A Clash of KingsBook - 1999
George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. In his widely acclaimed A Game of Thrones, he introduced us to an extraordinary world of wonder, intrigue, and adventure. Now, in the eagerly awaited second volume in this epic saga, he once again proves himself a master myth-maker, setting a standard against which all other fantasy novels will be measured for years to come.
Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders--Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon--who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead . . . victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.
As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky--a comet the color of blood and flame--six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard's son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King's Landing. Robert's two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.
A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, 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, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel . . . and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.
Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment--a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.
From the critics
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JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over
Other: "A Song of Ice and Fire" deals with heavy and dark themes throughout and is quite famous for it's brutal violence and graphic sex. This series is intended for mature readers.
Sexual Content: More graphic than the first book. There are several graphic and explicit sex scene including rape and castration. A few intense and brutal rapes. Sex scenes last a couple pages and describe with detail. Oral sex is in a couple scenes (fairly graphic). Incest is a huge part of the series. Lots of sexual and crass language. Not for kids at all. Total: 10/10
Violence: Very violent, more so than "A Game of Thrones". People are murdered graphically, stabbed, tortured, castrated ect.. People have limbs hacked off, skulls crushed, brains splattering, graphic wounds, graphic and intense prolonged battle scenes. A few brutal revenge plots with gory aftermaths. Total: 10/10
Coarse Language: Harsh. Sexual uses of "Fuck, cunt, cock, whore, slut, bitch, prick". Many uses of "piss and shit". Overall, the language in this book was worse than the first one.Total: 9/10
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“Sansa, permit me to share a bit of womanly wisdom with you on this very special day. Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.”
“Once she had loved Prince Joffrey with all her heart, and admired and trusted her his mother, the queen. They had repaid that love and trust with her father's head. Sansa would never make that mistake again.”
“So many vows... they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other.”
“I will hurt you for this. I don't know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know the debt is paid.”
Raff the Sweetling
- Arya Stark
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In the Seven Kingdoms, the story picks up with one fourteen year old boy king and four “self-declared” kings: Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, and Balon Greyjoy. Although Catelyn attempts to forge an alliance between Renly and Stannis against Joffrey, the two brothers instead leave the meeting promising each other battle. Before it takes place, a mysterious shadow kills Renly and the majority of his men end up swearing fealty to Stannis. Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister acting as the Hand of the King improves the city defenses in preparation for Stannis’ attack. In the North, Theon Greyjoy captures Winterfell as Robb is out campaigning in order to impress his father Balon Greyjoy. Both Prince Bran and Rickon are assumed dead, yet a much needed plot twist later proves otherwise. Arya Stark still finds herself far from home after escaping from King’s Landing in A Game of Thrones. She continues to successfully hide her identity while using her wits to keep herself alive. While all this happening, 300 of the Night’s Watch venture beyond the wall, searching for gathering wildings. Lastly, in the East, Daenerys travels to Qarth following the blood red comet with her dragons as she continues to seek funds and soldiers to secure the Westeros throne.