Saturday, 12 November 2011

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) By George R.R. Martin

Product Description 
George R. R. Martin’s superb fantasy epic continues in consummate style as bloodshed and alchemy lay waste the Seven Kingdoms in the second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Iron Throne once united the Sunset Lands, but King Robert is dead, his widow is a traitor to his memory, and his surviving brothers are set on a path of war amongst themselves. At King’s Landing, the head of Lord Eddard Stark rots on a spike for all to see. His daughter Sansa is betrothed still to his killer’s son Joffrey – Queen Cersei’s son, though not the son of her late husband Robert. Even so, Joffrey is now a boy-king, Cersei is his regent, and war is inevitable.
In Dragonstone, Robert’s brother Stannis has declared himself king, while his other brother Renly proclaims himself king at Storm’s End – and Eddard Stark’s fifteen year old son Robb wears the crown of the north at Winterfell.
A comet in the night sky, red and malevolent, the colour of blood and flame, can only be an omen of murder and war. Stannis’s child Princess Shireen dreams of dragons waking from stone. And a white raven has brought word from the Citadel itself, foretelling summer’s end. It has been the longest summer in living memory, lasting ten years, and the smallfolk say it means an even longer winter to come…
The first rule of war is never give the enemy his wish. But winter will be the biggest enemy. From beyond the Wall the undead and Others clamour for freedom, and from beyond the sea the long-dead Dragon King’s daughter hatches her revenge. Robb Stark will be exceedingly lucky to reach adulthood.

Paperback, 913 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Harper Voyager
(first published November 16th 1998) 
Genre: Fantasy 

This is the second book in the series and picks up straight after the other. A little slow paced at the start but really picks up pace. It took me quite a long time to read this book but it was well worth it. I am still trying to get to grips with all the names and places as there is alot going on. The characters are fantastic and have developed a great deal more in this book. I still think it's great that each chapter is from another characters POV, or it would probably become boring for such along book. I feel like I am actually there living in the pages of this book as it really comes to life. This is fantasy writing at its best an I cannot wait to read the next A STORM OF SWORDS.

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