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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
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Aug 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, epic
Read from August 04 to 20, 2011

For a book that had almost 800 pages I felt like not a lot really happened and what did happen primarily set up the story for it's next chapter. A Game of Thrones did a great job of introducing a whole new world, the characters that inhabit it and set up the stakes and hinted at things to come. While the Kingdom was pretty much left in tact through the first book, it starts to crumble and fall apart in the second book so that much of the kingdom is in disarray and the Starks in particular have a rough time of it. While I did enjoy A Clash of Kings quite a bit and there were twists I didn't see coming, I felt like this book was quite as clear of purpose as the first one and so it felt like it struggled at times to get where it was going.

Tyrion's character got a lot of development and had the most compelling story in this book, but Dany, Bran, Jon and Sansa didn't get a whole lot to do most of the time. The battle for Kings Landing was pretty amazing and there were some great chapters here and there - like Catelyn and Jaime's conversation in his cell - but it felt more like just pushing the pieces into play so that the real story can be told in the subsequent books.

In any case, there's definitely a bit more fantasy elements to this one but at the same time Martin writes characters so well that you don't feel like their stories are being lost to those elements. The action is pretty intense in places, though the happenings at Kings Landing are a large part of the story.

All in all, a competent follow up to Game of Thrones but does more to get you excited and ready of the next part of the story more than it satisfies you itself.
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