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Clash of Kings- George R.R Martin


Clash of Kings is the second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series which started with A Game of Thrones

Synopsis (from amazon)

Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising.

From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky – a comet the colour of blood and flame – five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night.

Against a backdrop of incest, fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood.

Review

You know what? I don’t think I really get on that well with epic fantasy novels. I’ve never been able to get further than the forming of the fellowship in Lord of the Rings. I did like Clash of Kings but it took me a long time to read, and I didn’t come out of it eager to read the next one (unlike I had for A Game of Thrones).

As with Game of Thrones there were parts I really liked, and parts I didn’t like so much. I actually liked Sansa’s chapters more than I had previously, but found Jon’s chapters held my attention less.

In general it felt less actiony, which is strange as war is definitely taking hold now. Maybe I just don’t find battles that engaging to read?

Tyrion’s chapters were undoubtedly my favourites. I still can’t quite work him out, I think maybe that he is just out for himself and sort of waiting to see what will happen, although he was more on a Lannister in this book.

There has been a lot set up for the future however, and it interested me enough to want to keep reading, I’m just in no hurry.

3.5/5

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A Game Of Thrones- George R.R Martin


Game of Thrones is the first book in the A Song Of Ice and Fire series. I read it as part of the TBR Pile Challenge.

Synopsis (from amazon)

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men… all will play the Game of Thrones.

Winter is coming…

Review

Game of Thrones was one of the books which had been on my to be read (TBR) pile for a long time (years, literally). It was the size of it, partly, and the thought of starting a series, I’d heard that it’s difficult to keep track of the characters, basically it was daunting. So despite the fact that I had heard it was really fantastic, even in my pre-blogging days, well before the TV series was out, and despite wanting to read it before I watch the series, it stayed on my shelf all this time. It probably didn’t help that I don’t actually read that much fantasy (despite my Harry Potter obsession), in fact most of the fantasy I read (including this) is recommended by fellow Harry Potter fans, and I always hope to find something I will love this much.

Game of Thrones was very good. It is certainly epic. It takes some effort to read, and some concentration. The characters can be a little difficult to keep a track of, especially at first, but I found that most of the time I knew who was who and how they related to each other by the end.

I don’t think it was the plot which made Game of Thrones good. There were certain plot elements which did hook me, but mainly I was interested in the characters. There were some great characters. Lots of strong women. My favourite character though was Tyrion. I still can’t quite work him out, and that’s why I like reading him.

The end made me want to read the next straight away I my boyfriend has the whole set so I will be able to, but I decided to have a breather.

4.5/5

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