I loved the first one but this one was too slow. He tried to introduce too many new characters too fast which meant they lacked depth.
I had high expectation after the first one.
Compares to nothing I've read. I was worried it was going to be too fantasy like lord of rings or harry potter. No way! This plays out more like it is based on real history. The fantasy part takes a back seat seldom rearing it's head like a dragon here or a undead guy there. Not very much to distract from the brutal reality of the times.
I loved it aand recommend the entire series, I found the last 2 not as good as the first 3 but overall, much better than t on HBO
My favorites are historical fiction. Bernard Cornwell, Diana Gabaldone, Elizabeth Chadwick are three of my favorite authors.
Such great writing, the characters are wonderful. I really like Arya, Jon and Dany. I didn't think I'd like Tyrion at all-but he's the most interesting character, I love his wit!
It was hard to stop listening!
I am amazing at how listening to the book the transition between the naratives goes smoothly.
Listening to his voices, I can really picture all the characters.
I'm in my early to mid-thirties and I live in the mid-west. I have two wonderful children and the perfect wife. My profile pic is of my APBT, named Jasper. I like epic sic-fi type books. Some of my favorites are The Story of Song and Ice series, The Way of Kings, Theft of Sword series, and
There isn't much of a drop-off in intensity from the first book in the series, to this book (second). You start to really connect with certain characters. Now that I've read books 1-5, I can tell you that Clash of Kings was my 2nd favorite book in the series.
I actually initially gave up a few hours into the first book and even wrote quite a negative review about prolix fantasy with far too many characters, but I was completely wrong. Martin is the first writer since Tolkien to create a convincing world this complex. Although Martin is darker and less uplifting than Tolkien, he also has a gritty realism that can ultimately be more satisfying because it rings true.
The quality, breadth and depth of these stories is amazing, and all the characters ring real and true. Even the people who you think are the villains at first are drawn in all their complexity and depth so that you suddenly find yourself very unsure where your sympathies really lie -- and that is the mark of a truly good novelist.
Like Tolkien, Martin is clearly someone who understands how history works, and he makes the machinations and motivations of power comprehensible as few authors have ever been able to do. Many quotes from the book are already passing into common usage, like Varys' summation of power as the "shadow on the wall", and I am sure that many more will, because they describe how the "game of thrones" is played anywhere that it is played.
This is a work that you have to give yourself time to get into, but once you have it is going to be your world until you have used up all the ten credits you are going to need to complete all the volumes.
Roy Dotrice's narration is pitch perfect and matches the character of the story and everyone in it. Now at the end of the second volume he is already the voice of the Seven Kingdoms for me, and I am already looking forward with trepidation to the switch to the different narrator in volume four...
I know multi-tasking has gotten a bad rap lately, but I enjoy listening to audio books while I'm doing something else not very exciting.
I didn't have the patience to read the actual book but the audio version is doable and quite entertaining. The narrator is very good except when he tries to do a female's voice. Then he gets a little annoying but other than that, very good. There were times I lost track of the characters because there are so many but it didn't take away from enjoying the story.
This is such an incredible delight to listen to. The author takes us to lands far away with characters that you feel in your core, loving or hating each. And the reader gives voice to each one in such a extordinary fashion, you feel you could recognize them in a crowd by the way they speak. Thank you George, thank you Roy!!
I wouldn't... only beacause it's such a long book and the author likes to harp on about stuff. And there are many other books that need to be read / listened to before I die - lol.
The very last chapter
Yes it was.