A Clash of Kings (Hardback reissue) (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) Hardcover – 10 Nov. 2011
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- Hardcover : 928 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780007459452
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007459452
- Product Dimensions : 15.9 x 6.2 x 24 cm
- Publisher : HarperVoyager (10 Nov. 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0007459459
- Best Sellers Rank: 529,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
‘A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won’t let go. It’s brilliant’
‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world… one of the greats of fantasy literature.’
‘An extraordinarily rich novel… The book stands out from similar work by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness.’
‘I read my eyes out. I couldn’t stop until I’d finished and it was dawn.’
‘Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias.’
‘One of the all-time classic fantasy series, right up there with The Belgariad and The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and, yes, with The Lord of the Rings.’
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About the Author
George R.R. Martin has written six novels and many screenplays for television and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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One to read again in retirement, maybe?
By the time I was halfway through I didn't want to put it down and was again enthralled.
If you struggled like I have I can only suggest to try it, try it again and persevere.
That makes this review somewhat redundant, and for that reason I almost didn't bother writing one. However, I do try to review most things I buy through Amazon so for the sake of completeness here we go...
As the review title suggests, A Clash of Kings maintains the high standards set by the previous volume. The writing, characters and plot are all just as strong, and as the saga unfolds you'll find yourself drawn further into the worlds of George R.R. Martin has created.
As with GoT, each chapter of the book is narrated from a single character's point-of-view. However, not every character who featured in GoT gets their own chapter or chapters in A Clash of Kings. Dany, Tyion, Arya, Theon Greyjoy and Jon Snow all feature heavily, whilst others such as Robb Stark and Jaime Lannister hardly feature at all. Depending on who your favourite character from the first book is, this may be either a source of disappointment or extreme joy. Personally I didn't have a particular favourite, but I did appreciate the focus on the ever entertaining Tyrion.
Martin also adds in new characters, all of whom add further depth to the story, and one of whom, Davos Seaworth, is even given chapters told from his own perspective. I especially liked this, as Davos is older than many of the other major characters in the book and this lends a fresh if world weary perspective to events.
Magic is also more to the fore in this second volume. Its significance and influence is still limited but its use is more overt than in GoT. If you're not a big fan of more hardcore 'fantasy' plot devices you might worry that this will be off-putting. Let me reassure you that it doesn't detract from the story and Martin has integrated the more fantastical elements so that the world he has created remains a believable place.
Finally, if you're coming to A Clash of Kings after watching Season 2 of Game of Thrones on TV then do not expect a direct translation from screen to page or vice-versa. Whilst Season 1 of the TV show stuck pretty closely to the source novel, A Clash of Kings is too dense a novel to translate so easily to the screen. As a result the narrative pace of the TV show is far quicker than the book and elements of volume three, A Song of Ice and Fire (3) - A Storm of Swords Complete Edition (Two in One) , have been integrated into Season 2 of the show. Both TV show and novel work well in their own right, but they are very different animals.
Having enjoyed both A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings I will be coming back for volume 3 in due course. As I read volumes 1 and 2 back to back however, I'm taking a break before I tackle the next stage of what is an undeniably compelling saga.
I have arrived very late to the Game of Thrones party but boy am I happy to have finally got here!
Have heard so much about the book series from my friends and of course you can't read a paper/mag nowadays without the TV series being mentioned but so far I have managed to avoid the plot lines/cast being revealed and have no intention of watching the TV series until all books have been read and I have made my own mind up on what the characters looks/traits are.
So on to the review, a great second book and once again well written and devised. Geoge Martin certainly tells a good story and the twisting and turning of the plot is simply the best.
If you got through the first book thirsting for more then the second one gives you what you need - there is layer upon layer of treachery/deceipt and the characters are extremely well-rounded and believable.
I have known people read these books who are not Fantasy fans and to be honest whilst for all intents and purposes the book belongs in the Fantasy section, I would not class the Game of Thrones as a stereoptypical fantasy book. As other reviewers have said, it doesn't contain mighty wizards sending lightning bolts everywhere nor does it contain elves/goblins/orcs. However, I have only just started book 3 and a lot of my friends who have finished the series smile knowingly at me which makes me thing that this believable world will change!
A great second book and I already know that when I reach the end of all 5 then my world will be an emptier place!
A great book, I really enjoyed reading it, I give it 5 stars.
Now onto book three. A Storm Of Swords.