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A Clash of Kings (original 1998; edition 2000)

by George R.R. Martin (Author)

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A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (1998)

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A bit darker than the first book, but wonderful adventure, and wit, and honesty about human nature. I really enjoyed it. It's not the most casual of reads, though. ( )
  Ambo_O | Oct 21, 2014 |
Took me long enough.

Much better and much nearer four stars this time (even if it didn't quite make it). ( )
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
In a very broad stroke, I think I would say this one is not quite as good as the first. I missed Ned's point of view. The ending feels a little weaker in this go around and all in all, for being near 730 pages of story, I just think not a whole lot happened. However, this is not to take away from the fact it is a good story. I found myself a little bored at times with Arya and Bran, and I just dont know why.

A clash of Kings is a book about a bunch of kings fighting. Five kings on the main land mass not even counting the Targaryens. Much like the last book, named characters die aplenty, and thus the number of kings is reduced (I mean how can it not be?). As such, the clash of kings is a series of battles in which at each juncture only one king survives, or at the very least rumors abound that a king is dead. Interestingly enough, each king lays claim for different reasons, and some kings dont even care to be king of all the realm...just their own area of the globe with maybe some surrounding bits as well. No doubt, in the next book, more kings will indeed clash...perhaps in a storm of swords?

There were a few surprising moments, especially with overall how the tactical picture looks now: I would not have guessed the troop placement and who is left standing at this point. Some misdirection was also used, and in the vein of this series, the reader can never assume named characters are going to make it out of every situation. But I will say that I did not feel bad or particularly betrayed by the death of any character in this book as I had felt in the previous. Perhaps I am already desensitized to all the killings.

Like the previous review the below is a spoiler area that puts to rights where the main characters are, more or less:
Arya: on the road with the Black Brothers, they are attacked and she is taken captive and made into a slave of sorts at Harrenhall. She helps stage an uprising and the castle switches from House Lannister to House Stark, but even then she conspires to escape. Her, Hot Pie, and Gendry (Robert's bastard) escape to the woods.

Bran: Hangs about Winterfell until Theon Greyjoy invades and takes the castle only to lose it by his being stupid. Bran and his brother Rickon are presumed dead by Greyjoy's hands, but have hid and eventually split up to escape the broken but still alive, albeit burnt, Winterfell. Rickon and Osha the wildling in one direction, Bran, Hodor and the two Reed siblings in another.

Theon: Goes back to his home where he is mostly forgotten. To prove his worth, he attacks Winterfell while his father and sister take other places to be King of the Iron Islands and the North. Theon loses his followers' trust and eventually is attacked by a band of would be saviors. His status is unknown.

Robb: still fighting Lannisters, and did not move much.

Jon: still on the wall, but a mass of brothers march past the wall in search of Benjen Stark. They also mean to confront Mance Ryder. After splitting up to search, Jon is eventually commanded to be a turncloak and is forced to kill his commanding officer. He joins up with Ryder's people with the goal of finding out everything and sabotaging from the inside.

Lannisters: Joffrey is now betrothed to a Tyrell, Sansa is "free". Lord Tywin is back at Kings Landing after saving the day in a great battle led by Stannis Baratheon (status unknown) who was leading both his own army as well as Renly's (his brother whom he had killed by a shadow assassin from his new god Lord of Light). Many died, many ships burned, many knights and such switched sides and are now Lannister men. Tyrion led a sortie through the battle and has suffered grievous injury, he recoups in the castle, while his father resumes his role of Hand of the King ( a role Tyrion was given for a brief time). Cersei is still Queen Regent, Jaime is presumably still a prisoner, although Catelyn Stark is threatening to kill him as she found out the truth about Bran's fall.

Daenerys: Has three dragons, led her people across the Red Waste to some cities. She entered a prophetic palace, only to leave with nothing but words. All around her are liars, but she meets two men sent by Magister Illyrio with ships that can take her Khalasar and her dragons across the Narrow Sea.
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  T4NK | Sep 30, 2014 |
Great re-read. Even better the second time. ( )
  Gonzalo8046 | Sep 29, 2014 |
about half way through - not as "edge of the seat" as the first but a more in-depth story I am finding. a 4 star read at this stage.... ( )
  Mecaza | Sep 28, 2014 |
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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)
 
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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Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dotrice, RoyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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)
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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

(miketopper)
New guys ev'ry page

Don't even try to keep track

They're going to die

(mazeway)

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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:33 -0400)

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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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