- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games (November 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1589942183
- ISBN-13: 978-1589942189
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire Hardcover – November 15, 2005
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Imagine my happiness when I found a seller on Amazon actually selling this book at a reasonable price! It is fascinating to see different artists' takes on the same characters. (The book is organized by region or family, so all of the artwork of the Starks, for example, is all mainly together.) Some of the artwork is just stunning, (Robert and Rhaegar at the Trident is my personal favorite.)
There are also little tidbits and quotes gathered from the books, and I found myself picking up things I hadn't noticed before. It also has a nice introduction of each house and their brief history at the beginning of their chapter. I also liked the portraits showing the whole ruling lines of the Targaryens, which is nice because there were way too many to just keep track of from a written history.
I wholeheartedly recommend this for any fan of the show or the books.
I ordered a used copy and although the seller warned of light wear and tear, the book arrived in perfect condition. An awesome collection of pre-television series ASOIAF characters. I actually watched the show before reading the book, so it was a fascinating alternate take on many of the characters and locations! Not too much nudity or gore or anything particularly AOSIAF-esque in that regard, so if you're a parent you don't have to worry about your kid picking it up off the shelf.
The art is from various artists and isn't necessarily canon, (In fact, GRRM stated in the foreword that he outright disagrees with some of the interpretations), but that doesn't stop it from being the closest to canon look at the ASOIAF characters! Great buy.
The artwork is arranged geographically, except the first chapter that portrays the Targaryens both current and ancestral. It might have been more pleasant to arrange the art by artist or style, because within realms you will see some (but admittedly not all) widely divergent portrayals of the same character even among those attributed to a single corporate "artist," i.e., Fantasy Flight Games. However, the chapter arrangement by geography does allow for coherent text (and quotes) about a region and its main family of characters.
It's not that I'm opposed to differing artistic approaches to the source material. I like the black-and-white scratchboard or woodcut style of Charles Vess, for example, interspersed with the watercolors of Jenny Dolfen, where you can see the tooth of her watercolor paper. Nor I am opposed to images of characters that don't fit the ones in my head. I just think too much of the work in this volume is not good enough. My husband mistook for a hobbit a planning image of Arya by Testor, the company whose ASOIAF miniatures line was later cancelled.
If money is tight, you should probably pass on this book at full retail price. The 2012 calendar I bought is better, though it has only 12 images. --Jamie Litty
I feel like about half of the art work in the book is fantastic, some characters and places are drawn with such vivid detail that I find myself wishing I could reach out and physically touch it through the picture. The art that's good is phenomenal. Many drawings pinpoint how myself and countless others have imagined our favorite characters through the series.
The other half, is personally not to my liking. While I can see the talent, work and effort that went into many of these drawings, they just don't do it for me. I feel the style of many of the drawings is just not what I had hoped to find in the book. Like I said , this is no slight on the artist, it's just done in way that is unappealing to myself.
Fans of the series will love this just for what it is. I would strongly recommend viewing this book before purchasing, but if you don't, it still makes a welcome collection and companion to the series.
It includes the full Targaryen Kings in the front of the book with a picture of each and the years of their reign. The 2nd edition excludes this for some reason. There are a few other differences but nothing major.
Basically this book just collected a lot of art from the board game, the card games, some calander art and a select few pieces of fan art. I highly enjoy it. Not ever piece is a home run, but when they're good they are GOOD.