Book Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

a clash of kings front coverA Clash of Kings is book two in the epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.

Chaos reigns across Westeros as the land is torn apart by war.  Each faction is led by a pretender to the Iron Throne.  All, that is, apart from Robb Stark, nicknamed the King in the North, who only wants to rule his own people.

Whilst south of the wall, war and treachery rage, north of it, the men of the Night’s Watch are venturing further and further into the wild in the hope of uncovering what’s behind the strange goings on they have been discovering.

As a strange red omen appears in the sky, uncertainty spreads.  But what does it mean and how will it effect those who have set their sights on becoming King?

This book, like the series, is rich and vast.  Many numerous threads are cleverly (and complexly) woven together into a vivid tapestry whose backdrop is war and the quest for glory.  The narrative is heavy of detail and description, but it doesn’t feel heavy when you read it, rather the story comes to life, vividly and with ease.

The story is packed full; action, political intrigue, double-crossing, battles, magic and mystery all make their appearance, as well as a load of other story threads that I can’t begin to recount.  It is brutal in places, but as each chapter is told from a different character’s point of view, we see it unfolding in such a way as it can only capture the imagination and draw you deeper and deeper into it.

Not much can be said without giving too much away.  But I will say this: there were many twists and turns to keep me guessing as to what was going to happen next, which ensured I remained interested in what was going and thoroughly captivated by the individual struggles being played out.

The most exciting part of the story – to my mind, at least – revolves around the Night’s Watch.  I am fascinated and intrigued by what lies to the north of the wall, especially as it is mostly spoken of in a mythical, mysterious way.

The depth and consistency of world building is astonishing and I am amazed that the author can retain such a tight hold on the many story threads.  And this just adds to the richness of the read.  Although the volume is big (my copy runs to nearly 750 pages), I found that it didn’t take me long to read as I just couldn’t stop reading.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow, to see what happens next.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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  2. I had the same reaction – once I started reading the series, I had a hard time forcing myself to do anything else until I’d finished all the books (so far). At which point I cursed myself for starting the books before they were all done. By the time the last books come out, I’ll have forgotten so many details (because as you say, there are a LOT of details) that I’ll have to go back and read the whole series from the beginning. I have the same problem with Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. For a while I could just keep reading the next book, but then it got too long before the next book and I didn’t have time, and then it was *really* long until the next book And now the series is finally finished, and I have to somehow find time to read all 14 monster books from the beginning. Like, a whole extra year somewhere. 😉

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    • I’m the same. I want to read all the books in a series all at once. I hate waiting between books because the details just fade and then I have to start all over again. I wouldn’t mind so much if there were more hours in the day or at a few set aside and designated “reading only”. I would like a few “writing only” hours too… That would be good 🙂

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