A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George RR Martin

Published by Harper Voyager 16/11/98

708 pages.

ISBN 978-0-002-245852

First Edition, Hardcover

Purchased from eBay for £90

A similar edition is available from AbeBooks for £445

Please be aware when purchasing this product from sites like eBay that it is not a book club edition as these hold little value, they are smaller in size & lack the quality of the original. A book club edition will have a CN number rather than a number line. Please see my pic above for reference to first UK edition.

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George R. R. Martin, a writer of unsurpassed vision, power, and imagination, has created a landmark of fantasy fiction. In his widely acclaimed “A Game of Thrones,” he introduced us to an extraordinary world of wonder, intrigue, and adventure. Now, in the eagerly awaited second volume in this epic saga, he once again proves himself a master myth-maker, setting a standard against which all other fantasy novels will be measured for years to come. Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders — Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon — who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead…victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky — a comet the color of blood and flame — six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers. “A Clash of Kings” transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare. It is a tale inwhich maidens cavort with madmen, 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, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors. Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, “A Clash of Kings” is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment — a tale of pure excitement you will never forget.

-Preceded by A Game of Thrones

-Followed by A Storm of Swords

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george-rr-martinA little bit about the author – George R.R. Martin is the author of six titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, A Feast for Crows and the long-awaited A Dance with Dragons. A Game of Thrones is now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

He has also written Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He was also the co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter’s Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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