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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) by [Martin, George R. R., Garcia, Elio, Antonsson, Linda]
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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: 212137 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (October 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGMGGVK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I would really really recommended this book for anyone that loves game of thrones. The problem I have with the book is that I have had the book for a month and 6 days and the headband on the book is falling apart. Its a shame because the book and reading everything is amazing. I've kept really good care of the book and its a shame its falling apart in about a month.
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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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[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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