My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Clash of Kings carried on from where Game of Thrones ended and in the world of Westeros things are going from bad to worse after the death of King Robert, and now it seems that virtually everybody wants to be considered King now and is willing to die for it and leave no stone unturned in obtaining their hearts desire.
This book is a lot bloodier than the first one and has much more sex and violence than the first book which is saying something. This second book is also much more political with all sorts of deals, and counter-deals, being made between characters and houses each trying to get the better of each other with some succeeding and some failing miserably.
The book is very dark, but does have a few light-hearted moments but they are few and far between in this book but, when you consider what is happening in their world, it is not that surprising.
The writing is as good and evocative as it was in the first book. You really get into the minds of the characters in these books which you just don’t in the television version and all of the characters, even the most minor ones, seem to leap from the pages fully rounded.
The only problem that I had with this book was that it just sort of ended when you least expected it. I would have been perfectly happy it to carry on for another thousand pages so immersed has I become into the universe of the novel by the writing and the characterisation.