This is the first time I've read a book of nearly a thousand pages, and wished there was more when I reached the end. I had the feeling Mr. Martin had had to cut out some bits in order to fit this book into a publishable length. It's superb writing, with each character well rounded and acting in accordence with thier motivations and beliefs. No one is bad just because they are evil, and children act like children. I can't wait to read the next volume in this series.
Robert Jordan eat your heart out. This is turning out to be the best series I have read. High Fantasy that bares all.
ACoK is a tad longer than its predecessor, and filled with even more deception, betrayal, and intrigue. I really enjoy the point-of-view changes for each chapter, as they make the book feel like a soap opera, with some scenes playing out in chronological order and some happening simultaneously with other chapters.
=part two of the A Song of Ice and Fire series=
This is every bit as absorbing as the first. It picks up where the first left off with a few new characters and the continuation of the Starks and Lannisters. Expect more emotionally wrenching events and not much justice. There are remaining loose ends that leave us needing to read the next.
Another fantastic one from Martin. A Clash of Kings is bigger and more magical than the first book, with lots of action and several painful turns for some favorite characters. The ending isn't as strong as the first book, but it does leave you hungry for the next one. Martin is the savior of modern fantasy fiction.