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Book Review – A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Series: A Song of Ice and Fire, #2
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Pages: 778
First published: November 16, 1998 by Bantam
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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. 


Atlast! I’m finally done reading this book just in time for the end of August. But unfortunately I just posted it now. Well, every bookworm enjoys a day or two to relish the book that she just reads eh?

Just like its predecessor, this book is undeniably brilliant, there’s also a time that I want to grab that annoying character in this book and kill them myself. Haha, that’s how this book will make you feel. As I’ve mention before in my A Game of Thrones review, I’ve watched the TV series of this book first before reading it. So I apologize in advance for I’m sure this review would cover most of my comparison between the two mediums. Having said that, I’ll warn you in advance for any spoiler, ehe 😉

The first thing I’ve noticed in this book is the difference between Stanis in the TV series and in the book. Well, in the TV series, he’s obviously anti-social and is very much different from his younger brother Renly. But I never imagined he could be that cruel in the book. Yeah guys, he really is. Though I think he’s better than the witch Cercei and her wicked son Joffrey. (Yeah, I tend to cling in this ill-feeling toward a character for a verrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy long time, so bear with me please)

This book will not just amaze you because of the scenes or the action part but it will also make you laugh because of the words used of the characters particularly Tyrion and Cercei. Especially if they’re exchanging pleasantries (that’s a mockery ofcourse, haha)

I was also disappointed how they all taken for granted to guard the wall. Grrr! It’s making my blood boil. I thought Tyrion understands their needs in the wall, but dang assumptions! Sorry guys, I just easily get carried away. I’m really looking forward to read the part where they’re going to encounter the white walkers. I can’t wait to see their faces or maybe their reaction in the book? hehehe

In this book, I now quite understand what happened about the sack in the king’s landing. See? This book will probably give you answers unlike just asking simsimi haha lol. Well, what happened in the book is different compared to the TV series. There’s actually a lot but I’m afraid it would take us forever if I mention them one by one. If you’re asking me which of the two versions is better? Do you still need to ask? Haha. Ofcourse I prefer the book. It’s well documented so there’s no “I don’t understand” scene you’ll encounter. Though, in all fairness the TV series version isn’t that bad at all.

You may be asking why it’s only 4-star rating eh? Well, just like its predecessor, it’s because of the characters. Haha, lame I know. Well, it’s hard for an average individual like me to memorize all those huge sets of characters especially if their names isn’t that familiar eh 😛

I honestly can’t think of any perfect word to describe how this book was brilliantly written and I’m afraid the word most suiting for this book isn’t discovered yet. If you haven’t read this book and only watched the TV series, I am highly recommending for everyone to read it because as what they always say, “book is better than its film or TV adaptation”. Prove me wrong? Well, grab the challenge and read this now 😉

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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