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

A Clash of Kings

A Song of Ice and Fire Series : Book 2

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Published: 16th June 1999
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The second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. GAME OF THRONES is now a major TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast.

Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising.

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.

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A Clash of Kings
 
4.6

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Pros

  • Compelling characters (9)
  • Takes you to another world (8)
  • Well written (8)
  • Deserves multiple readings (4)
  • Easy to read (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to follow (3)

Best Uses

  • Gift (5)
  • Older readers (4)
  • Travel reading (3)
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5.0

WATCH YOUR HEAD... THIS IS A GEORGE R R MARTIN BOOK!!!!

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Can Be Brutal

Best Uses

  • Gift
  • Older Readers

Comments about A Clash of Kings:

THE SECOND VOLUME of 'A Song of Ice And Fire' tells the world as much about the extraordinary mind and imagination of George R R Martin, as it does his ability to gift his fans with an unforgettable and extraordinary bedtime story. Whilst book one (A Game of Thrones) did not end on a particularly massive cliffhanger, there is no way for a reader to get that far and not continue onto book 2. And whilst it possesses and displays the same writing style from AGOT, it must be said that the second book's pace only starts to pick up as you pass the half way mark. Once again there is no great beauty in the writing, no heart stopping prose for the reader to stumble over in awe. Westeros, we have come to see, is mainly a violent, cold, and (ahem) stark place to find yourself in. But that shouldn't surprise anyone by now. Winter is coming.

The genius of ASOIAF lies in the way the fable is presented to the reader. It almost feels like you are reading several (inter-related) books at once. And of course, that is precisely the point. Which also goes a long way to explain why it takes Mr Martin so long to write and release each volume. The story is just so darn *complex*.

A new set of characters are introduced in the prologue, but you may end up forgetting all about them until you hit page 300, when they reappear.

The dreaded GRRM-character-chop has not raised its ugly head since the awesome finale to AGOT. I like twists and turns in a plot almost as much as the next book worm, but readers may well feel justified in booking into anger management classes after seeing them killed off in typical Westeros fashion after 1400 pages of dedication and friendship making.

The book's dominant characters are still my favourites, but I have come to adore my adopted daughter Arya after witnessing her endless supplies of courage, determination and bravery in the face of unstoppable evil. But most characters continue to develop. Even Tyrion Lannister - the bad guy we all love to hate - is starting to show signs of compassion and sympathy for another. But the story's main player will find himself seriously played if he is not careful!!!

I can't say much more about this awesome reading experience without giving away spoilers. All you really need to do is finish book one. Then read the blurb from ACOK. The rest is a no brainer. Reviews are useless. Resistance is futile. Westeros is right here. Come inside where it's nice and warm. Shut the door, though. I don't want to catch a cold.

Winter is coming.

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2.0

Bit hard to follow

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  • Compelling Characters

Cons

  • Difficult To Follow

Best Uses

  • Travel Reading

Comments about A Clash of Kings:

Delivery up to normal expectation.

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5.0

love this sort of books

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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!

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      from Sydney, AU

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • For Any Fantasy Fan
        • Gift
        • Older Readers
        • Travel Reading

        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.

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Difficult To Follow

        Best Uses

        • Bookworms
        • Fans of the TV Show

        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.

        Service and delivery comments:

        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

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        from Melbourne, AU

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers

          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

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          from Darwin, AU

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

          Cons

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              Comments about A Clash of Kings:

              The series is fantastic

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              5.0

              A worthy sequel.

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              from Canberra, ACT

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Difficult To Follow

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Older Readers
              • Travel Reading

              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

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Younger Readers

                Comments about A Clash of Kings:

                Pure gold

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                'Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best' Time Magazine

                '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

                George R. R. Martin

                George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

                Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.

                In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.

                As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.

                In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.

                Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

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                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
                Country of Publication: GB
                Dimensions (cm): 11.0 x 17.8  x 5.8
                Weight (kg): 0.5