Just when I think I’m out…
Title & Author: A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
Genres: Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Fiction
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK TWO
In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a work of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination. A Clash of Kings transports us to a world of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare unlike any we have ever experienced.
A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel… and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
I started A Game of Thrones in 2012 and took a long pause until mid-2014, when I finally finished it. Something about the first half was kind of…boring?…to me. I pretty much swore I’d never read another book in the series and just stick to the show (which, for me, is kind of like heresy or sacrilege or something). But after watching the season 5 finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, I’m now going through withdrawal and decided to try reading the books again.
I’ve heard fans of the book series complain about how slowly Martin writes his books and now I understand their pain. The original AGoT book was released in 1996 while the most recently published book in the series, A Dance of Dragons, was released in 2011. There are currently only five books released in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, and The Winds of Winter should (?) be released in 2016, which means he writes at an average speed of one book every 3.3 years. Which I guess doesn’t sound as awful when I write it out but, in our modern age, I’m so annoyed that I can’t find out definitively what happens to some of these characters. Patience is a virtue, blah blah, I need to know what happens!
[Takes a breath.]
Ok, so are you a fan of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series and/or Game of Thrones tv series? If so, which do you prefer and where are you in the series? No spoilers, please! 🙂