2017 Nov 8
As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.
The second book in the series of A Song of Ice and Fire saga by George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings is the perfect sequel. The novel takes the reader across several different settings, kingdoms, and characters, yet manages to never lose its pace and momentum. Although the number of characters can certainly be overwhelming, Martin spends more time establishing the personalities, backgrounds, and motives of each important character in this book, which makes it easier to read.
As always, the storyline and surprises within are numerous and enjoyable. Even if you have watched the TV show, this book will leave you speechless. The precision and level of detail keeps the reader invested in the story, simply waiting to read what happens next. Martin’s success lies in the intricate universe he has created, along with the realistic nature of his characters’ personalities, none of which are ever perfect. Most importantly, A Clash of Kings is an undeniably fun read!