by George R.R. Martin
I will stop summarizing here. This is a huge book, and it is hard to know how much to say. Let's just say that it's a book full of political intrigue, treachery, honor, duty, and devotion with some magical and horrific elements thrown in for good measure. This book is written differently than many books. Each chapter focuses on a different character, with a total of eight (if I counted right) characters being followed through the whole book. Most of the action is seen through the eyes of members of the Stark family. Some characters depict what is happening at Winterfell while Ned and others are gone. One character depicts what is happening north of Winterfell at the Wall, where strange things are brewing. Some characters, including Ned, help depict what is happening at King's Landing and in the regions south of Winterfell. The final character is one of the Targaryen exiles outside of the Seven Kingdoms. Most of the action is intertwined, but it's not yet clear exactly what part the Targaryen exile is going to play in the story.
I definitely enjoyed this novel, though there are a lot of characters and relationships to keep track of. There are a lot of loose ends at the end of this novel, so don't expect to be satisfied when you are finished with this one. I'm going to have to read the next book, just to figure out what happens. (I'm definitely hoping Martin answers some questions about the past as well. He could definitely write a prequel.) I'm totally invested in some of these characters, but I know I shouldn't get too attached because "winter is coming."