A Clash Of Kings by George R. R. Martin

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34 Critic Reviews

Martin may not rival Tolkien or Robert Jordan, but he ranks with such accomplished medievalists of fantasy as Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson. Here, he provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites--and this is only the second course of a repast with no end in sight
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK TWO
 
In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any we have ever experienced.
 
A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which 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, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel . . . and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
 

About George R. R. Martin

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GEORGE R. R. MARTIN's Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning with A Game of Thrones (Bantam, 1996), are among the top-selling fantasy novels of this generation and is now an HBO series that will began airing in 2011. He lives in New Mexico.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Bantam. 770 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Clash Of Kings
All: 34 | Positive: 30 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
Dec 01 1998

The drawbacks... loom large: non’self-contained entries; a cast of thousands, and, as a result, the impossibility of remembering... who’s who or what’s been going on.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 02 2015

Martin may not rival Tolkien or Robert Jordan, but he ranks with such accomplished medievalists of fantasy as Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson. Here, he provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites--and this is only the second course of a repast with no end in sight

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Worman on Aug 17 2011

If stories about political intrigue and battle interest you, than this volume should be an interesting read. Readers who are in the habit of skipping prologues should be warned that they need to read the one at the beginning of the novel to know what is going on.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Westerfield on Aug 14 2011

I enjoyed ‘A Clash of Kings’ and really started to feel the power of Martin’s storytelling since it covers a time period not yet explored on the series. Of the various narratives I enjoyed Tyrion’s time in the sun the most...Overall, I recommend ‘A Clash of Kings’ because it added multiple layers to an already complex storyline...

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Tor

Above average
Reviewed by Jo Walton on Sep 10 2009

What I want to say about this volume without spoilers is that again Martin manages very well to have satisfying volume completion and satisfying character arcs within the volume—slightly less well than in the first book...There are a lot of tangled plots going on here, and yet nothing is confusing and everything is clear and comes together well...

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SF Site

Good
Reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin on Mar 01 1999

Once again Martin treats us to a magnificent tapestry that is, at once, both stunningly detailed and amazing...Martin keeps things moving so well and tosses in enough twists and stunning plot turns that I can't help but feel that we have been given only a small and very privileged view of a much more elaborate vision.

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SF Site

Above average
Reviewed by Steven H Silver on Feb 01 1999

Despite the bulk of the novel (nearly 750 pages of story), Martin manages to keep the book's pace rapid so the reader doesn't realize how thick the book is. The characters move in and out of the action and the scene shifts around the country frequently enough to keep the reader interested...

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Book Buzz

Excellent
Reviewed by Dan Rorabaugh on Mar 19 2012

If you enjoyed “Game of Thrones,” you’ll only get more from “Clash of Kings.”

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Curious Book Fans

Excellent
Reviewed by eilidhcatriona on Jun 02 2012

A Clash of Kings pulled me in even more than the first novel did. I was fully caught up in the story, in serious danger of missing my bus stop on several occasions. It is brilliantly crafted, and always keeps you hanging, wanting more...I really cannot recommend A Clash of Kings highly enough, but in fact I am recommending the series as a whole.

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Shiny Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Barb on Aug 05 2011

There’s great, true-to-life characterization. There’s bawdy humor and blind ambition...There’s betrayal at every turn, and only a few honest men around to try to keep the peace...This is a quasi-medieval feudalistic epic fantasy that is an enthralling read and deserves its A-plus rating and high standing among fantasy fans.

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Shelf Life ~ Book reviews from the VC/UHV Library

Good
Reviewed by vcuhvlibrarian on Oct 25 2011

A Clash of Kings tells the story of the men willing to do anything to sit on the Iron Throne. And do not forget about the women who put their lives and the lives of others in danger for the men they love...I read these books every chance I get because they are phenomenal. They are engrossing books.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Joshua S Hill and Floresiensis on Mar 01 2012

Second in what is believed to be a planned seven book series, ‘A Clash of Kings’ continues George R. R. Martin’s epic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’ With the disastrous and literally heart breaking conclusion to its predecessor, this book only continues the strife raging across Westeros, providing a total lack of end in sight.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jan 19 2012

I am really in awe of this series, at its breadth and depth, and it’s good to know that the second book lost none of the magic of the first.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by fyrefly on Jul 08 2011

One thing that did catch me by surprise, even on a re-read, is how subtly powerful some of the language and some of the scenes are...his more straightforward prose has a power and a resonance of its own, and there were a few scenes that were just so quietly right that they hit me right in the chest and made me catch my breath...

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Excellent
on Jul 25 2011

Clash of Kings is a highly recommended piece of intelligent and intriguing adult fantasy. Aspects of horror and thriller and truly disturbing subjects run like the under current of a frozen stream throughout the book; sex and tragedy and death rich in the air of the city and the wilderness alike.

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The Literary Omnivore

Excellent
Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Jan 24 2011

Martin does it again; a thrillingly dark and complex world populating by equally dark and complex characters from all walks of life, organically struggling for power—a struggle that, in the context of the supernatural forces beyond the Wall and the rising threat of Daenaerys Targaryen, is revealed for the petty struggle it is.

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SF Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Thomas Wagner

the first fantasy novel in years and years to be legitimately called "great." It will no doubt sweep away fans of this senses-reeling saga...with a story far more layered, suspenseful, shocking and exhilarating.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

Good
Reviewed by DeniseF on Jan 16 2013

...finally picked up A Clash of Kings because I was missing the characters so much! It was nice to pick it up and see a bunch of familiar faces...While I didn't love A Clash of Kings as much as A Game of Thrones, it was still a really good book and I am very eager to read the third book in the series now.

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Val's Random Comments

Above average
Reviewed by Val on Aug 07 2011

Still, A Clash of Kings is the book that got me hooked on this series, the book in which Martin unveils his world in all it's complexity and terror, and the book that raises it above the ordinary multi-volume epic fantasy series. It is the second volume in a seven book series however, don't expect a neat ending like A Game of Thrones had.

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The Wertzone

Excellent
Reviewed by Adam Whitehead on Jan 05 2010

A Clash of Kings, despite featuring the biggest battle in the series so far...feels like something of a transitory book...However, it is just as well-written as either, the story remains gripping and the characters are still compelling. A Clash of Kings...is a vital continuation of the story begun in the first novel and is highly recommended.

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Lowcountry Book Lover

Excellent
Reviewed by Lowcountry Book Lover on Mar 09 2015

It’s easy to throw superlatives around but there truly is something magical about this series...each page adds to the complexity of the story. Martin’s willingness to treat his characters brutally is refreshing. Don’t expect happy endings. You won’t get them. And, that’s the fight for the Iron Throne.

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Bundle of Books

Below average
Mar 13 2012

parts of A Clash of Kings certainly did drag. George R. R. Martin wastes an unnecessary amount of words and time on detail.

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Blurb Hack

Below average
Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi on Apr 22 2012

I found this installment to be the least enthralling (in the page turner sense) and took me longer to read than it probably should have... Martin is clearly suffering from too many ideas

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The Eloquent Page

Good
Reviewed by Paul on Mar 27 2012

a master storyteller and he breathes life into each and every scene he crafts. Swapping between multiple different story threads and viewpoints keeps things interesting

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SF Reader

Good
Reviewed by Dave Felts on Feb 08 2012

We get to enjoy complex world filled with equally complex characters, all struggling with event beyond their power to fully deal with.

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Blurb Hack

Good
Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi on Dec 26 2011

Martin has a gift for showing us how thin the foundation of power is as he builds his characters mighty and high, then pulls the rug from beneath their feet. Everything promised in A Game of Thrones comes delivered in A Clash of Kings, high drama, conflict, sorcery, alchemy and an ending which will have to picking up the third book instantly.

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Libereading Blog

Good
Reviewed by Rayna on Apr 25 2011

In a genre that often protects its heroes to the bitter end, it's refreshing to not be able to forsee the outcome of conflicts.

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Fantastic Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Aaron Hughes on Nov 19 2008

I am extremely dismayed at how little Martin advances the story in over 700 pages.

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Creative Writing for Entertainment

Above average
Reviewed by Seth Tomko on Jul 19 2015

A Clash of Kings is a worthy successor to The Game of Thrones and continues to showcase Martin’s remarkable talent and unique voice as a fantasy author...It is a rewarding novel that clearly has genre and mass appeal as the success of Martin’s HBO series can attest.

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Cover Me Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Marion on Jan 03 2014

At 873 pages this second book in the series was a door stopper par excellence!...The detail that Martin colours his stories with is massive, both the historical and the fantasy, character development is rich and wise...As a non reader of Fantasy these books have been a Revelation to me...

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https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpress.com

Excellent
Reviewed by pamelascott30 on Apr 24 2015

The second part of George R.R. Martin’s epic series is only a hundred odd pages longer that the first volume but as I read it seemed hundreds of pages longer. I feel quite worn out. And hopelessly in love...A Clash of Kings was a brilliant second installment of a brilliant series.

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Mentajack

Above average
Reviewed by mentatjack on Oct 01 2011

This book is all about war. Some clashes occur “off screen.” Battles are meticulously prepared for. Dangerous enemies are scouted. Assassinations happen. Castles change hands. Deception...I like that we got new point of view characters (was it just the two?), both new to the story and minor a minor character elevated to PoV status.

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Jaime Rubin.com

Good
Reviewed by Jaime Todd Rubin on Jun 17 2011

a rather breathtaking book... A Clash of Kings carried the story forward in a masterful way and has convinced me that George R. R. Martin really does know how to tell a story the right way.

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Tome Traveling

Good
Reviewed by Todd Mayville on Mar 27 2012

at no point does it seem overly long. It is well-paced, and Martin's writing and storytelling remain strong and even.

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