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A Clash Of Kings is the second book in the fantasy series, A Song Of Ice And Fire, by George R. R. Martin. It picks up from where the first book, A Game Of Thrones, leaves the story, and this book is narrated from the points of view of the nine primary characters, true to the pattern set by the first book in the series.
In this book, the war haunting the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros has become more complicated. Joffrey, the son of Queen Cersei and her brother Jaime Lannister, usurps the Iron Throne after the death of King Robert Baratheon, but Robert’s brothers, Stannis and Renly, also lay their claim to the throne. Acting upon an order delivered by the King at his deathbed, Robb Stark wears the crown up north, due to his father’s demise.
From a bright red comet in the night sky to a white raven bringing news from the Citadel, all omens carry a sense of impending doom. The end of the longest summer forecasts a stark winter just as long, perhaps longer. The fight for the coveted Iron Throne takes the center stage in this book of fantasy and adventure.
A Clash Of Kings was first published in 1998 in the United Kingdom. It received positive reviews and won the Locus Award (1999) and the Ignotus Award (2004). It was also nominated for the Nebula Award.
About the Author
George Raymond Richard Martin is an American screenwriter and author. He mainly works on science fiction, horror, and fantasy novels.
Apart from his epic fantasy series, A Song Of Ice And Fire, his other novels include Hunter’s Run, Fevre Dream, Dying Of The Light, Windhaven, and The Armageddon Rag. He has also written a children’s book called The Ice Dragon.
His writing is imbued with a strongly melancholic note. His short fiction explores themes like romanticism, idealism, ill-fated love, loneliness, and tragedy.
Martin was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on September 20, 1948. His writing earned him numerous awards, the first of which was an Alley Award for his story The Powerman vs. The Blue Barrier. He was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine. In addition to working as a writer and editor, he also worked as a chess tournament director, and a college instructor in journalism. On February 15, 2011, he married his longtime partner, Parris McBride, in a small ceremony held at their home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
|Author||George R. R. Martin|
|Number of Pages||913 Pages|
Ok i will confess , i had read this book about 11 years back and frankly hated it . I was young and had expected a high fantasy tale of a mighty hero vanquishing scheming villains . Instead what i got was a book that had no well defined heroes or villains,that killed of leading characters just when u start caring about them and instilled such sense of hopelessness that it inevitably left me very depressed and emotionally drained. This is defiantly not a tale for the young or for those who want a Happy endings story.
However very recently i happened to watch the HBO series based on the Game of thrones and was pleasantly surprised and how much i enjoyed it . I immediately dug out my now badly aging copy of the Clash of kings and finished reading the book in a single marathon 10 hour siting . It was almost like i was reading the story with a new pair of eyes . I really could not explain how i could hate such a beautifully written book with such colorful and varied characters and such an unpredictable narrative . The book does have a few flaws but they are all overshadowed by how engaging the story is .
I have just finished reading all the five books in THe Song of Fire and Ice series Back to Back over the past one month . The first three books in this series are un matched masterpieces that should be part of any ardent readers collection . However the sad part is the quality of the writing does fall of a cliff in the fourth and fifth book and they are quite a chore to get through . The Clash of kings is a Automatic Classic and a must read irrespective of what ones reading preferences may be .
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Hands down.
If you think J K Rowling is the best fantasy writer then wait till you finish this book. The entire Harry Potter series pales down in front of George R R Martin's awesomeness.
The book is narrated from the point of view of Bran Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, Ser Davos The Onionknight, Catelyn Stark, Theon Greyjoy, Daenerys Targareyn and Jon Snow.
Allow me to get into the technalities of this book and explain why this a great read:
1. Attention to Details: The way the author explains the setup is simply mindblowing. He goes into length to explain the architecture of palaces, the food served on the table, the battlefield and these exquisite details pull you right in the middle of the place and let you visualize everything.
Example: He won't just say there a Gargoyle on the palace wall. He will go at length to describe how it looked, which direction it faced, how were its expression and what was it made of.
The fantasy world just becomes real to you with all these tiny little details.
2. The Dialogues: The lines are just fantastic! And no doubt the best ones are reserved for Tyrion Lannister and Varys. You will find countless lines to copy-paste on FB/Twitter.
3. The Narration: He weaves a magic that makes you keep turning the pages one after the another until you reach the last page. All the chapters end with a cliffhanger and you won't be able to keep the book down to rest and before you know it, you are done with all the 900 pages or so.
Brief summary of the book without revealing any spoilers:
1. Robb Stark is now the king of the north and he's marching west now.
2. Arya Stark is being taken to Winterfell alongwith the Night's Watch recruits from King's Landing.
3. Stannis and Renly Baratheon are fighting for the Iron Throne.
4. Theon Greyjoy has some vicious plans of own.
5. Daenerys goes far into east with her khalasar tribe to gather an army of her own.
6. Tyrion Lannister continues his awesomeness as the Hand of The King.
Winter is Coming..!!!
I seriously have no words to express that feeling when you start reading a book, forgetting everything else around you, guessing about the further events to be unfolded in the upcoming pages, and finally completing the book with a sense of great accomplishment, and yet feeling hesitant to put it back in your bookshelf.
This happened while I read this book, second part of the series, A song of Ice and Water.
This ie yet another masterpiece from George R.R.Martin. It's freaking long, with about 875 pages, but in the end you just feel the longing for another hundreds of pages. I completed it in almost 1.5 days, and that has been a heavenly experience.
Continuing where the first part ends, it covers the hullabaloo caused after the nomination of Robb Stark of Winterfell, as the King of the North. The seven kingdoms are claimed by four self-proclaimed kings, the brothers, King Renly and King Stannis Baratheon, along with Joffrey and Robb.
Different events unfold, revealing the atrocities of a war-time, and along with a number of deaths, rapes and mutilations, the story continues. At the end of the world, further the great ice wall, enemy emerges from the dead. A different war is beginning to take place.
Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Arya and Bran Stark are my favourite characters, but to be honest, the characters which are most close to my heart, are the Direwolves- Summer, Ghost, Grey wind and Nymeria, even though the last two are not mentioned in this part of the series.
Also, at some parts of the book, I correctly predicted the outcomes, but this feeling was more of the ecstasy, on sharing the same connections with the author, rather than the feeling of irritation because of the hackneyed structures of certain other books.
In short, this is a must read.
PS- I have heard good reviews about the television series adapted from the A song of Ice and Water too, but as always I will watch them after completing the novels first. I just hope the television series is at least half as good as the novels. I'll be more than happy with that.
Keep reading. :)
They say it is hard to get sequels right. George R. R. Martin, however, gets it spot on. This series is epic in every sense. It has a vast array of characters, most of whom are worth investing your time in. There is brilliant variety in the characters, their motivations and their own perceived notions of morality.
What is most impressive and refreshing, is George R. R. Martin's desire to buck trends, as the ending of Book 1 - A Game of Thrones showed. The expected rarely ever happens in this universe, which makes it intriguing to watch the drama unfold. The absence of a well-defined protagonist in the series may not appeal to many, and as such is a bold idea, but the book is well worth persisting with.
The book does have it's flaws though. Certain story arcs don't seem to be going anywhere in particular while for certain others, even when the destination is known, George R. R. Martin takes his own sweet time getting there. And without doubt, the quality of the series drops radically after Book 3 - A Storm of Swords.
A Clash of Kings tells a terrific story and that should be reason enough to go read it.
I was very excited the moment i unwraped the shipment, but something struck me very hard as i turned the pages. The font was legible yet very small. I bought this book because of publisher's excellent quality in the first book.(harper voyager). I would have liked if the publisher had increased the size of the book by 1 inch on either sides. Then that would be a delight to read. I would have 5 ***** right away. But flipkart left the dimensions of the book as a guesswork for the buyer. I would prefer another publisher to Harper voyager for this book at least. But for 300 bucks you must not expect supreme quality.
All this said, the series is epic and this book just adds to my collection. :).
Winter is Coming..!!!
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