As frustrated as I get waiting for each volume of this series to come out, I have to say each one is worth the wait. The writing is well done, the story moves and each character has a unique voice. Mr. Martin names each chapter after the character who is the main focus, but the characters are so well developed it truly isn't necessary. I gave up on the Robert Jordon series because it bogged down, and the characters (especially the women) seemed much too similar. I don't have that issue with Mr. Martin's series. It was a bit shy of 1000 pages, but it was a fast read. Now I have to settle in and wait the many years it will take for the next volume to come out.