Thursday, December 22, 2011
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
If you like: traitors * witchcraft * war
This is a series that benefits from developing familiarity with the characters. So much of book one is spent getting to know the various families and houses, as well as the history of the kingdom. In A Clash of Kings that isn't needed, and we get right into the story.
I enjoyed the plot of A Clash of Kings more than A Game of Thrones, as well. We already know about many evils that await us, but even more are revealed. I enjoyed having minor characters from book one play a much bigger role in this book. I have also become a huge fan of a character's inevitable death chapter. Martin captures each character's final moment in a unique way. Reading how each faces his or her end provides depth for the story. Expecting so many characters to die also makes the survivor stories more unexpected, and more interesting.
I would highly recommend reading this series. That said, it is not for everyone. The books are fairly long, and the pace can be slow at times. The set up is worth it, but might turn some readers off from the story.
If you are looking for an epic battle, and always expect to be double-crossed, read A Clash of Kings.
Martin, George R. R. "A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)" (George R.R. Martin). New York: Bantam Books, 1999. Kindle edition.