A Clash Of Kings: A Song Of Ice And Fire Book 2 – George RR Martin

Posted: January 17, 2013 in fantasy, Review

a clash of kings 2The same three stories continue to interweave, with new characters being introduced and the threads growing to include new places/situations. There’s a lot of action happening with lots of battles, fighting, and political manuverings. You need to pay close attention when you read this book as there are so many characters it’s easy to lose track of who’s who and what’s happening.

Beyond the Wall an army is assembling, of Wildlings, shapechangers, giants, and other scary creatures.  Led by Mance Ryder they plan to break through the Wall and conquer the Seven Kingdoms. The Night Watcch are the only things standing between them and the kingdom.

Robb Stark has been crowned King of the North and fights the various armies fighting for Joffrey Baratheon.  Lady Catelyn has joined him, providing advice at the command centre of Robb’s armies.  Arya has disappeared from King’s Landing on the day Ned was executed, joining the latest intake of recruits for the Night Watch.  Sansa is held hostage in the palace, still engaged to Joffrey, the one who ordered her father beheaded.  Theon Greyjoy is the former ward of Ned Stark, trusted as an envoy by Robb.

Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf brother of the Regent Queen, has been made the Hand and chief councillor to the young King Joffrey.  He plots, schemes, punishes traitors, all while avoiding Cersei’s manipulations – she wants him dead.  He also has the best line when leading a charge against Stannis’s men – “What brave men…let’s go kill them”.  Robert’s two brothers, Stannis and Renly, both claim the throne as their own.  Davos is the Onion Knight, a former smuggler loyal to Stannis.

Daenerys Targaryn is the daughter of the king Robert overthrew and is moving slowly to build an army to reclaim her rightful throne.  She has three dragons that are slowly maturing and is learning who to trust and how to outwit those that just want something from her.

I recommend reading TGOT before this, to get the background of the story.  More scheming and a lot of action makes the plot move fast.  I thought it was funny that Robb was fighting a war with his mummy.  We weren’t told where his teddy bear was.  The violence against women was a bit to much, don’t read if you’ve got no paitience for that sort of carry on.  Being 913 pages in paperback form, I found it awkward to hold a book this big, maybe an e book would be easier?

I think a drinking game should be made from the SOIAF series.  Every time a woman is raped, assaulted or violence used against her, a shot should be consumed.


Supplied for Broderick Wells

Reviewed by Jan

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