Through life and death, love, incest, betrayal and war, the reader is introduced to multi faceted characters that within the one chapter will capture your heart while simultaneously provoking contempt, or rage. It is complicated and very political in parts, and I had to do a little bit of extra reading of the handy appendices to get it clear in my mind who belonged to which house and did what with/to who, but once I worked it out it was great!
I loved this novel, and the HBO TV series, but the conclusion did leave me with many more questions than answers, also the burning desire to continue with the series. I am currently most of the way through the third novel in the series ‘A Storm of Swords’, and still loving it. Also awaiting the second series of the TV show!
Emma J. James