Well, these Song of Ice and Fire books are thick ones, so I won't be posting too frequently until three more books are done. But I have just finished the second--A Clash of Kings. Since this series is an epic, the second book is not surprisingly similar to the first. The plots deepen as the entire area of Westeros falls into war--a not unusual result of the fall of a strong family. I had speculated that Martin was drawing inspiration from the War of the Roses before seeing the Wikipedia article above, and that confirms it. The series is supposed to be seven books in all--they should win awards, assuming Martin lives to complete them in good health. That's the challenge for most all major fantasy series
Of interest in this volume for me is that Tyrion continues to show a more sensitive side than the rest of the royalty. We'll see whether he keeps it, events at the end of the book would sour anyone.