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

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I liked this book more than the first in the series, A Game of Thrones (read my review). That's partially because I knew the characters and settings this time, but I also liked the action in this book. I especially liked the battle near the end, featuring siege and naval warfare.

The story is full of deceit, treachery, and uneasy alliances as many individuals and houses struggle for power. This book features mentions religion more often than I remember in the first; there are several debates about the old and new gods.

Like the first book, this one is quite "realistic" in its descriptions of fictional Medieval life, as it follows the characters through meals, conversations, and battles. Beyond the fictional history and cultures, there's a good amount of mythology and supernatural occurrences to keep things interesting.

My favorite storylines were Tyrion's and Arya's; John Snow's was my next favorite.



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Comments

France said…
Simply amazing. A fresh and new addition to the world of epic fantasy. While most authors pit the combined forces of good to a common cause, Martin boldly goes another way - people vs. people. Hardened cruelty meets bitter reality with innocence struggling between them. A wonderful read.

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