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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings (original 1998; edition 2000)

by George R.R. Martin

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Title:A Clash of Kings
Authors:George R.R. Martin (Author)
Info:Bantam (2000), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 1040 pages
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Tags:Fiction, fantasy, medieval

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


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This continues the story begun in book one. It is clearly a book in the middle of a series. It does not stand on its own, but it really is not intended to. Season 2 of the TV series follows this volume fairly closely. The story unfolds, as we follow the various self-declared kings - Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, Joffry Baratheon, Daenerys Targaryen, and Mance Rayder, viewed through the stories of Sansa, Arya, Tyrion, Catelyn, Jon Snow, Davros, Daenerys, Bran, and Theon. ( )
  EowynA | May 24, 2015 |
The current king of fantasy. ( )
  GSB68 | May 19, 2015 |
This second book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series is even more action packed than A Game of Thrones. Chaos reigns in the seven kingdoms with now five kings fighting for the Iron Throne. I love the format of these books, chapters that alternate between characters. The chapters tell the stories of A Clash of Kings from their different perspectives, allowing us to see the war from within the minds of people from all sides.

The military girl in me really enjoyed the battle tactics that were so much a part of this book, especially for Tyrion Lannister. His character is continually undervalued and dismissed by the others in the series, simply because of his size. In reality, he is extremely intelligent and an excellent strategist and I loved his chapters the most! At first, he began to set things in motion that led me to wonder what exactly he was up to, wondering how it would all come together. But he is brilliant and cunning in his plans, showing those traits that I think are most important in a battle strategist/commander... knowing the abilities/limitations of not just your enemy, but your own men and using those to advantage.

My Recommendation: Such a great novel! This not a read for the faint of heart. The battles, the betrayals, the violence, the seediness. The only thing I truly wanted more of was Jon Snow and the Wall! ( )
  Kiki870 | May 18, 2015 |
I love this author's ability to spin such a complex and convoluted tale. I'm pulled in by his storytelling and his surprises (even if I also hate them). I am intrigued and want to know what's going to happen and will finish this series. I enjoyed listening to it, but there were occasional moments in this one that I found my attention wandering. It would have been super hard for me to read the physical book. As it is, I had to just try to pick up on the gist of things. But it's way fun and worth the ride. It reminds me of a game of chess come to life--and I'm eager to see which pawn (or king or queen or knight) will be done away with next. Is that bad? Should I have admitted that? Oh well. It keeps me reading :). ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
I am reading the whole series on recommendation from a friend, I would not say it is amazing ( )
  debrakeogh | Feb 28, 2015 |
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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
Candeias, JorgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dotrice, RoyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macía, CristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary 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.
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

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

(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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