A Clash of Kings
Dieser Titel ist in englischer Sprache.
|von George R. R. Martin|
Wie schafft er das? Mit seiner nahezu grenzenlosen Phantasie zieht George R. R. Martin selbst all jene in seinen Bann, die sich geschworen haben, nie wieder einen Fantasy-Wälzer zu beginnen (die englische Originalausgabe des ersten Bandes, Die Herren von Winterfell, hat über 700 Seiten). Das Erbe von Winterfell ist nicht nur länger sondern auch noch düsterer, und dennoch überzeugen die Charaktere Martins auch in diesem zweiten Band.
Die sieben vereinten Königreiche sind vom Verfall bedroht. Joffrey, der Sohn der sadistischen Königin Cersei, tritt nach dem Tod von Robert Baratheon, der den Thron mit Gewalt an sich gerissen hatte, dessen Nachfolge an. Die Lannister, das Adelsgeschlecht der Königin Cersei, verteidigen Joffreys Herrschaft. Doch auch der finstere Stannis und der charismatische Renly Baratheon, die beiden Brüder Roberts, erheben Anspruch auf die Krone. Robb Stark, der erklärte König im Norden, will sich für den Tod seines Vaters rächen und seine Schwester vom Hofe Joffreys befreien. Daenerys, der im Exil lebende letzte rechtmäßige Thronerbe des ehemals herrschenden Adelsgeschlechts, züchtet unterdessen drei Drachen heran und sucht ebenso nach einer Möglichkeit, in seine Heimat zurückzukehren. Gleichzeitig erleidet die Nachtwache, die mit der Verteidigung des Reiches gegen die Gefahren nördlich der Mauer betraut wurde, kontinuierliche Verluste, während barbarische Kräfte zusehends an Stärke gewinnen und gräßliche Kreaturen im Verwunschenen Wald umherstreifen.
Zugegeben, das klingt alles recht verworren, doch versteht Martin es, aus all diesen Handlungssträngen ein aus dunkler Magie, komplexen politischen Intrigen und grauenvollem Blutvergießen bestehendes, abgerundetes Ganzes zu zaubern. --Nona Vero
Martin outshines competition??
With the second installment of Fire and Ice, readers can really seen the wonder of Martin's fantasy. I really liked Game of Thrones, but love Clash of Kings. The book is so fast paced and has a depth and potency of intrigue and developement that you just dont get elsewhere. I genuinely enjoy Robert Jordan as well, but his focus on human relation and emotion are murky at times. Moreover, in the later Wheel of Time books, I found myself craving the pace of intrigue , action and developement in the first books. Nonetheless, Jordan is still a fantasy Master. Goodkind suffers much like Jordan. His series works also suffer from thier emotional content. At times it is moving, but at others, simply droll and predictable. Also, I have found Jordan and especially Martin much more innovative and novel in creating setting and circumstance. Yet, Martin will need a few more shining performances to truly outshine the more seasoned fantasy masters. Still, throughout Clash of Kings, i was salivating for the next chapter to find out what would happen to who?? I havent felt so sucked in since the time between reading Jordan's Eye of World and Great Hunt.
Ranks with Jordan, Tad Williams, and Kerr
Of all the fantasy series on the market, only three, to me, combine page-turning plotlines, characters you could cry over, solid writing--and believable worlds. Martin joins Robert Jordan, Tad Williams, and early Katharine Kerr as the best of what modern fantasy has to offer. I know how popular Salvatore, Eddings, Feist, et al. are; but read them again, and what you get is good story with junior high school-level writing ability. Terry Goodkind spins a good yarn, but he's too derivative of Robert Jordan (why no copyright infringement lawsuit?) and his writing is average at best. Martin's series, though... wow. Tad Williams remains, to me, the best-written of all series, Jordan's plot is perhaps the most captivating, and early Kerr was so real you could smell the horse and steel. Martin is not the best in any one area, but he does it all so well you'll find yourself staying up all night turning pages. My only anger is the year-long wait until the next installment. I know some will chafe at the fact that this second volume is mostly build-up, with just about nothing getting resolved. But what a build-up; the tension gets so thick you want to scream at the characters to get a clue and see what's really coming. If your idea of fantasy is two-hundred pages of improbably-named Dungeons and Dragons cliches killing monsters plagiarized from Tolkien, go back to your Salvatores. But if you're into believable worlds crafted by authors who obviously have done some homework into late medieval history to flesh out the details, and characters who are _human_, with human failings, do yourself a favor and buy A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. Better yet, wait until the series is done before you start, or you'll find yourself in agony, like I am now.
The Art of Character Development
One of the first books to introduce the artform of character development to me was Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. An epic following an ex-con throughout his life, and the lives of those he touched. And since I read that years ago, I have longed for another epic that could be as powerfully written, as dramatic and intense, and convey personas that were more than text. Finally, I've found something that fits this criteria, and A Song of Ice and Fire is it. Martin has established himself, in my mind, as one of the top authors in today's market. His style is unique and extreme, he takes many risks right down to the vulgarity and brutality of A Clash of Kings. Instead of censoring his work so he doesn't offend or disgust those readers who think fiction should reflect the 9 'oclock news, he pursues the reality of the situations. By far my favorite character (who probably absorbed the best scenes of the book) would be Tyrion Lannister. Previously John Snow was simply blowing my mind, but Tyrion's twists throughout this rampant world struck me not only as brilliant, but somehow uplifting. John Snow's ending battle was a masterful stroke in the story, and Arya's progress keeps the drama and heart attached. I would like to see Draenary's playing a larger role in the next book (if I spelled her name right, if not my apologies), but I was content in seeing her establish a strong footing in a foreign land. I'll be waiting on pins and needles for the third book, and I heard the same rumor as some other reviewers, that there may be a five or so wait until the 4th edition. I only hope this proves false.