Book: A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)
Author: George R.R. Martin
Review: (this review contains major plot spoilers) The Seven Kingdoms are in turmoil. After King Robert dies, his young, sadistic son Joffrey Baratheon ascends the throne. Meanwhile, Robert's brother (Renly and Stannis) also claim the throne while Robb Stark is now King of the North. Meanwhile, Jamie Lannister is still a prisoner, Arya has escaped King's Landing and is en route to the wall disguised as a boy, Sansa is being held and abused as a hostage at King's Landing, crippled Brandon is discovering he has some special abilities and Jon Snow searches for answers beyond the wall. Dany continues to nurture her dragons..that no one in King's Landing knows about yet. I cannot wait to see how that will unfold!
I really enjoyed this book and finished it in a few days. My older brother played Risk when I was young and I felt like I was reading about a game unfolding on the pages. I could not wait to find out how the war unraveled.
My favorite character thus far is Tyrion, who (in this book) acts as the Hand of the King (for Joffrey). His wit and intellect make him such a dynamic character. I will say I am not a fan of Catelyn Stark and her sections are the toughest to get through. I heard a major character dies in the next book and I'm really hoping it is her. Brandon Stark's sections were also a tad drawn out but I feel like he'll be a major player as the series continues.