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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) (original 1998; edition 2000)

by George R.R. Martin

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Title:A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
Authors:George R.R. Martin
Info:Bantam (2000), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 1040 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:finished, finished 2012, fiction, fiction 2012

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

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Kept me on the edge of my seat even more than the first book. The Starks are more scattered than ever. I truly hope they all find their way back to each other. And I really hope Sansa kills Joff! ( )
  PriPri77 | Jun 23, 2016 |
Awesome. This time, Martin threw in two or three totally unexpected turns, for which I am thankful. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
This is the second instalment in the Game of Thrones series and it is very interesting to see how the storyline is developing. George R R Martin is certainly not scared to kill off characters or go for big developments which will transform their lives. I liked much of the storytelling in this one and at times you just have to go with the flow. I can see some interesting times coming in this series and look forward to reading on with the next Book. If you like big stories with plenty of characters this is the book for you, but don't be intimidated by it, after all it is just a ripping good yarn! In many ways the book does feel like historical fiction set in an alternate land, although I find it strange talking about the wall in the north - only makes me think of Hadrian's Wall in the north of England. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Amazing world. Where real things happen to medieval-era characters. Really - when you read about the Wars of the Roses (on which this series is partially based), and you realize the slaughter that happened, or how Elizabeth I or Henry VIII removed" their enemies, the violence and bloodshed really don't seem that far-fetched.

I have Vol. 3 ready to read, but slowly. I want to savor this series, especially since Vol. 7 (?) is not yet written." ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
Keep your allies close.

Game of Thrones told a story of political intrigue, where characters feared to act openly. In Clash of Kings the war has begun. Nine characters share their perspectives on the story, but this time the characters are spread out across seven locations, and in the case of three characters their locations change frequently. Fortunately most of the chapters either revolve around King’s Landing and the political sibling rivalry between Tyrion and Cersei, or the Starks, and their efforts to forge alliances and rally others to their cause.
True to form the author lingers on the harsh realities of war; how many must fight and die for the sake of 4 men, how cold and cruel the allies of each army can be, and how quickly the tide can turn. With so many powers in play a plan can work perfectly one day only to founder on the next, triggering waves of desertion and defection.
Chapters frequently end on a cliffhanger, but I would suggest treating each chapter as its own short story. At times it can be a bit much to keep all the stories straight, some only have 5-6 chapters out of 70. For those that like a challenge, or a complex network of political plots and relationships, this will be a good dense read. If you want something to read before bed, this may not be for you.

+Strong Characters
*Challenging writing
*9 distinct perspectives
*Grim
-Numerous subplots can be overwhelming

3.5/5 ( )
  adamg211 | Jun 16, 2016 |
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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.
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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.
Haiku summary
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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:51 -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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