Author: George R. R. Martin
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!