Books, Fiction

Game Of Thrones Book 2: A Clash Of Kings by George R. R. Martin Book Review

A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.”

Excerpt from:
A Clash Of Kings
by George R.R. Martin
Synopsis from Sparknotes

As A Clash of Kings begins, the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are locked in a bloody civil war. Joff Lannister, who is still a young boy, has recently become king, but Stannis Baratheon and Renly Baratheon both want the crown for themselves. Robb Stark, meanwhile, has recently taken the title of King of the North. Far to the north of this action, the men of the Night’s Watch leave the safety of the Wall to investigate the disappearance of the wilding people, enemies who live in primitive bands and villages in the vast wilderness north of the Wall. Meanwhile, across the narrow sea, Daenerys Targaryen leads her beleaguered band of Dothrakis in search of enough wealth and soldiers to return to Westeros and capture the Iron Throne.

I read this book in order to think back on the situations and contrast it with the series. Watching the Game of Thrones spinoff definitely excites me. That is why I keep coming back to watch and read this. The book is lengthy, but I didn’t mind reading the pages because they were simple to follow.

This novel differs significantly from the first one in terms of the season 2 television series. Similar to when Bran and Jojen first met. In the book, he first saw Jojen when he was still at Winterfell; in the television series, he did so in the woods after Theon had captured him. Another instance was when Tyrion urged for Joffrey to wed Margaery rather than Sansa, despite Tywin having that notion in the series. I found a lot more changes, but I can’t talk about them now for fear of spoiling the book for many people who are still reading it.

The Davos portion was the one part of this book that I did not like. I don’t know why, but I found it to be boring, which made me want to skip his sections. Other than that, though, Clash of Kings was a game I thoroughly loved. Above all, I highly recommend it to those who still did not read the book series. ☺️

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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