TITLE: A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
AUTHOR: George R.R. Martin
A bit slow after A Game of Thrones, but enjoyable none the less. The main development is the slow returning of magic to the realm and deepening intrigue as many would-be kings vie for the Iron Throne. A lot of this book is setup for the final chapters and to lead into the next book, but it's easy to see where the TV series starts to deviate from the written tale, yet the book does fill in background missing from the series. It's an interesting experience for me to see the adaptation before reading the book, reinforcing my preference for doing it the other way around.