Series: A Song of Ice and Fire Book 2
Length: 784 pages
Audiobook Length: 37 hours and 12 minutes
First Published: 1998
In the sequel to A Game of Thrones, a comet flares red across the sky as the death of Robert Baratheon splits the kingdom, with everyone vying for the Iron Throne. Serving as the Hand of the King, Tyrion Lannister tries to control King Joffrey and prepare King’s Landing for attack. Instead of allying together, Robert’s brothers each declare themselves King. Meanwhile, the Starks, scattered throughout Westeros, all try to survive and Daenerys Targaryen builds her power across the Narrow Sea.
I’m officially obsessed with this series. I can’t begin to say how much I loved the second book. George R. R. Martin continues his epic fantasy with the same characters while adding a few new ones since you never know who will die. A Clash of Kings is full of political intrigue and so many twists and turns. Yet despite the gigantic cast of characters, you still get character development and unique stories from each one. With such a complex story, I was constantly referring to the map in the books cover to keep it all straight. I’m just sad to know that the 6th and 7th books were never written, so this epic story might never wrap up.
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.
Quotes from A Clash of Kings
People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.
When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.
Power resides only where men believe it resides.
A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.
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About George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin is the author of the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series. He has a BS and MS in Journalism from Northwestern University and worked as a story editor and producer for television shows in the late 1980s. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit the author’s website →