In book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire, multiple Kings are making claim to the throne. King Joffrey, the arrogant and evil young Lannister currently holds the throne but is too young to handle the strategies of war. His uncle, the Imp Tyrion Lannister steps in but has to dance around his sister in attempts to keep the city safe.
The two Baratheon brothers both believe they have valid claims to the throne and have a large army to back them up. When one falls, the other takes his men and tries to run up Kings Landing. However the men in black believe everyone is looking to the wrong area. There are wildlings in the north and they are starting to march.
This book picks up just where the last left off, with an additional point-of-view from Davos who serves Stannis Baratheon. His POVs started slow and had me slightly confused but eventually his story picked up.
I still very much enjoyed Arya (she has so much spunk) and Tyrion's stories. Those are my two favourite characters and think they'll remain so over the course of the series. Despite its length, this book will keep your attention for the entire 1000 pages and make you want to read the next book in the series.
First Line: "The comet's tail spread across the dawn, a red slash that bled above the crags of Dragonstone like a wound in the pink and purple sky"