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Author Topic: The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones  (Read 780 times)

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Name of the book: The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Genre: Magic Historical
Book publish year: 2014
Rating (out of 5): 3 / 4
Brief intro: 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 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 Thrones. 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 Westeros.org—perhaps 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. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; 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 swords.

Review: Beautiful illustrations, interesting facts, but I'm afraid I found it a bit boring.


Enid Cloves

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Personal opinion: I think it's silly to sell a book dedicated to the history and lore of a series that is still in progress, specially when certain events that happened before the ASOIAF books start are still relevant to the plot and remain a mistery. That means that the books is incomplete by default. They even put ink over one of the stories because they can't tell what happened until the main story is completed. the writers have said there are mistakes on purpose because they thought it would make it more authentic and the style is dry and boring.
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