AH's Reviews > A Clash of Kings
by George R.R. Martin
bookshelves: chubby-chunkster, dragons, dwarfs, fantasy, middle-ages, own, zzread-june-2011
A Clash of Kings started off slowly for me. The prologue was extremely long and included more new characters (to add to the cast of hundreds). The events of the previous book have led Stannis Baratheon to plot his quest for the crown.
In the sky, a red comet heralds things to come. Each side uses the sighting of the comet to predict their ascent to the throne. You can be assured that there are way too many kings and that situation can’t last long. There will be blood. There will be war. There will be destruction. It truly amazed me to see the repercussions of a very bad decision made by a vengeful child-king.
Meanwhile, the locals are getting restless. Food and resources are growing scarce. The legitimacy of the Baratheon line is in question. Rumors abound about Joffrey’s status as heir to the throne. It seems that the residents of King’s Landing don’t really like the Lannisters.
The intrigue and positioning for power continue. Leave it to George RR Martin to make this almost an Olympic sport. Those who possess information and know how to use it become more and more powerful. You can never be sure which character will change allegiances and why.
To top it off, winter is coming. Winter in this world lasts for upwards of 10 years. There is something out there beyond the wall, but the wars distract. The battle scenes are incredible - bloody, gory, and full of destruction. No one seems to win.
Tyrion remains my favorite character. He gets all of the best lines:
”Truly, sister, you were born to be a widow.”
AND – he gets to bitchslap Joffrey for being an idiot. Tyrion gets it. He understands what it takes to rule effectively, a lesson Joffrey has yet to learn. Tyrion would have made an excellent king. I also enjoyed when he managed to outwit his sister Cersei. Classic!
I never thought I would say this, but I am finally feeling sympathetic towards Sansa. Poor girl! Used as a pawn throughout the first book, she finally gets what she wants. When someone close to her advises her of the implications of her new situation, I felt her despair.
Arya continues to astound me. She is one very resourceful 10 year old. Everything goes wrong for her and she perseveres. At times, I didn’t like her, but you have to give her credit for continuing. I loved her evening prayer when she listed all the people she wanted to kill. Go, Arya.
I enjoyed Bran’s chapters the most, especially when he was dreaming of his wolf. Can’t wait to see what happens next with him.
I’m going to have to set aside some time to get through the next book which has only 1,177 pages. Can’t wait to get into that one.
||4.0%||"That was a super long prologue. It was kind of a "...meanwhile, back at Dragonstone, the rightful heir Stannis and his minions are a-plotting."" 5 comments|
||3.0%||"Interesting. The Baratheon men seem to have married very similar wives. Stannis' wife Lady Selyse is just as cunning and conniving and power hungry as Robert's wife Cersei."|
||11.0%||"So far there have been many interpretations of the comet. I foresee a lot of blood, violence, and betrayal. This seems to be a slower read than the first book." 3 comments|
||12.0%||""Was there ever a war where only one side bled?"" 1 comment|
||13.0%||""Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less." --Varys"|
||13.0%||""Lord Varys, I am growing strangely fond of you. I may kill you yet, but I think I'd feel sad about it." --Tyrion" 2 comments|
||17.0%||"Theon Gregjoy is a bit of an ass - I really hated how he treated the captain's daughter."|
||23.0%||"I'm loving Tyrion's inner dialogue when he speaks to his sister Cersei. He is truly insightful." 2 comments|
||23.0%||"I'm appreciating Tyrion's sneakiness. While his sister ordered the smiths to make instruments of war, he tells them to make links for a chain. He also tells the carpenters to build boats in the place of catapults. He would make a good king."|
"Lord Varys," he said from the saddle, "sometimes I feel as though you are the best friend I have in King's Landing, and sometimes I feel you are my worst enemy."
"How odd. I think I feel quite the same of you."" 4 comments
"And when do you plan to free Jaime? He's worth a hundred of you."
Tyrion grinned crookedly. "Don't tell Lady Stark. I beg you. We don't have a hundred of me to trade.""
||27.0%||""The longer he lived, the more Tyrion realized that nothing was simple and little was true.""|
||28.0%||"Yup. Sansa is still stupid. I can't believe that she would even consider taking that note to the queen, especially after all that's happened. Why doesn't she ever learn?"|
||29.0%||""Pretty thing, and such a bad liar. A dog can smell a lie, you know. Look around you and take a good whiff. They're all liars here...and every one better than you.""|
||31.0%||""The longer Cersei waits, the angrier she'll become and anger makes her stupid. I prefer angry and stupid to composed and cunning." -Tyrion"|
"And Father, I trusted him, fool that I am, but where is he now that he's wanted? What is he doing?"
"From behind the walls of Harrenhal?" she said scornfully? " A curious way of fighting. It looks suspiciously like hiding.""
||34.0%||""This is madness, Catelyn thought. Real enemies on every side and half the realm in flames and Renley sits here playing at war like a boy with his first wooden sword.""|
||39.0%||"I'm finding that I dislike Theon more and more. I loved how Asha put him in his place."|
||40.0%||"Tyrion is one sneaky dwarf."|
||42.0%||""They shall come day and night to see the wonder that has been born again into the world, and when they see they shall lust. For dragons are fire made of flesh and fire is power. ""|
||46.0%||"Her families enemies are always included in Arya's nightly prayers."|