A Song of Ice and Fire, #2
by George R.R. Martin
WARNING: If you have not finished reading A Game of Thrones, and you plan to, do not read this summary. It's impossible to summarize this book without giving away large parts of what happened in the first book.
Of course we cannot forget our favorite characters. Tyrion Lannister is Acting Hand and works to keep the throne in Lannister hands, even if it means opposing Queen Regent Cersei and King Joffrey. The Stark family is still scattered throughout the entire realm, each with his or her own struggles. The Starks and Winterfell are also in danger as others seek to take the northern lands for their own. Jon Snow is fighting beyond the Wall, and Daenerys Targaryen is still wandering around with her dragons in the lands east of Westeros.
Overall, an enjoyable read. I've got to say that I think Tyrion Lannister is one of my favorite characters, even though he is fighting on the "wrong" side. The only complaint I have is that Martin spends too much time following the story of Daenerys Targaryen. I don't like her, and I don't want her to take over the realm. So help me, if this is how this whole series ends, I am going to be mad. However, I definitely have to read the next book because I desperately need to know what's going to happen to the Starks.