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A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings

Book - 2011 | Bantam trade pbk. ed
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"A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders - Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon - who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, 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." -- Book cover.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2011
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. ed
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780553108033
9780553381696
0553381695
Branch Call Number: SCI MARTI-G
Characteristics: 761 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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JCLBeckyC Apr 26, 2021

I watched the TV series first. Twice. And all the extra, behind-the-scenes and the-making-of clips. Needless to say, my husband, who's the one who wanted me to watch it with him in the first place, grew tired of me only wanting to talk about GoT nearly a decade after it originally appeared on HBO. I turned to the books. The first in the series is great. This one is even better. I didn't think I'd enjoy reading the books because they are so long. My ability to focus on reading books, even books I enjoy, has been shot since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. This series got me out of my not-reading slump. It helps that I used the dyslexia font on the ebook Axis 360 app, which I find helps me stay focused better. I also listened to the audiobook at the same time as I read it, which I recommend if your attention span has dwindled this year, too.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 29, 2020

A Clash of Kings is the sequel to the famous book A Game of Thrones in the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George Martin. A Clash of Kings was released just over two years after its prequel in 1998, but more than 1,000 pages worth of revised and edited thoughts were put into the making of the sequel. The story still takes place in mid-century Europe with fictional characters from its prequel. Although more characters are introduced and the plots are happening over more places at once, there is not a significant change to the main storyline. One thing worth mentioning is that the conflicts in the story are gradually getting larger and more complex as bigger and more battles are fought between the characters and their armies. In this case, I would recommend watching the tv show version of the series because they can present the battles in a more visualized way which helps the audience get a clearer and a more exciting view of the scene. Unlike some sequels where the story becomes so insipid compared to its prequel due to the lack of imagination and excitement, A Clash of Kings is, in fact, more engaging in terms of character development than A Game of Thrones in my personal opinion. Overall, I would rate this book a 4.5/5 and a recommendation to all the fans around the world who love chivalrous stories.
-@tiny_astronaut of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
In some series, the sequels are not as good as the first; however, this was definitely not one of them! I thoroughly enjoyed the second installment! There were a lot of new developments in this book; for example, the introduction of dragons, along with another power associated with Bran. You also get to see more of some side characters, such as Theon Greyjoy, which gives you more insight into their personality and allows readers to develop a more informed opinion of their character. This book also introduces the war, or shall I say “game of thrones”, between rivaling kingdoms, which keeps you enthralled and on the edge of your seat in anticipation for what is going to happen next, along with the worry for your favourite characters! I would recommend this book for a mature audience, due to certain scenes of a darker theme, or romantic theme. @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 30, 2020

George Martin is considered to be one of the greatest fictional authors of all time. He's written numerous fantasy novels that have received critical acclaim. This classic novel, A clash of kings is no different. The plot follows the ever expanding plot line of the Game of thrones series. Two of the major leaders, Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon have been killed by treachery and the enforced peace has vanished leading to war and death across the land. You won't find much in the way of happiness in this book. It's bleak, dreary and depressing. It perfectly captures the atmosphere of a land that's been ravaged by war and death. Characters will die off as quickly as new ones will come in. Martin has always been ruthless with his characters and isn't afraid to through major twists and turns at the reader. Martin's vision is also grand. The plot is massive and ever expanding, not even the book itself will tell you the complete history and lore of the world it's set in. A clash of kings as well as the entire song of ice and Fire Series are all must read books for everyone whether you're a die hard Action-Fantasy fan or new to the genre. I would give this book a full 5/5.
@Moebooks of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 31, 2019

Utterly disappointed with the final season of the HBO adaptation, I was hoping to find some respite in the novel series, “A Song of Ice & Fire,” by George R. R. Martin. Having seen- & loving- the first four seasons of the show, I knew much of the plot for this book- the second in the series- yet, it was thoroughly enjoyable to revisit everything in more detail.
Books obviously have more leeway in the expansion of ideas, settings & characters and this is inherent here, especially with the third-person-limited style of narration. The characters we follow, whose point of view we are introduced to, reveal much about their state of mind & motives, humanizing them to a great extent. While, the characters whose perspective we do not have the luxury of experiencing, become all the more mysterious & intriguing. Speaking of expansion: this story is unbelievably layered. Many aspects of it rely more on medieval accuracy over fantastical elements - the tone is dark & gruesome. We are introduced to a world of epic scale, with various kingdoms & countries, realistic power structures, noble houses, kings, lords, children of kings, knights, warlords, travelers, villagers. Every royal family tree fractaling out, further & further since their mythological roots - every region seeming to have distinct mythology & in-depth history of their own. This is a world.
Ancient history is filled with horrors - horrible deeds done by one group unto others, in an attempt to survive & hold power. There are many direct correlations between violence depicted in this book, and the actions of civilizations of the past, war, genocide, destruction. The setting feels real, dark & deadly, tense, especially with the imminent threat of an immortal army, descending from the horizon at the edge of the Earth, to destroy everything. In the meantime, we follow protagonists whom, somehow, manage to find some peace in the state of the world or in their motivations to change things - making them all the more likable. I would recommend this to anyone, whether they have seen the incredibly popular TV series, or not. Even if they have, a visit to the first book, “A Game of Thrones,” would not be ill-suited. This is a grand story with great stakes and real characters.
4/5 stars
@reviewperson of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Katie_Dublin
Jul 21, 2019

Every subsequent volume in this saga makes me love it more and more.

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rivercanu
May 20, 2019

Book 2

Only one king can sit on the Iron Throne. Or queen.

JBarringer Sep 24, 2016

I liked this book better than the first one. I still wish there was more emphasis on the creepy magic stuff on the cold side of the wall, and this book had almost nothing from that narrative thread. Pretty much this book and the first one are just political dramas with a pinch of fantasy thrown in to tap into the fantasy book market, and I would not include them in my blog's fantasy category so far. But, as an epic drama about the aftermath of a failed successional transfer, this was an ok book.

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jwhippy
Aug 05, 2016

#2

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

An incredible, beautiful, amazing, brilliant, clever and emotional sequel. Just as spellbinding as the first novel.These books continue to blow my mind and have literally changed my life. A Song of Ice and Fire is without a doubt the most incredible and amazing series ever made. And put on television. "A Clash of Kings" was spine tingling and unforgettable. I eagerly await the next book in the series. Martin writes with flair, deftly weaving multiple storylines in a gritty, even brutal, world that consists entirely of gray characters instead of the classic black and white. Martin's world is a vast chess game spanning continents, and the pieces are lords, bastards, knights, wizards, ladies, and children. What really stands out in this series is Martin's penchant for axing the major characters. That's right -- no character is safe from the author's noose. Despite the demise of major characters, the plot lines continue stronger than ever. Tired of protagonists walking through fire without a scratch, falling hundreds of feet without a bruise, and defeating superhuman creatures with the same amount of effort that one puts into scratching an arm? Then this series is your fix. The sheer unpredictability of the series renders it a delectable experience. Dare you to predict the winners and losers? If you haven't read the series yet, read it! I must say its currently my favorite book! Chances are, you're going to be calling in sick the next day so you can keep reading. It's that good. This fantasy that, back in the 90's, broke all the traditional rules about what fantasy should be and instead of a classic tale of heroes versus evil wizards, gave a story about bad men who do good and good men who do bad, and every shade in-between. A story about power, corruption, familial love, honor, endless winter, and dead things coming back to life. Oh and dragons. And much, much more.

It was a fantasy of the like the world had never seen a soap opera on a scale of kingdoms. And it changed the face of fantasy (and apparently, TV now) forever.

Few authors have been able to take villains and transform them over a few thousand words into heroes the way Martin has.

Song of Ice and Fire with the depressing world, gritty aesthetic, cast of morally ambiguous (which in the context of this novel, usually mean good guy usually end up doing bad things, often) characters, unpredictable plot (characters die, often) make this one of the best, most imaginative and startling series of the 21st century!

If you somehow have not yet read this series yet, I both pity and envy you pity because you are missing out one of the best tales ever set to paper and I envy you because you have a buffet of sublime fantasy goodness yet ahead of you.
can't argue how impact Martin has been on the Fantasy genre as a whole; if Tolkien helped shape of fantasy. Martin has left an equally indelible mark.If you haven't yet read Martin though, don't hesitate. Don't think. Just do it. It's seriously compelling and you'll shortly find out why the world has gone mad for Martin.

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Feb 02, 2014

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Other: "A Song of Ice and Fire" deals with heavy and dark themes throughout and is quite famous for it's brutal violence and graphic sex. This series is intended for mature readers.

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Extreme at parts. Total: 10/10

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Sexual Content: More graphic than the first book. There are several graphic and explicit sex scene including rape and castration. A few intense and brutal rapes. Sex scenes last a couple pages and describe with detail. Oral sex is in a couple scenes (fairly graphic). Incest is a huge part of the series. Lots of sexual and crass language. Not for kids at all. Total: 10/10

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Violence: Very violent, more so than "A Game of Thrones". People are murdered graphically, stabbed, tortured, castrated ect.. People have limbs hacked off, skulls crushed, brains splattering, graphic wounds, graphic and intense prolonged battle scenes. A few brutal revenge plots with gory aftermaths. Total: 10/10

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JihadiConservative
May 29, 2016

Coarse Language: Harsh. Sexual uses of "Fuck, cunt, cock, whore, slut, bitch, prick". Many uses of "piss and shit". Overall, the language in this book was worse than the first one.Total: 9/10

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bookherder
Jun 28, 2008

Violence: heads cut off. Other limbs, violent warfare.

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bookherder
Jun 28, 2008

Sexual Content: some, not too graphic

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“Sansa, permit me to share a bit of womanly wisdom with you on this very special day. Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.”

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“Once she had loved Prince Joffrey with all her heart, and admired and trusted her his mother, the queen. They had repaid that love and trust with her father's head. Sansa would never make that mistake again.”

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.”

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“So many vows... they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other.”

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xzhang17
Aug 06, 2015

“I will hurt you for this. I don't know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know the debt is paid.”

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white_owl_192
Jul 23, 2014

"Weese
Dunsen
Chiswyck
Raff the Sweetling
The Tickler
The Hound
Ser Gregor
Ser Amory
Ser Illyn
Ser Meryn
King Joffrey
Queen Cersei
Valar Morghulis"
- Arya Stark

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xzhang17
Aug 03, 2015

In the Seven Kingdoms, the story picks up with one fourteen year old boy king and four “self-declared” kings: Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, and Balon Greyjoy. Although Catelyn attempts to forge an alliance between Renly and Stannis against Joffrey, the two brothers instead leave the meeting promising each other battle. Before it takes place, a mysterious shadow kills Renly and the majority of his men end up swearing fealty to Stannis. Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister acting as the Hand of the King improves the city defenses in preparation for Stannis’ attack. In the North, Theon Greyjoy captures Winterfell as Robb is out campaigning in order to impress his father Balon Greyjoy. Both Prince Bran and Rickon are assumed dead, yet a much needed plot twist later proves otherwise. Arya Stark still finds herself far from home after escaping from King’s Landing in A Game of Thrones. She continues to successfully hide her identity while using her wits to keep herself alive. While all this happening, 300 of the Night’s Watch venture beyond the wall, searching for gathering wildings. Lastly, in the East, Daenerys travels to Qarth following the blood red comet with her dragons as she continues to seek funds and soldiers to secure the Westeros throne.

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bookherder
Jun 28, 2008

More a political fantasy. No elves or unicorns. Some undead and similar monsters, some magic users. But more 'life-like' politicking and scheming in a realistic, although imaginary world. The kind of complicated story that has extra features in the back

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