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A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings

Author: George R. R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK TWO

In this thrilling 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 we 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.

Bluestocking’s Opinion: In the aftermath of Ned Stark being killed, Westeros divides back into the seven kingdoms that it had been before Aegon the Conqueror united the kingdoms. Robb Stark, and the men of the North, want revenge for Ned Stark’s death. Stannis Baratheon and Renly Baratheon are both fighting for their late brother Robert’s throne as they know that all of Robert’s “supposed” children are really the children of Cersei and Jamie Lannister.

Enter into this mix is a priestess who wants to rid Westeros of the old gods and turn everyone to the worship of the Lord of Light. This is the second supernatural element in this story. The priestess Melisandre is a Shadowbinder who possesses a great deal of magical skill. She is convinced that there is some supernatural war coming between the Lord of Light and some nameless other (that the read has to wonder if this is the Others mentioned in the first book).

I did like this book a great deal. But As I mentioned in my review of A Game of Thrones, I didn’t like the teasing. There seems to be a great deal of lore missing in Westeros. The inhabitants accept that summer last years and that winter comes less seldom. For what ever reason no one, but the people from the north, seem to understand that winter should be feared. The winter brings the Others. But no one seems to know how the seasons ended up so unbalanced or what the connection is between the Others and winter. For the most part, everyone thinks that the Others are merely a legend.

I have to say, that I really like the character Tyrion Lannister. Despite the fact that he’s always in brothels, he does have a surprisingly kind heart. I think he’s probably my favorite character to date. I hope the author doesn’t kill him!

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A Game of Thrones

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Author: George R. R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: L

Synopsis:

Overview
A NEW ORIGINAL SERIES, NOW ON HBO.

Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A GAME OF THRONES

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Bluestocking’s Opinion
Where to begin with this one? I heard so much about the tv show. It had such a cult following. So a couple months ago, I decided to buy the first season. I’m hooked! After watching the three seasons that are available, I decided to read the books. The show does a pretty good job tracking the books. I found it very interesting that the author took inspiration from the War of Roses. I was constantly making comparisons between the story and some of English history.

What I thought was interesting was the fact that the author told the story from different points of view. I have definitely read books where you often got confused keeping track of whose head you were in. That didn’t happen. I think most of it was because the author kept all of the points of view 3rd person rather than 1st person.

The most annoying thing about this first book was that the reader starts off hearing/seeing the Others, but the author doesn’t give you anything about them throughout the book- no history or nothing!! I don’t mind a little bit of teasing, but really? That was too much! Anyway, I blew through the books of this series in 2 months.

Now if I could just get a hold of season 4 on DVD.