Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Synopsis: "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."

My Review: Well I liked this book so much better than the first in the series, it was like Game of Thrones was similar to the first 50 pages of other books that you just have to get through to get to the good stuff. Of course we got to revisit several favorite characters from the last book and then added several more great characters. Arya and Jon Snow are still some of my favorites but I can now add Davos and Gendry and the Reeds to the list. There seemed to be a lot more action throughout this book, not just battles though. The intrigue was a little more involved and easier to get into as well. I have to say I loved watching the play between Tyrion and Cersi. I can't say too much without giving the ending away but I will say that I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book! I have to say I still have a little bit of an issue with the writing style, I don't like the way the chapters are laid out according to characters, but I didn't notice it as much as I did in the last book, maybe it was because the book itself moved along quicker.
My Rating: Well this was better than the first, but I am still not a huge fan of the writing style or layout of the book, it kind of takes me out of the story each time we switch characters.  I still enjoyed the story though, so I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.


  1. I still haven't even read the first one. One day.

    1. The first one was tough for me to get through but don't give up!