I wanted to love this book so much, and I thought I would. It actually took me two attempts to read it.First, I tried it before the TV show came out. It bored me to tears and I quit halfway through. Then, when the TV show came out, I really ended up liking it so I tried the book again. I did manage to get through it, but for the most part, it was a really painful experience.There were so many chapters where I felt like NOTHING HAPPENED. And there were so many characters who I just didn't give a shit about whatsoever, but I had to read their dreadfully long chapters. And then I would finally get to the chapter of a character I loved, I'd get all excited, and then his/her story would not progress AT ALL.I do like the overall story of this series, but the books themselves are way too drawn out and have so many unnecessary characters, chapters, and information. I imagine the first three books (I can't comment on the rest since I haven't read past book 3) could have been pushed into one 500-page book that actually might have been interesting.