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The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) [Kindle Edition]

George R.R. Martin , Elio Garcia , Linda Antonsson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (799 customer reviews)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN HISTORY OF WESTEROS AND THE LANDS BEYOND • WITH HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF ALL-NEW MATERIAL FROM GEORGE R. R. MARTIN

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire.

This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, 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.

Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, including
 
• full-color artwork and maps, with more than 170 original pieces
• full family trees for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the history and culture of Westeros
• 100% all-new material, more than half of which Martin wrote specifically for this book

The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.


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Editorial Reviews

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'Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, George R.R. Martin is by far the best' Time Magazine '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' SFX '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' Guardian

About the Author

George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts. As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson founded and run the popular site Westeros.org, which is the definitive source for all things George R. R. Martin.

Product Details

  • File Size: 209087 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (October 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGMGGVK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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205 of 221 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, Interesting though uneven lore November 2, 2014
By Rick D.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered a few months ago, not knowing what to expect. So unwrapping an oversized book of extensive production quality was a surprise, since I was expecting something that would line up on the shelf next to the five ASOIAF books. Note that you're getting an oversized book with very nice cover, page, and print quality, which helps the artwork stand out.

As far as the text, which many of the reviews here are quick to slam or to praise, I felt the truth was in the middle and uneven would be the best word to describe. Some of the narratives are very well done - the "short story" of the Conquest, the reign of King Jaehaerys, and the history of the Vale in particular stood out as well done; the narrative flowed well, and the characterizations were very satisfying, but most importantly gave itself identity and value. As far as a common identifier of the best pieces, the text is at its best and finds a nice rhythm when it becomes character-centric as opposed to purely event-centric. When Martin et. immerse you in the rich characterizations of Nymeria, Aegon, Robar Royce, and Tywin, and let the history flow around them is extremely enjoyable.

Other portions were frustrating - several histories of reigns and a couple of the Kingdoms really felt like obligated filler as opposed to a seized opportunity to provide rich lore, and all too often the "Untold History" teased on the cover produced only empty text containing no more than "going through the motions" summations of previously known information,providing no additional lore or color.
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438 of 509 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Know What You're Buying October 29, 2014
Format:Hardcover
I have no complaints about this book. 3 stars is the most I can give it, but, I knew what I was getting when I plunked down my money, so I hope that “only” giving it 3/5 isn’t seen as some sort of knock.

I would, however, like to post this review for those who are thinking about buying it and might want some more information. This is not Book 6 in the series, nor should it be seen as a substitute for it. It’s also not the Silmarillion. That is, i'ts not a detailed and exhaustive narrative on what has come before Books 1-5. It’s a coffee table book with gorgeous artwork and some tidbits of information on the world of Westeros, most of which will be posted in various wiki entries for free within 60 days.

I am enough of a die-hard fan of the series that, even knowing all of this, I was perfectly willing to pre-order it. If this label does not apply to you, however, you might want to think twice before paying $30 (more or less) for it.
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188 of 227 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tries to hard to be to many things. October 29, 2014
By CJ
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Know what you are buying. Is this a book written by George R. R. Martin? Sort of. Is this a book written by two of his friends? Sort of. Is it a well illustrated book? Yes. Is this a definitive history of Westeros? Not at at all. In truth I am not really sure what to make of this book, it has very nice illustrations, but a lot the writing is clearly not Martins work and left me finally understanding how a dog feels when you speak to it and it just kind of tilts his head looking at you with that wtf look on it's face. It left me wondering what exactly is the purpose of this book?

As a definitive history it falls short in ever aspect. The book is written in the form of an unreliable narrator and from the first page it's clear much of the information is wrong. Martin himself has spoken of a book he will write in the future that will be called "Fire and blood." Which will be like this book but much larger, more accurate, and hopefully written by Martin himself.

Now just to be clear both Elio and Linda have pointed out that they took liberties with the material Martin supplied them, filling in blanks with their own ideas and such. And that's ok because the book is not suppose to be reliable, that's the purpose of the unreliable narrator. Elio and Linda have also stated in a video on their own fan site that things are and can be wrong.

The book itself is suppose to be written in world but I have a hard time getting into the world because the writing is not really Martins and does not feel like his, the in character author of this book sort of jokingly points that out in the book. The style is different and the dialogue often becomes more modern in tone than Martins work.
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351 of 441 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From a true fan October 28, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
[READ THIS BEFORE CONTINUING: This is not a troll review. I bought this book and it should say verified purchase. Why the hell would I spend 50 dollars on a book just to troll it? Don't listen to those idiots on here giving it 5 starts without any in depth review]

It's unfortunate and obvious that the co-writers are stalking this page. They own a website based on the series and I'm sure their fans will be in here to bury the honest reviews. Any fan of any work will praise what is on paper and have faith in it's writer and not go along with it just because theres one name bigger than the others. I doubt George wrote even 1/3 of this book's contents and you can clearly tell. George wrote the backstory (that we already know since it was told to us by his characters in the previous books) but he allowed Elio and Linda to fill in the blanks and that is a mistake.

I will praise them for filling in the blanks on some of the already established westeros history and exploring Essos a bit more but the poor writing drags it down. There is beauty in the art work of characters, house banners and locations but thats all I really liked. While this may be for the hardcore fans I kind of wished this came out after the series had ended so George could've written it instead of two people who want to add their own "taste" in here. My main issue is that some of the places we've wanted to know about? Get like...2-3 pages of explanation.

*UPDATE*

I stand corrected. Instead of this book being written by a "maester" they could've just made this book a simple dictionary and history book. I guess putting in the maester thing was what the two co-writers wanted to do in case they got criticized for their writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Ice & Fire Background Info
Lots of background information Very useful for fans. Of course, some things could have been elaborated upon, while other topics could have been a bit shorter. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great images and stories before the first book of Song of Ice and Fire series
Published 17 hours ago by MaitePP
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracarys
This book is incredible! The material the cover is made of feels amazing, great pictures, awesome stories. Very large in size but definitely worth it for the pics.
Published 22 hours ago by Tyler Sorvari
5.0 out of 5 stars Maesterfully done!
Beautifully illustrated and extremely well-written, a must-have for any fan of ASOIAF. This work backfills a great deal of the lore hinted at thus far in GRRM's series, including... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by James D
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book
essential for any a Song of Fire and Ice fan. especially the super nerd but need to know all the details of George RR Martin's world.
Published 1 day ago by ninjajoe
1.0 out of 5 stars it was awful i read all of the other books this one is a waste of...
i felt cheated out of 20 dollars. it was awful i read all of the other books this one is a waste of money and time
Published 1 day ago by T.j. Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautifully illustrated. Gives extra insight if you love the books.
Published 1 day ago by Lorie P.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I found it dull, plodding and disappointing.
Published 1 day ago by William M. Cervenak
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The book is very informative
Published 1 day ago by robert w. chestnut
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Got as gift for son who loves George R.R. Martin
Published 2 days ago by Jeffrey L. Boelk
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Meh.
The Sillmarillion was started decades before Lord of the Rings came into being. To write something like this, you need to have the legends and histories straight in your own head, which takes writing them out, often times in the same way the book is written. As this book covers the prologue, my... Read More
Jan 11, 2014 by T. Hamilton |  See all 33 posts
A wish
It's a very bizarre thing, Tyler. I want the books to come out just as much as the next person, but the degree with which people act like they have some sort of say in the time it takes to complete them, is getting nuts. And then, as you said, they're unhappy with the results anyway. It's... Read More
May 12, 2014 by Seth T. Henry |  See all 13 posts
WHY can't I get rid of this?!
This book was primarily written by the other listed authors, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson. It is more of a history book of Westeros, much like The Silmarillion was to Middle Earth. George RR Martin is obviously listed as an author because this is all based on his ASoIaF works. But he really... Read More
Jun 24, 2014 by Erasure25 |  See all 4 posts
24.99 for an ebook?
It's reasonably priced for a 250,000 word book with high quality art work.
May 3, 2014 by Tyler J. Nieuwendorp |  See all 6 posts
G.R.R.Martin: Get on with it...
His role in this book was limited, as has been stated in the other irrational complaint threads. This is mostly done by the individuals that own and opperate Westeros.org.

There are plenty of complaints to be levied against the writing of GRRM in my opinion. I jsut wish people would pick the... Read More
Sep 15, 2014 by Seth T. Henry |  See all 2 posts
GRRM milking his audience Be the first to reply
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