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!