Book Review: A Clash of Kings

A Clash of KingsA Clash of Kings

By: George R.R. Martin

Genres: Fantasy

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 wartime. It is a tale in which 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.”

~From Goodreads

The night is dark and full of terrors. Martin’s second installment in The Song of Ice and Fire series is darker than its predecessor and there are no more innocents left in his sprawling cast of characters, the Stark children most of all. I enjoyed my second sojourn into A Clash of Kings though it did feel like it took me forever to make it through it; although, that’s mostly because I have the attention span of a peanut and not any fault of the book. Martin introduces one of my favorite characters in this installment while my old favorites have to prove their mettle. Again, the knowledge of what’s to come is bittersweet and made reading certain storylines incredibly painful (cough*Theon*cough), but it was still a fun experience.

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From the Owl’s Nest: My (Unplanned) Hiatus

Hi everyone,

Hopefully there are still some of you out there! I was going through my blog last night and I realized that I haven’t posted anything here in close to a month. A lot of that has to do with the fact that I’ve been trying to bull-doze through A Clash of Kings and its taken me a lot longer than I wanted to. I finally finished it (yay!) and I’ll have the review for it up shortly.

Books aside though, I’m not the most devoted with my hobbies. If I’m trying to read through anything long and it doesn’t completely suck me in, I tend to get distracted. I’ve been reading a lot of fanfiction in the last couple of weeks and I also binge-watched Sense8 on Netflix this weekend. An awesome series, but it made it difficult for me to concentrate on reading (le sigh). I think I’m going to put The Song of Ice and Fire series on pause for a little while and get some other reading in. I’m a hundred pages into A Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and I think it’s high time I finished it.

I’m going to try and make it so you’ll hear more from me. Waiting on Wednesday will start up again and hopefully I’ll have a few other fun things for you.

Nocturnally Yours,

Molly

Waiting on Wednesday

Serpentine Serpentine

By: Cindy Pon

Serpentince is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, Serpentince tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

 

Release Date: September 8, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday and that means its time for my first installment of Waiting on Wednesday (insert confetti here)! The first book I’m going to share with you is Serpentine by Cindy Pon, something I’m particularly excited about reading. I’ve read Cindy’s other books Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix and loved them. They are set in ancient China, filled with a rich mythology and steeped in Chinese culture. Serpentine takes place in the same world  and it looks like it will be just as rich in terms of mythology. There aren’t that many fantasy books set in Asia, and its even rarer to find Asian fantasy in Young Adult books. In fact, I think the only ones I’ve read were Cindy’s  books (if you know of others, I’d love to know!). That makes Serpentine’s release even more exciting: it’s a unique stepping stone for the genre. I took Mandarin in high school so reading a book set in China will give me a chance to re-explore the language and Cindy Pon has some of THE BEST descriptions of food in her books. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

 

Tag, You’re It: Disney Book Tag

So I guess Zeezee over at Zeezee with Books has tagged me. I feel so special! As I understand it through the grapevine, this tag was originally created by Booktuber Katytastic, with additional content created by XtineMAY. I grew up during the Disney Renaissance and have almost every movie memorized (except for the Black Cauldron, but let’s not talk about that one). It’s become a cherished part of my childhood and I still enjoy going to the theaters to see their new films. I think I watched Frozen about seven times (no shame). I happily accept this challenge!

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