A Clash of Kings begins exactly at where the last book stops off, with the shocking aftermath of King Joffreys actions. There are four Kings vying for the kingdom, the other three being Stannis Baratheon, the dead King's brother, Renly Baratheon, the younger brother, and Robb Stark, the King in the North, who seeks revenge for the death of a loved one. As more men crown themselves, death comes more quickly and in higher numbers, and no-one is safe from the carnage.
Again, the author writes in an intense and compelling manner. His characters are incredibly vast and have so many different traits you wonder how on earth he managed to imagine every single one of them, but he does. We meet new characters, too, such as Jaquen H'ghar, Margaery Tyrell, Asha Greyjoy and Brienne of Tarth, and I'm sure we shall be seeing a lot more of them in the books to come.
The story becomes more complex, and you keep wondering what on earth is going to happen to certain characters. Where will Arya go now? Will Sansa remain safe without the Hound to protect her? I can't wait to find out, and I can't wait to see what on Earth Daenerys is planning to do when she finally makes her way to the Seven Kingdoms.
This book is a little bit slower and a fair bit longer, but persevere, because I can hear a storm coming.. a Storm of Swords. 7/10.
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