The best and most frustrating thing in regards to the book is that the story is told from eight different perspectives, with each perspective held within a chapter. Just as you start out in relation to a character and so are desperate to see what goes on to him (or her), you can find yourself thrown off for assorted chapters. Yet Martin's character development is also the thing that makes the books so enjoyable you just read. His method of creating three-dimensional characters having a good deal of depth, feeling, and back story is what keeps the readers from losing interest. 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 also the sarcastic wit of the impish Tyrion Lannister are but a few of the assorted cast of players you will discover yourself rooting for in 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 focus on the character in one part of the world, leaving the development of the rest of the characters before the next book. But there was clearly hope! A lot of the chapters were already written. "Gosh! He must have the novel out by Christmas 2007 for sure", I remember thinking in 2005.