The best and quite a few frustrating thing in regards to the book is the story is told from eight different perspectives, with each perspective held in a chapter. Just as you commence in relation to a character and therefore are desperate to see what happens to him (or her), you find yourself thrown off for assorted chapters.
Yet Martin's character development can also be what makes the books so enjoyable to read. His strategy for creating three-dimensional characters with a good deal of depth, feeling, and back story is the thing that keeps the future prospect 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; as well as the sarcastic wit of the impish Tyrion Lannister are just some of the assorted cast of players you will find yourself rooting for in 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 thought we would only target the character in one part of the world, leaving the development of the rest of the characters until the next book. But there were hope! A lot of the chapters were already written. "Gosh! He must have the book out by Christmas 2007 for sure", I remember thinking in 2005.