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The Lands of Ice and Fire Hardcover – November 8, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperVoyager (November 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007490658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007490653
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.6 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The maps are beautiful.
D. C. Obraztsov
I bought these as a gift for a friend (we are both fans of the books and the TV series) and he loves them!
Meredith89
Any nerd fans of the series will love it.
Wendy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

300 of 318 people found the following review helpful By Matter on October 30, 2012
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NOTE: After some thought and use of the maps, I've downwardly revised my rating from 4 to 3. Left the review as-is, but explanation at the bottom.

ORIGINAL:
I'm a bit of a map nut, having ran a website for hand-drawn maps for a fantasy MMO, and had those maps printed in various guides as well as creating my own ebook. I also get into collecting and reading about maps and mapping techniques.

First, this is not a map book, but a collection of poster-sized maps that each focus on an interesting area of the world. They have individual cities like Braavos and King's Reach, but also a map of the entire known world and other large sections (like the whole of Dothraki). I was expecting a book, and was honestly a little disappointed since I was hoping for essentially a reference manual so I could keep track of things while reading.

That said, the maps themselves are great. They're printed on fairly heavy paper, and printed quite well, folding out to probably 3' x 2' (just a guess). The colors are well chosen to give you a good sense of the subtle changes in terrain, but simple and muted enough to keep the map focused on locations, kind of like a good National Geographic map. You can really see this in the "Beyond the Wall" map, because it's hard to make snowy terrain and large tracts of forest look interesting, but the maps manages exactly that (although it looks less cold than I expected it to). The inking is very well done as well, with lots of detail that is really obvious on the complicated city maps, but no less detailed on the broad geography maps even if it's more subtle.
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104 of 114 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Obraztsov on October 30, 2012
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First of all, let me be clear.....this is ONLY MAPS. You open it up, and it's elegantly organized with a ton of maps. Besides an introduction paper, there is no other regular written material, just maps. But if you love maps and love the world of ASOIAF, this is a must-have.

The maps are beautiful. When you open up the binder, which is really nice and sturdy, there are maps on two sides. On the left you have:

1. The Known World
2. The West
3. Central Essos
4. The East
5. Westeros
6. Beyond The Wall

And on the right is your introduction paper and these maps:

7. The Free Cities
8. Slaver's Bay
9. The Dothraki Sea
10. King's Landing
11. Braavos
12. Journeys

It's really so nicely put together that it almost makes me not want to touch it! Great, high quality maps, and I think I'll frame a few.
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194 of 220 people found the following review helpful By johny5w on October 31, 2012
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NOTE: I have edited my review to 1 star from 2, but left my review the same as it was. My explanation is at the bottom.

I should say I hate giving this two stars. I want to give it 4 stars, or even 3.. but I have a reason for giving it 2. The maps themselves are gorgeous. The work done on them is fantastic, and the quality of the cartography is everything I was hoping for. So why 2 stars? Well, I don't know if this is the type of paper they are printed on, or the way they are folded, or the ink, but every single one of my maps has a white line on the creases where the paper tore a little. On top of that the paper is really thick, which actually is not good on maps like this because whenever you unfold them it causes the paper to bind up. I know these things are really anal, and it sounds like I have OCD, but a list price of $40 (I paid amazon price of $25) is a lot to pay for just 12 maps, and I don't think it is too much to ask that you get maps that are going to last a while. Even though they have some issues, I would still buy them again.. so maybe 2 stars is unfair. I just think people should understand that they are not as good of quality as they maybe could be.

EDIT: After opening the maps back up I have decided to give them 1 star. I have now only opened them up twice, both times I have been exceptionally gentle with them (I used to work in a historical document repository, so I have some idea how to carefully handle documents), and I noticed something unacceptable. On the map, where the creases from the folds cross, the folds have made the paper so weak that there will soon be holes in the middle of the map. Like I said, I have opened these maps exactly 2 times; I would maybe expect that kind of wear after more extensive use, but not from opening it twice.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ser Pounce on November 4, 2012
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First of all, I enjoyed viewing the maps and studying them in great detail. There are, however, many valid complaints already discussed:
This is not an atlas for easy reference while reading.
Moderate usage will cause the creases to tear or whiten.
The sleeves are poorly engineered resulting in difficult stowage.
Folding vs rolling the maps makes them not conducive or 'perfect for framing'.
Journeys map is VERY confusing--a total mess.
Too many individual region maps included without adding significantly more detail or value.
Here are my nitpicks to improve the next batch:
Cities/castles such as Winterfell, Casterly Rock, Oldtown, Pentos, Volantis, Mereen & Qarth should replace regional maps.
The character journeys needs to be completely revamped. I appreciate the effort but this is probably not the right format to detail all the characters travels in a single map. At the very least, an inset map(s) focusing on Winterfell, King's Landing & Harrenhal should have been added. More vivid coloring and better labeling would have helped.
Also, why are the cities in Essos & beyond all marked with city icons and no castles?
Based upon other reviews its clear an atlas should be offered as an essential reading companion.
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George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.