That is a pretty good way to sum up George R. R. Martin’s second novel in the Game of Thrones series. With King Robert’s death in the first book the Seven Kingdoms are thrown into chaos as numerous others claim title to the throne and raise legions of warriors to fight for their thrones. As in the first book Martin follows the paths of the main characters as some struggle for glory, some for power, and some just for life. “Winter is coming” to the lands as dark forces are starting to make their way into the lands.
I actually thought that this novel was much better than the first. Perhaps it is just because I have gotten to know the characters and have favorites. My favorite so far is survivor Arya who I find myself rooting for all of the time and especially look forward to her chapters. Overall A Clash of Kings was a much more entertaining book though it certainly does not stand alone. Some of kings forfeit their claims (they die), but the end of the book is not the end of the story and leads into the third installment of the series.