The best and most frustrating thing about the book could be that the story is told from eight different perspectives, with each perspective held within a chapter. Just as you start in relation to a character and are desperate to see what are the results to him (or her), you find yourself thrown off for many chapters.
Yet Martin's character development is also why the books so enjoyable to learn. His strategy for creating three-dimensional characters which has a lots 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, with 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 the sarcastic wit of the impish Tyrion Lannister are just a few of the assorted cast of players you can find yourself rooting for on this bloody game of thrones.
When he did release that book, he left us with hope. That book and 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 chose to only concentrate on the character in a part of the world, leaving the development of the rest of the characters before the next book. But there was hope! A lot of the chapters were already written. "Gosh! He should have the ebook out by Christmas 2007 for sure", I remember thinking in 2005.