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

(A Song of Ice and Fire)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  20,776 ratings  ·  1,683 reviews
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 and Fire.

This lavishly illustra
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by HarperVoyager UK
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Vanwhelan "Please don't do a Robert Jordan and croak before you finish the books!" Definitely not a cool thing to say. George is a real person who is, at the…more"Please don't do a Robert Jordan and croak before you finish the books!" Definitely not a cool thing to say. George is a real person who is, at the end of the day, just an author who is writing novels. He doesn't owe you anything. And with regards to Robert Jordan, I'm sure he didn't plan on dying before he finished. Try not to be so callous.(less)
Barbrey I think he's exploiting the TV show for all it's worth - literally - while the going is good. This history isn't really for the novel readers as…moreI think he's exploiting the TV show for all it's worth - literally - while the going is good. This history isn't really for the novel readers as pretty much all the info in it has already been written in the novels. It's for the show watchers who don't get much back story and don't want to slog through the novels to get it. Smart move really, but not much solace to those of us waiting years for the next book. I was an original reader so I think I'm on the downslope into twenty years ago when the first book came out. Not holding my breath anymore. It is what it is. (less)

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Notes: What energy there is in the latter two-thirds comes from illustrations, as narrative’s meted out rough and piecemeal.
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
This book is exceptional: the art work is beautiful and the history, of a fantasy universe, is well defined. There is much new material from Westeros to be found in here. I’ve read A Song of Ice and Fire four times, yes four times, and have still found this book to be incredibly informative yet at the same time wonderful.



When I pre-ordered this, several months ago, the first thing that stuck me was that I was going to be reading the same material again: I presumed this book, would contain the m
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ASOIAF fans
Intricate world-building on a global scale.

The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones is a companion book to A Song of Ice and Fire series. Martin’s collaboration with Elio Miguel García Jr. and Linda Maria Antonsson resulted in a comprehensive history behind the land of Westeros and beyond. Although I spent two weeks reading this book, do not think that I didn’t enjoy reading it. The World of Ice and Fire is an imaginary history book, and the prose certain
A Team Rocket Read!

"And so I set myself to work once more at my forge, to make new and notable matter around the masterworks of the long-dead maesters who came before me. What follows herein sprang from that desire: a history of deeds gallant and wicked, peoples familiar and strange, and lands near and far."

What can be better for a fantasy fanatic who is also a history student than to read a history book from one of his favourite fantasy universes?

Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is always more to know, more to lean. The world is vast and wondrous strange, and there are more things beneath the stars than even the archmaesters of the Citadel can dream.

White Walkers

This book is highly recommended for anyone who loves the Game of Thrones books.

We begin by learning about the First Men, the Giants and the Children of the Forest. The races that initially lived in what was Westeros, moving into the events that shaped Westeros as we know it, including the rise of the drago
May 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is utter garbage. The writing is just awful and reads like something written by a verbose teenager. it's also completely useless as a reference guide since much of the "information" is purposefully incorrect since it is "written from the PoV of a Maester and what a maester would believe is correct".

What this really means: it's basically them writing in mistakes because the series is incomplete and the information within subject to change. This is why most reference material for fantas
Mohammed Arabey
Apr 20, 2015 marked it as to-be-continued  ·  review of another edition

A huge size tome -not many pages though- Yet it's very elegant..

An in-Depth look into the World that created the Worldwide Phenomenon , A Song of Ice and Fire.

مجلد ضخم, أنيق يحوي التاريخ الرسمي الكامل للعالم الخيالي الذي خرج منه الظاهرة العالمية "أغنية الجليد والنار" الأسطورية الملحمية , مصحوبا بصور جذابة لذلك التاريخ وجغرافيا هذا العالم,عالم الجليد والنار

I loved how the Preface started ,and why this History book made, it's best way to get into the feeling that you're reading the History of an
mark monday
this was a really fun and interesting look at all of the "history" and myths and legends behind A Song of Ice and Fire. it is written in the style of one of that series' maesters so it is amusingly pedantic in tone, slanted against magic, and often quite obsequious towards then-king Robert Baratheon. I loved that faux-author's voice; the actual authors did a great job in capturing the feeling of a professor condescendingly lecturing his students while developing and expanding on Westeros and the ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Oh. My. God. I finished it.
This book has been on my shelf since the long night september 2017 and I’ve put it on hold before that too. Yet at last, I’m finally done and I only want to know more about the lands beyond Westeros and their people. It was very much worth it. Full review to come.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Too excited for this book especially now that an excerpt has been revealed accompanied by an astounding illustration which accurately represents Martin's vision of what's in it for fans of the Realm. =D

Aegon atop his dragon Balerion the Black Dread
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Argona by: Parham
This book is a great companion to the ASOIAF series and contains very interesting information. I got goose bumps reading this book. It’s like a treasure of rubies, emeralds and sapphires for fans of ASOIAF. So much valuable information…from The Pact between the Children of the Forest and First Men to The Pact of Ice and Fire between Houses Stark and Targaryen. You get to learn a lot about the origin of your favorite characters, their ancient houses and how these houses have been affected by famo ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

Does George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterpiece A Song of Ice and Fire even need an introduction?

Hell, no! If you aren’t a devoted lover of the book series, then, no doubt, you are a follower of Game of Throne on television. (And if you aren’t, what have you been doing the last decade and a half, huh?) So this guide to Martin’s Westeros will, most likely, be a book that you have been eagerly awaiting or, at least, one you've been a little interested i
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My current state ( before publishing the book)

Update:(Spoilers all over the place)
Done waiting, didn't get much sleep though until I finished reading.
First of all, I think we can all agree that we would rather read The Winds of Winter than this

But since there's nothing to be done about that, let all of us collectively (including me) stop hating on George and enjoy this great book.
The world in which the Song of Ice and Fire takes place is HUGE and very very old!!

As I said: HUGE!!!!

So publ
Svaki put kada "unbowed" prevedemo kao "nesagnuti", jedno mladunče filologa umre od gladi.
Spasimo filologe, investirajmo u dobre prevodioce i lektore!
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This could be considered The Silmarillion of the Ice and Fire series and to some extent there are many similarities between Tolkien’s massively ambitious backstory and this. Both provide depth and further explanation and development of an impressive, awe inspiring world building by their creator. But whereas Tolkien’s work is more lyric and fable like in its approach, reveling in the mythic and legendary, Martin’s history is just that, a history of his creation of the civilizations and peoples o ...more
Ruben (BooksVlogs) Arauz
Final : 4.75

La verdad me tomé demasiado tiempo en leerlo, seamos sinceros, es un monstruo, y yo no me quería matar leyéndolo de un tirón, por lo cuál le daba tiempo mientras me entretenía con otras lecturas, y les puedo decir que me funcionó de maravillas, fue más de lo que esperaba, este libro no sólo me entregó historias de Westeros, me entregó una perspectiva diferente del Mundo creado por George.

Sin rodeos les cuento que es un libro especialmente creado para los fans de ASOIF o GOT, de modo
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
EDIT: Strap in yo seatbelts because Fire and Blood is coming out this month, and ya gurl is fucking shooketh!


I never thought it would take me over two months to read this illustrated encyclopedia on Westeros and the lands beyond the Sunset Kingdom but hot damn, this book is thorough. Just FYI: I'd only recommend it to people who are absolutely trash for the book series. This is nothing for the occasional reader, this is for hardcore fans who would immedi
Oct 08, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Man, there is a reason why George Martin is doing this. Leave him be, if you want the books to be good then stop harassing the poor man! He's got enough on his plate already, and us hating and commenting harsh stuff to him isn't gonna help. At least give some appreciation as to what he has done for us fans. Stop complaining and just wait.
PS: I pre-ordered this book. I'm looking forward to more of Westeros. Thank you very much, George Martin. =_=|||
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

To his most esteemed and gracious lord, Robert Tommen the first of his name, King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men...

Thus begins a nifty in-universe history book about the World of Westeros (and beyond). But just who are the Andals, and Rhoynar, and First Men? Those of you who have paid attention while reading the Song of Ice and Fire books will know a bit about them. The First Men were the first humans to enter Westeros. Thousands of years later another wave of immigration brough
Ms. Smartarse
The World of Ice and Fire is hands down the prettiest book that I own. I can see myself taking it down occasionally, flipping through it lovingly, possibly even referencing it now and then. Heck, I'm even considering buying a fancy little coffee table, just so I could use it as a support for the book.

iron throne

When it comes to its (written) content however, I was a bit disappointed, though that's not necessarily the book's fault. For all that I don't see myself as this big ASIAF fan, I do enjoy watching v
Natalie Monroe
George R.R. Martin is a freaking genius.

You get hints and glimpses of the world beyond Westeros and Slaver's Bay in the A Song of Ice & Fire series, but only after you've read this volume do you truly understand the staggering weight of it. There're are so many countries (Skagos, Butterfly Isles, Asshai), each with their own history and culture, it's a wonder George can remember it all.

It also provides a comprehensive history of the lay of the land pre-Targaryen rule, ranging from the childr
4.5 stars. This was better than expected, even with the hype. At first I hesitated to buy it. I mean, why do I want to sink this kind of money into one of GRRM's distractions? All that does is encourage him to work on stuff that isn't The Winds of Winter. Right?

That, and I'm not even sure how much of this he wrote. He has endorsed it heavily, and I know that he's very protective of his material. So that kind of won me over, and I added it to my Christmas list. At least it isn't a snoozefest of a
Geri Reads
Loved it. But I'll be holding off rating and reviewing until my hard copy arrives because this book, while great on audio, needs to be seen and grasp with your hands to fully appreciate it. Apart from that, this was a treasure. I'm so in love and obsessed with this world and this book fueled my love for it even more.

Informative and sprawling in its coverage...I wish I read the hardback version first before the audio. It would have been even more magical.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Devoted (and I mean hardcore) fans of ASoIaF
Shelves: asoiaf
Having read all the excerpts that were released before the official publication of this book, I had been fervently anticipating this "encyclopedia" for months.

Before I dive into the review of this book, I would like to address some of the comments I saw on this page. Now, while I understand the frustration of fans who'd rather see Martin finish off the main series, I vehemently disagree that this book is nothing more than "garbage" "filler". (I had been a fan of this series since 1999, when most
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Mocno izdanje Lagune ! Svaka cast i na kvalitetu i na cijeni.

Kada sam u ponedjeljak usao u knjizaru i vidio knjigu , prvi put mi se desilo da nisam razgledao sta ima novo. Knjigu sam uzeo u ruke , platio, krenuo kuci i citat. Ovo sve se desilo u roku od 20 minuta. :)

Jako lijepe ilustracije prate jako zanimljivu historiju. Mnogo toga sam vec znao , ali jos vise nisam.

Zao mi je sto necemo u daljnem serijalu (ako ga ikad zavrsi) vidjeti Ashai. Djeluje jako zanimljivo.

Eto George , uspio si na samo
Inés Izal
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Este libro no ha hecho más que confirmar lo que llevo pensando desde el primer libro: sólo los Targaryen están preparados para estar en el trono de hierro.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, all these 1 star reviews before the book even came out (and even after) are just people upset with the fact that Martin has once again published something that is not Book 6.

To them I say... well lets just put it kindly, shut up!

Anyone who is a fan of Martin and the ASoIaF Series should know before hand that this does not progress the story of the actual novels and your beloved characters are not going to make appearances. Read this book for what it is and you will not be disappointed
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The World of Ice and Fire is quite the interesting book that tells the history of Westeros as well as other parts of the world. Since the book is listed as on going history rather than a novel I'll list out what I think was the good and the bad.

The Good

- The first and foremost thing that is good about this book is the artwork. The artists did a truly phenomenal job.


- Aegon's Conquest. Aegon's Conquest is told in the same styling as the novella The Princess and The Queen which gets into some in
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recensioni
Mentre i lettori sono qui ad aspettare che Martin si degni di farci sapere quando uscirà il sesto volume de Le cronache del Ghiaccio e del Fuoco, lui estrae dalla manica Il Diversivo.
La guida ufficiale.
Roba che le vorresti dare fuoco per lo sdegno, finchè non la vedi e ti ritrovi a sbavarci sopra.

Partiamo dall'aspetto fisico: è un libro molto grande, e molto bello: copertina rigida, di quelle un po' gommose (non so come spiegarmi) e pieno zeppo di illustrazioni bellissime. È anche rilegato per d
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George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,

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A Song of Ice and Fire (7 books)
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
  • A Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
  • A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
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  • A Dream of Spring (A Song of Ice and Fire, #7)
“No man can say with certainty what the future may hold. But perhaps, in knowing what has already transpired, we can all do our part to avoid the mistakes of our forebears, to emulate their successes, and to create a world more harmonious for our children and their children, for generations to come.” 12 likes
“IT IS SAID with truth that every building is constructed stone by stone, and the same may be said of knowledge, extracted and compiled by many learned men, each of whom builds upon the works of those who preceded him. What one of them does not know is known to another, and little remains truly unknown if one seeks far enough.” 10 likes
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