I enjoyed this much more than the first one, and i wonder now how much of that has to do with seeing and very much enjoying the tv series of it. I'm sure now that if i were to re-read the first book, i'd almost certainly get a lot more from it now, and enjoy it a hell of a lot more too.
Still, this second installment was very well paced and the story is moving along very nicely. I shall be looking forward to getting started on the third installment a lot more now, which at the time i couldn't really have said after finishing the first book.
A Game of Thrones is definitely going to have to be placed on the to-re-read pile i think. In the meantime i've a few other books to read before i begin the third installment, but i'm definitely looking forward to it.