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 inside a chapter. Just as you start out in relation to a character and are eager to see what happens to him (or her), you're thrown off for a number of chapters.
Yet Martin's character development can also be the thing that makes the books so enjoyable to read. His means of creating three-dimensional characters which has a lots 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, on 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; along with the sarcastic wit of the impish Tyrion Lannister are just a few of the assorted cast of players you will find yourself rooting for with this bloody game of thrones.
When he did release that book, he left us with hope. That book along with 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 thought we would only target the character in a part of the world, leaving the development of the rest of the characters until the next book. But there was clearly hope! A lot of the chapters were already written. "Gosh! He needs to have the book out by Christmas 2007 for sure", I remember thinking in 2005.