A Song of Ice and Fire – G. R. R. Martin (part 2)

A Clash of Kings

Clash of Kings is the second novel of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. It was published in 1998 in the United Kingdom, but the United States edition was not published until March, 1999.

Like the first novel, “A Clash of Kings” won the Locus Award in 1999. Also the novel was adapted as the second season of the HBO TV show Game of Thrones, as I’m sure you already know.

Short summary (this part may contain spoilers for the first novel)

  The story follows the events that took place in the first novel. As the king, Robert Baratheon dies, his son, and his two brothers claim their right to the throne. Joffrey Baratheon, the son of Robert, becomes the new king who sits on the Iron Throne, while Stannis, Robert’s older brother, declares himself as king of Westeros. So does his younger brother, Renly .

  Tyrion Lannister, known as the Imp, arrives in King’s Landing and becomes the new Hand of the King Joffrey.

  Next to Stannis is a new major character, the priestess Melisandre. She believes that Stannis is the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, a legendary hero who wielded the burning sword called Lightbringer. His reincarnation, in this case Stannis, is destined to defend the world from R’hollor’s (the god of Melisandre’s religion) nemesis, the Other. 

  Since Neddard Stark is killed, his oldest son, Robb Stark is the new king in the North. His younger brother, Bran, meets two new friends, Jojen and Meera (again, important characters).

  Arya, Neddard’s daughter, disguised as a boy named Arry, is taken north as a recruit for the Night’s Watch.

  On the Wall, a scouting party from the Brothers of the Night’s Watch finds out that the wildlings are uniting and getting ready to march south. They are under the command of Mance Rayder, known as the King beyond the Wall.

  Daenerys Targeryen, as we know from the previous book, is now the Mother of Dragons. Yes, we finally get to meet the dragons. She and her three newly hatched dragons are heading east through the city of Quarth. She is accompanied by Jorah Mormont, her adviser, and the few people of the Dothraki that decided to follow her after Khal Drogo’s death.

This is, in short, the beginning of the adventures of the characters in the second novel. As usual, there are a few plot twists and unexpected turns. This is by far my favorite novel from the series. A lot happens to everyone, and every character seems to grow and mature in this book. And of course, there is no way to predict what awaits for everyone of them.

S.S.

 

 

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