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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2)by George R. R. Martin
Synopses & Reviews
Here is the second volume in George R. R. Martin's magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin's stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
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 Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
"Martin amply fulfills the first volume's promise and continues what seems destined to be one of the best fantasy series ever written." Denver Post
"The rewards are considerable: a backdrop of convincing depth and texture; intricate, flawless plotting; fully realized characters; and restrained, inventive magical/occult elements." Kirkus Reviews
"[Martin] provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites — and this is only the second course of a repast with no end in sight." Publishers Weekly
"A classic work of fantasy." Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"Aided by an appendix of kings and their courts, Clash can be enjoyed on its own, though many then may retreat to Game, reread Clash, and impatiently await more of Westeros." Roberta Johnson, Booklist
"Martin has created a rich world filled with characters whose desires for love and power drive them to extremes of nobility and betrayal. Fans of epic fantasy should appreciate this lavishly detailed sequel to A Game of Thrones." Library Journal
"This work of superior world building inhabited by fully-developed characters is for a mature audience because of the violence, strong language, and sexual encounters. Great cover and a great read!" VOYA
A Clash of Kings is the follow-up to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin's fabulous introduction to multilayered epic fantasy adventure that marked one of the most auspicious kickoffs in years. For those of you who enjoy your fantasy big, thick, and complex, Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series is for you.
About the Author
George R. R. Martin is the award-winning author of six novels, including Fevre Dream and The Armageddon Rag. For the last ten years, he has been a screenwriter for feature films and television and was a writer-producer of the TV series Beauty and the Beast as well as a story editor for The Twilight Zone. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the lovely Parris, a big white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula who think they run the place.
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