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.
©1999 George R.R. Martin; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A truly epic fantasy....The novel is notable particularly for the lived-in quality of its world, created through abundant detail...for the comparatively modest role of magic...and for its magnificent action-filled climax....[Martin] provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of epic fantasy should appreciate this lavishly detailed sequel to A Game of Thrones." (Library Journal)
"Dotrice's range of vocal tones, from gravelly and commanding to silkenly dangerous, creates a mood of insistence that holds the listener captive throughout the epic story." (AudioFile)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
A plot that actually leads the reader somewhere.
Valar morghulis. Mysterious now, but when you learn what it means you'll wunder why you fell for such an obviuos ploy to keep you buying books.
Anger. Martin is a sadist, making you love someone, torturing them, then making them disappear or die.
O.K., so you ignored my warning about this series of cheap hooks, cliff hangers and gimmicks designed to keep you reading until the end of time. This is the high watermark of the series, in that you have invested yourself in characters you like and there aren't more developed plots than you can follow. You are being set up. Everyone and everything you love will be taken away and replaced by excruciating blather about court gossip, clothes and historical trivia in this alternate reality. Martin is a cheat. No plot line will pay off and it will only leave you frustrated.
See the south park parody of Martin; it is spot on.
Staying in touch with Game of Throne
John, strength,honor, accepts his status without complaint and serves mankind.
Cannot do a women's part. Characters redundant
yes, if only to get to book 3!
the final scene between Jaqen H'gar and Ari was a close second to Daenerys in the House of Dust. So cool!
I felt like this book was a filler to get to the 3rd. Lots of story setting for a larger payoff later.
Another great audiobook! This series is excellent. I am only hoping it can keep up the momentum. I have been let down so many times with other series as you get to the end. So far this series is getting better. I would think almost anyone can get into this series unless violence is a turn off. Off to book three.
A reader who ran out of time to physically read the book. I'm into sci-fi, self-help and biography books
The performance and the excellent writing.
How every detail was fleshed out and is open to a lot of interpretations
When Arya served the Weasel Soup
Yes. I even wished my commute was longer.
The writing and story were fantastic!
Audible needs to break up the chapters at the appropriate chapter breaks! In the first book, each electronic chapter corresponded to the actual book chapter, but here it doesn't. Electronic chapters end in the middle of sentences, and it makes for a horrible listening experience. For such an expensive audio book by such a reputable company, you would expect this to not be an issue. It makes navigating through the book horrendous.
Lord of the Rings, very similar style and assume detail on characters.
Could use improvement, sometimes he mixed up the character voices. However overall he did a fine job.
The book is so well written that the time melts away. I found that my driving trips became short and tolerable, great time magic
I started the first book on a whim and now I am hooked. I love the story and I have no complaints on that regard, but the "chapters" on the audiobook do not match up at all with the real chapters in the book. All of the "chapters" in the audiobook just end in the middle of a real chapter of the book. This makes no sense the first book was just perfect with the chapter placement, why is this one so wrong? I have lost my place too many times and it is very frustrating to try to find your place again when the chapters are all wrong.
If I could sum up a Clash of Kings in three words, they would be as such:
1. Dark. This is a time of war. It is not a time for love. It is a time for loss, battle, difficult decisions and hideousness.
2. Depressing. Really....after my number 1 word above, I don't think an explanation is needed.
3. Brilliance. The storytelling as well as the performance of the reader is outstanding. Although the accents get mixed up every so often (Tyrion has a welsh accent but his family does not) it helped me sort out the myriads of characters in my head.
It is easy to get hooked on the first book...it is impossible not to read the second, even though at times you feel like you're in an abusive relationship with the author...there's a sweet glimmer of hope, and then suddently BAM, the author hits your with something you never saw coming.
As one previous reader told me, "don't get attached to any characters"..... these are tough times....and a story that will keep you reading. Dont miss is....but don't expect it to be easy!!
Hodor. A breath of simplicity is lovely in this story.
His assortment of voices helped me keep characters straight in my head (cuz there's a BEEHIVE full of them in this story!) His voice for the Onion Knight is hilariously pirate, but his mixing up of the regional accents can be confusing at times.
The children from Deepwood Motte
Roy Dotrice does an excellent job voice acting. They're so believable sometimes I forget it's the same person who does them all!
There are so many. One of the most memorable is Jon killing Qhroin Halfhand at the end of the book. Jon being ordered by the Halfhand to kill him and betray his brothers was shocking and impactful for one of my favorite characters.
Favorite? Too many. Arya, Tyrion and Jon have the best chapters.
A Game of Thrones was for world building, A Clash of Kings is about all the pieces moving. It's exciting to the end. Only downside is Daeneryse accomplishes little; her progress is not by her own work.
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