The question with this book seems to be not that it is a very well written classic of the fantasy genre (it is, hence the five stars), but whether it is worth reading, as the story is incomplete and could stay that way for a very long time due to Mr Martin's slowness in producing book five (out of seven, possibly). The answer for me is undoubtedly, yes. If the Song never finishes and we are left with a magnificent fragment or portion of a great tale, I will not be happy but glad I have read this book. Judge it on its own merits- great characters, plots, descriptions and a story that is never afraid to surprise in a genre which can be a bit too comforting at times. Roll on A Clash of Kings.