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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 16 Nov. 2012
This review is from: The Lands of Ice and Fire (Song of Ice & Fire) (Hardcover)
I'm not quite sure why there's so much hate from the other reviewers regarding this product, I'm extremely happy with my purchase. Some people seem disappointed that this is not an atlas, but in fact a series of 12 posters, so please ensure you read the product description before purchasing!

Some of the complaints made by other reviewers are perfectly valid. The maps are printed on thick glossy paper (not cheap at all!), which unfortunately means that they don't like being folded and unfolded. I'd suggest placing them in a portfolio, or rolling them up in a poster tube, if you're especially worried about them.

The 12 maps are 24" x 36" (just over A1 size) and come folded in up in a handsome case. The maps included are:

- The Known World: Stretching from Westeros to Asshai (finally!)

Main Regions:
- Westeros
- The Free Cities
- The East

You also get a slightly "zoomed out" versions of the above:
- The West (featuring Westeros, the Free Cities and the Summer Isles)
- A map of Central Essos

And there are three "zoomed in" detailed maps:
- Lands Beyond the Wall
- Slaver's Bay region, including Valyria and northern part of Sothoros continent
- The Dothraki Sea

There are two city maps:
- A city map of King's Landing
- A city map of Braavos

Finally there's a "Journeys" map, which shows the paths traveled by all the major characters.

The maps themselves are beautiful, and the printing is very high quality. Maps have never been a strong point of A Song of Ice Fire, with the maps included in the books lacking in detail, and sometimes clashing with descriptions in the book(!). Finally we have solid details on where things are supposed to be, and also a real idea of the size of the Dothraki Sea compared to Westeros (fan-made maps have been very wrong it seems).

In the past I bought Jon Howe's maps of Middle Earth and was extremely disappointed by them (he looked like he phoned it in, if you ask me). This is not the case with these maps. Each one is meticulous.

I have deducted one star for the problems arising from the paper's thickness, and because I'm not entirely sure if some of the maps are needed. The Lands Beyond the Wall are pretty barren, for instance, and I don't see the point of the "mid-distance" maps when you have a Map of the Known World and the more zoomed in maps for each region, too.

Still, if you're a die-hard map nerd (like me), these are excellent. Just be extra careful when you're taking them out of the box!
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Initial post: 16 Nov 2012 21:02:58 GMT
becareful of dirty bear, hes really mad about his purchase

thank you :)
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