Book Review: A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin

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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin is a fantasy book, the second of the series. This book was translated into a season of the popular Games of Thrones series on HBO.

  • 768 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553108034

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Thoughts:
Surprisingly I enjoyed A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin. Surprised because I do not like the books of the genre, I love the movies and, of course, the TV show but never imagined I’d be entertained as much as I am in this series.
Frankly, if I wasn’t a fan of the show I never would have attempted again to read the books (I failed miserably once, 150 pages into the first novel).

A Clash of Kings picks up right where A Game of Thrones left off and keeps the same format of alternating story perspective based on the characters. The visuals of the TV show helped me very much in keeping track of what’s going on, as the second season was very faithful to the source material – at least in what made it onto the screen.

When my friend told me about the series, he mentioned that one of the things he enjoyed was the author was constantly shifting your alliances. One book Jaime Lannister, for example, is a person you cannot stand, while the next you silently find yourself rooting for the bastard. I can certainly see, after reading two books, how Mr. Martin accomplish this in a deliciously devious way.

The characters, they are complex and three dimensional, as I mentioned none are “good” and none are “evil”, but complex human beings trying to stay alive and working for their own best interest. It was actually surprising to me that the author can juggle so many complex characters, each interesting in their own way, with their faults, likes, dislikes and characteristics.

Mr. Martin created a wonderful universe, filled with small details which he is not afraid to focus on. The book ties up some loose ends from the previous one, but leaves the reader off with endless possibilities of what might come.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I borrowed this book from the local library
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