A Clash of Kings

Book Two of A Song of Ice and Fire

Martin, George R. R.

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Clash of Kings
A medieval fantasy on the land of the Seven Kingdoms, chronicling the intrigues of its ruling families as they jockey for power. By the author of A Game of Thrones.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c1999, 2012.
Edition: Bantam Books mass market tie-in edition.
ISBN: 0345535421
Characteristics: 1009, [20] p. :,ill., map ;,18 cm.


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Dec 07, 2014
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Moved a little slower than the first book, although the ending had me looking forward to the next one!

I enjoy reading this series for the twists and turns the storyline takes but find that this leaves a lot to desired in the way it is written the battle scenes are not very descriptive or dramatic and nothing seems to progress very far on the south side of the way it feels drawn out.
I finished the book because I feel the series will be worth it though I don't think the book was.

Mar 17, 2013
  • sanja59 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book as much as the first. I enjoy all the details in this book whether it's describing good or bad events. Now onto the third book.

Jul 23, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A Clash of Kings begins right where the previous novel, the enthralling Game of Thrones, leaves off. New characters are introduced from the island of Dragonstone, where the late King Robert's younger brother, Stannis Baratheon, rules. He lays claim to the throne of Westeros by rites and charges Robert's primary heir, son Joffrey, as illegitimate. The youngest Baratheon brother, Renly, also seeks the throne from his stronghold in the south. Newly crowned King Robb Stark rules in the north and is challenged by Tywin Lannister on the battlefield and Balon Greyjoy at sea. So many minor characters are brought into play that it's not a bad idea to keep a few notes while reading.

This second installment from A Song of Ice and Fire definitely works best as a transitional setup for the larger, seven-volume story that George R. R. Martin is telling. The first half moves slowly as key players are put in position, and the second half delivers a handful of climactic punches. Don't expect many story arcs to be resolved by the book's end.

Mar 28, 2012
  • readingchick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a great series and this second book is as good as the first. I am pacing myself but will read the third instalment soon.

Mar 04, 2012
  • angeye87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I get too attached to the characters, so it's sort of sad reading it at times. But I have to say it was very good. It took me a bit to get into, but once the story picked up I was hooked =]

Jul 09, 2011
  • Knix rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

My favorite thing about these books is that none of the characters are black and white. As the story progresses, you realize all of the shades of gray that make up the people involved. Some characters that I thought were evil start to be likable and some that I really liked start to show their human flaws.


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