The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
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.
George R.R. Martin, in...more
Well, I've read the novels …more"This history isn't really for the novel readers as pretty much all the info in it has already been written in the novels."
Well, I've read the novels at least five times each, and I'm getting reams of information that I didn't already know from this history.
In fact, I wish academic history books were this well written; it has always irritated the crap out of me how BORING academics make history when it's so exciting, as Martin clearly shows.
Still, he needs to finish the damned books (see my other post, won't repeat).(less)
Notes: What energy there is in the latter two-thirds comes from illustrations, as narrative’s meted out rough and piecemeal.
“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.”
This book was exceptional, magnificent, impactful. I never expected to have so much fun with a history book... this is the shit they should have taught us in school! I have never ha ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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?
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Aegon atop his dragon Balerion the Black Dread
This book has been on my shelf since
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 ...more
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 ...more
HOLY GUACAMOLE, THIS BOOK SNATCHED MY WIG!
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 ...more
PS: I pre-ordered this book. I'm looking forward to more of Westeros. Thank you very much, George Martin. =_=||| ...more
To his most esteemed and gracious lord,
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 children o ...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. ...more
“It is said with truth that every buildin...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
- One, you are a freaking Song of Ice and Fire maniac, and are willing to gorge up any and everything that George RR Martin has to offer. Which in this case is the complete history of the land of Westeros, with some insights on Essos and Sothoryos as well. Or
- the surreal artwork. Littered across these 326 pages are some of the most beautiful Ice and Fire illustrations I have ...more
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Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood chil ...more