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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1999 George R.R. Martin; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Locus Award, 1999

"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)

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Still great but very very violent

Thought it was still great as a second novel - even though between the first and second I have now spent 70 hours of my life listening to this story!! I am disturbed by the amount of violence, gore, and sexual assault, however - most of the characters start doing very monstrous things. There are also SO many characters that it is a bit hard to keep them all straight, and this can make the story drag at times. I hope there will be a bit more resolution in the third since it seems like a lot of the plot was a bit drawn out with this one. Still good overall, but often kinda depressing since so many awful things happen to everyone.

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A brilliant perfirmance

I continue to be impressed by the work of Roy Dotrice , his performance on this book was brilliant , it is like watching the story unfold on a Sunday night on HBO.

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loved it

this is such an awesome series. I have enjoyed everything about it. I would highly recommend it.

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well represented, felt like I was there.

finished almost 30 hour book in a short time. can't wait to start the next book.

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Some uncomfortable moments, but WOW!

Loved it! The best part is the ending, no spoilers here though. It is a MUST READ!

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insane

George R.R Martin Is an astonishing writer, A Clash of kings is an amazing book and one of my favorites.

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I love the story. It was a real struggle to get used to the narrator's voice. As a fan of the TV show, it was also very annoying that several character names were mispronounced. The pace was slower than I normally read and at times I found kyself wishing the narrator would speed up. My only complaint is with the narration.

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Intense Setting

What a performance by Dotrice--I can't imagine anyone else worthy to tackle Martin's genius. Bravo! My binge continues to Book 2.

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Great

I love the story. It keeps u entertained and wanting more the whole time. Every book has been a wonderful listen so far.
Not keen on the readers accent. But it does make it authentic and realistic. And it is easy to get used to. Def recommend to everyone.

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Terrible voice actor

So hard to listen to this. Every character sounds like an old Irish man. I read the first book and loved it. Decided to listen to this one and it's almost impossible.

I recommend reading instead of listening to the horrible voices Dotrice attempts to do.