This book most definetly lives up the hype that surrounds it. In the Seven Kingdoms, its all a power struggle between the different families. And the largest struggle happens between the Starks and the Lannisters. If you are not a Lannister, then you are not safe once the King dies. Everyone is out for your blood. Its a story of falsely accused treason, dragons, Kings and Queens, Lords and Lady's. If you haven't picked this up yet, you are completely missing out.
(Lots of things happen in this book and I can't give a proper review without giving story lines away. Just take my word for it...its AMAZING!!!)