5 of 5 stars *****
Book Two, A Clash of Kings, is rich in character development and societal intrigue in a world clashing for power while forces stronger than men mount in the North, in more southerly dark religions, and in ancient offspring of a fantastic bloodline who claim the right to rule all the kingdoms. George Martin takes his audience deep into the psyche of all the fabulous characters who portray the gamut of human attributes in the Game of Thrones. It is easy to attach oneself to favorite players in the multifaceted story lines which unfold during these chapters of the saga which never fail to surprise and thrill. It is easy to see why this Sci-Fi Adventure is so widely acclaimed.