dankohn asked: My 15yo niece can draw the LotR map from memory. I gave her the Hedge Knight stories to get started on ASOIAF. What's a reasonable age for the books?
15 seems fine. I mean, I read IT by Stephen King when I was about the age of the young protagonists, who see and do things in that book that people that age almost certainly should not see and do, and I turned out alright (well, ymmv).