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A Clash of Kings: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Two

by George R.r. Martin

Random House Publishing Group | September 5, 2000 | Mass Market Paperbound

A Clash of Kings: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Two is rated 4.6585 out of 5 by 41.
THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

In this eagerly awaited sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any you have ever experienced.

A CLASH OF KINGS

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1040 pages, 6.87 × 4.16 × 1.49 in

Published: September 5, 2000

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553579908

ISBN - 13: 9780553579901

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I really loved this book
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book 2 I did enjoy this book quite a bit. The start was a little slow, but once you get into it, it's very fast paced. There were some character's point of views that I like more than others though. Also mid way through the book you seem to get bombarded with names and house, and it can get a little tricky to remember who is on whose side (then houses start switching loyalties.....). It is for sure a long read, but a good one. I especially enjoyed the ending.
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great follow up to Game of Thrones Although in my opinion not as exciting as the first book in the series, it does lay the ground work, and back story, for all of the action in Storm of Swords.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Martin at his finest A perfect sequel to AGOT. Martin develops his secondary characters and ensemble cast. Details in earlier parts of the book will pay off down the road in multiple re reads of the book and the series. A new discovery is always found upon a re read. Martin's prose has never been stronger, characters get where they're gimping with little travelogue and the plot moves forward at a good pace. Why are you still reading this? Go buy it!
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unreal! How do I even begin to review this novel? What a world GRRM has created, and what a pleasure it is to escape into! This book is on the same level as the first in the series, perhaps a bit slower in the beginning as we were already introduced to many of the central characters, but it picked up its pace around 100 or so pages in. When you find out how long it takes GRRM to write one of these novels, you truly appreciate the hard work he puts into them, because it really goes to show that this is no easy project, but a journey. Let me start off by saying that I LOVED the introduction of the character Davos. While he only has a few chapters within this novel, the chapters that he does tell in his perspective, really give the reader an insight into the life of Stannis Baratheon, and the war he is planning against his brother, Renly and the Lannisters. Other new characters including Ygritte (Jon's future lover), and Melisandre (Stannis' accomplice), really add a twist to the already interesting story line, and show us how the decisions made by the primary characters can change so drastically with the power of charm and lies. Another thing I enjoy so much about this series, is how GRRM describes even the littlest things in such an exaggerated and detailed manner, making for the reader to truly appreciate the world and make it that much more believable. The in-depth story lines of the relationships between the characters (ex. Tyrion and Shae), is a refreshing way to keep the novel interesting and not all about war and fighting. It adds an emotional complexity to the story, making it even more real and desirable. Where many novels' sequels solve a good deal of the first novels’ problems, the predicaments just keep getting bigger, which provides the next book with an intriguing premise. Having watched Season 2 of GOT (which this novel is based on), made reading this book that much more enjoyable and easier to understand. While the tv series is not a carbon copy of the novel (like the first season is to the first novel), it is remains almost completely faithful, with only a few small changes. Overall, this sequel lives up to the hype, and what I love so much about this world that GRRM has created, is the time period, and being able to really know what it was like to live in an era where kings and queens still ruled. It makes today's world seem so...boring! Ha! Amazing! Cannot wait to read the third installment in this wonderful series! :-)
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All about the politics. You can find this review and others on my book review blog Blood Rose Books (http://j9books.blogspot.com). I think that everyone who is considering to read this series knows that you need to start with the first book A Game of Thrones in order to understand anything that occurs within this book. The first book sets up everything that is to come and needs to be read first. In the second novel in his his series George R.R. Martin shows the reader what happens when multiple people are all vying for the crown. Now that the two great leaders are dead (Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon), there is struggle and unrest within the seven kingdoms as more that one individual believes that they should rule. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming by not only his mother and uncle but by other forces as well. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.It remains to be seen who will rule the kingdom, but one thing is for sure, there will be blood, betrayal, heartache and death before there can be a ruler. This book was an amazing followup to the first, I was glad that Martin was able to keep the momentum going, with everything that happened within the first novel. I love all the political intrigue and movements that are made in this book. I love how the most subtle things are the most important and you actually need to pay attention to what is going on in order to figure things out. This is not a book or series for someone who just wants an easy or light read, you need to have the ability to pay attention and remember even the slightest things to try to figure out what will happen next. If you found that the first novel had too many points of view and it was hard to follow, I think that this novel had less point of views when compared to the first novel and that you get to know the core characters even better. At the beginning once again there are quite a few characters, but due to circumstance and well death(s) there are less towards the second half of the novel. I believe that by the end of the second novel we mainly get points of view from about six characters with another one character thrown in every once in awhile. It was interesting that there was less of Catherine Stark within this book as now it seems to be more of a "Man Game" (as each "King" attempts to out maneuver the other) and you can tell that she feels put out and really just want to get the girls and go home. However, on a different note there seemed to be more sections based around Ariea which I personally liked because she was one of my favorite characters within the first and I am interested to see what overall role she will play in the books to come. The demon aspect within this book is downright creepy, when birth is given to the demon, I could not help but cringe.On that note, this book does have a bit more fantasy aspect that many might have found was missing within the first series. There are the dragons, a woman with mysterious powers, the development of Bran's powers and well the demon mentioned above. However, once again the fantasy aspect did not take front and center to the overall plot of things (although they were used in some major occurrences) as the political aspect and literally the clash of kings is what this book is about. Martin knows how to keep the reader guessing, you never really know who is going to survive from novel to novel and I will say that I enjoy this unpredictable aspect. While the amount of political basted moves may be boring to some, I personally love that part of the book and attempting to figure out what minute detail will matter later and possible determine a characters life or death. I believe that Martin's novel are for anyone who wants an interesting read whether you like to read in the fantasy genre or not, I personally think (so far) that the series is that good. Enjoy!!!!
Date published: 2013-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon, King of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms are dead. There is now turmoil and several men declaring themselves to be king. Robert's son Joffery, young, cruel and arrogant is the obvious king but is controlled by the Lannisters. His mother Cersai and his uncle Tyrion each try to put forth their own agendas. Robb Stark has declared himself the King of the North. Robert's brothers, Renly and Stannis have also declared themselves kings. At the same time, the Wildings , north of the wall are amassing and might move south just as summer turns into winter. Political intrigue, brotherly rivalry and people masquerading as servants while the country dissolves into war are all part of the story. I found the story was sluggish in parts. About halfway through, the story did pick up and proceeded at a quicker pace. My two favourite characters are Arya and Bran. Both of them are so courageous.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent A book of war. I really enjoyed all the different perspectives. However, at times the story did lag a bit and some of the fighting ran a bit long. Overall, not my cup of tea. Check out my blog for my full review: http://tubchairtimes.blogspot.ca/2012/08/a-clash-of-kings-george-rr-martin.html
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long-winded but worth the wait It took a few months of reading to get through this long story but that was mostly due to my habit of reading this at night, before I sleep, so I wasn't exactly burning through the pages. That said, it was nonetheless a long climb through the first half (roughly 600 pages) where there isn't a whole lot going on with the plot. A lot of that time is spent with characters figuring out what to do about the events that occurred in the first volume of this series. I am patient though and I stuck with it. Happily I was rewarded in the second half because it is here that the book finally takes off. We see the main characters attempt their individual plans and plots to further their own ends. The only real issue I have with the novel, aside from the slow start, is the way the author continues to move from one plot to the other with each chapter - just as you are getting into one storyline, the author stops and moves you somewhere else. Some might view this as a clever cliffhanger device but I just find it annoying. I would rather spend a few chapters with one group, end on a cliffhanger and then move on. Every chapter seems excessive. In addition, for the slower parts of the book (of which there is an appreciable quantity), it would help move things along quite dramatically if Martin didn't switch so often - the story would not be so choppy and disconnected. Despite the criticisms, the story remains very entertaining and I ended up reading the last quarter of the book in less than a week. Just remember that this ride will require you to climb a hill first. I find this series very reminsicent of T. H. White's Once and Future King - I really can't put my finger on it but if you have read both, I think you will agree. This book is well recommended for fantasy readers who are not in a hurry to finish a book.
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The sequel to an epic tale. Firstly, if you have not read the first novel in the series of A Song if Ice and Fire I suggest reading A Game of Thrones, the first novel in this epic fantasy. This review will contain SPOILERS from the first novel. --- SPOILERS (from the first book) BELOW --- In A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin shows the aftermath of the death of King Robert and Eddard. Most importantly, he shows the consequences of the secrets that Eddard reveals before his death. This leads to several different individuals claiming ownership of the Kingdom and the start of a very long war. A Clash of Kings follows the same system previously shown in A Game of Thrones by focusing each chapter on a different main character. This also means it suffers from similar problems, there are certain chapters and characters I would rather read about then others, which is especially painful when they first introduce a new perspective. Although the character is interesting, there is less of an emotional attachment then to a character I have already read about in the first novel. Aside from a few boring spots spread throughout various parts in the novel, I found that A Clash of Kings was definitely knit together more tightly. The character perspectives connected well throughout the novel and the plot was relevant in almost all of the different perspectives. A Clash of Kings is slightly longer then A Game of Thrones, but if you have already read the first book and loved it I don't see why you wouldn't pick this up.
Date published: 2012-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not quite as good as Book #1, but great ending I wanted to read this just before the second season of the HBO series started and thought it best to wait until late March. However, I was hearing bits of what was going to happen, and didn't want to ruin anything about the book, so I read it as soon as possible. Basically, Joffrey's actions at the end of the first book throws Westeros into chaos as four kings emerge to claim the Iron Throne: Joffrey, Robb Stark, Stannis Baratheon & his brother Renly Baratheon. Now while it seems Joffrey has made enmeies of the three other claimants, none of them are willing to bend knee to any of the others, and what ensues is a tale of backstabbing and changing loyalty. The major battle at the end is very well written and seems to settle the claims of who is king (for the time being). In the meantime, young Arya Stark is trying desperately to get home, her youngest brothers, Bran & Rickon, must try to defend Winterfell in the absece of their family, and Jon Snow, Eddard Stark's illegitimate son, travels into the wild North to face a growing threat to all that has been fought for in the South as the Wildlings gather their forces into one huge army. I already want to continue with book three, but will wait, at least, until the HBO series comes to its season finale in June.
Date published: 2012-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving the Games! A wonderful follow up to Game of Thrones. Loved it! The development of the multitude of characters is fascinating ~ the ones I once cheered for, I now cheer against and vice versa. I was shocked by some events, and all the while left wanting more. Am on to book 3 now and still can't get enough. I don't know how people have waited years between volumes. A highly recommended series!
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better Martin delivers in his fashion a fantastic tale fit for many readers. I was drawn to this series from the HBO show and was so impressed with the first book and how the TV show actually did do it justice. Unable to wait for the second season I picked up this book and I'm so glad I did. The book changes to different perspectives for every chapter just like the first book and this is one of the strong tools Martin uses to keep you engaged. Falling upon the various murderous plots before the characters know what's in store for them is akin to watching a scary movie and yelling at the character not to go down that dark alleyway! You know what's waiting for them but you are powerless to stop it. The character development is so amazing and new characters are introduced. You'll come to love characters you hate and question the characters you loved. We learn more about the Night Watch and the histories of many of the families. These books are so readable even if you're not someone typically drawn to the genre. And as usual he ends with so many twists you simply don't see coming that make you rabid for the next book. Suitable for teens as well!
Date published: 2011-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Continues to be great!! Martin does it again! Here, he continues his 'Ice and Fire' series with book 2. It has a bit of a different 'feel' than Game of Thrones did. We are introduced to a few new regions, and characters. Also, some of the characters that were minor in book 1, are now main characters in book 2, so they got shuffled around a bit. i look forward to what book 3 (Storm of Swords) brings...
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Clash of Kings A Clash of Kings was a very enjoyable read. When I finished reading The Game of Thrones I immediately felt the need to continue on with the series. While reading The Game of Thrones I could not put it down. I was hoping for the same feeling from this book. It was very very good, but it took me a bit longer to get into the story. I hope the next one is just a little bit better.
Date published: 2011-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, Better than Tolkien. Words cannot express how much I love these books. I never thought I'd feel this way about a fantasy series like this. It is even better than Tolkien's books. it has a lot of detail but it doesn't kill you in the detail like Tolkien does. The characters are so lovable and infuriating. I was hooked from the first chapter in the first book.
Date published: 2011-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So the battle begins I didn't think it was possible, but this second installment of "A Song of Ice and Fire" series has topped the first! More politics and the betrayals that come with it, religion and the fanaticism, emerging truths and deeper secrets, growing up to added responsibilities, fights and bloody deaths, and magic and dragons too. New characters' point-of-views have been introduced and so has a long list of characters. I know I shouldn't be leaving gaps between reading each book since I always lose track of what has happened or who has died, but what would I do if I read them all before the fifth one is published?!
Date published: 2010-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb The author of this book is a magician he winds throught the the kingdoms and creats storys within stories that has you wanting to read more. He is not afraid to kill charecters and he creates a master piece.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from George R R Martin you are a curse and a king At 1009 pages this book supplies a depth and breadth of world that is so involving that though I race toward the end in eagerness, it's still enough to carry me through a couple weeks of real time reading. Enough time for it to live in me. To stew in my thoughts on the bus, at the gym, in the shower. I find myself thinking about the characters as if they were real people. Trying to prise out their motivations and guess at their plans. Wishing I could converse with them, see with their eyes, travel with them, train by their sides, know them, more.....
Date published: 2007-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A Clash of Kings is a great follow up to the first book in this series. We're introduced to new insightful characters and some of the seconddary ones from the first book now take center stage. It's full of delightful and terrifying twists for all the survivors and makes you eager for more. True to form, Martin delivers some more devastating plot revelations, worth every word.
Date published: 2006-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An exciting sequel that doesn't let you down! What an exciting read, I couldn't put it down. And after I was finished reading it, I wished I could go back and read it again for the first time. Martin picks up right where he left off, and makes you love and hate the characters more and more, even adding a few new ones. Whether you enjoy a great fantasy novel or just enjoy a great read, you have to get this book.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Clash of Kings Not equal to the volumes the preceed and follow it, yet ACOK is still better the your average RJ-filled fantasy shelves
Date published: 2005-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regicide & More... This book is the second following up A Game of Thrones in the series A Song of Ice & Fire. If you are a fan of epic fantasy, Frank Herbert's Dune, J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, then this series is for you. This second book continues the tale of the first. The Kingdom now has 5 different Kings all claiming to be the one true King. Regicide, Dark Magic, Evil Plotting, love, evil, plots with in plots, this book has everything. It is a must have for anyone who wishes to keep up with what High Epic Fantasy Fiction has become. Our parents had LOTR, we have Martin.
Date published: 2003-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twisted George R.R. Martin brings an incredibly moving account of the political intruiges seen in our now oh so common lives. His character complexity, devilish 180 degree switch's and development of people who are constantly changing and growing make these books absolutely incredible. Martin shows how the events of greed and power shatter bonds of friendship and family, and how compassion brings the morality out of the even the most evil of enemies. A book that will make you want to read it again!!
Date published: 2002-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Joy THis book will stay high on my library as a book of pure delight. The story is well written, the character are very real. There is not only black and white, you can also see some taint of grey.
Date published: 2001-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Astonishing Reading A Clash of Kings was engrossing. If you start this book you won't be able to put it down. I have read many Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novels and this series of books is by far my favourite.
Date published: 2001-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A never-ending soap opera? If you like mean and nasty soap-opera-type people this is your book. Though plots and intrigues are rampant, they seem to lead absolutely nowhere. Arch villans abound, millions of other characters mill about, but heros cannot be found. Ditto for book 1 although it was slightly more interesting. I stopped reading at page 200.
Date published: 2001-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! You won't be disappoined if you decide to pick this one up. Lot's action and intrigue. Can't wait for the next book.
Date published: 2001-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100% beauty The kings and peasants burn alike in a war of 3 kings. The contender holds his place, waiting for a break in the war. Across the sea a woman and her childborn dragons grow in power. You'll never be able to put this book down and once it's done you'll read it again, waiting for the next epic story to continue. Pray to the Godswood it comes soon. For the sake of the dragons, direwolves and you.
Date published: 2001-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Non-Formula Fantasy I think this is the best series that I have ever read. The second book takes the series to a higher level and now I am haunting chapters while I impatiently await the third in the series. Unlike most good fantasy - Goodkind, Jordan, Brooks - this series does not appear to have a protagonist. There is a myriad of characters to rival War and Peace. None of the characters have world-shattering powers that mysteriously appear when they are in dire need. It makes the suspense scenes truly suspenseful when you realize that the author could actually kill any of the characters off. The writing is magnificently well thought out and we are made to understand the perspectives of different rival factions of the war. It is clear that the author painstakingly thought out the actions of each of the marvelous characters. Don't miss this series.
Date published: 2000-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Don't Miss Book!!! This is a great book, very much in depth. I would recommend it to any who likes midevil time books. The book has a lot of good fighting scense and a good story line. the story line is not based on just one caracter either but on many. There are even some new ones that are not spoken of in the first book. Thanks for reading this and I hope you like the book as much as I did.
Date published: 2000-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond excellence This series is incredible! It has great depth and complexity. The character are all interesting and very real, you sometimes might get so far into the book that you're yelling at the characters for their actions or praising their awe inspiring intelligence. I can not wait for a storm of swords.
Date published: 2000-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good you can't resest. This book was a fantastic display of Goerge R. R. Martins work. I can't help but ponder what he might come up with next. This book was filled with so many odd plot twistes I just couldn't put it down. You should read this book what ever the cost and feel the heart pumping action only Martin can supply.
Date published: 2000-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Saga Continues This is one case in which the sequel is just as good as the original. Clash of Kings is great, with more character development, plot twists, and an excellent storyline. Even if you're not a big fan of the Sci-Fi genre, Martin is an excellent author, and his writing style - each chapter is narrated from one characters point of view - is original and gripping.
Date published: 2000-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy For Non Fantasy Lovers Do you hate the fantasy genre? Even if you do i am quite certain that this novel will overcome any misgivings you may have. While it does contain fantasy elements the readability of the book comes from the political intrigue, doublecrosses, and the excellent character development. i read this book virtually non-stop only pausing to sleep and eat. Though not quite the same book as "A Game Of Thrones" it is still an excellent addition to the series.
Date published: 2000-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engrossing This is a terrific series. I particularly enjoy the development of characters (especially the women) as "real people". It is good to see women displaying the contrast of both "good" and "bad" rather than cartoons of either one. I'm just starting the second installment and am looking forward to revisiting Daenerys,Catelyn and Arya (will she re-connect with her Direwolf?)in particular. As for the male characters, Jon Snow is the most intriguing, although Tyrion is not without merit. Read these books if you are looking for an intelligent fantasy.
Date published: 2000-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I thought the first book was amazing. The second installation of Martin's series is even better. The characters unfold in a way few authors are able to achieve. I can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2000-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clash of Kings Sequel to A Game of Thrones, it was slower moving than Game of Thrones, focusing more on the political situations and manuevering and less on the developement of the characters. Although still interesting to read, it did suffer somewhat from what I call "middle novel syndrome". This is where a lot of events take place that create situations to be resolved in the next novel, leaving this one feeling like an incomplete story. Most of the characters ended the novel in pretty much the same situation that they started it in. Still, it was a good story, even learned something new, you can scour chain-mail clean by rolling it around in a barrel with sand. This book had more sex and violence than the first, definitely not recommended for younger readers, even though the descriptions don't get too graphic. Again, quite good and leaves me looking forward to the next installment.
Date published: 1999-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Clash of Kings I liked this one better than the second. There is more a focus on the characters and the plot focuses around them. The intrigue, manipulation and battles are just as prevalent in this book as they were in the first, giving it a feel like a sort of middle ages/ 17th century European history feel. The aspects of magic and fantasy are more prevalent in this book though still not in the forefront ... yet. It will be interesting to see how the series progresses. An A book.
Date published: 1999-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite fantasy series I read A Game of Thrones on the strength of Martin's wonderful novella from the same universe published in Legends. Almost immediately I tracked down a copy of A Game of Thrones and then bought A Clash of Kings immediately. Only two other series have captivated, moved, intrigued and transported me the way the Martin's series has - The Lord of the Rings and Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Martin's series is the most literate fantasy series in a generation and will be remembered. If you love either or both of the Lord of the Rings or the Dark Tower, run - don't walk - to your nearest Chapters and buy these books. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 1999-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I think that this book is one of the best I have ever read but not as good as the first book in this trilogy.
Date published: 1999-05-02

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A Clash of Kings: A Song Of Ice And Fire: Book Two

by George R.r. Martin

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1040 pages, 6.87 × 4.16 × 1.49 in

Published: September 5, 2000

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553579908

ISBN - 13: 9780553579901

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ARYA At Winterfell they had called her "Arya Horseface" and she''d thought  nothing could be worse, but that was before the orphan boy Lommy Greenhands had  named her "Lumpyhead."      Her head felt lumpy when she touched it. When Yoren had dragged her  into that alley she''d thought he meant to kill her, but the sour old man had only held her tight, sawing through her mats and tangles with his dagger. She  remembered how the breeze sent the fistfuls of dirty brown hair skittering  across the paving stones, toward the sept where her father had died. "I''m  taking men and boys from the city," Yoren growled as the sharp steel scraped at her head. "Now you hold still, boy." By the time he had  finished, her scalp was nothing but tufts and stubble.      Afterward he told her that from there to Winterfell she''d be Arry the  orphan boy. "Gate shouldn''t be hard, but the road''s another matter. You got a  long way to go in bad company. I got thirty this time, men and boys all bound  for the Wall, and don''t be thinking they''re like that bastard brother o''  yours." He shook her. "Lord Eddard gave me pick o'' the dungeons, and I didn''t  find no little lordlings down there. This lot, half o'' them would turn you over  to the queen quick as spit for a pardon and
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THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

In this eagerly awaited sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any you have ever experienced.

A CLASH OF KINGS

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

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In this eagerly awaited sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any you have
ever experienced.
A Clash Of Kings
A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

About the Author

George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ''90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he''s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, a big white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.


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From Our Editors

Continuing the A Song of Ice and Fire series which begun with the Locus Award-winning A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin’s second volume in the remarkable and critically acclaimed saga sees the late Lord Eddard Stark dead and his family scattered to the winds as the chill of a magically-spawned winter freezes the land. A Clash of Kings delivers a thunderously gripping and vibrantly colourful fantasy and even includes a 16-page preview of its upcoming sequel, A Storm of Swords.

Editorial Reviews

"Martin amply fuLfills the first volume''s promise and continues what seems destined to be
one of the best fantasy series ever written."
-- "The Denver Post"
Don''t miss any of the novels in George R. R. Martin''s saga
A Song of Ice and Fire
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
and coming soon
A STORM OF SWORDS
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