The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

Random House Publishing Group, 28 . 2014 . - : 336
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The perfect holiday gift for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBOsGame of Thronesan epichistory of Westeros and the lands beyond,featuringhundreds of pages of all-new material from George R. R. Martin!

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martins masterworkthe most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our timewarrants 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 HBOs Game of Thrones. In a collaboration thats been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.orgperhaps 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

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. Martins dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fireis indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.
 

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LibraryThing Review

  - kurtbaumeister - LibraryThing

If you're already a fan, check this out. Some of the history is interesting. The illustrations are beautiful. But this book feels like a cash out to a great extent, especially since GRRM can't seem to ...

  - Elizabeth R. - Overstock.com

I originally bought this for my daughter. Once I saw the artwork I bought a copy for myself. It was a great addition to the series. Would recommend.

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George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and FireA Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragonsas 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.