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A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two Mass Market Paperback – Sep 5 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (Sept. 5 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553579908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553579901
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 4.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 554 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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
and coming soon

From the Back Cover

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 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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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A Clash of Kings is the second book in George R. R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire. It is a seamless continuation of the story, and all the things that made the first book such a good read are present here as well.

One remarkable feature of this book was the immense development that all characters go through. Tyrion Lannister is of course established as quite the puppet master! He arrives at King’s Landing to serve as Hand of the King, and then slowly becomes a force to reckon with as he makes small changes to strengthen the security of his city, creates double spies out of unsuspecting relatives and completes major negotiations with warring lords. Arya’s growth from Arya Stark to Arry to Weasel to Nan; Sansa’s growth from a spoilt girl to a woman with the makings of a queen; Robb’s growth to cope with leadership; Jon Snow’s growth to cope with a role that was in direct conflict with his basic nature… everyone adapts to rapidly changing circumstances. Heroes are revealed to have dubious motives, and villains are shown to harbour another side to their stories.

The other remarkable quality in this book is the very dark atmosphere that envelops the entire story. On the one hand of course is the tangible dread of an ultimate power play. It is brutal. It is harsh. Villages are plundered, babies are killed and women are gang raped. This is the age of people like Gregor Clegane and the Bastard of Bolton. On the other hand, the story takes quite a turn toward horror. From the far-reaching effects of Dany’s dragons, to Jaqen H’ghar and his mantra of ‘valar morghulis’, to Melisandre and her deadly shadow assassins … this story is woven with magic, mystery and terror.

The time for games is over. This is war. This is what happens when kings clash.
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My guilty secret--I read fantasy. And science fiction too. I just don't admit it often. Occasionally, an epic rises above great genre fiction and takes on a genuine life of its own. The world of GRR Martin aligns with all our archetypes -- so easily we recognize the knights and plotting kings and queens and assassinations and even dragons -- yet transcends all of that and becomes a living, breathing world of characters that lifts it on to a literary pedestal. Perhaps Tolkien achieved it in Fantasy. Martin certainly has.

I tried not to like this epic. It's too long for my too intense (I'm used to fantasies with heroes, magicians and happy endings). There are no real wizards and monsters, except the kind who give you genuine chills--incestuous queens and murdering brothers and horrendous rapes. Oh, and the occasional "walking dead" and a few baby dragons. A Clash of Kings is aptly named. Five kings and a queen duke it out (pun intended) for a little piece of metal to wrap uncomfortably around their twisted little heads.

This is Dynasty (the soap opera) meets The Lord of the Rings. And it's not to be missed by anyone who has the ambition to read several hundred pages of wonderful prose.
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