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2 eBooks in 1! George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. Now his two epic works, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are combined together in this eBook edition. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, 2 eBooks in 1! George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. Now his two epic works, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are combined together in this eBook edition. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards who come together in a time of grim omens. Here, an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal, a tribe of fierce wildings carry men off into madness, a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne, a child is lost in the twilight between life and death, and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. 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.


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2 eBooks in 1! George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. Now his two epic works, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are combined together in this eBook edition. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, 2 eBooks in 1! George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. Now his two epic works, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are combined together in this eBook edition. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards who come together in a time of grim omens. Here, an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal, a tribe of fierce wildings carry men off into madness, a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne, a child is lost in the twilight between life and death, and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones. 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.

30 review for A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Of course idea of reading 1700 pages long book is one of the craziest attempts in my life and I cannot believe I’m telling this but after spending two hours with audiobooks, a few naps, ew, feh,hmph moments (more interjections show my dissatisfaction) later. I stopped it and started rewatching first season, seeing younger versions of actors, chanting for Jason Momoa made my day! Does it make me superficial person? So be it! It seems like I chose wrong day and wrong time for starting series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lucas

    If Mr. T threw a punch at a bunch of letters, they'd fall into place as SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. If Mr. T threw a punch at a bunch of letters, they'd fall into place as SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liz M

    Over 1,700 pages through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I am genuinely addicted. Having never read true fantasy/science fiction before, I was skeptical. . . but figured NPR's list of "10 books you probably haven't read, but should" wouldn't be wrong. Then. . . half way through Game of Thrones, the series began on HBO. I can't wait to watch it after I am done reading the series. By the time I make it through the next two montster of a books, hopefully Dancing with Dragons will be in paperba Over 1,700 pages through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I am genuinely addicted. Having never read true fantasy/science fiction before, I was skeptical. . . but figured NPR's list of "10 books you probably haven't read, but should" wouldn't be wrong. Then. . . half way through Game of Thrones, the series began on HBO. I can't wait to watch it after I am done reading the series. By the time I make it through the next two montster of a books, hopefully Dancing with Dragons will be in paperback....

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lance

    I'm not much of a fantasy reader. Having said that, I find this series to be compelling. Dare I say I'm enjoying this more than the Lord of the Rings? I Do!! I do dare say it!!! I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the third book and cannot put it down. I love the complexity of the characters. I like the fact that there isn't a lot of magic and crazy monsters. The people are the monsters. The "bad" people do bad things not because they are inherently evil, but because they have human flaws and we I'm not much of a fantasy reader. Having said that, I find this series to be compelling. Dare I say I'm enjoying this more than the Lord of the Rings? I Do!! I do dare say it!!! I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the third book and cannot put it down. I love the complexity of the characters. I like the fact that there isn't a lot of magic and crazy monsters. The people are the monsters. The "bad" people do bad things not because they are inherently evil, but because they have human flaws and weaknesses. They commit evil acts because they are jealous, lustful, fearful, etc... I find myself hating some of these characters and then a few chapters later feeling sympathy for them. I like how each chapter switches who the narrator is. It gives you a greater depth of view as to what is going on when you see it from multiple perspectives. I also like the fact that the author pulls no punches. The "good" characters suffer. They suffer immensely. They get themselves into horrible situations and sometimes don't get out of them. The "bad" guys often win. There is seldom a deus ex machina to be found. There have been quite a few times in this series where I have been absolutely stunned by the events that have transpired. No one is held sacred. Everyone is at risk. There is a great amount of tension when you know your favorite character may very well die on the next page. I could continue to rave about this series for hours, but will stop here. To sum up: Love it!!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I can't believe I had never read, nor even heard of, this book until this summer! The story is somewhat like Lord of the Rings, only a thousand times more fun to read (I like the LOTR films, not so much the books). There are swords and horses and banners, murders and plots, destinies and tragedies. Delightfully strong female characters (e.g., Arya! Awesome name, too!) and a deliciously clever and rude dwarf (the human kind) add to the expected knights and whatnot. The story's main conflict has m I can't believe I had never read, nor even heard of, this book until this summer! The story is somewhat like Lord of the Rings, only a thousand times more fun to read (I like the LOTR films, not so much the books). There are swords and horses and banners, murders and plots, destinies and tragedies. Delightfully strong female characters (e.g., Arya! Awesome name, too!) and a deliciously clever and rude dwarf (the human kind) add to the expected knights and whatnot. The story's main conflict has many facets, and I found myself rooting for different "sides" at different moments--the "good" and the "evil" are fairly readily recognizable, but as in life, not everyone on either side quite fits the broad-strokes label. An absolute blast to read, and reading it in late fall is highly recommended because of the many repetitions of the ominous phrase "Winter is coming"--winter being, in the world of this book, a dark season which can last a decade or more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Macartney

    Rating is zero stars. So not worth it. Crass and raw don't quite cover it. Sleaze, misogyny. These are central. I think the author lost his story after the first book. Author G.Martin wrote some excellent premises in book one. And then..... that's it. He really had no story. Only the premise for one. Book two is 800 pages of lost, hungry, and beaten orphans, war, violence, violent rape, threats of rape, humiliation of women, drownings, kidnappings, hangings, sexual humiliation (men), and decapita Rating is zero stars. So not worth it. Crass and raw don't quite cover it. Sleaze, misogyny. These are central. I think the author lost his story after the first book. Author G.Martin wrote some excellent premises in book one. And then..... that's it. He really had no story. Only the premise for one. Book two is 800 pages of lost, hungry, and beaten orphans, war, violence, violent rape, threats of rape, humiliation of women, drownings, kidnappings, hangings, sexual humiliation (men), and decapitation. Oh and, winter is coming. Why, really, did he bother? I won't be fooled again. I trusted this author to have a point. Most anything would do. Author is not up to the task. The "stories" are a cover for blood lust writ large. And hating women even larger. Further rants below. --------------------------------- Besides above, I have a more basic objection to G. R.R. Martin. The novel is not told in the first-person but rather through an all-knowing author. Our collective POV is the following: "...at the warehouse where the lowest and dirtiest of whores will spread their legs for any passerby." Martin could say anything here. "where the cheapest women of the night can sell their wares" gets the point across equally well doesn't it? He hardly ever fails to remind that women are whores. So are men. But we more often told of the first. The hundreds of lines just like it grind away at one's humanity while reading this "adventure" story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dana Simpson

    I waited till this year to read Game of Thrones. I got tired of hearing how much better George Martins' novels are compared to J.R.R. Tolkin. I finely picked up Game of Thrones just because of all the buzz the story was causing and HBO picked it up to make a show. Wow, I am swallowing my pride!! the man did his homework, and gave justice to the lords, knights, kings, and yes even the villain "The Spider" too. I can see why he was compared to Tolkin, what imagery, fine details, a true rich world f I waited till this year to read Game of Thrones. I got tired of hearing how much better George Martins' novels are compared to J.R.R. Tolkin. I finely picked up Game of Thrones just because of all the buzz the story was causing and HBO picked it up to make a show. Wow, I am swallowing my pride!! the man did his homework, and gave justice to the lords, knights, kings, and yes even the villain "The Spider" too. I can see why he was compared to Tolkin, what imagery, fine details, a true rich world for a n awesome story to unfold in. The characters are very well developed and all seem so real, forced to make real hard chooses, even if there are life/death consequences, which make them even more real. I have devoured t"Games of Throne" and now leapt head first into A Clash of Kings. He even added more characters, just as alluring as the first group. How I cried for Sansza when her father was beheaded!!!! Only to read that King Jeffory still has Ned's head on a spike. HE does not deserve belittling AFTER his undeserving death. I am still so worried for Arry, even if she is with the orphan boys. I worry over her getting raped. Where is her direwolf? Anyway, these books are the boom, just wish I hadn't waited so long to read them!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Lame. Unreadable. I question the author's interior life when he describes the orgasms of a 14 year old girl as her husband has forcible, non-consensual sex with her. Lame. Unreadable. I question the author's interior life when he describes the orgasms of a 14 year old girl as her husband has forcible, non-consensual sex with her.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Orr

    These books got worse and worse with every chapter. The second book took me over a year to finish and I am officially done with this series. Besides the fact that these books do not have any business in the fantasy section (throwing in three dragons and one pathetic life spell amongst two 600-700 page books does not make a series "fantasy") these books were disgusting. The entire society of these books is Patriarchal and raping women and children is a major theme. The author somehow thinks that These books got worse and worse with every chapter. The second book took me over a year to finish and I am officially done with this series. Besides the fact that these books do not have any business in the fantasy section (throwing in three dragons and one pathetic life spell amongst two 600-700 page books does not make a series "fantasy") these books were disgusting. The entire society of these books is Patriarchal and raping women and children is a major theme. The author somehow thinks that throwing in a couple female heroines (some of them raped multiple times) makes the book less bigoted. The series does not have any kind of direction. It drags on and on without any major events. In the first book, I got only that Daenarys has reached puberty. The second book... I got nothing from. I have no idea what I was supposed to pull from it. Two stars is for mildly interesting characters, mostly lacking real character development.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    At first it is an interesting story and the multiple narratives are acceptable. Later in the book the author throws out an unexpected plot twist and then shifts to completely unrelated narratives for a few chapters. I ended up skipping ahead and eventually stopped reading altogether. After reading the book for a while, I became painfully aware that the author's intent was to draw out this story as long as possible, hence the subsequent volumes. I like books with multiple volumes but only if each At first it is an interesting story and the multiple narratives are acceptable. Later in the book the author throws out an unexpected plot twist and then shifts to completely unrelated narratives for a few chapters. I ended up skipping ahead and eventually stopped reading altogether. After reading the book for a while, I became painfully aware that the author's intent was to draw out this story as long as possible, hence the subsequent volumes. I like books with multiple volumes but only if each volume isn't a cliffhanger. This book is a blatant cliffhanger and reading it was frustrating. The book is unnecessarily vulgar in several parts.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    "A clash of kings" by George R.R. Martine, is most lengthy book i've ever read. But is it worth the time? Yes. The book has a lot of content to take in, but it is mainly about different houses and powerful people fighting each other to sit on the mighty throne, while other danger approaches. The story is also mixed with a fantasy element. While fighting for the throne is more based on reality, there is the undead, called night walkers, Approaching north of the wall. Oh, and did i mention, its al "A clash of kings" by George R.R. Martine, is most lengthy book i've ever read. But is it worth the time? Yes. The book has a lot of content to take in, but it is mainly about different houses and powerful people fighting each other to sit on the mighty throne, while other danger approaches. The story is also mixed with a fantasy element. While fighting for the throne is more based on reality, there is the undead, called night walkers, Approaching north of the wall. Oh, and did i mention, its always snowing all four seasons in the world of game of thrones, and summer actually last up to 7 years. Meaning when winter come, only those who have enough resource can survive. This is when the power of the houses really matters. And it is the coldest in the North, so people built a wall, separating the cold and the danger away from the rest. And people called the Nights watch guard to walls, form wildlings( scavengers) and others sorts of evil.... One thing i liked about the book is that theres is really a lot of take in. It feels like a living and breathing world. The story is also narrated by different peoples viewpoint, and different location, instead on focusing on one main character. And it all makes sense when you connect them together. You know exactly what a character thinks and feels. However, the book is extremely graphic (violence, sex etc.) and i definitely will not recommend it to smaller kids. I give this book a 5 star because i really enjoyed reading it and the story, and despite the long read, the story always gets me reading on and on. This book has great story and a huge roster of characters. I will recommend this book to all realistic fictions fans.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Not as full of as many twists and turns as the previous entry in the series, but still a fantastic read. George R. R. Martin is creating a new epic, and one I did not think I would be able to get sucked into. The characters are all growing within the confines of the story, with the exception of say Sansa and she is still my most loathed character. However, I understand that we're supposed to find fault with her and her childish views when disaster and ruin are around us. I have every confidence th Not as full of as many twists and turns as the previous entry in the series, but still a fantastic read. George R. R. Martin is creating a new epic, and one I did not think I would be able to get sucked into. The characters are all growing within the confines of the story, with the exception of say Sansa and she is still my most loathed character. However, I understand that we're supposed to find fault with her and her childish views when disaster and ruin are around us. I have every confidence that the author will redeem her in our eyes and she will grow as much as Jon, Bran and Arya have. One criticism of this book was not enough Robb and too much Theon. However, there's still plenty of novels in the series in which to correct that. I'll be taking my sorbet of another book before launching into the next volume in this epic, but it's getting harder and harder to do so.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Fantastic! I'm already into the next one of the series. You definitely can't tell a book by its cover w/ this one. Kinda boring cover- Not so, the book. Each chapter features a character and each character is so richly portrayed. There are a wide wide range of people to fall in love with and a few despicable creeps to keep things exciting. Plus, some of the characters are neither one nor the other, but some of both. It's a combo, new to me, bringing a historical fiction feel to pure believable f Fantastic! I'm already into the next one of the series. You definitely can't tell a book by its cover w/ this one. Kinda boring cover- Not so, the book. Each chapter features a character and each character is so richly portrayed. There are a wide wide range of people to fall in love with and a few despicable creeps to keep things exciting. Plus, some of the characters are neither one nor the other, but some of both. It's a combo, new to me, bringing a historical fiction feel to pure believable fantasy. I went through the whole spectrum of feelings. Did I cry? I did, and it was during a scene that was w/ people whose culture was so foreign and, in many ways, revolting to me. There were a lot of really great cultural interweaving. Fantastic!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nadine X

    And the rabbit hole goes deeper. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that this series is becoming more complicated and intriguing by the book. At times it does feel convoluted, or at least, confusing. I had to re-read some sections several times, and there were many more characters introduced, which is kinda overwhelming. However, there is a rich fandom and lots of websites dedicated to answering questions and discussing plot points. One shouldn't have to rely on that though. That said thou And the rabbit hole goes deeper. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that this series is becoming more complicated and intriguing by the book. At times it does feel convoluted, or at least, confusing. I had to re-read some sections several times, and there were many more characters introduced, which is kinda overwhelming. However, there is a rich fandom and lots of websites dedicated to answering questions and discussing plot points. One shouldn't have to rely on that though. That said though, I can't stop reading. This particular book had some major plot twists and revelations that have pulled me deeper into the series. I have to see what happens next, how all of these characters paths cross, and where their roads will lead.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Who? What? How? I just cannot understand how this book has received such rave reviews. It is Harlequin Romance on crack. With one exception, all the good guys are very good, all the bad guys are very bad and all the bit players are interchangeable. If you can't remember who is who among the Sers, don't worry, they all get cut down in the end. And the "love scenes"? This guys has a fetish for women taken roughly and against their will....but then some come to love it. What? Who? No. If I heard ab Who? What? How? I just cannot understand how this book has received such rave reviews. It is Harlequin Romance on crack. With one exception, all the good guys are very good, all the bad guys are very bad and all the bit players are interchangeable. If you can't remember who is who among the Sers, don't worry, they all get cut down in the end. And the "love scenes"? This guys has a fetish for women taken roughly and against their will....but then some come to love it. What? Who? No. If I heard about a glistening manhood once, I heard about it 1,000 times. Maybe it was all the hype, but if this isn't the case of the Emperor has no clothes, I don't know what is. Lemmings, step away from the cliff and from this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    James Lyon

    I've been watching the TV series, and feared it would color or somehow negatively impact the reading experience. It didn't. Martin's imagination and cosmology are fascinating. Sadly, they are firmly rooted in real human behavior and politics. But that is what makes it all the more gripping. Occasionally a bit too much telling and not enough showing, but the plot twists and character development more than make up for this. Couldn't put it down. I've been watching the TV series, and feared it would color or somehow negatively impact the reading experience. It didn't. Martin's imagination and cosmology are fascinating. Sadly, they are firmly rooted in real human behavior and politics. But that is what makes it all the more gripping. Occasionally a bit too much telling and not enough showing, but the plot twists and character development more than make up for this. Couldn't put it down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Bond

    Well done and close to the second season. Two down, and three or five to go.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Jo Weir

    Great start to a magnificent series. Both books are sublime and set the tone for the rest to come. Definitely worth the time invested into reading these.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    Absolutely AMAZING. Mr Martin is a god. Read the entire book in 6 days because I couldn't put it down. Absolutely AMAZING. Mr Martin is a god. Read the entire book in 6 days because I couldn't put it down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    M.L. Harveland

    Rarely do I give a five-star rating to a book. But, I feel that this one is well-deserving. The prose was well-written and easily devoured. George R.R. Martin wrote in a straightforward style—each chapter highlighting a specific character whom the reader follows throughout the entire book. Though each chapter is written in first-person (a POV that I generally dislike), the characters were developed with depth and sincerity. Unlike some characters in first-person narratives, these have a feeling Rarely do I give a five-star rating to a book. But, I feel that this one is well-deserving. The prose was well-written and easily devoured. George R.R. Martin wrote in a straightforward style—each chapter highlighting a specific character whom the reader follows throughout the entire book. Though each chapter is written in first-person (a POV that I generally dislike), the characters were developed with depth and sincerity. Unlike some characters in first-person narratives, these have a feeling of authenticity because of their multiple layers. In most narratives, protagonists and antagonists are generally archetypical. However, Martin creates such well-rounded characters that I often found that those I rooted for had disenchanting character flaws, while those I tended to oppose had redeeming qualities. At times, I questioned whether I was rooting for the correct family. And typically, in most fantasies, villains are less intelligent or less cunning than the hero, which is not true in this book. The story is far from formulaic, and caught me off guard at particular moments when strong characters were killed off unexpectedly. The book plays off as historical fiction—until the fantasy elements come into play. The story would be just as excellent were the fantastical elements removed, but far less entertaining. Though readers who enjoy fantasy or historical fiction would thoroughly enjoy this book, I would highly recommend it to anyone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    How do authors do this? How do they come with this alternate world with all these complex story lines filled with war, love, hate (lots of hate!) revenge and yes, some hope? George Martin has done it all-blending the world as we know it with a new (really old) world of knights, castles, armor, lords and ladies, sword fights and war. There are new words to learn, new ideas to wrap your mind around, and a story that keeps you guessing from the first page to the last. I can't say that I found this How do authors do this? How do they come with this alternate world with all these complex story lines filled with war, love, hate (lots of hate!) revenge and yes, some hope? George Martin has done it all-blending the world as we know it with a new (really old) world of knights, castles, armor, lords and ladies, sword fights and war. There are new words to learn, new ideas to wrap your mind around, and a story that keeps you guessing from the first page to the last. I can't say that I found this book uplifting; the life of these people is hard and unforgiving. But, you will get totally wrapped up the the storylines and you will be able to feel the battle scenes, and cheer people that sound like they are fighting for the right now, but could very well turn out to have fooled everyone, even you by their cold, scheming ruin of a person, a family, or a kingdom. Every kind of character is here; the young who need to grow smart and street wise quickly to old unrelenting men who have a small crack of love and forgiveness in them . A fabulous book and story...the first of five in the series!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    To start with, I'll say that this book blew me away. The amount of characters in this book and the detail in the plot is amazing. At the back of the book, there is a huge list of characters in the main households in the book, but that still doesn't cover all of them. Unfortunately, this means that you could get confused, especially because many characters share similar (or the same) name. Still, it's hard to forget the main characters. I absolutely loved some characters and hated others, though To start with, I'll say that this book blew me away. The amount of characters in this book and the detail in the plot is amazing. At the back of the book, there is a huge list of characters in the main households in the book, but that still doesn't cover all of them. Unfortunately, this means that you could get confused, especially because many characters share similar (or the same) name. Still, it's hard to forget the main characters. I absolutely loved some characters and hated others, though I wasn't always sure whether or not I was supposed to like the characters. This is not your average fantasy book. There are very little mythical beasts (although they are mentioned) and the combat isn't described in great detail most of the time. This book is about the characters, their households and the way they interact with each other. It's hard to describe the plot much more without spoiling itm but I highly recommend this book. Just beware that it is very long, and I wouldn't recommend it if you don't intend to buy the other books in the series (you'll see why when you finish the book).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth K.

    I whipped through this! I was very excited to spend some time with the characters I liked from the first book in this series, and a few new ones, and liked seeing how the various factions in support of the various possible kings (as well as the non-faction up on the Wall in the North) were developing their strategies and plots. About 2/3 the way through, I did notice that not much in particular was happening in terms of moving the plot forward, this didn't really bother me, because I am nothing I whipped through this! I was very excited to spend some time with the characters I liked from the first book in this series, and a few new ones, and liked seeing how the various factions in support of the various possible kings (as well as the non-faction up on the Wall in the North) were developing their strategies and plots. About 2/3 the way through, I did notice that not much in particular was happening in terms of moving the plot forward, this didn't really bother me, because I am nothing if not a fan of overly detailed expository writing about people of whom I feel fondly, but I did notice it. Even that turned out not to be a problem, though, because the last 150 pages that pace turned on a dime and it was one insanely exciting thing after another. Grade: A Recommended: I would say the series is good for people like myself, people who like long, rambling epic stories, but are vaguely suspicious of fantasy novels with too much magic crap in them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen Kristie

    Since there is no half-star rating (4.5), I'll go with 4. Like some war-themed books I've read, I found my eyes skipping some lengthy descriptions and going directly to conversations. (But then I always go back.) It also helps that, as a visual learner, I look at the maps every so often. Sometimes, I couldn't help but wish "A Game of Thrones" has an "Atlas of Middle-earth" counterpart. (Or is there?) What's similar to my experience with reading the first book is that I still have my own favorite Since there is no half-star rating (4.5), I'll go with 4. Like some war-themed books I've read, I found my eyes skipping some lengthy descriptions and going directly to conversations. (But then I always go back.) It also helps that, as a visual learner, I look at the maps every so often. Sometimes, I couldn't help but wish "A Game of Thrones" has an "Atlas of Middle-earth" counterpart. (Or is there?) What's similar to my experience with reading the first book is that I still have my own favorite chapters, thus admitting to having my own favorite characters. There are characters I want to kill though. Maybe the book is bringing out the violent side of me. (Haha!) I guess that's how good a writer George R.R. Martin is. Like most great writers, he makes you a part of the world he created that sometimes you wish you were really a part of it. =)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Blanca Estrella

    reading again I love so much...Amazing stuff I can go on for hours about this book. I am so familiar with all of them...I feel them in my heart and feel their pain as well Oh my :( Clash of kings A Clash of Kings picks up where A Game of Thrones left off; after the death of King Robert Baratheon and the execution of Eddard Stark, I do have to say that A Clash of Kings—indeed, any doorstopper fantasy series—can be fatiguing. It’s a well-built story—an assault on the capital forms the solid climax—b reading again I love so much...Amazing stuff I can go on for hours about this book. I am so familiar with all of them...I feel them in my heart and feel their pain as well Oh my :( Clash of kings A Clash of Kings picks up where A Game of Thrones left off; after the death of King Robert Baratheon and the execution of Eddard Stark, I do have to say that A Clash of Kings—indeed, any doorstopper fantasy series—can be fatiguing. It’s a well-built story—an assault on the capital forms the solid climax—but it’s so complex (although never too complex) and there’s so much of it that I’d advise readers to pace yourself. (While I’m looking forward to picking up A Storm of Swords, I have a storm of swords book but I am afraid to read...does that make sense to you..I don't want spoilers here. Us Game of Throne addicts hate spoilers :(

  26. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    This took me a bit longer than the first because I had books I had to read first in between but I'm still enjoying this series. I felt a bit cheated at the end of this one, however, where I didn't with the first. I think it's just my aversion to cliffhangers of any kind. I need to have closure, damn it. I dove into number 3 the moment I finished the last page though, so I can't complain. Now, if I had to wait for the next book to be published like others had to, I'd be irate. That's not the case This took me a bit longer than the first because I had books I had to read first in between but I'm still enjoying this series. I felt a bit cheated at the end of this one, however, where I didn't with the first. I think it's just my aversion to cliffhangers of any kind. I need to have closure, damn it. I dove into number 3 the moment I finished the last page though, so I can't complain. Now, if I had to wait for the next book to be published like others had to, I'd be irate. That's not the case, so I'll rub that in a bit. ;) Things are really heating up by the end of this book, and I'm still strangely in love with Jaime and Tyrion. I can't help it. Robb is also becoming quite interesting, and I love Ayra of course. Jon is waning, I hope his character gets some balls soon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    The story is epic and the characters are complex. The series is very compelling, and above all, the reader cannot and should not assume anything about how the struggles of the characters unravel. The most beautiful part of the series is that there is no single protagonist, no antagonist... each character is flawed, yet each has redeeming qualities. Despite all of these great qualities I struggled with this book and I ultimately gave up on the series. The writing is maddening. Martin's writing suf The story is epic and the characters are complex. The series is very compelling, and above all, the reader cannot and should not assume anything about how the struggles of the characters unravel. The most beautiful part of the series is that there is no single protagonist, no antagonist... each character is flawed, yet each has redeeming qualities. Despite all of these great qualities I struggled with this book and I ultimately gave up on the series. The writing is maddening. Martin's writing suffers heavily from ADHD where the story flips from one character to another in span of 10-15 pages or so.... just as he captures your interest, the particular thread of the story is over, and the reader is thrown into another part of the realm which may be of no particular interest.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Lee Riley

    When I see comments in other reviews saying this series is "Just way better than Lord of the Rings," I am astounded. I like this series, but I have realized I am not emotionally invested with any of the characters, with the possible exception of Tyrion, and he’s supposed to be an antagonist. Where is the fellowship? I don’t know whose side I’m on. Everybody is everywhere, other than together. Nonetheless, I keep on reading. I don’t cry and I don’t get scared; I just keep putting each page behind When I see comments in other reviews saying this series is "Just way better than Lord of the Rings," I am astounded. I like this series, but I have realized I am not emotionally invested with any of the characters, with the possible exception of Tyrion, and he’s supposed to be an antagonist. Where is the fellowship? I don’t know whose side I’m on. Everybody is everywhere, other than together. Nonetheless, I keep on reading. I don’t cry and I don’t get scared; I just keep putting each page behind me. Would I recommend this series?…hmmm. Yes, yes I would. Is it better than The Lord of the Rings? The sound you hear is gales of laughter. Comparing this series to Lord of the Rings is about the same as comparing a mustang to Secretariat.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brock

    I picked this book up on a dare. Had no idea what it was about. After the first two chapters, I ran to my computer and ordered the next three books. I couldn't believe the depth or character and story that Martin put into this work. I firmly believe, and let's not get to carried away on the comments, that this series surpasses any other fantasy series out there. I know the LoTR followers will be distressed to hear this, but as far as creating worlds, Martin is in a league of his own. I picked this book up on a dare. Had no idea what it was about. After the first two chapters, I ran to my computer and ordered the next three books. I couldn't believe the depth or character and story that Martin put into this work. I firmly believe, and let's not get to carried away on the comments, that this series surpasses any other fantasy series out there. I know the LoTR followers will be distressed to hear this, but as far as creating worlds, Martin is in a league of his own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nick Popadich

    I started reading this because I watched the HBO series and was hoping that the book would help me understand the characters better and fill in the gaps from when I fell asleep. The book delivered. I got sucked into this world and not only understand who the characters are but more of why they do what they do. Will I stick with it through the rest of the series? Maybe not, but the rest of the books are on my dining room table so that could get awkward.

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