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A Clash of Kings had a strong start, with the political situation in Westeros quickly deteriorating and war breaking out on several fronts. It was exciting! Things were happening! My team was winning! Then the book hit a big lull and my attention started waning. Martin tried to keep my attention by slowly teasing more magical powers that were becoming stronger in the world, but it wasn't enough for me. I started thinking that after I was done with the book I would read something else for a while before picking up A Storm of Swords.
Luckily the book picked up again just in time for me to go on several long flights. I got a bunch of reading done, and was quite engaged. War happened! Unexpected attacks! Characters started dying again! Magic started to make a difference in the direction things were going! I am happy to say that I am once again on board for continuing the series without interruptions.
Looking back, I think that the majority of A Game of Thrones was as slow as the middle of A Clash of Kings, so I believe Clash was the better of the two. Here's hoping Martin can continue improving with the next book!