A bright red comet sprawled across the sky serves as an omen of blood and flame. As chaos and destruction seize the realm, a power struggle ensues for the Iron Throne. Five rival claimants emerge at the outbreak of the war of succession. The pretender kings are willing to do anything for the coveted crown, even if it means killing their own kin.
None of the characters in this book are safe from death. A Clash of Kings is gory and violent and Martin deftly illustrates the futility of war. There are no winners when ordinary people fighting on different sides lose their lives.
One of the themes of this book is home. Many of the characters want to go home or are homeward bound. The war has displaced them. You feel for these characters longing to return to their homes.
Compared to A Game of Thrones, the language in A Clash of Kings can get crude at times, i.e. the swear words. I suppose this is because it’s set in a medieval world. Other than that, this is a well written and captivating book.
My rating: ★★★★☆