A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold 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. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the...

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A Clash of Kings Reviews

  • karen

    obey your nerds. is what i am learning.srsly - i was never going to read this series, but once i started... it is like a drug. and - yes - i watched season two before i read this book, but i am not going to wait for seasons 3-4 to read the next one, no way, because i am hooked and I MUST KNOW! and if any one of you people spoils the third book for me, i am going to make one of those torture devices with the bucket, the rat, and the torch, and it is bye-bye stomach for you!

    i see

    obey your nerds. is what i am learning.srsly - i was never going to read this series, but once i started... it is like a drug. and - yes - i watched season two before i read this book, but i am not going to wait for seasons 3-4 to read the next one, no way, because i am hooked and I MUST KNOW! and if any one of you people spoils the third book for me, i am going to make one of those torture devices with the bucket, the rat, and the torch, and it is bye-bye stomach for you!

    i see now why it takes him so long to write these things. this is the densest and more fully-realized world i have ever read. martin just plants these little seeds, and they sometimes take hundreds of pages to sprout but when they do - oh my word! and there are so many little details, so much backstory, so many overlaps and connections, and history and so much depth to this world. it feels so genuine. it is like my beloved donald harington - where he created an entire town full of people and then just set them loose and let them live their lives, and his touch is so light that it feels like he is just writing down his observances of them rather than creating them, because the mind simply reels at the idea that all of these details and tight storylines came from one person's mind. but with martin, the scope is so much bigger. and it kills me. there is just so. much. going on.

    i loved the second season. and i love how reading the book after the season really enhanced my enjoyment. most of the show is faithful to the book, but not as much as the first season/book. but one is not better than the other. i am sad that some of the book-things didn't make it into the show, and sad that some of the show-things were not in the book.but together - ahhhh - my brainheart is pleased.

    the characters whose stories changed the most from the book to the screen are

    (??? it is almost entirely changed for the show)

    and

    i mean, really - what could be better than every single one of these scenes:

    so i was sad it was not in the book at all.

    and obviously, all his stuff:

    cuz he isn't even in the book. robbed!

    hmmm more thoughts...at first, i hated

    because of his affectation-laden dialogue. but oh, man, did i ever come around. and now i want one for my very own.

    and who is a worse human being??

    or

    ??

    i am still deciding, but i am rubbing my hands in glee in anticipation of just desserts. although martin's sense of justice is very specific and unpredictable. but a girl can dream.

    the book is by no means perfect. every time it got to one of

    's pov chapters, i was all zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    because, obviously, the only perspective that matters is

    who is great in the books, but somehow even better onscreen. and everything with

    is wayyy better onscreen, and since she is one of my favorite actresses, i am glad she has a lot more to do than was written for her originally.

    and george r.r. martin...

    so that is hardly a book review, but there are a lot of reviews for this book and i am pretty much ordering you to go out and read these right now, so just do it and stop your backtalk.

    i leave you with this thought:

    and this one, because oh my god - what a perfect comparison that i somehow overlooked!

    twins!! my beloveds!

    now go read.

    oh, but p.s. - CHAINS!!!

    god i loved this book.

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  • Melissa Rudder

    It was right about at the beginning of George R. R. Martin’s

    , the second book in his

    , that I admitted to myself that I wanted to quit my job and everything else in my life so I could stay home and read all day. I resisted the urge. I’m still not quite sure if I made the right decision.

    You think you know someone, and then you read the second book about her. (Or him. Though, for the most part, the changes of the hers were more exciting for me in this

    It was right about at the beginning of George R. R. Martin’s

    , the second book in his

    , that I admitted to myself that I wanted to quit my job and everything else in my life so I could stay home and read all day. I resisted the urge. I’m still not quite sure if I made the right decision.

    You think you know someone, and then you read the second book about her. (Or him. Though, for the most part, the changes of the hers were more exciting for me in this book. Minus the most clever and entertaining character to waddle through the pages of a fantasy book, who will go unnamed so I don’t spoil the fact that he lived through the first book. Okay, I may have given it away a little.) It’s not that the characters went through any unrealistic shifts; it’s just that Martin let us get to know them even better and we got to watch how they responded to new situations. Or at least I did. You may not have even read

    yet. Your loss.

    I think enjoyed the first book more because the slow corruption of an innocent and stable world interested me. But everything else that utterly enthralled me from the first book—the complex and endearing characters, the mystery and intrigue, the moments when honor, family, love, and pride all seem at odds with one another—was there in the second, and was amplified because, with each chapter, I grew more and more invested.

    Don’t start this series unless you’re ready to devote yourself to reading every published book of it. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’ve finished the fourth book and have to sit around waiting for Martin to write and publish the rest. That will be a sad, sad day.

    Quotes!

    “Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them.”

    “He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.”

    “A good lord comforts and protects the weak and helpless.”

    “When we speak of the morrow nothing is ever certain.”

    “Only a fool humbles himself when the world is so full of men eager to do that job for him.”

    "People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up."

    "There's no shame in fear... what matters is how we face it."

    "A man agrees with god as a raindrop with the storm."

    "When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say."

    "The best lies contain within them nuggets of truth, enough to give a listener pause."

    "Oh, to be sure, there is much we do not understand. The years pass in their hundreds and their thousands, and what does any man see of life but a few summers, a few winters? We look at mountains and call them eternal, and so they seem... but in the course of time, mountains rise and fall, rivers change their courses, stars fall from the sky, and great cities sink beneath the sea... Everything changes."

    "The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome."

  • Cassy

    This isn’t going to be a cutesy review. I am well into the third book. I fear that if I don’t blurt out my thoughts about this one soon, then all the books in the series are going to meld together in my memory. Here are my three main impressions:

    1.

    Don’t expect any happiness in this book. Martin is merciless with his characters. And if you do see a bright light, don’t trust it. One character learned she won’t have to marry an abusive, horrible guy. She and I were elated.

    This isn’t going to be a cutesy review. I am well into the third book. I fear that if I don’t blurt out my thoughts about this one soon, then all the books in the series are going to meld together in my memory. Here are my three main impressions:

    1.

    Don’t expect any happiness in this book. Martin is merciless with his characters. And if you do see a bright light, don’t trust it. One character learned she won’t have to marry an abusive, horrible guy. She and I were elated. Then someone pointed out that her ex-fiancé could still rape her as he desires and few would be able to stop him. Darn.

    2.

    It occurred to me halfway through a big battle that I didn’t know who I was rooting for. The defender is a cruel king and has a tenuous claim to the throne, but I like a few of the characters in his castle and feared what would happen to them if they lose. The attacker would probably be a fair king, yet he is cold and distant. He has a better claim than most to the throne. However I doubt he could hold it for long. Precisely who did I want to win? It was not a problem of apathy. Martin drew the characters and politics so craftily that I just could not decide. Honestly, instead of picking, I sat back and enjoyed the twists and turns.

    3.

    The scope of the plot is ever-expanding. I give Martin kudos for having such a grand vision and keeping it all straight. I don't feel that any of the storylines are unnecessary (except, I hate to say it, maybe Arya’s). And I have complete faith that they will culminate in the most amazing way by the end of series. Yet it is inevitable that you will prefer some perspectives over others. I counted the pages in between Daenerys’ chapters – an average of 130 pages! And this is a middle book. There are no cliffhangers, but very little is resolved. If it is resolved, that means someone died. Unless they are only pretending to be dead, of course.

    I lied. One more point.

    4.

  • Jayson

    | Very Good

    So much tension builds from uncertainty. Nearly everyone is helpless, and so the resolution is always unpredictable.

  • Mohammed Arabey

    صراع ملحمي، بدأ بعد مصرع الملك روبرت بأحداث الجزء اﻷول ، مع أن شراراته بدأت قبل ذلك بشهور...منذ أكتشاف جون آرين مساعد الملك خيانة الملكة ، وأن أبناءه منها ليسوا من صلبه، وإنما من علاقتها اﻵثمة مع أخيها ، أي أن العرش ليس من حقه فهو ليس من صلب عائلة 'براثيون' وإنما في هذه الحالة هو ينتمي لمنزل 'لانيستر' منزل عائلة أمه الملكة

    لقد عرف إدارد ستارك الحقيقة باﻷنشودة اﻷولي "لعـبة العـروش"، ودفع ثمنها هو وأسرته غاليا كجون آرين المساعد السابق

    والشخص اﻷخير الذي يعرف السر هو

    اﻷخ اﻷخر للملك روبرت ، وعليه نصب نفسه ملكا 'الملك في البحر الضيق' وسعي ليأخذ العرش الحديدي ، عرش الممالك السبع كأخيه الراحل وجهز جيشا ليستعد للأبحار عبر البحر الضيق لأحتلال 'أراضي الملك' فور أعلان جوفري براثيون ملكا وأمه الملكة سيرسي الواصية حتي يبلغ سن الرشد

    ويساعده في ذلك الكاهنة الحمراء...التي تتبع دينا غريبا عن الممالك السبع , دين "أله النور" والقلب المشتعل

    ولكن هناك ملكا أخر 'الملك في هايجاردن' هو

    ، اﻷخ اﻷصغر للملك الراحل، والذي يري أنه اﻷصلح بعد أخيه لتولي العرش بعدما عرف الحقيقة من ستارك قبل القبض عليه، وباﻷخص ﻷنه يحظي بجاذبية وشعبية لدي الكثير من الشعب واللوردات بعكس أخيه المتزمت ستانيس..والحق يقال انه يملك فعلا مقومات الملك الجذاب..فقط لا غير .. فهو يجد سعادته في تلك اللعبة .. لعبة العروش

    وهو أيضا بدأ يعد جيشا باﻷشتراك مع كثير من لوردات الجنوب للهجوم علي 'أراضي الملك' للجلوس علي العرش الحديدي بتحالفه مع "هايجاردين" تلك العائلة العريقة حيث أنه سيتزوج أبنتهما مارجري

    بينما علي العرش الحديدي أبن اخيهما المتوفي

    والذي أثبت أنه من أكثر الشخصيات قسوة ووحشية بالرغم من أنه مجرد مراهق

    وهنا أخيرا نجد شئ من شرارة ثورة الشعب, ثورة الجياع في "اراضي الملك ,كينج لاندينج" علي الملك المراهق المشكوك في نسبه وأصله

    ثورة للاسف تخمدها حرس الملك..والحرب في صراع الملوك , في لعبة العروش

    وفي الوقت الذي فيه

    الذئب الصغير والذي أختاره سادة ولوردات الشمال لمنصب ملك الشمال يحارب بيت 'لانيستر' الذي يغزو ويغير علي قري وبلدان قرب الشمال 'وسط قارة ويستروس' ..قرر

    ،سيد الجزر الحديدية المعروف عنه بالتمرد والخيانة,فقام بغارات علي قري وبلدان بالشمال في غياب روب ستارك لبلدان النهر ليدافع عنها ونصب نفسه ملك الجزر الحديدية

    أما في شمال الممالك السبع ، خلف الجدار الضخم بالشمال، فذهب الحرس الليلي ومن ضمنهم جون سنو للبحث عن عمه، والتحقيق في اﻷمور الغريبة التي تحدث وراء الجدار ليكتشف أن مانس رايدر الذي نصب نفسه ملك وراء الجدار يخطط ﻷمرا غامضا ، وضخما

    وأخيرا سنتابع رحلة دانيريس تارجيريان، اخر عائلة التنانين، صاحبة عرش الممالك السبع شرعيا ، في منفاها في الشرق فهي 'الملكة عبر البحار' ..ولكنها لتعود للويستروس والممالك السبع تحتاج لجيش، و سفن.. وليس فقط ثلاث تنانين وليدة...فهل ستجد من يقدم لها هذا في مدينة كارث العجيبة بالشرق؟

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    نتابع رحلتها مع 'آيون' الحارس الليلي الذي ينقلها إلي الشمال لمدينتها ﻷنه كان يعرف والدها، متخفية كصبي مع مجندين جدد للحرس بجدار الشمال ... ولكن رحلتها تنقلب لمأساة عندما يغير عليهم جنود تابعين للانيستر ويأسروهم في هارينهول ، المدينة المحترقة

    في غياب أخيه الملك يجب أن يتعامل ك'لورد' وينترفيل، أو أميرها الصغير، ولكن صراعه الداخلي بأنه مكسور ، معاق عن المشي، يظل عائقا له

    أعجبني تحول المؤلف في سرد هذا الجزء بين أفكار الفتي الصغير بران وبين أفكار ذئبه 'صيف' التي يشعر بها بران وقت حلمه

    المشكلة هنا أن أعباء المحملة عليه كسيد الشمال ستزيد عندما يبدأ تمرد أحد الأبناء الغير شرعيين ﻷحد سادة الشمال "روز بالتون" وسبب مشاكل في بعض المدن بالشمال ، وأيضا تمرد ملك الجزر الحديدة وإغارة أبنه ثيون جرايجوي علي وينترفيل

    قرر أخيرا مورمون قائد الحرس الليلي الذهاب وراء الجدار للتحقيق في أختفاء عم جون سنو 'بنجامين ستارك' والتحركات المريبة للبرابرة وهجرانهم للكثير من القري إما للشمال اﻷقصي أو التسلسل من الجدار

    هذا غير عودة الرعب من الموتي اﻷحياء كما ظهر باﻷنشودة اﻷولي

    تماما كالجزء الماضي، اﻷم ، الأبنة والزوجة -عذرا اﻷرملة- كمية مشاعر حزن تعتصر قلبها بأبتعادها عن بنتيها ولا تعرف حقيقة مصيرهما كأسري لانيستر في أراضي الملك، أنباء عن تمرد جرايجوي في الشمال بينما أبنيها الصغيران وحدهما في الشمال ، أبيها علي فراش الموت ، بينما أبنها ملك الشمال الذي ترافقه لا يروقه نصائحها ، ويسعي لأعطائها مهام تبعدها عنه ولو لبعض الوقت، فيرسلها للملك رينلي ليطلب منه طلب تحالف ضد آل لانيستر والملك جوفري ، العدو المشترك

    أثناء مشاهدتي المسلسل أعتبرته الشخصية الكريهة اﻷكثر ، وبلا أي أثارة في نفس الوقت -بعكس جوفري مثلا فهو شخصية كريهة جدا ولكن مثيرة جدا تلك اﻷحداث التي يكون بها-

    شعرت كم هو بغيض، كريه ، حقود ، وشهواني جنسيا لدرجة مقززة

    وفوجئت عندما وجدت أنه من الشخصيات الجديدة التي أضيفت للكتاب في فصول خاصة من وجهة نظرة مع باقي الشخصيات التي نجت من الجزء الأول

    ما الفرق بين شخصيته في المسلسل والكتاب؟

    الكتاب جعل في جزءه، والذي بالرغم من قلة عدد فصوله ولكنها أطول في الصفحات، كل المبررات الممكنة لكل الحقد، الكراهية ، البغضاء التي تعج بثيون جرايجوي -عدا اﻷجزاء الجنسية مازالت زائدة جدا عن الحد ومقززة كما بالمسلسل كما بالكتاب وربما أكثر من أي أجزاء أخري بالرواية والسلسلة نفسها-

    فارس البصل، بحار ومهرب سابق نصبه ستانيس باراثيون بلقب فارس بعد مساعدته في حصار اﻷعداء له منذ سنوات بقلعة 'ستورم إند'

    هو مساعد 'الملك' ستانيس ، وعين القارئ علي تلك الشخصية المتزمتة وخططها للإستيلاء علي العرش الحديدي ، عرش أخيه الراحل الملك روبرت

    وفي الشرق نتابع رحلة دانيريس ، أكثر الشخصيات التي مرت بمراحل صعود و هبوط كثيرة. من أميرة ضعيفة منفية إلي خاليسي 'زوجة ملك، زعيم' لقبيلة همجية الي أرملة وبدون حتى مسكن سوي رفيقها المخلص سير جوراه

    هنا تذهب إلي مدينة كارث ، مدينة عجيبة يحكمها تجار ، نبلاء و سحرة

    تستضيفها المدينة ليس ﻷسمها، أو أعترافا منهم أنها الملكة الشرعية للممالك السبعة بالغرب، وإنما ﻷنها أم التنانين، فقط الثلاث تنانين الوليدة هي ما أثارت فضولهم..وأثارت أطماعهم أيضا

    محمد العربي

    من 30 مارس 2015

    إلي 15 أبريل 2015

  • John Wiswell

    If long Fantasy stories have fundamental rules, they probably go like this: 1) create a rich world, 2) put interesting characters in it, and 3) mix up some sequence of interesting things happening around them, happening to them, and being done by them. Martin’s first novel in this series,

    , fulfilled all three swimmingly. He forged one of the deepest Fantasy realms since Tolkien, with a mythology, culture and history. He spun characters of a few key families and then scattering

    If long Fantasy stories have fundamental rules, they probably go like this: 1) create a rich world, 2) put interesting characters in it, and 3) mix up some sequence of interesting things happening around them, happening to them, and being done by them. Martin’s first novel in this series,

    , fulfilled all three swimmingly. He forged one of the deepest Fantasy realms since Tolkien, with a mythology, culture and history. He spun characters of a few key families and then scattering them throughout that world and by the mid-point getting nearly all of them into some form of political, romantic or military intrigue. Active scenes illustrated the world and put it into motion, largely through political intrigue and the build to war.

    This second book takes a mallet to what the first set up, dulling and dumbing down the world and putting the majority of the characters into boring or redundant situations where they do not escape the inertia of wasted prose until the final third of the book. Where the slow build to great promise was acceptable in the first, the sharp drop into bleak and sluggish chapters here is deeply disheartening.

    Martin’s prose drops off noticeably. Fewer scenes generate atmosphere, and often it seems downright immature with sub-JK Rowling lines like, “The shame of that hurt worse than the pain, and the pain hurt a lot.” There is no language in this volume that rivals the blacksmith’s metallurgy or the dragon eggs in the first, leaving the thousand-page trek much less worthwhile.

    Plotting and pacing have suffered similar fates. The first book took a few hundred pages to get off the ground but then flew into character development and action divvied up between a dozen (or so) lives, giving us a sense of a full and cohesive world. The narrative is divvied up again here, but with different results. A couple of characters are in intense situations: one girl poses as a boy, heading to an army garrison with a questionable guide and the possibility of being attacked by the enemy at any time on her attempt to get home; and a young soldier has gone to the other side of “the wall” and is risking facing creatures and perils never written about in the span of his homeland’s culture. They should have this volume to themselves, but instead we spend the first half waiting to hear more about them while we watch other characters sneaking into whorehouses and chatting about freshman-level theology. It’s especially annoying to leave someone hiding from enemy troops so you can read about some guy we haven’t thought about for hundreds of pages is getting a blowjob (Martin’s approach to sex is perhaps more adolescent than in the first book, and definitely has less appealing placement). While the last third expands the number of useful and interesting roles, the book has far too many chapters that serve as dull blockades to worthwhile narrative. These low-action chapters are not artistic or particularly expressive of original opinions (The Song of Ice and Fire seems like a prime franchise to expand into semi-literary fiction), but rather fumbles over clichés of sadness, lust and nonsense that are all strikingly less immediate than the situations we leave to read about them. We do not need another conversation about how some form of magic or divinity can’t possibly be real. Five or six of them will suffice.

    It ties into a troubling sluggishness about this book. The first book ended on the verge of war with one major battle having ended. The second book ends on the very beginning of war, with a whole bunch of people arriving. It ends essentially on the same promise of future progress that the first did, and has so much unnecessary material that I couldn't help looking at my copy of

    , the 1,200-page third book, and wonder if it wasn’t bloated by the same problems. UPDATE: Storms of Swords conquered all expectations and was the best start-to-finish entry in the series so far. To read about what changed

    .

    It stings worse because the first book ended with so many promises – NEW READERS MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH. We ended on the revelation that dragons are real, and three fell into the hands of one of the most tragic characters. In this volume they spend 1,000 pages doing little more than eat as we’re informed that they’re weak and helpless, and serve only as an excuse for their owner to go to a couple of fancy places. The revelation of the undead in the first book is even more underdeveloped here. Even the other side of “the wall” turns out to not by a realm of nightmares or perils, but more barbarians and sad people – a nice literary point, but severely underwhelming in delivery. There were so many things to look forward to, but they don’t manifest.

    In short:

    doesn't have much clashing and the kings do little of value. It would have been more aptly titled

    , but that wouldn’t have sold as well.

  • Reynje

    Instead of writing a review, I'm just going to post a list of the facial expressions I made while reading this book:

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