The second book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga continues where A Game of Thrones left off, or thereabouts, introducing new characters and following old ones. The book further fleshes out characters and relationships in an engrossing way and as a result, the story grows ever more complex and captivating.
As was the case with book one, A Game of Thrones, all the main characters have a believable personality and several will surprise in their behavior and further grey out the line between good and evil. Their motives are often unknown to the reader and when a surprising twist happens, it may come as a major surprise but it makes sense in the scheme of things.
The build-up in the book is done with great tension and when the last major battle finally arrives the result is eyes flickering over the page sucking in words as fast as possible to get to the next page to see what happens. It's been a while since I have been so engrossed in a book.
A series that comes very highly recommended.
Written By Steen
Online: Thursday, May 10, 2012