Kings. Sibling Rivalry. War. Alliances. Magic.
A Clash of Kings is the second book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and the 1999 winner of the Locus Fantasy Award. It is a direct continuation of The Game of Thrones, advancing the major storylines and adding a couple new ones.
Briefly, after the death of Robert, it seems like everyone is declaring himself a king or a prince. Former allies rise up against one another. Magic is becoming more prevalent in the Seven Kingdoms. The Stark children continue to grow up. Daenerys continues to look for a way to get back home.
Reading the series feels a bit like running a marathon. While I still love the series, the initial excitement is over. I certainly can’t keep the pace for the next almost three thousand pages. Fortunately, Martin writes chapters that have their own internal cadence, supplying small resolutions and creating more questions.