A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin
A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which 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, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles
4/5 stars (really liked it)
I liked this one better than the first book. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I already knew most of the characters, although a couple more get introduced. I thought the Comet would be a bigger deal than it was but it was only really mentioned a few times at the beginning that once I got to the end of the book I had forgotten about it. A character dies, whose death was a very big surprise for me and I actually had to go back and re-read to make sure I had read right. I still love Dany's story and Arya's. I've also found that Sansa has gotten more interesting in this book. The book ends with not much resolution, which makes me want to read the book even more. Overall I really enjoyed this book.