The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (Song of Ice & Fire) Hardcover – 28 Oct 2014
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‘Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, George R.R. Martin is by far the best’
‘Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … one of the greats of fantasy literature’
‘The sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads … Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias’
About the Author
In a collaboration that's been years in the making, George R.R. Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson – the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org – perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.
George R.R. Martin is the author of fifteen novels and novellas, including five volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, several collections of short stories, as well as numerous screenplays for television drama and feature films. Dubbed 'the American Tolkien', George R.R. Martin has won numerous awards including the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an Executive Producer of HBO's Emmy Award-winning GAME OF THRONES, which is based on his A Song of Ice and Fire series. He lives in Santa Fé, New Mexico.
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Although I can understand the frustration that this means no really "new" knowledge is imparted to fans and several ideas (particularly of life beyond the Wall) are found commonly in the book that readers of the series will know to be inaccurate (for a non-spoilery example, the fictional author condemns the idea of skin-changers or wargs, which fans know to be very real), the book is full of little details that you could not have known (SPOILER: such as the burial of a giant with obsidian arrow heads lodged in between the ribs, suggesting animosity between the Children and Giants) and which continue to flesh out the world that surrounds them. As such, this is very much a world-building book, a source of very specific information that builds on the novels and develops both Westeros and the lands to the East very nicely, as well as providing an Encyclopaedia-like format that fans can use as quick reference.Read more ›
Some of the parts about Essos are a little dull, probably because there is less relevance to the backstory, but there is more than enough about the Targaryen kings, the Andals and the First Men and the Rhoynar and the various historical kingdoms and the houses that ruled them to greatly entertain any fan that is even remotely interested in the backstory of A Song of Ice and Fire to make this an entertaining and "educating" (if that term can be applied to a fictional universe) read.
The errors (inevitable in a book this size and of this scope), are few and far between and are generally minor enough that it doesn't interfere with the quality of the book.
What really struck me was how believable the characters & situations were. For instance, his history of the Targaryan Kings gives each of them & their families very human flaws. The Mad King wasn't merely mad - the causes of his paranoia are clearly detailed & very convincing. Likewise, his more good-willed ancestors inadvertently caused harm with the best intentions. There are hints that each of the hundreds of named persons has been fleshed out in Martin's mind to have three dimensions, regardless of how minor a role they had. And that's just the people - there's also the detailed maps & his meticulous analysis of how the layout of Westeros has affected its history & the psychology of the residents of each realm. The psychology of its author comes into play, too. For rather than being Martin's version of Westeros, it's actually styled as having been penned by a Maester Of The Citadel.Read more ›
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Awesome! Some on here were saying it was hard reading but personally I couldn't put it down. True it does read like a history book but I found it wonderful and even had dreams... Read morePublished 7 days ago by rachel sell
Great prequel knowledge to Game of Thrones and good introduction to that world and its people.Published 18 days ago by mr adrian h jones
Good book for those interested in the background to the World of Ice and Fire novels/Game of Thrones TV show, in a similar vein to how 'The Silmarilion' is background history to... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
While I enjoyed the history of Westeros I found the pseudo-medieval style of writing a littler bit hard to read. Read morePublished 24 days ago by A reader
Excellent for those who want to know more about this world would have liked to see more details about doraki culture thoughPublished 25 days ago by James Geraghty
So well written its amazing. Like the Hedge Knight Series, theres also a targaryen sigil on the front, that must be saying something...Published 27 days ago by Thomas H.
As someone who is up to date with the ASOIAF, I really needed my fix to keep me going until Winds of Winter! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jac