A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon, King of the
Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms are dead. There is now turmoil and
several men declaring themselves to be king. Robert's son Joffery,
young, cruel and arrogant is the obvious king but is controlled by the
Lannisters. His mother Cersai and his uncle Tyrion each try to put forth
their own agendas. Robb Stark has declared himself the King of the
North. Robert's brothers, Renly and Stannis have also declared
At the same time, the Wildings , north of the wall are amassing and might move south just as summer turns into winter.
Political intrigue, brotherly rivalry and people masquerading as
servants while the country dissolves into war are all part of the story.
I found the story was sluggish in parts. About halfway
through, the story did pick up and proceeded at a quicker pace. My two
favourite characters are Arya and Bran. Both of them are so courageous.
First Line: "The comet's tail spread across the dawn, a red slash that bled above the crags of Dragonstone like a wound in the pink and purple sky."