Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Monday October 1, 2012 at 3:00 am |

Publisher: Bantam Books
Published: March 6, 2012
Copyright: 1999
Pages: 969
Form: Paperback
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire  (2)
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In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any we have ever experienced.

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 Thoughts

I loved this book just as much as the first one.  The Devil is in the details in this book because unlike the first book compared to the first season, there are many differences when comparing it to the tv series.

In A Clash of Kings we find Robert Baratheon dead and his son is now the King.  But there are rumors going around that Joffrey is not the true heir of Robert and now his two brothers Stannis and Renly are also vying for the Iron Throne.  Robb Stark has been declared the King of the North by his bannermen.  He has no desire to sit the Iron Throne, but is vigilant in getting his sisters back from the clutches if the Lannisters, and avenging his father’s death.  The seven kingdoms are embroiled in a bitter war that seems to turn tides quite frequently.  Just when you think one party has the advantage, Martin throws in a tailspin to keep you guessing.  But the real battles reside within the individual players, and the decisions and choices they make to survive in the midst of the treacherous Game of Thrones.

The writing, the world, the characters, everything in this book is done so well that I easily fell into it and didn’t want to come out once I finished.  There is so much going on in this book that it will be hard to do a traditional review so I’m going back to my lists!


  • I love the many POV’s.  It allows the reader to know whats going on in each part of the world without being overwhelmed or confused.
  • The atmosphere is intense and wrought with uncertainty.  Each character claiming the throne staunchly believe they are the rightful heirs.
  • The level of maneuvering, scheming, and cunning has greatly increased!  Even the reader is unaware sometimes of which characters can and cannot be trusted.  But this makes for great reading because anything can happen.  The twists and turns in this book are CRAZY!
  • The characters!!!  The good, the bad, and the ugly, I love them ALL!  They are so distinct, so well-crafted, and so interesting to get to know.  Martin makes the reader anxious, hoping for the survival and the best for your favorites, while wishing for an ending befitting those you can’t stand.  He also has a great way of taking a character and making you change your mind about them.
  • World building is phenomenal.  Everything is explained and fleshed out.  There isn’t much more I can say about this.

As far as dislikes I really didn’t have any, but there is one thing that I wanted very much to see and didn’t.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Robb Stark, and I wanted very much to know what was going on with him from his perspective.  While the author presents many different POV’s, Robb’s isn’t one of them.  The only significant information we get of Robb is through his Mom’s, Catelyn Stark’s, POV.  I would have loved to get his own POV to know exactly his feelings and thinking through this harrowing time.  I mean a boy of 16 in his position, has got to be going through some major inner turmoil!  Although he seems to be doing well in battle, I wanted way more details about it.

Overall, loved it, couldn’t get enough, ready to dive into the next book!  Storm of Swords here I come!

Stay tuned, because soon I will be outlining the major differences between this book, and the second season of Game of Thrones!

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6 Responses to “Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin”

  1. Mary Preston says:

    I’m reading this now. I CAN’T PUT IT DOWN. I race back to it, if I do.

  2. Exciting! I can’t wait to hear about the differences as well.

  3. Molli says:

    I’m with you on Robb. He seems like he COULD be a fab character but I’d love more insight on him. I’m looking forward to reading the books and I can’t wait to see your posts in the similarities and differences, Jade!

    • Jade Jade says:

      Molli, from the glimpses we get of Robb through his Mom I’m already head over heels. The Stark/Snow boys have my heart. The differences posts will be up tomorrow!