Book Review: A Clash of Kings
A Clash of Kings, the second book in A Song of Ice and Fire, is a solid follow-up to A Game of Thrones, with the same suspenseful story-telling and complex character development that made the first book so great. This installment is heavy on war strategy, dissecting the fragile ties between factions that are all competing for power. With so many ultra-masculine egos and so little genuine loyalty, the violent interplay between families and regions is constant and inevitable. Surprisingly, the one who most aptly describes the situation is despicable Jaime Lannister:
"So many vows… they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other."