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Dec 18

Book Review: A Clash of Kings by R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings by R.R. Martin

“So many vows … they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or another.”

A Clash of Kings is the second leg of the highly acclaimed George R.R. Martin fantasy series titled A Song of Ice and Fire.  I do not want to spoil it for those that have not yet read the series or seen the highly regarded HBO television series so I will not delve into the plot on this particular review.  Just know that the action picks up from his first novel in the series A Game of Thrones and Martin masterfully blends in new characters to an already extensive cast.

While his writing is not particularly revolutionary or setting the new standard in writing, what Martin does extremely well is make his fictional characters human.  There is no good versus evil in his story telling because each character is flawed in some way.  Martin also does not disappoint by keeping his readers on their toes by getting rid of characters no matter if they are central to the storyline or not.

Martin’s series a Song of Ice and Fire is not for everybody there are many adult themes that run throughout his books.  The series so far has been highly entertaining and he writes with courage few writers would dare use.  Seventy Five years from now will his books be considered a classic? I think not, but for the mature reader wanting a different novel it is a good read.  I give A Clash of Kings four and half shells out of five.
4 and a half shells
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