A Clash of Kings

A Clash of KingsIt’s been a few weeks now since I finished A Clash of Kings (whoops, forgot to blog about it!). It is 969 pages long and I read a couple chapters everyday, so it took me about a month to finish it. It’s the 2nd book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, after A Game of Thrones.

A Game of Thrones focused primarily on the feud between the Starks and Lannisters, but in A Clash of Kings, the Starks, Lannisters, Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, and now also the Greyjoys are all fighting among themselves. Meanwhile, Jon Snow and a group of other men from the Night’s Watch travel beyond the Wall and encounter wildlings. And out east, Daenerys Targaryen and her group of devoted followers are trying to gain strength so Daenerys, too, can fight for the the throne in the Seven Kingdoms.

I really enjoyed A Clash of Kings, though I preferred A Game of Thrones (A Clash of Kings was kinda gloomy). Some parts of the story were a bit slow-moving and sometimes I lost track of some of the minor characters and their story lines. Nevertheless, I liked the plot twists and character development. It was nice to meet new characters and learn more about characters like Stannis Baratheon who had only been mentioned here and there in the previous book.

Season 2 of the HBO series Game of Thrones, which is about A Clash of Kings, premiered on April 1. Looks like I have to wait until it comes out on Blu-Ray next year to watch it, though. 🙁 Too bad HBO GO isn’t available unless you have cable.