I feel like I read this book too close to A Game of Thrones to write a really good review about it. It does just feel like a continuation of the previous book, without anything to really differentiate it in my mind.
That is not a complaint! I loved the first book! I just
don't have any new reasons why I love Clash of Kings. Everything I can
think of is a "I continue to enjoy...."
I continue to enjoy the
shifting narrative perspective, and the way that helps Martin avoid
simplistic motives, or clear differentiations between "good" and "evil"
I continue to enjoy the frigging complexity of these books.
I continue to enjoy the way that Martin is unafraid to break his toys, always with good reason, but frequently unexpectedly!
continue to enjoy how the entire balance of power will shift over the
course of the books, not once, not twice, but frequently, and always
I continue to absolutely love Tyrion and Arya. (Dany, my third favourite, was not as big a presence in A Clash of Kings.)
only gets four stars because it lacks that feeling of wonderful
discovery of this world and its inhabitants that the first book gave me.
But I did love it. I may wait a while before I crack open the third,
though. Pace myself.