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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (Aug. 16 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307987647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307987648
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 6.7 x 15.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How does he do it? George R.R. Martin's high fantasy weaves a spell sufficient to seduce even those who vowed never to start a doorstopper fantasy series again (the first book--A Game of Thrones--runs over 700 pages). A Clash of Kings is longer and even more grim, but Martin continues to provide compelling characters in a vividly real world.

The Seven Kingdoms have come apart. Joffrey, Queen Cersei's sadistic son, ascends the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, who won it in battle. Queen Cersei's family, the Lannisters, fight to hold it for him. Both the dour Stannis and the charismatic Renly Baratheon, Robert's brothers, also seek the throne. Robb Stark, declared King in the North, battles to avenge his father's execution and retrieve his sister from Joffrey's court. Daenerys, the exiled last heir of the former ruling family, nurtures three dragons and seeks a way home. Meanwhile the Night's Watch, sworn to protect the realm from dangers north of the Wall, dwindle in numbers, even as barbarian forces gather and beings out of legend stalk the Haunted Forest.

Sound complicated? It is, but fine writing makes this a thoroughly satisfying stew of dark magic, complex political intrigue, and horrific bloodshed. --Nona Vero --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

The second novel of Martin's titanic Song of Ice and Fire saga (A Game of Thrones, 1996) begins with Princess Arya Stark fleeing her dead father's capital of King's Landing, disguised as a boy. It ends with the princess, now known as Weasel, having led the liberation of the accursed castle of Harrenhal. In between, her actions map the further course of a truly epic fantasy set in a world bedecked with 8000 years of history, beset by an imminent winter that will last 10 years and bedazzled by swords and spells wielded to devastating effect by the scrupulous and unscrupulous alike. Standout characters besides Arya include Queen Cersei, so lacking in morals that she becomes almost pitiable; the queen's brother, the relentlessly ingenious dwarf Tyrion Lannister; and Arya's brother, Prince Brandon, crippled except when he runs with the wolves in his dreams. The novel is notable particularly for the lived-in quality of its world, created through abundant detail that dramatically increases narrative length even as it aids suspension of disbelief; for the comparatively modest role of magic (although with one ambitious young woman raising a trio of dragons, that may change in future volumes); and for its magnificent action-filled climax, an amphibious assault on King's Landing, now ruled by the evil Queen Cersei. Martin may not rival Tolkien or Robert Jordan, but he ranks with such accomplished medievalists of fantasy as Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson. Here, he provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites?and this is only the second course of a repast with no end in sight. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andres Consumer TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 18 2014
Format: Hardcover
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Quick Review (TL;DR)
These books are great. Expansive well described settings and extremely complex and detailed characters. You'll find yourself loving character you hated in a previous books and feeling compassion for psychopathic torturers.
Nothing happens the way you think it'll happen and no one you want to live lives. Everyone dies except for the ones you expect to.
I would highly recommend reading this series as long as you don't mind waiting 1-2 decades as the following books are released.
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--If you want to support a story you enjoy and get the entire series at the same time you should buy this. --

All my life I've been waiting for something like this story. Every time I watched a movie where the good guy had some kind of distress or trouble and the bad guy seemed ahead, I still always knew who would win. As I am sure you all did. (granted this applies more to shows/movies than to books)

Every time a fairy tale ending occurred with the action hero walking into the sunset with his girl, I got tired. Every. Single. Time.

Good guy wins, bad guy loses/gets away and everyone is happily ever after. Sure there are some exceptions, but not really. Either everyone dies at the end or some other trope occurs. But the bad guy never wins over. Not at the end. Like some horribly boring, predictable formula.

This is the show I've been waiting for. Everything you think will happen doesn't happen. Or it does and then does a complete 180. No predictability at all. I absolutely love it.
You hate the character who paralyzes kids and then you grow to like them and empathize with their flaws as they grow into their character.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Curio on Oct. 27 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you thought #1, A Game of Thrones, was good, get prepared for a Clash of Kings!
In an incredible feat of storytelling, Martin has upped the standard yet again, something I thought could not be done after the monumental achievement of A Game of Thrones. The intrigue continues, more hell breaks loose, and power never seems to stay in one place for long.
For those that read Martin's first book in the series, he delivers again--the plot is just as unpredictable, the characters are developed some more, and new POVs are added to the roster (Theon and Davos). For those thinking they can start from here--I wouldn't try it. There is a huge cast of characters in very intricate situations layered in shady motives, loyalties, and betrayals--starting here would be very difficult. That is not to say that this book is confusing, however; all the characters are realistic and memorable, so fans will find they know House leaders, retainers, and knights without really making an effort to learn them in the first place.
A lot happens in this book, and by the end, you'll be shocked. Martin is peerless when it comes to holding an audience; more is always revealed, but newer, more urgent questions always arise. I think you will not be able to keep yourself from reading #3, A Storm of Swords, immediately afterwards! ;)
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By Jason on Sept. 22 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A Song Of Ice & Fire is by far the best book series I have ever read (I don't read a whole lot tho), there are so many surprising and quite sad twists & turns, I bought multiple copies as gifts to friends and relatives and they all love this series. I am sure the Game Of Thrones TV adaptation on HBO really helped to make this more popular cause I would have never heard of it otherwise. I am on the 5th book that was recently released (2 more novels planned to end the series) and I love them all but one, A Feast Of Crows is a bit of a snore fe(a)st I guess the 4th book was to long and George decided to split it in two, in doing so it seemed the 4th book was to short so he added A TON of filler that made it quite boring, it was focused on less popular (except for about 2) and new characters which made it less interesting as well. A Feast Of Crows is still good but doesn't stand to well against the other amazing books tho it is still a must read cause you will be lost otherwise. If you like medieval, fantasy, suspense and adventure then this is a must read.
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I was really doubtful A Clash of Kings could match the excellence that was A Game of Thrones, but boy was I wrong. A Clash of Kings is every bit as intelligent, witty and shocking as its predecessor. It's without a doubt a modern masterpiece that you shouldn't miss out on.

Davos, one of the two new point-of-view characters gives great insight into the actions of King Stannis, while Theon Greyjoy sheds a little light on the Ironmen. As per usual Tyrion and Arya are my favourite characters in the book because of all the constant twists and turns their characters take. Tyrion in particular will leave you shocked more often than not. If there's one character whom I was slightly disappointed with it has to be Daenerys. It's not that her tale is wasted, more like she still has a lot of growing to do. Whatever slowness befalls her character in ACOK it is more than made up for in A Storm of Swords, but a little warning is due just the same. That said, there is one chapter where all Daenerys fans will scream for joy.

The way in which all the characters slowly gravitate to each other and how one point-of-view chapter flows into the next is a wonderment to behold. Just when you think you know where the tale is going, GRRM throws something new in and completely changes everything. It's for that reason above all else that ACOK is so addictive.

I said it the last time around and I'll say it again, A Song of Ice and Fire is currently without equal in modern fantasy. This second book in the series only solidifies that fact. It acts as a shocking sequel to a perfect start. By the time you finish this book you'll be dying to find out what happens next.
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