DER THRON DER SIEBEN KOEN - MA (German) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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Robb Stark is on a quest to avenge the death of his father Eddard, who has been executed by king Joffrey for being a traitor and failing to pledge allegiance to him. While Sansa is being held hostage by Joffrey, Arya has escaped is on her way to travel to the Wall.
In the East, the deceased kings' brothers Stannis and Renly Baratheon are separately building armies to claim the Iron Throne for themselves.
"A Clash of Kings" is exactly what the title says - several people have declared themselves kings of their own territories in an attempt to overthrow the reign of Joffrey Baratheon as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
It's a very theory-loaded read. The characters spend a lot of time theorizing about military techniques and how to eliminate their rivals. We are mainly presented what the Baratheons, Starks and Tyrion are planning and I really wished that Martin had shown the other side of the battle. The Lannisters still don't have their own chapters and especially in this novel it would have been extremely interesting to get insight into Cersei's head.
Instead, a lot of new characters are being introduced and previously minor characters are getting their own chapters. I was very disappointed to only have two chapters from the point of view of my favorite character Daenerys and have to endure seven chapters from Arya's perspective. The problem with multiple POVs is always to keep it balanced. While I understand why Martin chose to tell certain story elements from certain people's POVs, I feel like a lot the story could've been omitted without sustaining a loss of quality.
The majority of Arya's chapters are about travel and getting in fights with nameless strangers. Therefore they don't really bring the story forward in contrast to Tyrion's chapters for example, which always involve major reveals.
Stannis Baratheon plays a major role in this novel and I'm not really convinced of him as a character. His story line revolving around the discovery of the new God R'hallor isn't really interesting. I couldn't connect to either Melisandre or Davos and therefore all chapters taking place at Dragonstone weren't exactly my favorites. For some reason I couldn't take Stannis seriously and I don't see him ever even remotely close to sitting on the Iron Throne.
Clearly a Transition Novel
The second novel is a lot of talk, but little action. The dialogue scenes outweigh everything else and it's starting to get complicated to keep up with all the different parties. I could hardly keep up with who is loyal to whom now.
A lot of theoretical discussions are necessary to finally bring the big showdown on and overthrow the king. There's not much action and fewer epic battle scenes than in the first novel, which I am pretty happy about. I like to theorize with the characters and learn more about their motivations. I particularly enjoyed Tyrion's chapters and his interactions with Lord Varys. It's super entertaining to see these extremely witty and smart characters try to one-up each other.
Overall: Do I Recommend?
"A Clash of Kings" is definitely an essential read to understand the characters' motives. However, it could've been shorter. I was an easier read than "A Game of Thrones" Part 2 though. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the second part of the novel and hoping that Martin will end the second novel with a major twist as well.