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Clash of Kings and Characterization

The character development was brilliantly done in a Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Below are some of my favourite character developments throughout the book.

I also did a book review on A Clash Of Kings discussing my general thoughts about the book.

    Arya

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I love seeing strong females in books and I believe the development of Arya, how she grows into this strong and almost cunning person who takes charge of the situation was beautiful.  She was always strong from the start but this book saw the brave and dangerous side of Arya. She was forced to grow up too quick because of the situation, the Arya in the previous would never have been able to kill someone, practicing with a sword and using it to protect you are two very different things. I loved how she’s always determined and hope to see more of her in the next book.

 

     Tyrion

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Tyrion Lannister still remains my favourite character despite his condition at the end of the novel. It was very exciting to see Tyrion overtaking the rest of the characters with his plotting and mind games especially Cersei. However, I do see Tyrion as being on the “bad” side of the war (the Starks being the “good” side). Looking into the mind of Tyrion always left me eager to read more of his POV’s. I was able to sympathize with him to a higher extent in this book.

   Cersei

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As much as Cersei annoys me with her evil deeds this book did make me understand her situation better.  There is one instance in the book where she says something like “were I not a woman I would have no need of all you men” meaning she usually has to get men to get her opinion through because females aren’t very important in their society. I started sympathizing with her and she is a strong female. As mentioned before I love strong female characters

 

    Theon

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Theon didn’t develop for the good but rather the bad. Returning home after 10 years and finding things so changed and then making all those bad decisions oh he almost seems like a real person. There were times when I felt sorry for him and other I thought he was such a fool! I wonder if he is dead or alive because clash of Kings left me hanging (sorry if I spoiled it for you).

 

Thank you for reading! 🙂

Book reviews

A Clash Of Kings

Author: George R.R.Matindownload (1)

Series: A song of Ice and Fire #2

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 969

A comet the colour of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy: a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress, and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when Kings clash, the whole land trembles.

I did a review on the first book A Game Of Thrones also.

NOTE: I will be making a separate post about the characters in this book. Otherwise the review would too long and no one wants to read a 5000000 page review right?

 It was a long book and I have some long extensive thoughts about it.

  •  I wasn’t expecting anything particular from this book to be honest. I don’t mean that in a bad way. But it proved to be a good sequel to A Game of Thrones.

 

  • The pacing at the start was a little slow as the scene was being set for the chaos and drama that was to follow. Once the pace picked up it was so entertaining to read the chain of events and conspiracies that follow.

 

  • A clash of Kings has AMAZING world building. Despite the first book we get to learn the history behind kingdoms, kings, houses and people. Oftentimes it was a little confusing because of all the new names being mentioned but it was great to gain new facts about this world.

 

  • There wasn’t a great deal of action present; I loved the wartime perspective in A Game of Thrones. This book told the whole action from third person perspective which made it boring to be honest.

 

  • In saying that, Clash Of Kings does go deeper into the fantastical world and explores elements such as sorcery and magic. I hope to see more of those in the third book.

It was a great read although it did take me some time. A lot has happened in this book and I’m excited to see what A Storm of Swords has to offer.  The thing about George R.R.Martin’s books is I can never guess what could possibly happen next because his writing is so complex and well thought out.

Rating

 

4

 

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