A Clash of Kings

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m continuing my gallop through George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Book Two is, not surprisingly, also gripping. Things in the world of the novels continue to go to hell in a handbag. The major difference from the first book is that the point-of-view chapters are longer. New p-o-v characters are added, neither of whom is particularly sympathetic initially. One, Davos Seaworth, brings the reader into the world of the previously unseen Stannis Barratheon, who has abandoned the seven gods his people worship for a monotheistic sect that worships the Lord of Light. The other, Theon Greyjoy, takes us to the world of the Iron Islands and people who worship the Drowned God. There are many different belief systems in the books, which is one of the things I enjoy so much about them.
On to book three!

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4 thoughts on “A Clash of Kings

  1. tyd, I wouldn't, because I think there's too much sex and violence. My 20yo was reading them at that age, and he tells me he was SHOCKED!!! But his older brother had passed them along, and like me, he could not resist #1 Son's recommendation. I'm going to say 14 or 15. LP could certainly handle the material, though I don't think she would like the war stuff. It's pretty gruesome (and realistic, which is both good and bad).

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  2. Martin's characters are so well developed at every level. I find myself relating to their feelings and thought processes as if they were all close relatives of mine with whom I've been involved intimately all my life. In the battle scenes you can feel your feet on the wet slippery decks of ships in peril, and resonate with the chaos, fear, and urgency of every moment. I could not put the book down! The series would make an exciting and lively book club discussion, and I would highly recommend it for all ages from the teens to us older folks.

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