I know I didn’t like the first book of the series, Infact I hated it with a vengeance unknown to me to be associated with books. Anyone with an iota of the sense of right and wrong, how women should be treated and what morality and loyalty would feel the same kind of anger and fury I felt. There was disgust written all over it because of everything the characters were painted with. Incest, immorality, greed and lust being the prime forces of the book.
But, like any curious person I knew I would come back to the next book of the series regardless of what it takes and how much it irks, and so happened the reading of “A clash of Kings”.
“Winter is coming”, the famous Stark words, and with it is coming all that has been the dread of living. The time for bounty and peace has gone and is being replaced with cold and merciless.The dead are rising and sorcery is set to rule the world.
The sky is marked with a comet looming large over everything and casting a shadow of doom and turmoil, scaring those who believe it to be a mark of something dreadful going to happen.
Daenerys, who in the last book was left with three hatched eggs of the dragons and is now known as the mother of dragons is crossing seas,set to bring back her clain to her lost kingdom.
Robert is dead, Cersei has seen to it with every bit a sly person she is. Many stake their claim to the throne and many will lie dead in the war.
The Seven Kingdoms and the Dragonstone are all going to clash in the turmoil and there is not one single ruler that you would wan’t to win his claim to the throne.
Robb Stark is now the King of the North and is on his journey towards Kings Landing to bring back his sisters from the evil grips of the Lannisters.
The current ruler, if only in name,Joffrey is cruel, selfish and more of a pawn in the hands of his mother and courtiers who know not what loyalty means and can be bought with gold and titles anytime.
Meanwhile, Robert’s brothers Stannis and Renly have their own notion of being the rightful heir to the throne.
Arya, is hiding and going through all sorts of hardships. She has some friends and many foes and lots and lots of courage. Everytime a chapter on her comes I know it’s going to be an interesting one. She is definitely full of promises ahead.
Sansa, on the other hand is finally seeing the truth of her relationship with the King and is happy enough to be free of the relationship now that Joffrey is supposed to marry Marcella and not her, but is still afraid of abuse that can come her way.
Tywin Lannister, the dwarf is still a mystery. His character has too many flaws and his identity is yet to become clear. At times he is plotting against his sister and at times he seems to be grateful to be a Lannister. It is his own follies that will open his secrets. The most according to me that he needs is respect,recognition and love, something he has never got from his family.
There is rivalry, sorcery, incest, rising of the dead, rotting bodies, fratricide,strange shadows and any other evil that you can imagine all rolled in one huge ball of fire, burning every notion of how a normal world should be.
There is coldness and revenge written all over and nobody you can trust.
The only truth that comes out is that the throne would eventually go to the coldest and the hardest of all.
Another reason to go to the third book of series where I am actally supposing the story to take over.