This article is about the George Kings of war clash of kings pdf. For the video game, see Clash of Kings. A Clash of Kings is the second novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. Martin expected to consist of seven volumes.
It was first published on 16 November 1998 in the United Kingdom, although the first United States edition did not follow until March 1999. In May 2005 Meisha Merlin released a limited edition of the novel, fully illustrated by John Howe.
The novel has been adapted for television by HBO as the second season of the TV series Game of Thrones. A Clash of Kings is also the name of the first expansion to the Game of Thrones board game.
A Clash of Kings depicts the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in civil war, while the Night’s Watch mounts a reconnaissance to investigate the mysterious people known as wildlings. Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen continues her plan to reconquer the Seven Kingdoms.
With King Robert Baratheon dead, his alleged son Joffrey and brothers Renly and Stannis all claim the throne of Westeros. Robb Stark is declared ‘King in the North’ while Balon Greyjoy declares himself king of the Iron Islands and attacks the western coast of the North.
Robb’s younger brother Bran Stark finds new friends in Jojen and Meera Reed. Stannis Baratheon, as Robert’s eldest brother, declares himself King of Westeros, encouraged by Melisandre of Asshai, a priestess who believes Stannis the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, a messianic figure of her faith. The war is dubbed the War of the Five Kings. Stannis offering to make Renly his heir over his daughter Shireen the ensuing parley ends in acrimony and Renly resolves to destroy his brother with his larger army.
Renly has married the daughter of the greedy and arrogant Lord Mace Tyrell, who is therefore supporting his attempt to usurp the throne. However, without warning a mysterious shadow comes to life in Renly’s own tent and kills him. Shocked, Catelyn and the only other witness, the warrior-maid Brienne of Tarth, flee the scene. Having lost Renly, the storm lords have no choice but to declare for Stannis.