A Clash of Kings Pdf: Review and Plot Summary.
A Clash of Kings is the second book in George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. We have already reviewed the first book A Game of Thrones and also provided its free pdf for you. In this article, we will review this second book in the famous fantasy book series. Also, you will be able to download A Clash of Kings Pdf free from our site.
As per author’s word, there are about to be a total of seven installments in the series. A Clash of Kings was released in the year 1998. As for HBO’s television series, the book is adapted as the storyline for the second season. Besides Pdf, you can also download A Clash of Kings EPUB from our site if that is the format you desire.
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A Clash of Kings Summary.
The beheading of Ned Stark gives rise to the War of the Five Kings. In the western lands, Joffrey Baratheon sits on the Iron Throne. Being considered as a Lannister Bastard, late King Robert’s brothers Renly and Stannis Baratheon deny his right to the throne and instead, claim themselves as the rightful heir to the throne.
In the North, the northerners name Robb Stark, Son of Ned Stark as the King in the North. There is civil war all around. Balon Greyjoy is the king of the Iron Islands, Robb Stark in the north, Joffrey in the King’s Landing, Renly, and Stannis Baratheon are also claiming the throne. This makes the worst scenario of war named the War of the Five Kings.
When Tyrion Lannister comes back to Kings Landing, he is appointed as the Hand of the King. At that time, Joffrey is the ruler and Tyrion acts as his advisor. Tyrion, being the smart person he is, realizes that the city needs to be protected from outsiders now. He starts to improve the defences around the city. For that, he gets in contact with the Tyrells and the Martells who are the ruling family of Dorne. He knows that the Tyrells will not agree to be on Stannis’s side so he tries to get them on his. Littlefinger is sent to Tyrells to negotiate the price for their alliance.
This negotiation ends in marriage arrangements. The Tyrell daughter Margery is offered to King Joffrey and she will marry him. As we see further, this marriage does not go very well as Joffrey is killed after some time. In Dorne, another marriage arrangement is made and the Prince of Dorne, Doran Martell agrees to marry his son Trystane to Myrcella Lannister, the only daughter of Cersei Lannister.
In the Eastern Lands across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen is also planning to form an army and sale to the west to win back what she lost after Robert’ Rebellion ended their rule over the seven kingdoms. There is so much which is happening in this A Song of Ice and Fire book 2. In order to catch up, start reading now see what happens.
Danny is travelling east with her Jorah Mormont who is her constant companion. She also has other followers and most importantly, her dragons are with her. She travels to Qarth where she is made notorious due to presence of her dragons. The ruler of this city agrees on helping Danny claim her birth right in Westeros if she agrees to give him one of her dragons. She refuses to do so and thus does not get the alliance.
She decides to get some counsel for the warlocks that are quite prominent figures in Qarth. They show her confusing things and even threaten her life. To make things chaotic, one of her dragons burns down the House of the Undying which belongs to the warlocks. An assassination attempt is made on Daenerys but she is saved by two men sent by her ally Illyrio.
At this point in the book, Arya is presumed dead but she is out there posing as a boy. Her identity is that of an orphan named Array. She is recruited for the Nights Watch by Yoren. However, they come under attack of the Lannister Free raiders and in that encounter, Yoren is killed. Arya is sent with other survivors to Harrenhaal where she works as a servant. Later, she serves as a cup bearer for Roose Bolton but manages to escape the castle and run to Bravos in search of a strange man she meets during her journey.
As for the War of the Five Kings, Robb beats the Lannister army in the battle and keeps proving his battle and leadership skills. On the other hand, Stannis plans a big attack on the King’s Landing but fruitless since with the brilliance of Tyrion, the Lannister army keeps them away in the battle of Blackwater Bay.
Stannis chooses the path of water and with all his ships and army men, attack King’s Landing. However, even with a brilliant plan, Tyrion outshines him at the end by using the wildfire in the course of battle. Ser Davos loses his son in the battle and Stannis remains with no choice but to concede.
A Clash of Kings Review.
None of us ever thought that someone would ever be able to meet the standards which we enjoyed from Tolkien’s book series. George R. R. Martin accepted the challenge and came up with book series which broke those enchantments of the LOTR series. There are already debates whether which one of these is the best. It is true that Tolkien is the father of fantasy but we cannot undermine Martin either.
In this book, we see the development of many characters such as Daenerys. She is no longer a little girl controlled by her brother but is the Mother of Dragons now. On the other hand, Arya is surviving and doing much better than her other siblings, alone. We can already see that she will play a huge role in the future.
Anyhow, A Clash of Kings would be something we would call a perfect sequel. The pace which we picked up in the first book never got down. In fact, it kept raising and since now it has entered the point of the war of the five kings, you cannot expect that pace to be slowing down at any point. This is exactly what we expect from this legendary fantasy writer. This book won the Locus Award for Best fantasy novel and later it also won the Ignotus Award for the best Foreign Novel in the Fantasy category.
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