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A Clash of Kings : Song of Ice and Fire Series : Book 2 - George R. R. Martin

A Clash of Kings

Song of Ice and Fire Series : Book 2

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Published: 16th June 1999
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The Iron Throne once united the Sunset Lands, but King Robert is dead, his widow is a traitor to his memory, and his surviving brothers are set on a path of war amongst themselves. At King's Landing, the head of Lord Eddard Stark rots on a spike for all to see. His daughter Sansa is betrothed still to his killer’s son Joffrey - Queen Cersei’s son, though not the son of her late husband Robert. Even so, Joffrey is now a boy-king, Cersei is his regent, and war is inevitable.

In Dragonstone, Robert’s brother Stannis has declared himself king, while his other brother Renly proclaims himself king at Storm’s End - and Eddard Stark’s fifteen year old son Robb wears the crown of the north at Winterfell.

A comet in the night sky, red and malevolent, the colour of blood and flame, can only be an omen of murder and war. Stannis’s child Princess Shireen dreams of dragons waking from stone. And a white raven has brought word from the Citadel itself, foretelling summer’s end. It has been the longest summer in living memory, lasting ten years, and the smallfolk say it means an even longer winter to come...

The first rule of war is never give the enemy his wish. But winter will be the biggest enemy. From beyond the Wall the undead and Others clamour for freedom, and from beyond the sea the long-dead Dragon King’s daughter hatches her revenge. Robb Stark will be exceedingly lucky to reach adulthood.

About the Author

George R.R. Martin is the author five titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama, as well as co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter's Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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  • Takes you to another world (7)
  • Well written (7)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)

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    5.0

    love this sort of books

    By Mors

    from Forbes

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    • Takes You To Another World
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        Comments about A Clash of Kings:

        great reading

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        5.0

        A great chapter to a fantastic series!

        By Sean, Fantasy nut.

        from Sydney, AU

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        Pros

        • Compelling Characters
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Original Story
        • Takes You To Another World
        • Well Written

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          • For Any Fantasy Fan
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          Comments about A Clash of Kings:

          I bought the entire after being given A Dance With Dragons (haven't read it yet!) and since A Game Of Thrones' Prologue I was hooked. Just finished ACOK, A long read, but totally worth every hour I put into it!

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          5.0

          A piece of an epic saga.

          By TerriV

          from Melbourne, AU

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          Pros

          • Compelling Characters
          • Takes You To Another World
          • Well Written

          Cons

          • Difficult To Follow

          Best Uses

          • Bookworms
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          Comments about A Clash of Kings:

          It's a complicated book, but that's because it's a complicated story. It will take a while to read, but it's totally worth it, along with the rest of the series.

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          As always Booktopia delivered quickly and the book was in great condition. I will never buy books elsewhere again.

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          4.0

          A Clash Of Kings

          By Doggy 381

          from Melbourne, AU

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            Comments about A Clash of Kings:

            Kept the interest up from the previous book. I don't want to sleep, I just want to keep reading the rest of the series.

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            5.0

            Fantastic Fantasy

            By Neats1907

            from Darwin, AU

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                The series is fantastic

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                5.0

                A worthy sequel.

                By WiL

                from Canberra, ACT

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                • Compelling Characters
                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Read
                • Original Story
                • Takes You To Another World
                • Well Written

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                • Difficult To Follow

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                Comments about A Clash of Kings:

                Compelling and unique characters bring to life a remarkably human story and still meets all your expectations of great fantasy literature!

                Martin's style, telling the story from the point of view of each of his characters in turn, can at times be difficult to follow but in the end really does the intrigues justice.

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                5.0

                Martin delivers gold

                By Cappi

                from melbourne

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                • Easy To Read
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                  Comments about A Clash of Kings:

                  Pure gold

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                  'Nobody does fantasy quite like George R.R. Martin' Sunday Times 'Colossal, staggering... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome' SFX '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' Guardian

                  ISBN: 9780006479895
                  ISBN-10: 0006479898
                  Series: Song of Ice and Fire
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 752
                  Published: 16th June 1999
                  Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
                  Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 11.0  x 5.9
                  Weight (kg): 0.49