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Choque de reyes (A Song of Ice and Fire #2)

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Canción de Hielo y Fuego: Libro Segundo

La novela río más espectacular jamás escrita

Un cometa del color de la sangre hiende el cielo cargado de malos augurios. Y hay razones sobradas para pensar así: los Siete Reinos se ven sacudidos por las luchas intestinas entre los nobles por la sucesión al Trono de Hierro. En la otra orilla de
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Paperback, 924 pages
Published 2003 by Gigamesh (first published November 16th 1998)
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Christopher Peruzzi I think he has legitimate issues. He's constantly gotten the short end of the stick. Anyone who's come from a family with multiple siblings can…moreI think he has legitimate issues. He's constantly gotten the short end of the stick. Anyone who's come from a family with multiple siblings can understand. While Robert rightly won the six kingdoms (with Stannis' help), he got a small island kingdom, a wife he's wed for political reasons, and has gotten passed on another kingdom. Plus HAVE YOU SEEN HIS WIFE?!! The description of a sharp-tonged homely woman with big ears and a growing mustache is enough to make you miserable. Donal Noye nailed the three brothers perfectly - "Robert was pure steel. Stannis was iron - black and hard and strong, but brittle the way iron gets. He'll break before he bends. And Renly, that one, he's copper. Bright and shiny and pretty to look at but not worth all that much at the end of the day." (less)
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Cassy
This isn’t going to be a cutesy review. I am well into the third book. I fear that if I don’t blurt out my thoughts about this one soon, then all the books in the series are going to meld together in my memory. Here are my three main impressions:

1. Bleak, dreary, and dismal

Don’t expect any happiness in this book. Martin is merciless with his characters. And if you do see a bright light, don’t trust it. One character learned she won’t have to marry an abusive, horrible guy. She and I were elated.
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Reynje

Instead of writing a review, I'm just going to post a list of the facial expressions I made while reading this book:

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However... I feel this one most accurately sums up A Clash of Kings:

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karen
Jul 07, 2012 karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


WINTERFELLLLLLL!!

obey your nerds. is what i am learning.srsly - i was never going to read this series, but once i started... it is like a drug. and - yes - i watched season two before i read this book, but i am not going to wait for seasons 3-4 to read the next one, no way, because i am hooked and I MUST KNOW! and if any one of you people spoils the third book for me, i am going to make one of those torture devices with the bucket, the rat, and the torch, and it is bye-bye stomach for you!

i see
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Melissa Rudder
Apr 17, 2011 Melissa Rudder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Steve
It was right about at the beginning of George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings, the second book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, that I admitted to myself that I wanted to quit my job and everything else in my life so I could stay home and read all day. I resisted the urge. I’m still not quite sure if I made the right decision.

You think you know someone, and then you read the second book about her. (Or him. Though, for the most part, the changes of the hers were more exciting for me in this
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John Wiswell
Apr 20, 2012 John Wiswell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If long Fantasy stories have fundamental rules, they probably go like this: 1) create a rich world, 2) put interesting characters in it, and 3) mix up some sequence of interesting things happening around them, happening to them, and being done by them. Martin’s first novel in this series, A Game of Thrones, fulfilled all three swimmingly. He forged one of the deepest Fantasy realms since Tolkien, with a mythology, culture and history. He spun characters of a few key families and then scattering ...more
mark monday
Feb 14, 2011 mark monday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone seems to agree that George R.R. Martin and A Song of Ice and Fire are titans in the genre of Epic Fantasy. True, true.

Everyone also seems to agree that the best characters are Tyrion, Arya, and Jon Snow. They are indeed wondrous characters. They are heroes. They fail many times, but in a way they are infallible: they are so incredibly sympathetic, they are always trying to do the right thing, they have kindness & empathy & bravery & loyalty. In fact nearly every voice in th
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Etnik
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I HAVE NO WORDS,just as the first one,perfection.After Game of Thrones ending,with the head on the spike and the naked mother of dragons with her dragons in her body,you can imagine my level of excitement.I recall reading this in 6 days,and I am proud about that.For my opinion the first one was better than this,but still this one was almost as enjoyable as the first.

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My favorite is Daenerys Targaryen,I just like to read about her an
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Kat Stark
Nov 24, 2015 Kat Stark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dark, reviewed


First Book: A Game of Thrones

Third Book: A Storm of Swords

Finally finished and thanks for everyone who kept up with my updates :) Scroll down if you just wanna read the funny bits.



I won't tell you about the characters I loved and hated. I won't tell you the story. I won't tell you how wonderful I think this book is because the truth is...you'll find out all on your own.

I will tell you the two things that I believe are MASTERED in this series:

1) Character development: It's fucking fantastic. Th
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Bookworm Sean
This is the Imp’s hour; this is the Imp’s book. Forget about Dany, and forget about Jon Snow because this is the book where we get to see the true quality of Tyrion Lannister.

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Tyrion is my favourite character in this series, so I’m somewhat biased in my review. 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. I
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Mohammed Arabey
Jan 22, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

مات ملك ,أنبثق 5 ملوك كل منهم يري إنه الملك الشرعي..وأنقسمت البلاد

هذا غير ملك قادم بجيشه من أرض الجليد, وملكة قادمة من وراء البحار بالتنانين والنار
سبع ملوك في مملكة واحدة .. ماذا تتوقع أن يحدث؟

صــــراع الــملــوك
اﻷنشودة الثانية في أغنية الجليد والنار ، إنشودة ملحمية لحروب الملوك علي عرشهم..وصراع اﻷبرياء للبقاء علي قيد الحياة في ظل لعبة الملوك
لعبة العروش


حيث 3 ملوك,خلفاء الملك السابق, بتصارعون علي عرش الممالك السبع..العرش الحديدي
و ملك ينصبه عشيرته ملك الشمال
وأخر يعترض وينصب ملك الجزر الحديدية
وأخر
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Ryan
Jan 13, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading A Clash of Kings for the second time, it struck me that George R.R. 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?" Well, he lost all but the thumb and an index
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Matt
Jun 21, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a series of books. When I was a kid, my dad read The Hardy Boys before my brother and I went to sleep. That was a nice bedtime ritual; so nice we never had the heart to tell him The Hardy Boys sucked. A little bit later on, I worked my way through The Berenstain Bears, which taught me not to watch too much T.V., get greedy, or talk to strangers. Oddly enough, it taught me to trust bears, which is probably not the best message to impart to an impressionable c ...more
Becky
I know what you're thinking... "Only 4 stars??!" Yeah. I shall tell you why.

First, because getting to the halfway mark of this book took me 11 days. In my edition, which was 807 pages of book, that's about 400 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
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Dan Schwent
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Madeline
May 16, 2012 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"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. 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 ...more
Ben Babcock
N.B.: 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. With A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin mo
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Jason Koivu
Sep 09, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
If the first book, A Game of Thrones felt to me a little like stepping into an iron maiden, its sequel A Clash of Kings felt like slipping on a well-smithied gauntlet. Ooooh yeah...feel it.

The problem with the first book was that I felt poked and prodded with a 101 different characters, all new to me and all with their own disparate agendas. It took me half the book just to get the names straight and it's a huge honkin' book! But with A Clash of Kings there aren't nearly as many new characters a
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Greg
I'm re-band wagon jumping.

Back a bunch of years ago, I guess in 2005 when Feast for Crows finally came out I picked up a specially priced copy, $3.99 copy of Game of Thrones to find out what it was about George RRRRRRRRR Martin (this is how I sometimes say his name in real life, and always say it in my head, lots of ARE's) that caused so many people to crave his books and get so disappointed each time the publication date for Feast for Crows came and went without a book being released* I don't
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Νόρα
Πριν 6 μήνες τελείωσε και ο πέμπτος κύκλος της σειράς Game of thrones. Οι τηλεθεατές έμειναν καθηλωμένοι στις οθόνες τους από τις συγκλονιστικές εξελίξεις της σειράς και το τόσα αναπάντητα ερωτήματα που έμειναν.Πλέον πρέπει να περιμένουμε μέχρι την άνοιξη του 2016 μέχρι τον νέο κύκλο. Μέχρι τότε όμως;

Σκεφτόμουνα ποιος είναι ο καλύτερος τρόπος για να περάσει πιο ευχάριστα ο καιρός μέχρι τον Μάιο που θα αρχίσει ο έκτος κύκλος; Μα φυσικά να συνεχίσω την ανάγνωση των βιβλίων του Μάρτιν που θα μου κ
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Fenia
Apr 04, 2015 Fenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My brain is fried xD I've been reading like crazy! I don't sleep. I read. These books are so addictive!! You just HAVE to know what happens next and that keeps me up at night. Damn you Martin!! :P
seak
Oct 29, 2015 seak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2015, reread
For me, A Clash of Kings often falls under the radar. A Game of Thrones introduces this complex world and George R.R. Martin's disdain for our feelings toward main characters. A Storm of Swords ... well, we all know what happened there, though I have other reasons for that one being the favorite.

A Feast for Crows is known as the first to take a step back from the quality of the rest (though I have my arguments for that), and A Dance with Dragons seems to be on a similar level (though I've yet t
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 09, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Lynai
If you are looking for:

(A) Entertainment... this book is a topnotch (5 stars).

(B) Some good writing... this book is just okay (2 stars).

(C) Some life's meanings for you to grow as a person... there is just nothing in here (1 star).

Those are the three reasons why I read. I am a bookworm so I don't get easily bored. The last thing I look for in a book is entertainment.

I am normally amazed by books with different or innovative formats and as long as they are good and still readable, the book will
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Jonathan

After finding the first book in this series entertaining (if unnecessarily bloated with needless gratuity) I was a little disappointed with this second book and really couldn't ever get into it. I've been reading bits and pieces alongside my other novels and the act that this is not the type of fantasy that I like.

I'm one of the few individuals who read fantasy who think these books are slightly overrated. I personally cannot find the things in these books that I like in fantasy. Instead they se
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Anja
Jul 23, 2015 Anja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*5 EPIC STARS*
Wow, just wow... I can't even bring my thoughts into words. This was SO good!
It's really awe-inspiring how George R.R. Martin can bring this whole new world to life with all those diverse characters that you somehow all come to love and somehow make it work!
I like this book even better than the first one, probably because you get to know everyone and everything even better and I found the plot generally more interesting. I finished this one in 3 weeks instead of the 3 months it too
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Natalie Monroe
EDIT 21/4/2015: A Clash of Kings can be summed up in one meme:



Old review:

My thoughts on the characters (spoiler-free for all books) in order of how much I perk up at their POV:

Sansa



So many fans hate her and I get it. I honestly do. She's feminine, courteous, and the complete opposite of her fan-favorite sister Arya. And let's not forget how mind-boggling blind she was about Joffrey in A Game of Thrones.

But this is a 13-year-old girl we're talking about. She was raised to believe in knights and s
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Jennifer
Nov 19, 2007 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, own
Those of you who remember my review of A Game of Thrones will remember that I recommended it with misgivings, mostly having to due with some personal issues and especially because of the way women were portrayed in the book.

Many MANY people, not the least of which is the guy I'm married to, asked me to give the second book a shot, that Martin's portrayal of women has a purpose, and that I would understand *WHY* if I got through the second book.

Unfortunately, about 10 or so chapters in the book.
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Regan
Mar 10, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot damn.
Ben
Jun 07, 2009 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Very patient readers
Recommended to Ben by: Edwin, Dan
"Those not typically into this genre may find something to like here." This is where those people get off.

A Clash of Kings is A Game of Thrones x2. More names, more political intrigue, more feasts, more descriptions of armor, more, more, more. Unfortunately the "more" is where this volume falls short. Everything, barring the political intrigue, from the first book is taken too far.

The superfluous naming goes from amusing (now we get to know the names of everyone's boat and/or horse as well as t
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Shovelmonkey1
Sep 09, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic lovers and people who like big books to build up their biceps
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: many many goodreaders
Isn’t it frequently the case that the sequel is never as good as the first? The first album is always followed by the prolonged wait for the “difficult second album”, a film sequel is often just a money-spinning lack lustre version of the first (don’t even get me started on the pitfalls of the cinematic trilogy) and frequently the second part of a promising story is just a lumpen, ill formed thing forever doomed to skulk in the shadow of its bigger, bolder and better formed older sibling.

Good th
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Lina
Jul 18, 2011 Lina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-general
I.NEED.MORE.NOW.

Why is this series so good? I mean seriously, why? It started off kind of dry and a little dense at parts, but once I start reading it BAM. My mind is completely enthralled into this world. There is so much character growth and development for all these characters who we have gotten to know in the last book. Some have died, some have been tortured and those who are alive may not be there for very long. I think that's why I love about these books. Once I think I know where it's go
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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