Author: George R.R. Martin
Type: Fiction, novel
Part of series: A Song of Ice and Fire (#2)
I read it: January 2012
Martin’s second picks up and runs with everything promised in the first. It’s more great fun, with a little frustration thrown in when it seems certain characters, like Catelyn and Arya, are becoming chess pieces. But you get further into the mythology: it becomes apparent who is wielding magic (or at least which parts of the world it comes from), and you learn whose is the song of ice and fire. I’m not sure why some people try to sell this series as having no good and evil, or as being highly realistic–it’s pure escapism, which is why I’m caught up in its fury.