From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war.
As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky – a comet the colour of blood and flame – five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night.
Against a backdrop of incest, fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood.
Title: A Clash of Kings (Book Two of A Song of Ice and Fire)
Author: George R.R. Martin
It is impossible to review this book without giving something away, either spoiling the first in the series (Game of Thrones) or accidentally giving away something from the third (OK so I read the third book before I reviewed this one, I’m a terrible person!).
A Clash of Kings is my favourite book so far in the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series. It is much darker than ‘Game of Thrones’ with more ‘magical’ elements.
There is a lot of character growth and plot development; some of the characters we grew to love in the first book die, some are tortured, and I can’t help but worry about the ones that survived.
George R.R. Martin continues to surprise the reader with his detachment from his characters. I think this is what I love (and sometimes hate) most about the book, you just can’t tell who’s going to die next!
This isn’t your average fantasy novel; there are no elves, wizards or happy endings – well not yet anyway. A Song of Fire and Ice series focuses on the hard and uncompromising world of scheming lords, battle-hardened knights and the pampered aristocracy – each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
With the perfect mix of banners, swords, hopes, sigils, dreams and reality, A Clash of Kings is a sequel worthy of a standalone title.
I even started to like Tyrion Lannister!