A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings

Book - 1999
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THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. In his widely acclaimed A Game of Thrones, he introduced us to an extraordinary world of wonder, intrigue, and adventure. Now, in the eagerly awaited second volume in this epic saga, he once again proves himself a master myth-maker, setting a standard against which all other fantasy novels will be measured for years to come.

Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders--Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon--who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead . . . victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky--a comet the color of blood and flame--six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard's son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King's Landing. Robert's two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel . . . and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.

Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment--a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, [1999]
Copyright Date: ©1999.
ISBN: 9780553108033
0553108034
Characteristics: 761 pages :,maps ;,25 cm.

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BrandonBlanchard
Aug 18, 2017

Only one king can sit on the Iron Throne. Or queen.

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chriscoleman
Jan 19, 2017

I love the TV series but the novels are too long and filled with the most mundane details. This is the same only worse. Boooooring. Lots of really length conversations that are meaningless. And you're rewarded with the knowledge that he'll never finish book 6 and books 3 through 5 are the same time period from different points of view. Kind of pointless. Stick to the HBO show. The HBO show is 1% George RR Martin and 99% HBO. Martin just can't write very well.

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JBarringer
Sep 24, 2016

I liked this book better than the first one. I still wish there was more emphasis on the creepy magic stuff on the cold side of the wall, and this book had almost nothing from that narrative thread. Pretty much this book and the first one are just political dramas with a pinch of fantasy thrown in to tap into the fantasy book market, and I would not include them in my blog's fantasy category so far. But, as an epic drama about the aftermath of a failed successional transfer, this was an ok book.

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jwhippy
Aug 05, 2016

#2

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

An incredible, beautiful, amazing, brilliant, clever and emotional sequel. Just as spellbinding as the first novel.These books continue to blow my mind and have literally changed my life. A Song of Ice and Fire is without a doubt the most incredible and amazing series ever made. And put on television. "A Clash of Kings" was spine tingling and unforgettable. I eagerly await the next book in the series. Martin writes with flair, deftly weaving multiple storylines in a gritty, even brutal, world that consists entirely of gray characters instead of the classic black and white. Martin's world is a vast chess game spanning continents, and the pieces are lords, bastards, knights, wizards, ladies, and children. What really stands out in this series is Martin's penchant for axing the major characters. That's right -- no character is safe from the author's noose. Despite the demise of major characters, the plot lines continue stronger than ever. Tired of protagonists walking through fire without a scratch, falling hundreds of feet without a bruise, and defeating superhuman creatures with the same amount of effort that one puts into scratching an arm? Then this series is your fix. The sheer unpredictability of the series renders it a delectable experience. Dare you to predict the winners and losers? If you haven't read the series yet, read it! I must say its currently my favorite book! Chances are, you're going to be calling in sick the next day so you can keep reading. It's that good. This fantasy that, back in the 90's, broke all the traditional rules about what fantasy should be and instead of a classic tale of heroes versus evil wizards, gave a story about bad men who do good and good men who do bad, and every shade in-between. A story about power, corruption, familial love, honor, endless winter, and dead things coming back to life. Oh and dragons. And much, much more.

It was a fantasy of the like the world had never seen a soap opera on a scale of kingdoms. And it changed the face of fantasy (and apparently, TV now) forever.

Few authors have been able to take villains and transform them over a few thousand words into heroes the way Martin has.

Song of Ice and Fire with the depressing world, gritty aesthetic, cast of morally ambiguous (which in the context of this novel, usually mean good guy usually end up doing bad things, often) characters, unpredictable plot (characters die, often) make this one of the best, most imaginative and startling series of the 21st century!

If you somehow have not yet read this series yet, I both pity and envy you pity because you are missing out one of the best tales ever set to paper and I envy you because you have a buffet of sublime fantasy goodness yet ahead of you.
can't argue how impact Martin has been on the Fantasy genre as a whole; if Tolkien helped shape of fantasy. Martin has left an equally indelible mark.If you haven't yet read Martin though, don't hesitate. Don't think. Just do it. It's seriously compelling and you'll shortly find out why the world has gone mad for Martin.

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jared15
May 24, 2016

This was an amazing sequel to the first book. This story was very well written, and it was everything that you could hope for in a sequel. The plot is intriguing, and I was always surprised by what happened next. This book was full of grief, happiness, excitement, and a bunch of other emotions that I can't even begin to describe. I loved this book and can't wait to read A Storm of Swords!

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Lotte_
Oct 30, 2015

a great sequel to the first book a game of thrones. You are able to see the characters develop and also the plot develop along with many twists and turns!!

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xzhang17
Aug 03, 2015

The thrilling sequel to the first novel A Game of Thrones was everything I hoped for and more. I could not put down this 969 page novel. The story is well crafted to the extent that I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen to the characters I was rooting for. I can’t wait to read A Storm of Swords!

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OTrain
Jul 21, 2015

While the first book set the tempo, the second book made it rise even higher. The book was a little more slow than the first, due to all the political intrigue going on. The plot thickens and turns and twists in ways you couldn't have expected. The only problem I saw in it was Martin's idea to ruin Robb's chances of beating the Lannisters with the help of Renly. Like said before, the plot twists and turns for better, or in Martin's case, almost for the worse, depending on your standing of which House should rule Westeros.

dru16 May 19, 2015

the best

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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white_owl_192
Jul 23, 2014

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Other: "A Song of Ice and Fire" deals with heavy and dark themes throughout and is quite famous for it's brutal violence and graphic sex. This series is intended for mature readers.

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Extreme at parts. Total: 10/10

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Sexual Content: More graphic than the first book. There are several graphic and explicit sex scene including rape and castration. A few intense and brutal rapes. Sex scenes last a couple pages and describe with detail. Oral sex is in a couple scenes (fairly graphic). Incest is a huge part of the series. Lots of sexual and crass language. Not for kids at all. Total: 10/10

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Violence: Very violent, more so than "A Game of Thrones". People are murdered graphically, stabbed, tortured, castrated ect.. People have limbs hacked off, skulls crushed, brains splattering, graphic wounds, graphic and intense prolonged battle scenes. A few brutal revenge plots with gory aftermaths. Total: 10/10

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Coarse Language: Harsh. Sexual uses of "Fuck, cunt, cock, whore, slut, bitch, prick". Many uses of "piss and shit". Overall, the language in this book was worse than the first one.Total: 9/10

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bookherder
Jun 28, 2008

Violence: heads cut off. Other limbs, violent warfare.

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bookherder
Jun 28, 2008

Sexual Content: some, not too graphic

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“Sansa, permit me to share a bit of womanly wisdom with you on this very special day. Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.”

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“Once she had loved Prince Joffrey with all her heart, and admired and trusted her his mother, the queen. They had repaid that love and trust with her father's head. Sansa would never make that mistake again.”

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.”

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“So many vows... they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other.”

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“I will hurt you for this. I don't know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know the debt is paid.”

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white_owl_192
Jul 23, 2014

"Weese
Dunsen
Chiswyck
Raff the Sweetling
The Tickler
The Hound
Ser Gregor
Ser Amory
Ser Illyn
Ser Meryn
King Joffrey
Queen Cersei
Valar Morghulis"
- Arya Stark

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bluetristesse
Apr 19, 2012

"Those are brave men. Let's go kill them." -Tyrion Lannister

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xzhang17
Aug 03, 2015

In the Seven Kingdoms, the story picks up with one fourteen year old boy king and four “self-declared” kings: Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, and Balon Greyjoy. Although Catelyn attempts to forge an alliance between Renly and Stannis against Joffrey, the two brothers instead leave the meeting promising each other battle. Before it takes place, a mysterious shadow kills Renly and the majority of his men end up swearing fealty to Stannis. Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister acting as the Hand of the King improves the city defenses in preparation for Stannis’ attack. In the North, Theon Greyjoy captures Winterfell as Robb is out campaigning in order to impress his father Balon Greyjoy. Both Prince Bran and Rickon are assumed dead, yet a much needed plot twist later proves otherwise. Arya Stark still finds herself far from home after escaping from King’s Landing in A Game of Thrones. She continues to successfully hide her identity while using her wits to keep herself alive. While all this happening, 300 of the Night’s Watch venture beyond the wall, searching for gathering wildings. Lastly, in the East, Daenerys travels to Qarth following the blood red comet with her dragons as she continues to seek funds and soldiers to secure the Westeros throne.

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bookherder
Jun 28, 2008

More a political fantasy. No elves or unicorns. Some undead and similar monsters, some magic users. But more 'life-like' politicking and scheming in a realistic, although imaginary world. The kind of complicated story that has extra features in the back

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