Okan Demir Demir itibaren Lakhpadar, Odisha 765019, Hindistan
Although plagued by the same problems that plague most second-of-three-or-more books, A Clash of Kings is still full of the sorts of things that made you love its predecessor: swords (and sorcery), politics (mostly sword-driven), pageantry (shiny swords! and capes and stuff!), and tragedy (who would've imagined so many people would be killed by all those swords??). Lacks the cohesive feel of A Game of Thrones, which follows a steep slope downward into tragedy; this one is scattered, following old and new characters. Although it felt to me at first and in the middle as though it were dragging and not living up to my expectations from the first novel, by the end there was literally nothing I wanted to do but keep reading. In short, it's a #2; it mostly connects #1 to #3--but what a job of that it does!