A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
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THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES,AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK TWO

In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any we have ever experienced....more
Kindle Edition, 770 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Bantam (first published November 16th 1998)
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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....more
karen


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...more
Melissa Rudder
Apr 17, 2011 Melissa Rudder rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
John Wiswell
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
Reynje

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mark monday
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...more
Ryan
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...more
Matt
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...more
Kat Stark


First Book: A Game of Thrones

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. There is no other man alive who...more
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...more
Madeline
"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
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...more
K.D. Absolutely
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...more
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...more
Jennifer
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....more
ßk☼lvr


What I learned from book 1...PAY ATTENTION, PAY ATTENTION, PAY ATTENTION!

This book was definitely darker than the first, though that's hard to beat in this series of dark, bloody and dreary anyways. ☺ Thank goodness Dany was there to bring out a little sunshine...



And Tyrion with his wonderfully, whitty humor...



Blood battles, deciept, death, female rape[s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s], torture, hatred, frienship, loyalty, betryal, family hatred, revenge, plotting, vermon, stink, hu
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Lina
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...more
Shovelmonkey1
Sep 09, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Ben
Jun 07, 2009 Ben rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jason Koivu
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 more like slipping on a well-smithied gauntlet.

The problem with the first book was that I felt like I was being 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...more
Jessi
Yep, I'm loving this series I think I liked "A Clash of Kings" more then AGoT. It was so exciting and everyones got an agenda and everyone is fucking everyone else over, it is unreal! How have I never read these books? I read Twilight before these? How can this happen? What is this world?
Two quick points that have come to my attention,we need some Old God / Godswoods cause those sound awsome. Also it seems to me that there is an abundance of wine(this has Jessi written all over it)

So my least fa...more
Keertana
Tyrion = Epic Genius of All Time

While his one-liners were the highlight of GoT, he basically stole the show in this book. And yes, I totally cheered for a Lannister... :P

It's the last third of this novel that has me thirsting for SoS. Not only was it fast-paced and full of unexpected plot twists, but it's made me anxious for the outcome these characters will face. Admittedly, I found a handful of narrative voices in this novel to be dragged out unnecessarily, but the political intrigue more than...more
Stephen
6.0 stars. Book 2 of the one of the best fantasy series of all time. George R. R. Martin is a master and the quality of the writing, both in plot and character development, is something truly special. This is a writer at the top of his game giving his fans his very best effort. As a big fan of reading in general, and reading fantasy in particular, it is gratifying to know as you are reading the book that the author was worked to give you his very best. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Winner: Lo...more
Anthony Chavez
So so so great... People keep saying NOOO don't read it, you will be sucked in and then disappointed later, but I can't help myself. I do read books I love slower then normal as I don't want them to end, don't ask why, it's weird, but this one was definitely one of them.

(Warning: do not read this review if you have not read "A Game of Thrones" the first book in the Song of Fire and Ice series.)

This book was almost as good as the first one, though slightly different in execution. It slows down a...more
Mark
3.5/5

Accompaniment

This started with a bang. We meet this new guy Davos, the Onion Knight, and he narrates an even better opener than the one found in Game of Thrones. And what he sees is...no, no, I can't tell you. Don't wanna spoil. But it's kickass. This other new person comes and then...no, no. Can't tell you that, either. But it's really interesting. Imagine the old Conan stories. Sword and sorcery. Yah!! Ooo, oo, and He-Man. Evil-Lyn. Remember her? Yeaaaaaaah.

With an opener like that, how...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Remember when we thought a trilogy made up of three books maybe 600 0r even 800 pages was a long tale? It's getting to the point where an 800 page tome is simply a chapter of a tale that can run 10,000 pages or more.

This is the second in the Song of Ice and Fire. I found the first book interesting and like so many others moved on with the story. I started it later than some. Having been burned by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time I hoped to get some sign that this series wouldn't bog down and never...more
Regan
Hot damn.
Brad
My Game of Thrones journals were so well liked I thought I'd do it all over again with A Clash of Kings, and I am now about a quarter of the way through the book. This is the first insallment. My star rating is where I am at now. This may change in subsequent installments. Enjoy ,,, or not.

My Clash of Kings Journal: volume i

Prologue -- My first glimpse of Lord Stannis “the one true King.” Classic middle child is Stannis. Whiny, self-pitying, pissy. But he appears to be totally joyless and stubbo...more
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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,...more
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