The best and quite a few frustrating thing in regards to the book is that the story is told from eight different perspectives, with each perspective held in a chapter. Just as you commence relating to a character and they are needing to see how are you affected 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 method of creating three-dimensional characters with a great deal of depth, feeling, and back story 's what keeps the readers from losing interest.
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 target the character in one part in the world, leaving the development in the rest in the characters prior to the next book. But there was clearly hope! A lot in the chapters were already written. "Gosh! He must have the ebook out by Christmas 2007 for sure", I remember thinking in 2005.