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Book Review - A Clash of Kings by G. R. R. Martin

Updated on June 25, 2013

Game of Thrones Season 02 on HBO...

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About The Game of Thrones...

Although more popularly referred to as The Game of Thrones, the series name is 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. Ice and Fire represents two factions of the mythical land of Westeros. Ice represents the cold harsh North, with wildlings and undead creatures. Fire represents... Dragons!!!

The Game of Thrones gained it's popularity mostly due to the number one hit tv series 'Game of Thrones' on HBO which started airing on late 2011 and currently has ended Season 3 and expecting Season 4 to premiere in mid 2014.

A Clash of Kings...

Book cover
Book cover

About the book...

A Clash of Kings precedes the first book of the series named, 'A Game of Thrones'. Book one of a seven book series may it be, but it is filled with so many twists and turns, which the the typical style of G. R. R. Martin. With him on the scene there is no telling who lives and who dies and who reigns and who serves.

Book one ends with so much chaos and despair and the book two picks up where it's left. A Song of Ice and Fire is so addictive, simply you cannot stop with one book. But you got to have the right tastes for it. Some say the book is better than the tv series and others vice versa. The books definitely have more depth and insights.

Prologue to book 02 (If you haven't read book one, don't read the following!!!)

Everything turns into chaos when the king, Robert Baratheon, ruling on the Iron Throne, at King's Landing, dies out of a wild boar attack on a hunting trip. Ned Stark of Winterfell is the Hand of the King at the moment and gets killed for 'treason' by young king Joffrey, 'son' of robert Baratheon.

With this the whole of Westeros gets stirred up and young prince Robb Stark calls his father's banners to war against King Joffrey as revenge for his father's execution.

What's in book 03?

Amidst the chaos of the execution of Lord Eddard Stark, Arya, the little daughter of Eddard runs away from King's Landing with a group headed towards The Wall. She will encounter numerous troubles along the way and her expectation to meet her bastard brother, Jon Snow at the wall will become a faint dream. Sansa, the younger daughter of Eddard, however gets trapped in King's Landing as she is supposed to wed King Jeffrey.

Jeffrey is a hot-headed fool with so much power and so little work to do, because he is the king and way too young to rule Seven Kingdoms. Everytime Jeffrey is unhappy, he takes it out on Sansa, because in his eyes she is a traitor's daughter.

Daenerys loses her husband in the first book and henceforth loses Khal's clan of riders. She escapes from the clan members with a few trusted bloodriders and a few maids. The group wanders into the 'endless Red Waste', a desert with no food or water or shelter'. The biggest trouble to her is raising the three newborn dragons in a struggle to survive.

In the absence of the Hand of the King, Tyrion Lannister, the halfman, the imp, is put to the task by his father, Tywin Lannister, one of the most powerful men of Westeros. The imp maybe be half the size of a man, but he certainly does make up to that with his cunning wits. But is it all enough to hide and protect his true love?

On the far end of the North, trouble boils up. "A long Summer means a longer Winter" and the bad omens are already showing. Nights Watch patrol troops go missing, the strange offerings of little boys by Craster and more. All these lead to signs of something supernatural about to rise out of the cold, dead North. And the Nights Watch isn't strong enough to hold off the threat from the North, they can only do so much so little they have.

With all these issues, life goes on... The book 2 is no less of twists and turns and surprises and shocks. With politics beyond imagination and war strategies beyond comprehension, A Clash of Kings provide yet another enthralling journey to The Game of Thrones.

In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die...

Our rating...

4 stars for A Clash of Kings

The Wall

the only thing that keeps the undead from storming the Seven Kingdoms.
the only thing that keeps the undead from storming the Seven Kingdoms.

Other books of the series...

  1. A Game of Thrones
  2. A Clash of Kings
  3. A Storm of Swords
  4. A Feast for Crows
  5. A Dance with Dragons
  6. The Winds of Winter

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      Nimesh De Silva 4 years ago

      Yes, personally I loved the book too. And other books too. G. R. R. Martin is a genre defining fantasy writer. I'm sure Winds of Winter will be epic as well.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      I Love GoT 4 years ago

      I absolutely loved Clash of Kings, not specifically that book, but all the books of the Song of Ice and Fire series. Waiting for the Winds of Winter.