Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A Clash of KingsSource: Purchased
Publisher: Bantam
Series: Song of Ice and Fire #2
Edition: Paperback, 1009 Pages
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Purchase:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
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Rating: 4.5/5

In this eagerly awaited 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 you have ever experienced.

A comet the colour of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk at night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment—a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.

Oh George what have you done to me?! You have made me fall in love with new characters and wish horrible (intensely painful) deaths on other characters…you have me forming attachments to people I know are going to die. Not to mention the fact that you have me committed to a series that has books big enough to render a man unconscious if wielded as a weapon.

This would have been a perfect five like the first book but there were two problems with this one and their names are: Catelyn Stark and Theon Greyjoy. Their chapters were torture on my poor eyes. Mind you it wasn’t because it was poorly written, if anything it was written better than other chapters because of how much I hated these two. Catelyn says awful stuff and feels she justified because her family is broken. Theon can’t keep it in his pants. If it didn’t have the names of the characters at the top of the chapter I’d be able to point his chapters out without having to read more than a few lines because he always seems to be having sex with someone.

Those two aside this was just as good, if not better than the first book. Everything is brewing at a quick pace and things are almost always heated, but believe it or not if I literal clash of kings isn’t enough for you then you’ll be happy to know things are getting even worse. Tyrion, Dany, and Arya remain my favorite characters and chapters to read. Jon’s chapters are pretty good too, but Jon has a knack for being foolish. This does have a slow build toward the middle as the different Kings start their advances for the throne, but once things get started it becomes hard to put down. The chapters that offered insight on Stannis were really good too…and that Red Lady is the stuff of nightmares.

I’m so ready to see what happens in book three. Does Dany finally get to cross the Narrow Sea? Does Tyrion get to slap Joffery again? Does anyone get to slap Joffery again? Do the dragons get to eat people? I must know!

4.5 Stars

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6 Responses to Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

  1. Jackie says:

    reading these books is a little daunting so I went and bought the first season on DVD. I can’t imagine the book otherwise :p So addicting.

  2. Greg says:

    Hey a Clash of Kings review- awesome! I agree with your assessment of the characters, although I didn’t mind Catelyn so much. I know a lot of readers can’t stand her though. And Theon is an ass, basically LOL. I like Jon and Arya, and Davos too oddly enough. He grows on me as time goes on- I think maybe because he’s a regular guy sorta.

    Melisandre is awful in that book, but we learn more about her later (a bit) and I’m very intrigued by her in later books. Can’t say much else. I was thinking of doing a post on favorite secondary characters and her and Davos were on my list…

  3. Wow, it sounds like you really enjoyed this book – I absolutely love the show but haven’t been inclined to pick this up. But it sounds like the characters encounter deeper development and the stronger characters really come out in the book as well. Also who could argue against Tyrion slapping Joffrey 😀

  4. Lucy says:

    I feel like such an outcast that I haven’t read these or even watched Game of Thrones. You make the books sound amazing, so I’ll have to catch up sometime!

  5. Hahaha, I recently wrote a review of this one as well, and I felt the same way about GRRM! I’ve been listening to the books (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!), and right now I’m a little over halfway through Storm of Swords. You just wait….

  6. I just LOVE the show but haven’t read the books yet. I have book one but it’s so BIG that it scares me :O I’m really curious to see how the show and books match up though so I will tackle into them someday.

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