The best and quite a few frustrating thing about the book is the story is told from eight different perspectives, with each perspective held within a chapter. Just as you commence relating to a character and they are wanting to see what goes on to him (or her), you're thrown off for several chapters.
Yet Martin's character development can be why is the books so enjoyable to read. His means of creating three-dimensional characters using a lots of depth, feeling, and back story 's what keeps the future prospect from getting bored.
The determination in the 13-year-old exiled princess and child-bride, Dany; the bleak coming-of-age story in 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; as well as the sarcastic wit in the impish Tyrion Lannister are but a few in the assorted cast of players you'll find yourself rooting for within this bloody game of thrones.
When he did release that book, he left us with hope. That book as well as 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 focus on the character a single part in the world, leaving the development in the rest in the characters prior to the next book. But there were hope! A lot in the chapters were already written. "Gosh! He must have the book out by Christmas 2007 for sure", I remember thinking in 2005.