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4.0 von 5 Sternen Der Kampf um die Sieben Königreiche
Die Handlung des zweiten Buches der Serie 'A Song of Ice and Fire' schließt nahtlos an die Ereignisse des ersten Teils an. Die Charaktere, die der Leser begleitet, sind inzwischen über den ganzen Kontinent verstreut. Wie der Name des Buches verspricht, werden verschiedenste Könige aufeinandertreffen und um die alleinige Herrschaft des Königreiches...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Buy it, but buy it in paperback
Martin's world is one that grows on you. A year after reading GofT, I found myself arguing to myself about the characters, and having to read it again. A book that does this to you--it's some kind of brilliant.
I bought A Clash of Kings in a personally purchased hardcover because I was itching to know more and couldn't wait--well, I don't think it's too much of...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Der Kampf um die Sieben Königreiche,
Die Handlung des zweiten Buches der Serie 'A Song of Ice and Fire' schließt nahtlos an die Ereignisse des ersten Teils an. Die Charaktere, die der Leser begleitet, sind inzwischen über den ganzen Kontinent verstreut. Wie der Name des Buches verspricht, werden verschiedenste Könige aufeinandertreffen und um die alleinige Herrschaft des Königreiches streiten ' doch wo Gewinner sind, gibt es immer auch Verlierer, und nicht jeder König kämpft mit fairen Mitteln'
Wie auch der erste Teil ist 'A Clash of Kings' vom unverwechselbaren Schreibstil Martins geprägt. Geschickt verknüpft er die Schicksale einzelner Charaktere miteinander. Dank anschaulicher Beschreibungen taucht der Leser tief in die Welt der Sieben Königreiche ein. Oft erhält der Leser nur Andeutungen bezüglich der Pläne einiger Charaktere, und wird so schließlich umso mehr überrascht, wenn sich diese offenbaren.
Die Geschichte wird in diesem Buch aus den Perspektiven von insgesamt zehn Charakteren geschildert, die nur selten aufeinandertreffen. Dies führt dazu, dass die Geschichte komplex und vielschichtig ist. Martin gelingt es bravourös, die einzelnen Erzählstränge aufeinander abzustimmen. Dies führt jedoch auch dazu, dass Cliffhanger oft erst nach vielen Kapiteln aufgelöst werden. Das dauerte mir jedoch oft etwas zu lange, und ich habe mich gefragt, ob man die Ereignisse einiger Charaktere nicht etwas kürzer hätte fassen können.
Die Hauptcharaktere selbst sind facettenreich gestaltet. Die meisten von ihnen habe ich daher gerne auf ihrem Weg durch die Sieben Königreiche begleitet und mitgefiebert, ob ihnen ihre Pläne gelingen. Martin gelingt es, ihre Sorgen und Hoffnungen lebendig zu beschreiben, sodass ich mich als Leser gut in diese hineinversetzen konnte. Die Nebencharaktere sind oft nicht minder interessant, hier habe ich oft aber nur dank des Personenverzeichnisses im Anhang den Überblick bewahren können.
Mit 'A Clash of Kings' führt George R.R. Martin seine Meisterserie 'A Song of Ice and Fire' stark weiter. Die zahlreichen Charaktere konnten mich dabei gut unterhalten. Die Handlung wies einige Längen auf, konnte jedoch mit ihrer Vielschichtigkeit und Spannung Eindruck bei mir hinterlassen. Wer schon vom ersten Teil begeistert war, sollte unbedingt mit 'A Clash of Kings' fortfahren!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wenn Romane so gut sind, können sie nicht dick genug sein,
Meine Befürchtung, dass der 2. Teil der Games of Thrones-Saga abflacht, hat sich nicht bestätigt. Nach wie vor fesselt mich die Geschichte, und die Bücher können nicht dick genug sein.
Eigentlich könnte ich meine Rezension zum 1. Teil kopieren und hier einfügen, denn meine Begeisterung ist ungebrochen. Georg R.R. Martin spinnt immer noch jede Menge Intrigen, lässt seine Helden lügen, leiden, lieben, kämpfen, fliehen und Fehler machen - bereitet mir eine Überraschung nach der anderen, versetzt mich in Schockzustände und lässt mich die Luft anhalten, lullt mich in Sicherheit ein, bevor er die Handlung wieder einmal kippen lässt. Diese Gefühlsachterbahn ist unbeschreiblich und ein größeres Lob für einen Roman kann es aus meinem Mund fast gar nicht geben. Allerdings muss ich zugeben, dass ich ständig in der Angst schwebe, dass die Geschichte doch einmal langweilig, vorhersehbar und kitschig werden könnte. Denn 5 Bände wollen erst einmal mit Worten gefüllt werden. Solange jedoch nichts dergleichen zu spüren ist, genieße ich die Lektüre und nutze jede freie Minute zum Lesen. Vielleicht sollte ich nicht "genieße" schreiben, denn letztendlich geht die Geschichte mit ihren Protagonisten nicht gerade zimperlich um. Aber ich weiß keine bessere Beschreibung, so dass ich das Wort einmal so stehen lasse.
Besonders hervorheben möchte ich noch die Idee, jedes Kapitel einer anderen Person zu widmen, so dass man die Handlung aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln betrachten kann - Cliffhanger inbegriffen. Dabei gibt es selbstverständlich Passagen, die mir nicht so liegen, weil ich den Charakter des entsprechenden Heldens nicht ausstehen kann. Überlesen kann ich diese aber auch nicht, da mir sonst wichtige Details entgehen würden. Schnell habe ich meine Sympathieträger ausgemacht. Es sind vor allem Thyrion, Jon, Daenerys und Arya. Ich sollte besser sagen, dass sie es bis jetzt sind. Wer kann schon sagen, was alles im Weiteren noch passiert? Ich kann es nicht und das ist auch gut so.
Jetzt habe ich so geschwärmt, dass ich mich einfach gezwungen sehe, auch etwas Negatives zu erwähnen. Die vielen, vielen, vielen Namen. Sie brachten mich teilweise zum Verzweifeln. Hier hat es der Autor ein wenig zu gut gemeint. Mich interessieren diese ganzen Lords mit ihren Ländereien ja nur am Rande. Gut, einige sind oder werden noch wichtig für die Handlung, aber eben nicht alle und die hätte man ja auch weglassen können. Aber das ist Jammern auf hohem Niveau und um meinen Lesefluss nicht gar zu sehr einzudämmen, hat der Verlag im Anhang eine Zusammenstellung der Personen abgedruckt. Dafür bin ich sehr dankbar
- und auch dafür, dass noch weitere 3 schön dicke Bücher auf mich wartend bereitstehen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's the gutsiest fantasy blockbuster of the decade,
Von Ein Kunde
Yes, it's even darker and grimmer than the first installment. Martin takes a big chance in keeping the overall tone so naturalistic, but it pays off. Emotional and physical consequences of violence and feudal system are spelled out in no uncertain terms.
A small problem is the way lighter elements are not balanced as well with the darker stuff as in the previous book. The most emotionally rewarding relationship here is between a narcistissic dwarf and a whore. Most main characters are dealing with massive traume from earlier events and it's sometimes tough going for the reader. Especially Dany is in danger of becoming a stereotypical teen queen; a kind of grief-stricken Debbie Gibson stranded in Saudi Arabia in leather bikinis. I hope Martin gets her to the smae continent with the rest of the characters in the next book and lets her resumer her growth as a character, so vividly portrayed in GoT.
Sansa and Arya are also stranded in almost impossible situations; very down-beat, but also compulsively readable stuff. Catelyn and most of the other characters are trying to put together pieces of their former lives - all that is very realistic considering what happened previously, but Martin better move them beyond this phase in the next book to avoid the claustrophobic feel sometimes evident in CoK.
But all in all, it's an excellent, daring follow-up. It's obvious that major events are stored for the third book, and for a bridge between first and third novel, this is great stuff. As a concept, it's great that for once people in a fantasy novel actually have to deal with the consequences of death and mayhem. It makes it possible for adults to read the Martin books without guilt.
Of course, the whole thing *is* spinning out of control. There are 8-10 major religions or belief systems, for example. Martin better do some consolidation in the next novel, and kill off 5-15 main characters as well, just to keep it together. Martin makes Jordan look like Enid Blyton! And that's good.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The greatest fantasy epic since "The Lord of the Rings",
Von Ein Kunde
I have to admit, I wasn't sure if Martin could top his award-winning "A Game of Thrones". But he has. "A Clash of Kings" not only equals the first book in terms of action, complexity, characterization, and plotting; it surpasses it. "A Clash of Kings" is darker, grittier, and more complex than the original, and is filled with surprises, cliffhangers, and hair-raising scenes of action and intrigue. The climactic battle that ends the book is worth the price of the entire novel. The only down side is that you'll go crazy waiting for the next book in the series. Martin's saga is definitely the best epic fantasy series of the decade, and when all is said and done, may even surpass Tolkien. Martin has proven that he is not merely interested in writing a carbon copy of "Lord of the Rings". He is trying to re-invent the genre and take it in new and exciting directions. He is not afraid to kill off "good guys", even main characters. Martin writes good literature. The fantasy setting adds spice to the tale, but it is the story of these characters and their wounded world that makes it one for the ages.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Dark Tale Woven With Intricate Texture,
I have never been involved in delirious medieval battle, sword in hand, cutting down my nearest foes. My hands and arms have never felt warm blood spurting from inflicted wounds. I have never felt the impediment heavy armor brings to the natural movement of my body. I have not heard the cries of agony of those wounded and dying, yet within a few pages, George RR Martin envelops all my senses with the reality of ghastly battles of epic proportions.
"The battle fever. He had never thought to experience it himself, though Jaime had told him of it often enough. How time seemed to blur and slow and even stop, how the past and the future vanished until there was nothing but the instant, how fear fled, and thought fled, and even your body. "You don't feel your wounds then, or the ache in your back from the weight of the armor, or the sweat running down into your eyes. You stop feeling, you stop thinking, you stop being you, there is only the fight, the foe, this man and then the next and the next and the next, and you know they are afraid and tired but you're not, you're alive, and death is all around you but their swords move so slowly, you can dance through them laughing." Battle fever. I am half a man and drunk with slaughter, let them kill me if they can!"
Thus reads an excerpt from A CLASH OF KINGS, the mind-blowing sequel to A GAME OF THRONES. George RR Martin's seducing darkness of the bleak and torn Seven Kingdoms continues as we are presented with old and new characters in this startling but sinister tale of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Queen Cersei's son Joffrey ascends to the Iron Throne and continues with his sadistic reign of the King's Landing in the south following the death of King Robert. The grim Stannis and Renly Baratheon (brothers to Robert) believe themselves to be the legitimate heirs to the throne. This is the prequel and culminates to the final epic battle against Joffrey and the Lannisters. Stannis relies on the powers of his new faith in the God of Light and Lady Melissandre, yet not everything is what it seems, and darker powers seem to be at work in Stannis. Renly, in turn, relies solely on his charisma to draw and lead a vast army.
Rob Stark still battles to avenge his father's execution. Daenerys, the exiled heir of the former ruling family, continues the nurture of her three dragons. Jon, now part of the Nightwatch, travels further north to destroy the Wildlings and its leader, and hopes to destroy the evil threatens the Kingdom, now that the dead seem to walk.
My favourite character is Tyrion Lannister, an evil but likeable character, who tries to tame his nephew, King Joffrey, and protect himself from the evil schemes of his sister, Queen Cersei.
Martin captures the horror of medieval battles, where survival was not only based on skill, but also on luck. There is nothing sweet, nothing heroic, but Martin leaves you tasting the blood and witnessing the gore of the battle between steel and flesh. The reader is not untouched by this, but is seduced by the pain and terror of these characters. The story is definitely graphic and aimed at the adult reader. Martin is a superb storyteller (the best I have come across) and he infuses his characters with life, purpose and a sense of chaotic morality. The characters move between shades of grey, and are not strictly saints or sinners, but each is fallible in his or her beliefs. This is what makes the story so gripping and interesting. Be prepared for a roller coaster ride gone out of control. You never know what happens next, and it is hard to guess where Martin is going with this tale.
In A CLASH OF KINGS evil outwits good, if goodness can be found. Martin succeeds in disguising darkness as light, as it slays those who are deceived by it. The introduction of magic in this book is very subtle, but utterly believable.
The only complaint I have about this book, is that Martin is slow to reveal the grandness of the story, and I guess we will have to wait for A Feast Of Crows.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Forwarding the tale without giving too much away.,
I think what needs to be said of the second book is that it does forward the plot of the first.
It definitely fleshes out the characters of the first book more!
Tyrion - must keep the delicate juggling act he has started going smoothly. He not only has to deal with who he KNOWS the enemy is, but must wade through the deception at the Rock to see who he can trust and who he can't. When you think you know, you're dead wrong, and there IS a price to be paid.
Dany - not enough of her in this book, but what is there is jam packed. Now with her sun and stars dead, she must take the few that follow her and build them into an army that can reclaim her throne. Along the way, however, are the curious and the deadly - people who want to see the Mother of the Dragons, but also want to take those dragons from her! Just when you think this poor kid can not catch a break, she gets one in the end.
Jon - Jon FINALLY gets a plot, and it centers around his missing Uncle. He and the Watch must take on the deadly mission of going into the woods and beyond the wall to find where their Black Brothers went. What they find frightens them, and staying alive becomes a daily struggle in the harsh weather.
Arya- This little girl is learning some hard, fast lessons about life. Through out the book, she buils a piece of mental armor for herself, and at the end, you can almost hear the last piece click into place as this little child leaves the days of youth behind her and becomes a young adult who will do anything to get back to what little family she has left.
The Lannisters - Ah, how fickle is youth! Just when Cercei thinks she has the control she wants, she finds out that she can not control her young son as she thought she would be able too. Her father is not pleased with the way Joffrey rules his land, and the neither is the town in which they live. They find out that lesson hard. Slowly, oh VERY slowly, the wheel of justice starts to turn back towards them. Not quickly enough, but it does. Two brothers go to war over the crown, one aided by a scary new ally/enemy.
The Starks - Catelyn continues her hard road of justice and revenge. She has few allies, and is in constant worry of her remaining family as Robb marches into war. Bran finds an unexpected new side effect of his fall, some new friends to help him with it, and remembers the truth.
Towns burn, people die and stronghold's crumble in this book. Innocence is lost, brutality becomes common and hearts are broken. But the game continues on, because if you play the game, you win or you die.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Lives up to A Game of Thrones,
Having made a stunningly successful debut into Fantasy with "A Game of Thrones", Martin continues with the second volume of the Song of Ice & Fire saga, "A Clash of Kings". To his credit, Martin manages to keep up the quality of the first volume, despite the number of characters and sub-plots growing seemingly uncontrollably. In what is perhaps an effort to reduce the complications, Martin resorts to killing off some of the main characters, so that by the end of the second volume, the cast is back to manageable proportions. In a sense, it is difficult to review this book as it is clearly meant as a bridging novel to the upcoming book 3. Without revealing the story, let me say that the main focus of the volume is to resolve some of the burgeoning sub-plots and lesser characters. In the process, Martin does leave one wondering about the cut threads now dangling in mid-air. Presumably subsequent volumes will connect them up but for the moment the suspense is awkward. What happens to Melisandre back on Dragonstone? Does R'hllor play any further part? Where and how does Jaqen H'gar disappear and will he re-appear? What exactly happens to Jaime Lannister in the end? What was the point, if any, of Daenerys' Dothraki Diaspora? When, if ever, will Arya resume her Stark identity? One is left wondering and a bit unsettled at the lack of answers. But on the plus side, having got several sub-plots out of the way (for now?) Martin finally turns to the main plot. The battle (if not the war) for Kings Landing and the Iron Throne is settled and the Night's Watch rides north in force; now Jon Snow must face an unknown and unlooked for destiny. Excellent character depictions and scene descriptions remain Martin's strength. As many of us readers suspected, the Imp, sympathetically portrayed by Martin in the first volume, returns to center stage in the second book and Martin does appear to be speaking through him. Still however, Martin refuses to heed his readers' pleas for a prologue and most annoying of all for me at least, is unwilling to take the trouble of mapping the geography of his world. Westeros is slightly better charted in this volume but the Free Cities, the Dothraki Sea and the rest of his world remain off the edge of the maps. Please Mr. Martin, do something about this in book 3. For those who have already read A Game of Thrones, don't miss A Clash of Kings. For those who are new to the saga, you will do better to read book 1 first (A Game of Thrones).
5.0 von 5 Sternen Song of Death and Beauty,
George R.R. Martin is the last person I would ever have suspected of a secet desire to write heroic fantasy. Perhaps that's why his Song of Ice and Fire is so unexpectedly great. Martin, known better for his hard sf, draws together threads from dozens of books, transforming them as he goes: I've noticed his hat tipped to Tad Williams, Robert Jordan, Poul Anderson, Lois McMaster Bujold and Dave Duncan as well as Feist and Eddings and the whole pantheon of fantasy writers. This is a huge work, packed with characters, and written in a realistic, uncompromising style. Feudalism, with all its glory, honor, and starving peasants, has lasted for a millenium on this world; perhaps due to the weak grip of religion, or perhaps because of the decade-long winters caused by the wobbling axis of the planet. In the longest winters, the eerie dwellers in the frozen north can extend their sway into the lands of men, slowed only by the exiles of the Night's Watch who guard against the dark powers. It's all about honor and might of arms: you can gain a kingdom by force, but can you hold it without the consent of the governed? Does a lord deserve fealty if he rules unjustly? There are no clear-cut heroes in this book, and no simple moral choices. The evil and the less-evil rule, and only those able to play the game of thrones survive; and as the humans struggle for advantage in the warm southern kingdoms, the brutal wolf-winter gathers and inhuman creatures with glowing blue eyes mass to crush the warmblooded intruders forever. Across the sea, little Princess Dany and her dragons may be mankind's only hope. Caught between the grinding armies and maneuvering lords, a host of interesting characters rise and fall, advance and retreat, weep and rejoice. Fire and Ice? Love and Hate? All the extremes are here. The White Walkers in the north can match humanity hate for hate, sword for sword, strength for strength. Winter is coming, and only honor and love can burn hot enough to turn it back.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Medevial politics brought to life, with fantasy added,
Ok, the House of Lancaster(Lannister) and the House of York were the inspiration for the Songs of Fire and Ice. We see a little Richard the Third in Tyrion Lannister. Bravo. Any way, if you can read this book in large enough time segments that you get more than one vignette per character per reading, it is far more enjoyable than if you must read only a few chapters at a time. The myriad of viewpoints damages the story's flow, while it adds depth with all the extra detail, a feat which in lesser hands would make the book unreadable. The inexorable movement of the major parties toward serious conflict avoids being predictable. Tyrion Lannister, while one of the "bad guys,"is fun to read and I suspect is Mr. Martin's alter ego emerging in print. Even the tiresome updates on Dany's progress can be understood if one assumes a return of the Dragons in a later episode. The writing? In general, captivating. Martin really gets you into his characters and throws one surprise after another your way. The ribald tone, reminiscent of Chaucer, (who by the way would be a contemporary storyteller/bard/minstrel in this "world") suffers from the use of modern profanity. If one substitutes "swyve" "bugger" or "roger" for "fu**", the earthy tone would be retained, and hold a greater fidelity to the medevial setting. The few erotic scenes are brief, and add spice. Fantasy Authors take note. There is a fine line between ribald/erotic flavoring, and crass/pornographic digression. Martin uses the former to give his world depth. Unfortunately, this makes the book unsuitable for any but the most mature teenagers, confining the audience to college/adult readers. So what? Read and enjoy. You will have a hard time putting this book down, unless you read about Dany late at night. To Mr Martin: Well done, bring it on! And let's try to keep this series to 5 books or less, shall we? Mr Jordan has illustrated the problem of a gifted and prolific writer who simply cannot end a story. Please don't fall into the same trap.
4.0 von 5 Sternen You can get jiggy with this book! It is on the ONE!,
Von Ein Kunde
This book is a HIT as far as I am concerned. It is exciting, well-written, contains good descriptions, good character development, follow-up on events from differing perspectives, etc. There are characters I love to hate: the Queen-Mother/Regent, needs to be slapped, Jaime should just be hung up-side-down from the highest raftesr and tough luck to Little-Miss-Former-Betrothed stuck in the palace! And when that "priestess" in red squatted and "gave birth" to that shadow thing... well, that was just NASTY. This story is so well written that one can get jiggy with it; get into it; get down with it... enjoy it and feel moved by what is going on in it. As much as I liked the story and the writing, I didn't give it 5 stars because it peeves me that one can read a book series (the first two) of over 1,500 pages and there still is no end ! I have patience for a part three, but if this goes the way most stories are going these days, even that will not be the end of it. Lighten-Up George R.R. Martin! my purse is not endless. But, I guess that is the way of it for ALL fantasy novels. So be it. But, I don't like it. Really, why not finish it? Before I took up book #1, I was sitting here wondering, should I even begin this series or wait until I see how many additional episodes it will take to finish it all? Will this be a trilogy? Four books? 8 and still going on like Jordan's? .. hmmm... how many books does it take to finish it!!! Anyway, I have no choice. I am hooked now. I love Jon Snow, I love the character development with Bran, Tyrion and I was sick to my heart when Homey, the Lord Stark, got beheaded. And what's up with people not understanding that dead people are getting up and walking around in the Northlands? If there were any Brothers in the story, I can tell you that there would be instant belief that this was possible and there would be an immediate mass migration South. By the way, where is the missing direwolf that got shooed away so she wouldn't get killed for attacking Joffery? I like the whole Dire Wolf thing. That works for me. Anyway.. this is a fun read. Buy this book.
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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) von George R. R. Martin