The World of Ice Fire (kindle) BY George R.R. Martin


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Hrones In a collaboration that’s been years in the making Martin has teamed with Elio M García Jr and Linda Antonsson the founders of the renowned fan site Westerosorg perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creatorCollected here is all the accumulated knowledge scholarly speculation and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons maegi and singers It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from 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 certainly felt like reading one The book is written from the perspective of an in world maester and I read this book exactly the same way I read our real world history book; bits by bits instead of my daily 150 300 pages reading pace Upon finishing it I truly believe that the fans of the main series will have to read this companion bookPicture Aegon the Conueror upon Balerion the Black Dread by Jordi González EscamillaIt would be ridiculously crazy for me to explain every single thing about the content of this book; there’s way too much information or events to analyze in a single review The title speaks for itself this book contained the history of Martin’s main series Starting from the Ancient History it then proceeds to Reign of the Dragons the high and low of the Targaryen Kings the Fall of the Dragons the Seven Kingdoms and then what’s beyond Westeros Battles rivalries cultures architecture landscapes or maps they were all explored in detail If you loved A Song of Ice and Fire the knowledge you gain from reading this book will immensely enhance the world building behind the main seriesPicture The Rhoynar facing the might of the Freehold by Chase StoneI would’ve given this a 5 stars rating if I were to rate it merely on the content of the first 23 of the book My favorite section of the book was easily the history of the Targaryen Kings that started from Aegon the Conueror and ended at Aerys II “The Mad King” Despite the book being written in history textbook prose I found myself completely immersed in the Targaryen Kings section Finishing it actually made me incredibly excited to read Fire and Blood; I simply need a detailed version of the Targaryen’s history The other background story that I loved was Tywin Lannister’s I didn’t know how close he was with Aerys II and how complex their relationship was Plus reading this book enriched their characterizations Unfortunately I found the text in the last third of the book to be uninteresting and way too factual The content of the book from beginning up to the Seven Kingdoms—with the exception of the Ironbore—section was also written in a factual way but it almost never stops being interesting The last third of the book was utterly boring to read that even reading them bits by bits didn’t seem to diminish the boredom “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 harmonious for our children and their children for generations to come” Before I close my review I would like to give massive praises to the hundreds of fully illustrated artworks within this book In my opinion the artworks deserve a 6 out of 5 stars rating The World of Ice and Fire is insanely rich in production value; all the artwork are gorgeous fully colored and drawn by some of the best artists in the fantasy industry In fact I would actually recommend getting this book just for looking at the artworks alonePicture The Iron Throne by Marc Simonetti The World of Ice and Fire shows how exceptionally detailed fantasy world building can be Although the world building may be a bit overkill sometimes reading this book made me appreciate Martin’s talent even than I already did If Martin wants to he can simply choose a story or character and make a full novel out of it and believe me there are MANY options for him to choose from However as we all know from his progress on The Winds of Winter that’s very unlikely to happen That being said let me emphasize once again that I strongly recommend this book to A Song of Ice and Fire fans As long that you have finished A Storm of Swords reading this will be a spoiler free experience that makes the fully realized world of Westeros even real than beforePicture Rhaegar Targaryen and Robert Baratheon meeting at Ruby Ford during the Battle of the Trident by Justin SweetYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions

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The Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen which has set into motion the “present day” struggles of the Starks Lannisters Baratheons and Targaryens The definitive companion piece to George R R Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swor 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 uite obseuious 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 Known World it was all so drily amusing and the art is fantastic the book itself is nicely thick and weighty with high uality paper and covers a perfect coffee table book for a family of nerds or hey even a nerd bachelor like myself the volume is divided into roughly three parts a history of Westeros including the arrival of the First Men the Andals and a king by king chronicle of each of the Targaryens; an overview of each of the 7 kingdoms although 8 are actually described those poor riverlands don't even count as a kingdom; and descriptions of various cities and lands outside of Westerosthings I particularly enjoyed the in depth details of the various Targaryen reigns maze makers in Lorath a poisonous city in Sothoros Asshai by the Shadow a city called Carcosa all the way behind the Shadow and other surprising Weird Fiction and Cthulhu isms including a couple references to Deep Ones particularly loved the illustrations of each of the 7 kingdoms' capital city The Eyrie Casterly Rock and Highgarden were awesome ok if I had to live anywhere in Westeros it would have to be The Reach lots of details of two underrated kingdoms The Iron Islands and Dorne uite a lot about Tywin Lannister which was particularly great to read since he lacks a POV in the books and I didn't realize that the Starks were the only royal family to rule or dominate their realm from the beginning apparently the Baratheons replaced the Durrandons the Martells replaced the Yronwoods the Arryns replaced the Royces the Lannisters replaced the Casterlys the Greyjoys replaced the Hoars the Tyrells replaced the Gardeners I imagine all of that info is in ASOIF but it really stood out to me when reading thisok enough nerding out on this if you love the series as much as I do you should probably just invest the bucks and buy this and don't buy it on kindle for chrissakesview spoilerI suppose the less said the better about all of the negative comments and the 1 star reviews that appeared before the book even came out or that have appeared since ugh whiny and entitled people just drive me up the wall boo hoo hoo I've been waiting so so long for the next book that I've soiled my diapers because this isn't that next book so I'm going to be a bitter little baby about it waaaa FUCK OFF IDIOTS hide spoiler Sugaar (Xaguxar) of the First Men to the arrival Quentin Tarantino of Aegon the Conueror; 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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 FireThis 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 HBO’s Game of T 45 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️“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 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 had the pleasure of reading a book such as this I never would have if not for my desire to start off with the ASOIAF book series The Game of Thrones TV show was one of my favorite TV shows out there and how they butchered the last season 8 made me want to start the books immediately to fill the void in my soul So due to the fact I'm a graphic designer I HAD to have this illustrated marvel of a book So here we areTo be completely honest with you this was hard to read at times Prior to buying it I saw that this book had 320 pages so I was like how hard can it be? but this book was like a 700 PAGE BOOK IN DISGUISE Honestly man I was so tired at times that I wanted to give up But I wouldn't of course Doesn't mean the thought didn't pass my mindAt some point I thought I was reading real history This book was so detailed with rich stories and backgrounds of every place every war every King I liked that the delivery wasn't one dimentional it wasn't like yes this happened in 60 BC and this happened then this way we got than that We got rumors and different interpretations of a certain event from different measters we got uotes we got stories only told by common folk and songs we got stories buried in time with few details left for the reader we got the whole package The history of the Targaryens and its Kings was the most fascinating to me I couldn't stop reading at this point honestly All the different Kings all their different characters and tempers and how they all affected the Seven Kingdoms This whole history makes me even mad about the outcome of the show FUCK DD I say it everywhere I go I had to mention it here too After this huge passage we got the history of each of the Seven Kingdoms This is when it dragged a bit for me but I wasn't disappointed At the end what bored me a bit to be true to you was the last 70 pages of beyond the places we know of from the show history Except from Volantis Braavos Pentos Naath and some other places we have heard of from the show the other ones I skimmed over This fact doesn't diminish my enjoyment of the book these stories had to also be saidLast but not least I have to talk about something that bothered me due to the fact I'm a graphic designer I won't be talking about the illustrations of course don't get your tinsel in a tangle So I work in a magazine and I basically make the entirety of it in InDesign so I know how these books are made MANY times I would see letters in a sentence being different sizes than the sentence above it which can't happen Further the lines weren't eual I would see a blank little space where text should have been and it irritated me and then the columns wouldn't be eual in size and the letters had different justificationsugh I can't explain it here how I should have graphic designers who build up magazines in InDesign will know Just thought to mention it no one else would notice it but meOverall I'm so glad this one my first fantasy history books I'm off now to the ASOIAF series wish me luck on that one It will truly be an adventure to be remembered forever So till the next one k bye


10 thoughts on “The World of Ice Fire

  1. says:

    B 77% | Good Notes What energy there is in the latter two thirds comes from illustrations as narrative’s meted out rough and piecemeal


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    45 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️“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 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 had the pleasure of reading a book such as this I never would have if not for my desire to start off with the ASOIAF book series The Game of Thrones TV show was one of my favorite TV shows out there and how they butchered the last season 8 made me want to start the books immediately to fill the void in my soul So due to the fact I'm a graphic designer I HAD to have this illustrated marvel of a book So here we areTo be completely honest with you this was hard to read at times Prior to buying it I saw that this book had 320 pages so I was like how hard can it be? but this book was like a 700 PAGE BOOK IN DISGUISE Honestly man I was so tired at times that I wanted to give up But I wouldn't of course Doesn't mean the thought didn't pass my mindAt some point I thought I was reading real history This book was so detailed with rich stories and backgrounds of every place every war every King I liked that the delivery wasn't one dimentional it wasn't like yes this happened in 60 BC and this happened then this way we got than that We got rumors and different interpretations of a certain event from different measters we got uotes we got stories only told by common folk and songs we got stories buried in time with few details left for the reader we got the whole package The history of the Targaryens and its Kings was the most fascinating to me I couldn't stop reading at this point honestly All the different Kings all their different characters and tempers and how they all affected the Seven Kingdoms This whole history makes me even mad about the outcome of the show FUCK DD I say it everywhere I go I had to mention it here too After this huge passage we got the history of each of the Seven Kingdoms This is when it dragged a bit for me but I wasn't disappointed At the end what bored me a bit to be true to you was the last 70 pages of beyond the places we know of from the show history Except from Volantis Braavos Pentos Naath and some other places we have heard of from the show the other ones I skimmed over This fact doesn't diminish my enjoyment of the book these stories had to also be saidLast but not least I have to talk about something that bothered me due to the fact I'm a graphic designer I won't be talking about the illustrations of course don't get your tinsel in a tangle So I work in a magazine and I basically make the entirety of it in InDesign so I know how these books are made MANY times I would see letters in a sentence being different sizes than the sentence above it which can't happen Further the lines weren't eual I would see a blank little space where text should have been and it irritated me and then the columns wouldn't be eual in size and the letters had different justificationsugh I can't explain it here how I should have graphic designers who build up magazines in InDesign will know Just thought to mention it no one else would notice it but meOverall I'm so glad this one my first fantasy history books I'm off now to the ASOIAF series wish me luck on that one It will truly be an adventure to be remembered forever So till the next one k bye


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    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 myths and tales already mentioned in A Song of Ice and Fire and was just another marginalised attempt at selling another Game of Thrones related book I was wrong thankfully This book has capitalised on the historical characters and has gone into the depth of their origins For example Nymeria is mentioned in the series but we know very little about her other than childish fancy; the book chronicles her origins and how she ended up as princess of Dorne This book contains lots of new material from Westeros and is an excellent addition to anybody’s A Song of Ice and Fire book shelf or case in my case The descriptions of the children of the forest and how they became virtually extinct was also very insightful This is a full history of Westeros the book is divided into many parts; the first covers ancient history It then goes on to give a detailed account of Aegon the Conueror’s conuest along with his reign This is followed by detailed accounting of each Targaryen King ending in Robert’s rebellion We then see how the historical events affected each major house and some of their major happenings The book ends with a history of the lands beyond the sunset kingdom the free cities and other lands The book is over three hundred page long and is well worth the money This history feels very authentic; it is written as if by a maester of the Citadel; it almost feels as if you are in Westeros and you have picked this up off some lording’s bookshelf The pages are tarnished in a brown like colour with stains and patches appropriate to that type of parchment The reference to other history books of Westeros also adds to this affect Considering that very little of this was written by George RR Martin the uality is still there I’m sure he would not have let this be published if it was lacking Further the scholar who “wrote” this is bias in his opinions which is a product of the incestuous lie we all know so well He believes the Baratheon’s namely Robert to be the saviours of the kingdoms This is unsurprising considering that they broke the mad king’s tyranny So he pledges his support to Tommen Baratheon at the end of the book which is uite amusing really and emphasises the authentic feel of this book how a scholar a common man can believe the lies of the ruling classThe artwork in this is gorgeous; the images of Dragons and Targaryen kings are fantastic In here are some of my favourite depictions of characters races and kingdoms My favourite is the image of the King who knelt The character images are better than those in the graphic novels and many are superior to those in the television show I’m talking about in terms of armour and clothing not actual people from the books or TV show For example how a typical knight is portrayed or how a castle looksTo those that say this should be published after the series has been written read this and you will see you are mistaken This book is a history of Westeros the events in here happen before A Song of Ice and Fire; this book is a companion to the series; it goes into the depth of the history and helps the reader understand completely how the seven kingdoms came about So this book could have come out after A Storm of Swords and not affected anythingTo the reviewers who have just posted a stupid comment on here telling George RR Martin to hurry up get a life Have you actually read this the book in uestion The books will take as long as they need; I’m happy to wait until the author is happy with his work and wants it published Would you rather him publish something incomplete and not of the same uality as the rest of the series? In the meantime enjoy these side projects and read his other books Or another suggestion you could just read something else rather than being all whinny there is plenty out there Don’t get me wrong I cannot wait for the next book but people who post stupid comments on here just look like morons To conclude this review this book is a companion to A Song of Ice and Fire it delves into parts just mentioned in the series so conseuently is worth both your time and moneyFacebook| Twitter| Insta| Academia


  4. says:

    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 certainly felt like reading one The book is written from the perspective of an in world maester and I read this book exactly the same way I read our real world history book; bits by bits instead of my daily 150 300 pages reading pace Upon finishing it I truly believe that the fans of the main series will have to read this companion bookPicture Aegon the Conueror upon Balerion the Black Dread by Jordi González EscamillaIt would be ridiculously crazy for me to explain every single thing about the content of this book; there’s way too much information or events to analyze in a single review The title speaks for itself this book contained the history of Martin’s main series Starting from the Ancient History it then proceeds to Reign of the Dragons the high and low of the Targaryen Kings the Fall of the Dragons the Seven Kingdoms and then what’s beyond Westeros Battles rivalries cultures architecture landscapes or maps they were all explored in detail If you loved A Song of Ice and Fire the knowledge you gain from reading this book will immensely enhance the world building behind the main seriesPicture The Rhoynar facing the might of the Freehold by Chase StoneI would’ve given this a 5 stars rating if I were to rate it merely on the content of the first 23 of the book My favorite section of the book was easily the history of the Targaryen Kings that started from Aegon the Conueror and ended at Aerys II “The Mad King” Despite the book being written in history textbook prose I found myself completely immersed in the Targaryen Kings section Finishing it actually made me incredibly excited to read Fire and Blood; I simply need a detailed version of the Targaryen’s history The other background story that I loved was Tywin Lannister’s I didn’t know how close he was with Aerys II and how complex their relationship was Plus reading this book enriched their characterizations Unfortunately I found the text in the last third of the book to be uninteresting and way too factual The content of the book from beginning up to the Seven Kingdoms—with the exception of the Ironbore—section was also written in a factual way but it almost never stops being interesting The last third of the book was utterly boring to read that even reading them bits by bits didn’t seem to diminish the boredom “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 harmonious for our children and their children for generations to come” Before I close my review I would like to give massive praises to the hundreds of fully illustrated artworks within this book In my opinion the artworks deserve a 6 out of 5 stars rating The World of Ice and Fire is insanely rich in production value; all the artwork are gorgeous fully colored and drawn by some of the best artists in the fantasy industry In fact I would actually recommend getting this book just for looking at the artworks alonePicture The Iron Throne by Marc Simonetti The World of Ice and Fire shows how exceptionally detailed fantasy world building can be Although the world building may be a bit overkill sometimes reading this book made me appreciate Martin’s talent even than I already did If Martin wants to he can simply choose a story or character and make a full novel out of it and believe me there are MANY options for him to choose from However as we all know from his progress on The Winds of Winter that’s very unlikely to happen That being said let me emphasize once again that I strongly recommend this book to A Song of Ice and Fire fans As long that you have finished A Storm of Swords reading this will be a spoiler free experience that makes the fully realized world of Westeros even real than beforePicture Rhaegar Targaryen and Robert Baratheon meeting at Ruby Ford during the Battle of the Trident by Justin SweetYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions


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    A Team Rocket Read And so I set myself to work once 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?The world of Ice and Fire is a wonderful place and the amount of detail that has now been put into it makes it one of the most intricate and advanced fictional worlds in literary history There are so many places people cultures and religions that most fantasies pale by comparison I think everyone on Goodreads have heard of A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin Most fantasy lovers here will also have read it But the story behind the great epic; the tales of the Age of Heroes of the grand empires of Ghis and Valyria; of all the great migrations into Westeros and all the kings who sat the Iron Throne prior to Robert’s Rebellion Those tales are told in this book alongside many many othersAnd told in an absolutely wonderful wayThere are two very interesting things to note about how this book is written First it reads like a history textbook not a novel And it is a history textbook At least up until the point where it becomes a geography textbook instead In any case this is not a book you read to get excitement and suspense It’s a book you read to learn about the wonderful world in which George RR Martin’s books are set and to bask in its awesomeness from beginning to endSecond it’s written as an in world book The author is not George RR Martin but rather Maester Yandel of the Citadel We see the world and the stories in it from the perspective of a man who lives there An academic so to say There are several interesting details in the book making this fact even believable and immersive like a very interesting dedication in the very beginningMany people have called this GRRM’s version of the Silmarillion and that’s not completely true It’s similar in that this is also a collection of tales providing a captivating backstory for the world described in the main series but it’s also a wholly different type of book This doesn’t have the magical beauty and grace of Tolkien’s masterpiece but it is absolutely incredible in its own wayI assume that anyone who’s interested in this are already ASoIaF fans who have read all five published books But in case there are people reading this who are not and have not let me say this I would only recommend this book to those who fit into both those categories If you haven’t read ASoIaF you should read that first If you have read one or of the books and didn’t like them there is absolutely no reason for you to read this You’re definitely missing out if that last case is true but that’s because of the splendor of ASoIaF itself than this bookThe writing is good but it’s just there This is not a book where you care about the writing You only care about what is written about The stories The legendsAnd the artwork is even better providing an excellent addition to a book that would have been amazing even without it Some of my favourite fantasy artists are here specifically Magali Villeneuve and Ted Nasmith You can see some of their works and those of the other greatly talented artists in the bottom of this review coupled with uotes from the different chapters The Age of Heroes lasted for thousands of years in which kingdoms rose and fell noble houses were founded and withered away and greet deeds were accomplished Yet what we truly know of those ancient days is hardly than what we know of the Dawn Age The tales we have now are the work of septons and maesters writing thousands of years after the fact—yet unlike the children of the forest and the giants the First Men of this Age of Heroes left behind some ruins and ancient castles that can corroborate parts of the ancient legends and there are stone monuments in the barrow fields and elsewhere marked with their runes It is through these remnants that we can begin to ferret out the truth behind the tales Sheltered there amidst the great volcanic mountains known as the Fourteen Flames were the Valyrians who learned to tame dragons and make them the most fearsome weapon of war that the world ever saw The tales the Valyrians told of themselves claimed they were descended from dragons and were kin to the ones they now controlled Sweeping through the Vale with fire and sword the Andals began their conuest of Westeros And the dragons came Not three as Prince Garin had faced at Volon Therys but three hundred or if the tales that have come down to us can be believed Against their fires the Rhoynar could not stand Tens of thousands burned whilst others rushed into the river hoping that the embrace of Mother Rhoyne would offer them protection against dragonflame only to drown in their mother’s embrace There upon the south bank of the Trident he knelt laid the ancient crown of the Kings of Winter at Aegon’s feet and swore to be his man He rose as Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North a king no From that day to this day Torrhen Stark is remembered as the King Who Knelt Thus were the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros hammered into one great realm by the will of Aegon the Conueror and his sisters No war was ever bloodier or crueler than the Dance of the Dragons as the singers and Munkun have chosen to name it It was the worst kind of war — a war between siblings


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    There is always to know to lean The world is vast and wondrous strange and there are things beneath the stars than even the archmaesters of the Citadel can dream White WalkersThis book is highly recommended for anyone who loves the Game of Thrones booksWe 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 dragons and the coming of the Targaryens and Andals I did enjoy learning about the Children of the Forest and what it must have been like living at a time where dragons and their riders ruledThe book then moves to the reign of the Targaryens in Westeros including the Dance of the Dragons and finally the fall of the Targaryens where Robert Baratheon took the throne There were many names here that I recognized from the books or the show but didn't have a lot of details and I enjoyed learning about why Maegor was known as Maegor the Cruel or Aerys as Aerys the Mad KingThe book then delves into the histories of the Seven Kingdoms and the families that lived there the bloody battles for supremacy and the decisions that wiped out entire family lines There were some familiar family lines traced down through the centuries Tarth Tully Stark Lannister Baratheon Tarly Martell are all present Harrenhal is destroyedHowever my favorite parts in this book were on the places not in Westeros at all such as the Free Cities or delving into the wilds of Sothoryos Asshai and Yi Ti Places that were barely touched on in the books but fully captured my interest with their stunning descriptions and tales of wild people dangerous creatures and strange magic AsshaiWhile occasionally the sheer number of names caused my eyes to glaze over seeing some familiar faces as well as the stunning drawings and incredible writing brought me back It is a great backstory to the families we know and love or hate as well as the places they've taken us or have yet to take us LorathCross posted at Kaora's Corner


  7. says:

    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 fantasy literature doesn't come out until the completion of the story This appears to be a substandard book released as a cash grab to capitalize on Game of Throne's TV show popularity I would avoid it Even as a massive ASOIAF and GRRM fan myself It's probably also worth noting for the uninitiated this was not written by GRRM but two super fans of dubious reputation Neither of whom is a professional writer


  8. says:

    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 uite obseuious 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 Known World it was all so drily amusing and the art is fantastic the book itself is nicely thick and weighty with high uality paper and covers a perfect coffee table book for a family of nerds or hey even a nerd bachelor like myself the volume is divided into roughly three parts a history of Westeros including the arrival of the First Men the Andals and a king by king chronicle of each of the Targaryens; an overview of each of the 7 kingdoms although 8 are actually described those poor riverlands don't even count as a kingdom; and descriptions of various cities and lands outside of Westerosthings I particularly enjoyed the in depth details of the various Targaryen reigns maze makers in Lorath a poisonous city in Sothoros Asshai by the Shadow a city called Carcosa all the way behind the Shadow and other surprising Weird Fiction and Cthulhu isms including a couple references to Deep Ones particularly loved the illustrations of each of the 7 kingdoms' capital city The Eyrie Casterly Rock and Highgarden were awesome ok if I had to live anywhere in Westeros it would have to be The Reach lots of details of two underrated kingdoms The Iron Islands and Dorne uite a lot about Tywin Lannister which was particularly great to read since he lacks a POV in the books and I didn't realize that the Starks were the only royal family to rule or dominate their realm from the beginning apparently the Baratheons replaced the Durrandons the Martells replaced the Yronwoods the Arryns replaced the Royces the Lannisters replaced the Casterlys the Greyjoys replaced the Hoars the Tyrells replaced the Gardeners I imagine all of that info is in ASOIF but it really stood out to me when reading thisok enough nerding out on this if you love the series as much as I do you should probably just invest the bucks and buy this and don't buy it on kindle for chrissakesview spoilerI suppose the less said the better about all of the negative comments and the 1 star reviews that appeared before the book even came out or that have appeared since ugh whiny and entitled people just drive me up the wall boo hoo hoo I've been waiting so so long for the next book that I've soiled my diapers because this isn't that next book so I'm going to be a bitter little baby about it waaaa FUCK OFF IDIOTS hide spoiler


  9. says:

    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 Fireمجلد 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 العالمعالم الجليد والنارI 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 actual Worldبدأت لتوي قراءته جنبا إلي جنب مع بدايتي للجزء الثالث من الكتب الموسم الخامس من المسلسلوأعجبني كيف بدأه المؤلف بأسلوب أن من كتب الكتاب هو أحد أشخاص هذا العالم وسبب تقديمه لهذا المجلد الذي يحوي تاريخ العالمذكرني بتجربة جي كي رولينج في Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemI bought the US and UK editions I'm not rich just a sickness or Book Collecting disorder that I'm infected with one edition got advantages that's not at the other and versa vice but that's just the design of the coverand the paper material but otherwise both the same Elegant booksI've just start reading it along A Storm of Swords book Three and Game of Thrones Season FiveSo till a full reviewMohammed Arabey20 April 2015


  10. says:

    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 bookWhen 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 videos on some of the craziest fan theories My favorite one so far is a rather grizzly theory regarding the secret of Winterfell With that in mind I was looking forward to finding out about Bran the Builder and the Night King Unfortunately such information would've been found in a book about myths and legends rather than a history treatise Names such as Brandon the Builder Garth Greenhand Lann the Clever and Durran Godsgrief are names to conjure with but it is likely that their legends hold less truth than fancy Still there was some interesting stuff to be had here such as Aegon the Conuerror not being a particularly good ruler Although he was an excellent war lord it was his nephew Jahaeris I who had consolidated the conuered lands Other random tidbits I enjoyed were the stories about the mistresses of Aegon IVth the weird mazes left behind in Lorath or the mysterious abandoned cities from the continent of SothoryosFor the most part however the reading experience was a rather boring one If I often found the main books tedious to get through a history treatise didn't have a remote chance with me First I could never seem to remember the various petty kings from before the conuest Even though they later got rehashed in a thorough historical account of each of the seven kingdoms Then there was the lengthy saga of the Dance of Dragons which in my mind lasted hundreds of years instead of just three which is probably why I remember mostly nothing aside from people and dragons dying left right and center Suffice to say that I didn't technically read the entire book skipping the parts about the Reach the Stormlands and Dorne as well as those about Yi Ti and Asshai Then again I watched enough Youtube videos on the latter two so I probably didn't miss anythingScore 35 starsThis book's biggest asset is the gorgeous art it features Its second biggest asset is making me look forward to books 6 and 7 and possibly 8? in the Song of Ice and Fire series Oh and it also made me realize how much I didn't need to read The Tales of Dunk and Egg or A Targaryen History


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