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A Clash of Kings (HBO Tie-in Edition): A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two (original 1998; edition 2012)

by George R.R. Martin

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Title:A Clash of Kings (HBO Tie-in Edition): A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two
Authors:George R.R. Martin
Info:Bantam (2012), Edition: Mti, Mass Market Paperback, 1040 pages
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A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (1998)


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This is book two in the Game of Thrones series. At this point, King Joffrey is the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Because he is still a boy, his mother remains Queen Regent. Joffrey remains cruel and is holding Sansa hostage at King's Landing. Now that Sansa's traitor father is dead, Joffrey and his mother refuse to let her go home. Sansa's sister, Arya is posing as an orphan boy and trying to get back to Winterfell. Sansa's brother, Robb - King of the North - is battling to rein the seven kingdoms. Danerys is trying to get to Kings Landing so she can become the rightful Queen of the seven kingdoms.

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. ( )
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
The Lannisters may have won round one and with it the throne, but it looks like the latter is far from secure, as several new claimants to the honor appear, including Robb Stark and dead King Robert's brother, Stannis. The imp is preparing to defend King's Landing against an inevitable assault and the Starks regroup north of the Trident. Meanwhile, across the bay, the blood of the old Dragon Kings begins stirring ...

The second, equally brilliant volume deals with complications of a broken realm after the abrupt ending of the rule of King Robert. Another good thing about this series is that is relatively light on magic, avoiding the usual everything-is-possible plot holes in the process. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
"A Clash of Kings" is certainly titled appropriately. All the secret strategy meetings, threats, and war games of "A Game of Thrones" are ‘child’s play’ compared to the manipulative back-stabbing motives and fierce war battles of "A Clash of Kings".

As Book One ended, King Richard- along with his closest associates- had been either been openly executed or were met with mysterious death. Thirteen year old Joffrey- the product of his mother’s incestuous relationship with her brother- becomes the reigning king.

And as Book Two begins, the once-held secret becomes common knowledge. All men of prominent families on the continent of Westeros decide they have just as much right as Joffrey to be the king of their own realm, or at very least, become Lord of another nearby castle to enhance their stature and increase their manpower. All that is required is forcefully invading castles, killing (or imprisoning) the existing inhabitants, and dubbing themselves the new owner, Lord, or King. Brother against brother, child against parents, neighbor against neighbor. It becomes a race to see who can claim the most power the quickest. Let the battles begin!

In the meantime, Jon Snow is on the north side of the Wall searching for his uncle, struggling against the frigid climate, the Wildings, and untamed wolves. Daenerys Targaryen remains in exile with her coveted dragons, searching for a way to cross the sea and reclaim the throne.

"A Clash of Kings" is every bit as enthralling as "A Game of Thrones" but a little more difficult to follow. In spite of all the death, the list of characters keeps growing, All the while, the story shifts from one castle to another with narrative expressing the viewpoints of new and different characters. At times, a hundred pages straight are crammed with new names and a staggering amount of action can take place before George R. R. Martin leads the reader back to a previous location introducing yet another cast of characters where a whole different story is unfolding.

Keep your Westeros map handy if you want to make any sense of the war strategy and battles. The character lists will come in handy too.

In some ways the politics and battles remind me of Colleen McCullough’s series of the Roman Empire- "The Masters of Rome", however, that series was based on true history and lacked the fantasy, witchcraft, and magical realism presented here. But you may well be surprised at the similar level of violence and uncivilized human behavior. And you may find it even more fascinating that human behavior can be so instinctively cruel. It really happened… and not that long ago.

Not to diminish the series- "A Song of Ice and Fire"- with 5 books already published since "A Game of Thrones", and 2 more in the works, George R. R. Martin has been showered with numerous awards and high honors in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres... far too many to list within this brief review. ( )
  LadyLo | Jan 1, 2019 |
Excellent book can't get enough of Westrus and all the characters. ( )
  Kelly.Dodd | Nov 21, 2018 |
Can't wait to start book #2!
  InnahLovesYou | Nov 16, 2018 |
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Martin manages very well to have satisfying volume completion and satisfying character arcs within the volume—slightly less well than in the first book, but still remarkably well considering how difficult it is.
added by Shortride | editTor.com, Jo Walton (Sep 10, 2009)
Roy Dotrice rises to the challenge, providing each character with his or her own unique voice.
added by readysetgo | editAudiofile (Jun 1, 2004)
Once again Martin treats us to a magnificent tapestry that is, at once, both stunningly detailed and amazing in its ability to draw the reader into its grasp.
added by Shortride | editSF Site, Wayne MacLaurin (Feb 1, 1999)

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to John and Gail
for all the meat and mead we've shared
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The comet's tail spread across the dawn, a red slash that bled above the crags of Dragonstone like a wound in the pink and purple sky.
This world is twisted beyond hope, when lowborn smugglers must vouch for the honor of kings.
Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them.
"In a room sits three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. 'Do it,' says the king, 'for I am your lawful ruler.' 'Do it,' says the priest, 'for I command you in the names of the gods.' 'Do it,' says the rich man, 'and all this gold shall be yours.' So tell me--who lives and who dies?"
There's no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.
Some men are like swords, made for fighting. Hang them up and they go to rust.
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In the portuguese edition The Clash of Kings is actually the 3rd book, because the publisher split game of thrones in two books game of thrones and Muralha de Gelo (Wall of Ice)
Dette er den andre av to deler av boken "A Game of Thrones" i serien "A Song of Ice and Fire". De har utgaver med forskjellig tittel på omslaget og tittelsiden. (Henholdsvis { Bok I Del II} & {Bok 2})
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Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders--Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon--who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead...victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky--a comet the color of blood and flame--six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard's son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King's Landing. Robert's two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, 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, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.

Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment--a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.
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Winter is coming.
who cares? lets kill everyone
valar morghulis
New guys ev'ry page
Don't even try to keep track
They're going to die

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553579908, Mass Market Paperback)

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

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Five separate factions vie for control of the realm of the late Lord Eddard Stark, while an ancient form of magic, an everlasting winter, and an unearthly army threaten to return.

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