*Warning: contains some spoilers*
When last we heard from the chapter characters of A Game of Thrones, a lord had died and was mourned by his sons; a girl in love had learned to hate, while another had became a boy; a woman had become a mother to a king; another to dragons; a small man journeys to save his nephew, while another journeys to save his uncle.
Though A Game of Thrones ended with a bang, A Clash of Kings starts out slowly, picking up right where things ended in book 1.
It’s taking me a bit of time getting into A Clash of Kings, and I think it is because I have gotten so used to all the intrigue and conspiracies in A Game of Thrones. The beginning of A Clash of Kings is the aftermath of the war that started in A Game of Thrones, and thus a bit subdued, but I’m glad that as I continue to read, things start to pick up again and new secrets are revealed. Also the addition of new chapter character perspectives is a welcome change.
And if I thought A Game of Thrones was long, well, A Clash of Kings is even longer.