A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Books, 2012; original, 1999).
One day I was in the grocery store buying bread and I turned around and saw this book. I had been trying to find a copy of it (the second in the Game of Thrones series) since last year so I could read the whole series, since my daughter is missing this one. Even the library never seemed to have a copy in stock. But somehow the grocery store had it. So I bought it, and spent the last two weeks reading it (it’s over 900 pages long). It was excellent of course, though a little bloody perhaps. Wars always are. I like the technique of devoting each chapter to a particular character’s point of view, because you get to see a complex story from lots of angles. The author also thoughtfully provides maps of the territory and lists of all the characters and their relationships. I’m looking forward to starting the next one, A Storm of Swords, which I already have.