“A Clash of Kings: Book Two of A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin
Anyone who has talked to me for more than ten minutes will probably discern that I’m a little bit of a Game of Throne nut. I love the books (so far), I love the TV show (so far), and I love the fandom (so far). I love the setting, I love the characters, I love George R. R. Martin’s deft handling of such a complex and brilliant story. This is a series that inspires me to make my own fantasy works more epic, larger in scope, and more intrinsically tied to my cast of characters. I’m also a huge fan of the HBO series based on the books; as a matter of fact, I was reading A Clash of Kings in conjunction with the show, and I’m probably (probably…it’s been tempting me) going to wait for Season 3 before beginning A Storm of Swords). So, needless to say, my thoughts are a little biased. I’m also pretty sure that reading along with the show has colored my assessment; would I think differently of the book if I hadn’t had the show to go along with it? Probably. But the fact of the matter is that I love A Song of Ice and Fire.
I did, however, feel that this book was a little more clustered than the previous one; Book 1 is getting us established with the characters, the setting, and the fact that George R. R. Martin probably has no soul. Book 2 compounds this fact, twists things even greater, introduces more characters, sets other things into motion, and is, as one reviewer memorably put it “is rapier than the first book.” There is a war going on as several people rise up to claim the Iron Throne, dividing Westeros into factions and Essos finds itself party to Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons. Many people have claimed that A Clash of Kings is “Tryion’s book,” and I’m wont to agree with them. The Imp is the mastermind behind all that’s been going into defending King’s Landing against the approaching factions, and you’re rooting for him to succeed even if that means that Joffrey succeeds by association. And no one like Joffrey.
It’s hard to really do a cohesive review of such a large epic with so much stuff going on, especially when you’re such a huge fan of the franchise and will generally love anything related to the topic. I find A Song of Ice and Fire so inspiring and incredible that I can’t be very critical. So basically, I feel it prudent to just end with a big fat, “OMFG GAME OF THRONES” and a song that has been stuck in my head for about three week straight.
Books read: 20/100.
(I’m also not including this in the 700+ page Tea & Books Challenge, because it’s part of a series. The logic makes sense in my head.)