A Clash Of Kings by George R. R. Martin

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12 Critic Reviews

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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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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All: 12 | Positive: 8 | 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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