The best and many frustrating thing in regards to the book could be that the story is told from eight different perspectives, with each perspective held within a chapter. Just as you commence concerning a character and so are wanting to see what are the results to him (or her), you are thrown off for many chapters. Yet Martin's character development is also the thing that makes the books so enjoyable to see. His method of creating three-dimensional characters using a lot of depth, feeling, and back story is what keeps the readers from getting bored. The determination of the 13-year-old exiled princess and child-bride, Dany; the bleak coming-of-age story of the bastard, Jon Snow, at the northern Wall; the raw emotions of young, tomboyish Arya at King's Landing; the noble intentions of Eddard Stark amidst a court of mummers; and also the sarcastic wit of the impish Tyrion Lannister are just some of the assorted cast of players you'll find yourself rooting for with this bloody game of thrones.
When he did release that book, he left us with hope. That book and also the sequel were to be essentially one large book spread into two parts. With a huge cast of characters spread allover the land, Mr. Martin made a decision to only target the character in one part of the world, leaving the development of the rest of the characters prior to the next book. But there is hope! A lot of the chapters were already written. "Gosh! He really should have the novel out by Christmas 2007 for sure", I remember thinking in 2005.