A Clash Of Kings – Book Review #21

The second book in the Game of Thrones series, A Clash of Kings felt a little overwhelming when I first looked at it due to the sheer size!
I knew I wasn’t going to find the time to read this huge book in one week and still get everything work and family related done so I decided to try Audible free for 3 months. It meant I could listen to the book while doing all the jobs I needed to do that didn’t take any concentration.

It was still a close shave! I finished the last chapter last night and I have to admit that it took me a while to get used to listening to a book rather than reading it. I did feel a little guilty at times because it felt like I was cheating.
I actually asked Google if listening to an audible book was cheating and I’m happy to say that the links I read said it wasn’t so I felt a bit better!
Also, I have felt guilty when sitting reading a book for a few hours if there was work or housework to do so being able to listen while doing the cleaning got rid of that guilt 🙂

A Clash Of Kings

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

‘Tears: the woman’s weapon, my lady mother used to call them. The man’s weapon is a sword. And that tells us all you need to know…’

The second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, featuring a stellar cast. Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising. From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky – a comet the colour of blood and flame – five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Against a backdrop of incest, fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory is measured in blood.

My Thoughts

I wish I’d have started this series a couple of years ago when I first got them. I was put off by the size, but when a book is this good, it’s great that it lasts so long!

My favourite character so far has to be Tyrion. I was really upset when he got injured in battle and annoyed that he wasn’t going to get the glory he deserved for the Lannister family winning the battle.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book but I’m going to read a Cecelia Ahern book next, just because I need something a bit lighter and easier to read!

A Clash Of KIngs by George R.R. Martin

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  1. sarahmo3w 8th June 2019 at 7:18 am

    I’ve never watched Game of Thrones, so it has never occurred to me to try the books. I suspect they wouldn’t be my cup of tea!
    I’ve never listened to a book either, but wouldn’t rule it out in the future. I advised my late grandma to listen to books when her eyesight was failing and it brought a lot of pleasure to her in the last few years of her life.

  2. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 5th June 2019 at 4:57 pm

    My husband has listened to the whole series rather than actually reading the books, I’ve never listened to an audio book #readwithme

  3. Kate Holmes 5th June 2019 at 3:49 pm

    I really should get into audio books. Great idea although I am doing better at reading actual books these days at last – got lost in the whole parenting gig for far too long. We need ot feel less guilty when putting ourselves first especially as it usually makes us more efficient and happier when we do so which helps the whole family. Need to discover Game of Thrones along with my son and also I think my late Mum would have loved with tale #ReadWithMe

  4. mumjd 4th June 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve never really thought of trying audio books although we do have a few kids ones. Maybe I should instead of just listening to the radio as I drive to work

  5. Catherine @ Story Snug 4th June 2019 at 1:56 pm

    My brother listens to audio books while he is driving but I’ve never listened to one (other than children’s stories!). I know what you mean about feeling guilty about reading when there’s housework to do but wonder if listening would also distract me. I guess I should give it a go and then I’ll know 🙂


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