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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
About the Author
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. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00EGMGGVK
- Publisher : Bantam (October 28, 2014)
- Publication date : October 28, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 213632 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 619 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,982 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The rest is—well, if you (like me) enjoy history or are a hard-core R. R. Martin fan you will like this book. If not, you may not—though you will love the beautiful illustrations, the embossed dragons on the front cover and the parchment-like background designs. And you will love the way this book feels. It’s wonderfully constructed. The covers are padded and the pages are sewn to the book’s spine. And the pages themselves are not the cheap-feeling pages you normally get; they’re thick and slightly glossy. So the illustrations and the construction are superb.
The text is—history book like. I learned a lot. I discovered that there are dragons just about everywhere, what Valyrians call dragon glass, what the Dorne has against the iron Throne, how greyscale came into the world, some pretty horrific stories about the Others, and much more besides. I was particularly interested in the legends the Maester mentions again and again only to dismiss them as a learned man is taught to do. Anyone who has either read R. R. Martin’s novels will know that these fanciful stories are, in fact, all too true.
And let’s face it, we have a year and half to speculate about how the Game of Thrones will end. I can’t claim to know the ending but, if the writers are at all true to the books, the ending will be rooted in the history of Westeros. And this book--while written in the often dry tone I for one often associate with history books—most definitely provides that history.
So if you need some help speculating about what (say) an ice dragon might do (and yes, ice dragons do put in an appearance here), you might want to check out the Untold History of Westeros.
By ObsidianLex on September 20, 2018
The book itself is also very appealing, with a somewhat "soft", padded feeling cover that reminds me of a very old, handcrafted book. I love this book and can't wait to delve even further with the forthcoming novels and season of the TV show.
By Deborah McCuddy on May 8, 2019
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 30, 2018
Definitely not for everybody but it was an interesting enough read and the format lends itself to skipping sections that you're not interested in. I primarily read it as a kind of primer for the last season of the show and it did well there. The artwork is amazing and I'm glad I bought it just for that.
As an avid viewer I had plenty of questions surrounding the history of GOT and this is perfect to answer those. The book is packed with a full in-depth history of the whole GOT world, timelines, blood lines, character and event histories, information about all the houses and much much more.
This will provide you with a full level of detail surrounding the GOT world thousands of years prior to A Song of Fire and Ice. Its beautifully illustrated and put together and I would consider it a highly recommended book for those that want a little more substance behind the current story.
On a side note, the artwork alone in this was just incredible, given the option, I'd hang half of the pages as tapestries on my wall!
I wasn't sure whether to just download the kindle version for sake of ease, or to pay a little more and get the hardback version. In the end I went for the physical copy, just because I prefer that sort of thing, and I can tell you, IT'S WORTH IT.
The quality of the book itself surpassed my expectations and to actually look at the pictures in front of me, as oppose to seeing them on my tablet, was just so worth it! The book is quite big too, which means that you can really see the detail, compared to seeing a digital version which just won;t have the same...aura.
If you're a fan of the expanded world, trust me, this is a really interesting read.
PS. If you get the physical version, you can take off the cover and there's an even cooler one underneath, but I'll let you see that for yourself!
Any Game of Thrones fan needs to own a copy of this.