Clash of Kings

By George R.R. Martin

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Short Summary

This book is the second in, The Game of Thrones series. It is a direct continuation from the events that transpired in the first book. The books are set in a medival time period with certain magical elements thrown in. The characters are all scattered across the world, and I would advise you to not get too attached, for lack of a better word, to any character, because there is no telling as to what may happen to them at any given time. The land in which most of the book takes place in is known as Westeros where civil war has torn the seven kingdomes apart. The civil war to claim the Iron Throne, made by the first ruler of all of Westeros, Aegon Targaryan, becomes more complex. Daenerys Targaryan, the last of her line, roams the land to the east of Westeros known as the Free Citys trying to build up her army to take Westeros. Three kings had declared their claims in A Game of Thrones: Joffrey Baratheon, Renely Baratheon, and Stannis Baratheon. Robb Stark declares himself King in the North while Balon Greyjoy declares himself king of the Iron Islands, launching a massive assault along the west coast of The North, and becoming the fifth of the war's kings. At the Stark stronghold of Winterfell, Robb's younger brother, Bran Stark is in command.
George R. R. Martin discusses A CLASH OF KINGS
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The Starks of Winterfell

The Stark family is one of the oldest and hardiest familys in the series. They live in the North in a kingdom known as Winterfell where it is always winter and rule the largest but mostly barren land in Westeros. They are currently at war fighting for independence from the crown, which is now controlled by the Lannisters.
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The Lannisters of Casterly Rock

The Lannisters are the wealthiest of the Seven Kingdoms in Westeros. They married into royalty when Ceserai Lannister was wed to Robert Baratheon and was thought to have concived three children by him, when in reality she cheated on him with someone else. The Lannisters now control the throne through Joffrey Baratheon, the oldest son of Ceserai and Robert. However, he has a horrid temper and basically kills or mutilates all who he does not like or gets in his way, even against the wishes of all those who give him council.