A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin

More dying ahead.

Stars: Five of five.

Review format: Just a summary  plus links.
Summary: A Clash of Kings picks up where A Game of Thrones ended. The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are plagued by civil war, while the Night’s Watch mounts a reconnaissance force north of the Wall to investigate the mysterious people, known as wildlings, who live there. Meanwhile, in the distant east, Daenerys Targaryen continues her quest to return to and conquer the Seven Kingdoms. All signs are foreshadowing the terrible disaster that is to come.. (snipped from the bloated summary on wikipedia)
Provenance: owned it since it was first published hard-cover. Re-reading in prep for first-time read of books 4 and 5 in the series.

Clash of Kings. I re-read this in July 2011 because it was finally time to catch up on the series. I’d gotten tired of all the characters dying, or not-dying, and stopped after book three.

So, why five stars? When only four-and-a-half for book one? Because with this book, Martin kept going. Important characters continue to die, the bad guys show good sides, good guys have to work really frikking hard to make any progress, and the world keeps getting bigger.

Links and other reviews   (added by me, not generated)

No shortage of reviews out there.  So many ‘well I would never read fantasy, but my boss/ girlfriend/ brother-in-law is such a fan’… sigh. So, here are some links you might not have come across…

  • How the covers evolved – a chat with the publisher. “I loved the idea of the new look, but there was some resistance to it at the time. The sketch, it was felt, was maybe a bit too quiet, not dramatic enough. I will never forget the moment, quaking with inner nerves, that I found myself deconstructing the cover for the Powers That Be, trying to defend what I felt were its merits. “Well, this guy, see, he has this sword, and he looks all angry, like he’s going to cut off this other guy’s head, and then there’s this woman…”


Shall I link to your review? Let me know in a comment or contact, and I can add the link here.

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