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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2)

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Librarian note: This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0553579908.

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold 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. Six fact
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Mass Market Paperback, Mass Market reissue edition, 1009 pages
Published August 2005 by Bantam Dell (first published November 16th 1998)
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Andria Koppels Same thing I was thinking Mark, what does it matter? The books are filled with sex and violence, if that doesn't bother you then the rest of it…moreSame thing I was thinking Mark, what does it matter? The books are filled with sex and violence, if that doesn't bother you then the rest of it shouldn't either. (less)
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

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karen
Jun 26, 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!

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Melissa Rudder
Mar 31, 2008 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
Jun 04, 2008 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
Dec 12, 2010 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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Mohammed Arabey
Mar 30, 2015 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؟

صـــراع 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 من
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Candace
Whew! Another one down. These have got to be some of the longest audiobooks that I've ever listened to. Yet, despite the length, I cannot pull myself away from this series. I am completely hooked on this sordid and gory saga.

The second book in the series, 'A Clash of Kings' picks up the story and submerges readers in action and adventure. With all of the new kings coming forward to lay claim to different lands and all of the battles, I found myself again, lost at times. There are so many moving
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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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Bookdragon 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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Ryan
Sep 06, 2008 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 05, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Melanie
1.) A Game of Thrones ★★★★★



#readASOIAF Read-Along - Hosted by Riley from Riley Marie, Elizabeth from Liz Loves Literature, and Kayla from BOOKadoodles. ♥

Well, no one said this title was misleading. When GRRM named this A Clash of Kings he couldn't have been more right. This review will contain SPOILERS! Please refrain from reading if you have not read this book or its predecessor, A Game of Thrones.

So, we have the king sitting on the Iron Throne, Joffrey. We have Theon's father crowing himself
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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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Madeline
May 01, 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
Kai
Apr 03, 2015 Kai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, to-buy
“Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them.”

So. Many. Pages. But I did it! It was a great read, but less satisfying than A Game of Thrones . I'm not entirely sure why, but I think the many Kings and their battles were a little tiring.

So here are the many POVs, starting with the chapters I liked the most down to the ones I didn't:

Tyrion - Unexpected turns, witty and intruiging
Daenerys - New unknown lands and strange magic, dragons!
Arya - Danger, Jaqen H'ghar, and many different faces
Sansa
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Dan Schwent
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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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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
I freaking finished it! I have to admit I have watched, well own the boxsets, of all the shows up to the current one. I can't watch is because I don't have HBO! But I digress. There really isn't much more that I can say that hasn't already been said etc and so on. I will just add a few excerpts and some pictures and some thoughts. That stuff.

I love Jon Snow It seems like he didn't have much in the book. A few of the characters I love didn't have a lot of stuff going on in this book. But they wi
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Jason Koivu
May 15, 2012 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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Kjell
This book! This book was fantastic! I love this world sooo much. I enjoyed this one even more than the first one. The character development keeps getting better and better. Tyrion, Sansa, Arya and Daenerys were my favourite POVs. I also liked Catelyn's POVs a lot more than in the first book. I think the Tyrion chapters are my true favourites. I loved his interactions with Varys, Littlefinger and Cersei. I loved how he knows how to play the game of thrones. He does it so well!

Tyrion, Cersei and
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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
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Fuck this book.

Fuck A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin.

Fuck books 3, 4, and 5 that I haven't even read yet.

Fuck book 6 that better be getting written at this very moment.

Fuck the characters that I hate and are evil pieces of shit but seem to be the ones that survive.

Fuck the characters I love because I know I'm going to see them get picked off by Mr. Martin one by one.

Last but not least, fuck me for getting hopelessly hooked on this series in the first place.




The fucking end.

5 Ninja-Bunnehs-Flipping-Everyone-Off
Hasham Rasool
There are two new characters: Davos Seaworth and Theon Greyjoy.

I like this book but personally, I prefer the first book, 'A Game of Thrones' than this book.
Roya
Jan 26, 2015 Roya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second read on 13/02/2016 - 18/03/2016

I'm going to admit that I have developed an unhealthy obsession with this series. This is how I made sure that no one touched my leftover takeout last night. Excuse the poor handwriting.



Alas, no one but my dad understood the jest (only because he watches the show) and he didn't find it funny, so I was left to giggle about it by myself. While my friend and I continue our seemingly eternal buddy read with this series, one of my other friends and I are slowly
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seak
Dec 15, 2008 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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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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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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Other Books in the Series

A Song of Ice and Fire (7 books)
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
  • A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
  • A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
  • A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
  • The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6)
  • A Dream of Spring (A Song of Ice and Fire, #7)

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