I was so close to the end of George R.R. Martin’s Clash of Kings yesterday that I just had to finish and raced pell mell until I got to the end. Clash of Kings is book two in the Song of Ice and Fire series.
When I started the book I expected it to be an edge-of-my-seat race from start to finish and was a little disconcerted when, halfway through the book, nothing had really happened. Don’t get me wrong, stuff happened but nothing huge. But then I realized, aha, this is indeed a game, begun in the first book, Game of Thrones. The second book picks up where the first ends with no gap in time. The book is like a written out version of 3-D chess played with multiple players. The kings send their knights and bishops after pawns and castles and those queens, watch out for them, you never know what they might do! So the first half of the book is maneuvering.
Then things start to happen. Not huge things but little things, things that, instead of releasing some of the tension that has been building only serves to ratchet it up even more. By the time I got to the last third of the book it was hard to put down. And those final pages I read yesterday, woe to anyone who might have interrupted me! Luckily Bookman has already read the book and so knew better and stayed clear.
Arya remains my favorite character but Bran is finally starting to come into his own and his new friends Meera and Jojen are wonderful additions. I also like the addition of Brienne, a warrior woman to the mix. And of course the direwolves, I always fear for the direwolves. I could babble on and on about various parts of the book – Jon and Qhorin Halfhand, OMG – but it is meaningless to those who haven’t read it so I will stop.
I want to dive into the third book, A Storm of Swords but am resisting for a little while. There will be seven books in the series and five of them have been published. I don’t want to zoom my way through the books and then have to wait for the last two. So I am trying to take my time for as long as I can in hopes that the final book will be out just as I am ready to read it. In the meantime, I join my voice to the chorus: write like the wind George!