark, the dull damsel-in-distress Sansa Stark, and the utterly disconnected Daenerys Targaryen, are simply not that pleasant or fun though they evolve with time. The alternating viewpoints serve an important purpose by defining the boundaries of the story and limiting its scope.
Without confining the novel to nine narrators, the plot would simply explode like an overloaded blender. That being said, the structure has severe drawbacks. I first noticed these drawbacks in A Game of Thrones , but I was so dazzled and under the spell of discovery I didn't really care.
In A Clash of Kings , they become more noticeable. First off, let it be said that A Song of Fire and Ice is filled with awesome characters. In the first volume, I loved the bluff and blustery King Robert, the sly, ever-shifting Varys, the charismatic Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister, and the silver-tongued Baelish.
In A Clash of Kings , some of these surviving characters, such as Varys, have important roles. Others, such as Jaime Lannister, almost disappear.
Meanwhile, new figures spring up in supporting roles. Unfortunately, the best characters in my opinion , the ones who glitter with the most wit and inventiveness, disappear for long periods of time. In their place we are stuck with the nine men, women, and children chosen by Martin to convey his epic tale, but who are hampered with some serious liabilities. Sansa, who spends the whole book as a captive, is a cipher.
In the first book she was in love with Joffrey because the plot forced her to be in love with Joffrey, so that she would have a motivation to unwittingly betray her father. The counterargument to this critique is that Sansa is just acting as any thirteen-year-old child. In that case, it is valid to question why Martin felt the need to have children shoulder the burden of an adult story.
As I mention in my review of Fire and Blood , Martin displays certain weird predilections in his novels that show up so often they form a disturbing pattern. Because his story is told through only nine characters, you end up looking at the wide world of Westeros as though through a pinhole.
You only learn what is before the faces of these nine people. Thus, there are huge swatches of the story you never witness firsthand. You never learn much about Renly Baratheon or Tywin Lannister, except when the main characters come into contact with them.
The viewpoint characters, oddly enough, often seem to exist only to tell us what more important characters are doing. It consists of one character telling another character about something that happened. A lot of times, these conversations are really interesting. More often than not, they concern a battle that has been fought off-page.
Once this happens three or four times, without any actual battles happening on-page, I started to get annoyed. The gods are still indifferent, but sorcery has entered the picture. The overarching system is not exactly consistent, but more importantly — for me — is remains grounded, and the drama flows through the characters, not their superpowers.
While this was certainly a slower read than I expected, the final third of the novel forgives all sins. It is an incredible late-inning surge. All the talking, all the dense plotting, all those wasted pages of Theon receiving oral sex and then hitting on his sister are forgotten as the various storylines collide in an epic manner.
Say what you will about Martin, but he knows or at least, knew how to make a long-game pay off. A Song of Ice and Fire was originally conceived as a trilogy; in that sense, A Clash of Kings is the perfect middle book.
It delivers a damn fine action sequence while leaving the main characters in precarious cliffhanger situations. Unlike The Empire Strikes Back , however, it does not have a lofty reputation. Indeed, it tends to be a bit forgotten. It lacks the freshness and air of originality of A Game of Thrones. Still, it is a worthy entry, if only for its showcasing of how to effectively set up a big sequence, and then allow it to pay off.
Apr 06, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: Martin expected to consist of seven volumes. It was first published on 16 November in the United Kingdom. A Clash of Kings depicts the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in civil war, while the Night's Watch mounts a reconnaissance to investigate the mysterious people known as wildlings. Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen continues her plan to reconquer the Seven Kingdoms. May 01, Madeline rated it liked it Shelves: George RR Martin should be held up as the gold standard of this rule, since his books might as well come labeled with a giant "Don't Get Too Attached" warning.
It isn't just major and beloved characters Eddard Stark, you will be aveng "Kill your darlings" is a popular piece of advice given in creative writing classes - it's the concept that you shouldn't ever be afraid to take drastic and destructive action on your precious baby of a novel in order to move the plot forward or improve the story.
It isn't just major and beloved characters Eddard Stark, you will be avenged! If Martin spent A Game of Thrones carefully constructing a miniature world and showing us around its various towns and characters, A Clash of Kings is when he suddenly starts stomping on everything and making Godzilla noises. Major characters aren't the only ones who get the axe sometimes literally here - towards the end of the book, one of the major setpieces of the story, a place whose geography I was just starting to understand, is burned to the ground and abandoned.
Just like that. Even if these books aren't your particular cup of tea and they happen to be my particular cup of crack cocaine , you have to admire Martin's ruthlessness when it comes to this world he's created. Nothing and no one is safe, which makes reading the books a delightfully tense experience - nothing is off limits here, and I look forward to seeing how far Martin can push things.
Simply because this book, as I said in one of the comments, doesn't really have much of a plot, when you think about it. This book really feels like the second of a trilogy, which means it's mostly setting up events that will come around in the next installment.
Still, I can't wait to see what Martin rebuilds in the wake of the destruction he wreaked in A Clash of Kings I know what you're thinking I shall tell you why. First, because getting to the halfway mark of this book took me 11 days. In my edition, which was pages of book, that's about pages. I read more than half that just today, so 11 days is a LONG time for me to get into a story.
Secondly, because so much of this book felt like set up and maneuverings and I was ready for stuff to happen! A Game of Thrones had me on the edge of my seat almost from the word "go", and I know what you're thinking A Game of Thrones had me on the edge of my seat almost from the word "go", and Clash just didn't have that same tension for a large part of it. I know that, considering events, that's appropriate, but I couldn't help wanting to feel the way I felt while reading Game - which was a gnaw-my-fingers-raw anxiety.
I got my wish in the second half of the book though, for sure. And I want to make it clear that I don't think the writing was bad or that the story was slow or anything like that. All the maneuverings and set ups and everything were exceptionally well done, but to me, it just didn't feel the same The story though Even when I read it in dribs and drabs, was fantastic. Once again, picking up this story is like immersion in Westeros, and I love that.
The second half of the book was incredibly exciting and harrowing. When the maneuverings and plots started to come together, I almost couldn't look away. But it's a mark of how incredible this series is that it affects me like that.
Too bad Martin doesn't care about the characters I love. Authors take note: Don't sacrifice your story to save a character. I am almost scared to continue this series Chaos and winter, likely. Jan 29, Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In the wake of King Robert's death, five men lay claim to his crown. The Mother of Dragons builds her khalazar as magic slowly returns to the world.
Jon Snow braves the wilds beyond the Wall. Tyrion Lannister struggles to hold the power behind the Throne. And Winterfell harbors a viper in its midst Like I said before, it's hard to write a teaser for a book this size.
Look at it! You could club a narwhal to death with it if you were so inclined. The epic of The Song of Ice and Fire continues to unfold in the second volume. Robb Stark, the King in the North, continues his campaign to avenge his father and take the Iron Throne.
His sister Sansa remains in King's Landing, still betrothed to the vile Joffrey. Arya, well, she has quite a bit going on. Jon Snow continues being my favorite character as he ventures beyond the wall, probably marking him for death sometime soon. I'm wondering if the Starks will ever be reunited. In non-Stark news, Tyrion Lannister continues being the best character in the series and pulls the strings behind the scenes. The conflict between Robert's brothers Stannis and Renly came to a head much earlier than I thought.
Jaime Lannister is still in the clink and I'm hoping he and Robb Stark get more screen time in the next book. And Theon! What a colossal douche! Cercei Lannister has a lot more facets to her character than I originally thought.
Much like the last book, most of the action happens near the end. I love the constant intrigue behind the scenes. The battle of Blackwater Bay was my favorite battle in the series so far. Since I read this without seeing season 2 of Game of Thrones, I'm looking forward to the following events being depicted on the show: Jon Snow beyond the Wall 2.
Tyrion's dialog with Cercei early on 3. I liked Clash of Kings almost as much as the first book. Mar 10, James Trevino rated it it was amazing. This might be my favorite book in the entire series. Shit starts to go down really fast or as fast as it can go for a pages book. So overall This might be my favorite book in the entire series.
So overall a badass book, duh! But seriously, one of the reasons why I think I like this book so much is the North story line. I loved that plot so much and it is my absolute favorite in the entire series Thanks Martin! Really smooth of you!!!
Nicolle Brooks Cool May 25, There are two new characters: Davos Seaworth and Theon Greyjoy. I like this book but personally, I prefer the first book, 'A Game of Thrones' than this book. When it comes to spoilers, I'm going to be talking rather liberally about the events of A Game of Thrones, so if you have not read the first book and want to remain spoiler free, stop reading now.
I have avoided major spoilers for this book. Suddenly everyone and his butler wants to be king! In A Game of Thrones , we had the distinct pleasure of watching a kingdom fall apart as various individuals and their families jockeyed for positions of power. Martin mo N. In the first book, there was a sense of impending doom, but there was also the hope that it could be averted if certain people only worked together.
Perhaps the death of King Robert could have been prevented, perhaps Ned Stark's life could have been saved, or perhaps Renly and Stannis would not have faced off against each other, both surviving Baratheon brothers claiming the throne for themselves.
As A Clash of Kings opens, it's clear we are beyond the point where peace is an option. The scales have tipped firmly in favour of war, war, war, and it just gets messier.
Tyrion is, hands down no pun intended , the best part of this book. He arrives in King's Landing to assume the post of Hand at his father's behest. He professes love for Cersei and Joffrey and loyalty to the Lannisters, but he has his own unique way of showing it, and Tyrion often works at cross-purposes to Cersei.
He does terrible things, arranges for people to die or be sent to prison, and of course he's fighting for the Lannisters , so it's not like we want him to succeed—but there are times when I just couldn't help myself.
Tyrion is just such a delicious, devious character that I can't help liking him even though he does terrible things for the Lannister cause. Furthermore, Tyrion's machinations as the Hand are the most coherent of the political intrigue running throughout A Clash of Kings.I'm on to book 3 now. As with A Game of Thrones , A Clash of Kings is written in the third-person limited style, with alternating chapters from the viewpoint of nine characters, not including the prologue.
The Independent. Martin stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction. Cornered, Qhorin orders Jon to yield and become a double agent.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. And the behind the scenes look at how they adapt these issues is also very interesting. Regarding pacing, in my opinion the TV series offered a better experience.