These maps are a brilliant accompaniment to the either reading the books (or having read the books already, like me) or watching the tv series. I think one of the issues i eperienced was that the maps in the books at the start just dont give enough information, scale, or where places are in relation to other places. These maps give all that and more. Finally i have felt i now understand where stuff is and where people have gone. Also there are loads of places that we havent heard of yet, i wonder if they will feature in future books? I loved the map of braavos, and the map of the known world is very useful. I think they are beautifully presented. To be honest, i love asoiaf/goft but i also love maps!