A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The second in the Games of Thrones series, A Clash of Kings, was a disappointing compared to its predecessor, A Song of Ice and Fire. This book lacked the excitement and fluidity that was so evident in the first book in the series.
Varys poses the below riddle to Tyrion, its my favorite line in the book:
"In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. 'Do it,' says the king, 'for I am your lawful ruler.' 'Do it,' says the priest, 'for I command you in the names of the gods.' 'Do it,' says the rich man, 'and all this gold shall be yours.' So tell me- who lives and who dies?"
I'm hoping that while this book was not exciting, it was required so the rest of the story can be told. With that hope, I will continue with the next book in the series.