Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Clash of Kings, Book 2 in the Game of Thrones Series Written by: George R.R. Martin

Why hello there fellow book enthusiasts, I hope you're all enjoying your multiple worlds, universes, and cast of characters. I know I am. I knew what I was getting into when I started listening to these Audio books, and really I find myself not listening to my usual podcasts, NPR radio stations, or even reading tangible books during my lunch hour... granted I'm knitting more and even running more just because I find myself unable to stop listening to this past book A Clash of Kings. A Clash of Kings picks up right where A Game of Thrones ended. We have a lot of the old characters minus one or two due to events in the first book, but the cast is growing even with all the wars and death the Houses and their people it seems have an immeasurable amount of people. The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are plagued by multiple kings and war has broken out all over as neighbor betrays neighbor and brothers fight under different banners. King Joffrey is a coward and a cruel king, more of a boy who rips the wings off of spiders than any king. Robb Stark has been declared King of the North and has his trusty wolf Grey Wind by his side, and it seems Robb draws more than just comfort from his Dire wolf. Stanis and Renly Baratheon, the previous kings surviving brothers claim blood right to the throne over Joffrey, but each will not support the other. Then there is another a harsher older man who wishes to be king, one who would take the throne by blood and Iron. This civil war is just chaotic especially since Winter Is Coming. Meanwhile Daenerys Targaryen the Exiled heir to the Seven kingdom's and Mother of Dragons is marching forward and trying to gather followers. Additionally the Night's watch has mounted a reconnaissance mission in order to go further North of the Wall in order to investigate the mysterious people known as wildlings. All of these stories readers it seems are warning us that there is yet a terrible disaster to come. Will the warring Kings come to senses and realize what the Night Watch is telling them? Good people are dying and being taken advantage of one and sold at the whim of whoever is around to be cruel. Will the Iron Thrown be claimed by another house other than the Golden Lions? Death is everywhere readers and if you love a character it might be best to love them from afar and to steel your heart, because no one is safe and no allegiances it seems will withstand the chaos of War and the puppeteers behind it. Also, pay attention, because though a character might seem small or put off to the side there are certain things here that say You will be important, maybe not for long, but you are just may be needed to further this tale. I have to just say I absolutely Love the Onion Knight, he is written just so cool, and his tale is one that I respect, he is just so cool. Sorry had to have a Squee moment over him and his pouch of fingers. Though, there are some light moments in these grim ones and it seems the World realizes the evil that has entered it once more, it is subtle, but magic’s that have not been seen in a hundred years are awakening it began in the first book and now continues to grow, and though not everyone is noticing those few that are taking notice are using it to their advantage and donning the cloaks of old. And some are using that magic it seems to exploit the people to their cause and to kill the old ways... tricky when power is given, you never know what that person will do with it. You can feel the change readers and sense perhaps the Old Gods are creeping ever so slightly forward. Even the Men on the Wall have their taste of magic and know the Darkness must be kept back. An amazingly awesome book readers, once more Roy Dotrice gifts of with his voice acting skills and brings an incredible charm to his characters and with such a large cast does a great job of giving everyone their own special voice even if it is subtle you know who is who when they speak because of this voice actor. The show leaves out so much and changes time events that these books really enlighten us as the readers to the magnificent world George R.R. Martin has created, and I just can't wait to start book three!

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