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Friday, July 22, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: A Clash of Kings by George R. R Martin

A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two
Rating: 4 out of 5

A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book TwoSummary:  King Joffrey is struggling to keep ahold of his father's throne after his death. The Seven Kingdoms are in war, with Robb Stark pursuing revenge in the death of his father, Lord Ned Stark. Robb's sister Arya is still missing and presumed dead, with Sansa, still working to try and keep Joffrey happy and avoid his wrath. However, the kingdoms are slowly crippling, and let's not forget Danny, whom now holds three dragons,  birthed from her wedding gift eggs after her husband died. She's looking to retake her rightful place in the kingdom as well.

My thoughts: Let me start by saying this one was so much better than the first. This book got off to a bit of a slow start, but then again, we have to keep in mind the beginning of this book is kind of like playing catch up with all of the characters after we saw them at the end of the last. Small things happen here and there that keep us just interested enough to continue reading the book.

About 80% of the way through the novel, we finally hit the point where things start to get extremely interesting. It's like he kept all of the great suspenseful stuff at the end. We see kingdoms rise and fall and things change for some characters. Some make bold steps to taking hold of their own destinies, while other's are given a push in a direction that may or may not be good for them in later books.

There was one extremely frustrating point in this novel for me that really bothered me. Two characters, one that I grew attached two are murdered. I was very frustrated that they could so easily be disposed of. Then, the ending chapter is one giant slap in the face! My recommendation is to read this book if you've read the first. You won't regret it.

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