Cynthia Burmester, September 9, 2011 (view all comments by Cynthia Burmester)
Continuing the drama of A Game of Thrones this 2nd book in GRRM's A Song of Fire & Ice series, this book, more than once, made my jaw literally drop as the twists & turns didn't just unfold but hits you over the head!
M-reader, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by M-reader)
So far the series is great, and this book was especially good. It's got that escapist, addictive quality throughout, but there are also parts where the pacing, revelation of key information, and twists are much better than most in the genre.
crowyhead, July 28, 2011 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I am enjoying this series way too much. There is definitely stuff that is hard to stomach and should probably make me like this series a lot less, the biggest aspect being the whole rape culture thing. I know that rape is never treated like a good thing, but it is SO grindingly pervasive and I wish that of all the cultures in Martin's world, he'd managed to come up with one in which women were treated better. Maybe he has, but so far they haven't shown up. Also, there is just a serious dearth of pleasant, normal sex; when the healthiest on-screen sexual relationship you've got is between Tyrion and Shae, you gotta wonder a little. I know it's a quasi-Medieval culture and it would be jarring to have modern gender roles and modern attitudes about rape, but there's got to be some balance in there, or I just get TIRED.
But all such complaints aside, I am still loving the hell out of these books and I'm completely addicted. Today I was hovering around the courier crates hoping that my library hold on Storm of Swords had arrived. Sadly, it looks like I'll have to wait until Monday.
by Denver Post,
"Martin amply fulfills the first volume's promise and continues what seems destined to be one of the best fantasy series ever written."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"The rewards are considerable: a backdrop of convincing depth and texture; intricate, flawless plotting; fully realized characters; and restrained, inventive magical/occult elements."
by Publishers Weekly,
"[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."
by Cleveland Plain-Dealer,
"A classic work of fantasy."
by Roberta Johnson, Booklist,
"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."
by Library Journal,
"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."
"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!"
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.
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