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A Clash of Kings

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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Book 2 in the A Song of Fire and Ice Series.

Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising.

From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky – a comet the colour of blood and flame – five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Against a backdrop of incest, fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood.

“A Clash of Kings” continues the epic saga after ”A Game of Thrones”. After the death of the previous king, there are a few characters who think they are the entitled to the throne.

George RR Martin continues the same format with each chapter focussing on a different character.  The first half of the book was a bit on the slow side but the second half of the book is where it all happens, much better pace than the first half. There are certain characters who’s chapter are more interesting than others but it’s nice to get the overall plot of the book in different areas.

There is the introduction of more magic into this book and it intrigues the reader to keep reading and find out more.  I don’t want to say much more about the plot to avoid spoilers.

This book adds more shock value than the last and keeps you guessing throughout the book. There are also events which frustrate you immensely but I really enjoyed this and again can’t wait to read the next one!

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A Game of Thrones

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Book 1 in the A Song of Fire and Ice Series.

 Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men… all will play the Game of Thrones.

Winter is coming…

I loved this. After seeing the TV show and loving it, I thought I have to read the books. As usual, the book is better. I love the format of the book, each chapter being told from a different character perspective. You get a sense of whats happening overall in the book and the grand scope this book covers.

The main storyline is the Game of Thrones between the main families introduced in this book, mainly the Starks of the North and the Lannisters of the South with the Baratheons in the middle. I loved the Starks, the hardened Northerners who are loyal and strong. This book really makes you choose a side and root for that family.

The secondary storyline is about The Nights Watch and their promise to defend ‘The Wall’, a brotherhood who swear to have no family and no allegiance to any king. (Side note – Jon Snow <3)

Finally, we are introduced to the Dothraki, an army of Horse lords who’s Khal (king) is married to Danyerys Targaryens. This was one of my favourite parts of the book, how their relationship develops and how Dany’s character develops from a child into a woman.

There are also hints to future story lines with a few moments that will leave you stunned with your jaw hanging open. I whole heartedly recommend this, and would watch the TV show too. I found it easier to follow all the characters having a visual in my head of who they all were. Winter is coming and I cannot wait to carry on with the series!