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A Clash of Kings

My father teaches a system of personal perception he titles, “The Belief Window.” Basically it is the idea that each of us views every image and action through a window unique to our experience. Lately it seems as though the panes of glass within my own window have been replaced with stained ones. Red lions, black stags, grey wolves, and yellow krakens; beasts of all types and colors decorate my outlook. In other words, I’m back to reading George R.R. Martin’s fantastical series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

The first novel, “A Game of Thrones,” was an impressive start to say the least. Therein I was introduced to the world of Westeros and its multitude of warring houses. Furthermore, I was blessed to peruse Martin’s character based chapter style, and his ambitious narrative scope. By the end of book one I found Arya’s storyline to be the most riveting, and the Lannisters to be my favorite household. Yes, I am a HUGE Lannister supporter, so much so that I’ve dedicated my twitter aesthetics to them, (lol).

Anyways, with the Joffrey on the throne, Tyrion as his Hand, Eddard dead, Dany with dragons, Arya lost, Sansa captured, and a plethora of wars underway it’s time to talk, “A Clash of Kings.” The second book starts off just like the first, jolting the reader into the narrative with an odd and eerie event. All the inhabitants of Westeros (and Easteros for that matter) see a red comet and interpret it according to their independent belief windows. Stannis Baratheon, Brienne of Tarth, Asha Greyjoy, Jaqen H’ghar, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Davos Seaworth, Qhorin Halfhand, and Meera Reed are just a handful of the cool new characters introduced throughout the book. It is endlessly impressive how many unique and interesting personalities Martin can create, and of all the new names and faces in this book Brienne is definitely my favorite. She offers the reader a look at Arya’s future, a female knight that all men should fear.

Aside from new characters there are also new places. Dany’s adventures through Easteros continue and remain the most magical. That said, it was really cool to finally get at look at the Greyjoy’s and their Iron Islands. But it’s not all kings and castles, there’s also a narrative behind all these details. Many new fans (like myself) may find the second book slow, but trust me it’s all a build up to the last 200 pages. Therein the action explodes and the loose ends tighten. Yet again I was left wanting more. Yet again the Lannisters were my favorite household, (despite the lack of Jaime). However, this time around Catelyn’s storyline was by far the most enjoyable. It gave me Brienne, and one of the coolest kills in literary history. It was exciting from beginning to end, and as I begin book three I continue to sing A Song of Fire and Ice.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Awesome review! I have read this book, but back when it was first new so it’s been forever and a day and I don’t remember much about this individual book. I have to read it again! But I’m so happy you’re enjoying the series. Fear not, Jaime becomes one of the chapter points of view in the next book, I believe. 

    • Anonymous

      Yes he does. Just started reading “A Storm of Swords,” and Jaime is the first character to begin the narrative. Plus he is with Brienne, so I’m in Ice & Fire heaven right now :)  

  • Chris Elliott

    Great review dude. These book reviews without question represent some of your best work as a writer. I have zero interest in Fantasy books, but you mapped everything out in a way that I was actually very interested and compelled to continue. It’s clear that you have a real interest in these books, and it definitely shows in your writing. Awesome job dog. :)  

    • Anonymous

      Like I said before… download the HBO series, you may not like to read, but you will LOVE to watch it ;)

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