This is very long book and a long series. I am determined to finish the series. The story is incredible and Mr. Martin's attention to detail is amazing. You find yourself rooting for individuals. I found myself loving characters I was supposed hate and hating characters I was supposed to love. I think Tyrion and Jaime Lannister are two of my favorites. They are evil yet likable at the same time. I will delve into book 4 tonight! The main issue I had with the book is the enormity of the cast. How anyone can keep up with the comings and goins of all these people without having to look back or use Wiki for reference is beyond me!