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The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms. The World of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia and Linda Buy the Audiobook Download: . A Clash of Kings: The Graphic Novel: Volume Two. Notable work: A Song of Ice and Fire (6 books) with winter from behind the Wall, a giant ice building which Meanwhile, at West, in the free cities beyond the.
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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 ruled.
The 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 more about why Maegor was known as Maegor the Cruel, or Aerys as Aerys the Mad King.
The 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. Harrenhal is destroyed. However 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. Asshai While 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. Lorath Cross posted at Kaora's Corner. View all 15 comments.
May 21, Slumpy rated it did not like it. This book is utter garbage. The writing is just awful and reads like something written by a verbose teenager. What this really means: This is why most reference material for fantas This book is utter garbage. 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.
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.
View all 23 comments. Apr 20, Mohammed Arabey marked it as to-be-continued. A huge size tome -not many pages though- Yet it's very elegant..
So, till a full review Mohammed Arabey 20 April View all 19 comments. Nov 03, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: 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 this was a really fun and interesting look at all of the "history" and myths and legends behind A Song of Ice and Fire.
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.
The Eyrie, Casterly Rock, and Highgarden were awesome. The Iron Islands and Dorne. View all 12 comments. Sep 20, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: I finished it. It was very much worth it. Full review to come. View all 14 comments. Feb 25, Ms. 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. When it comes to its written content however, I was a bit disappointed, though that's not necessarily the book's fault. My favorite one so far is a rather grizzly theory regarding the secret of Winterfell.
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With that in mind, I was looking forward to finding out more 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 Conquerror not being a particularly good ruler.
Although he was an excellent war lord, it was his nephew, Jahaeris I, who had consolidated the conquered 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 Sothoryos. For 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 conquest. Even though they later got rehashed, in a more 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 Suffice to say, that I didn't technically read the entire book , skipping the parts about the Reach, the Stormlands, and Dorne Then again, I watched enough Youtube videos on the latter two, so I probably didn't miss anything.
Its second biggest asset is making me look forward to books 6 and 7 and possibly 8? View all 4 comments. Apr 18, Jareed rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Nov 04, Argona rated it it was amazing Recommended to Argona by: I got goose bumps reading this book.
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 This book is a great companion to the ASOIAF series and contains very interesting information.
You get to learn a lot about the origin of your favorite characters, their ancient houses and how these houses have been affected by famous historical wars or events.
The information is not limited to the Seven Kingdoms and the book covers all the lands known to Maesters of the Citadel, from the great empire of Valyria to Free Cities and even Asshai and Yi Ti.
Keep in mind that this book is written like a history textbook because it is a history book, written by Maester Yandel of the Citadel. He is quite biased and obviously very skeptical of magic. Maester Yandel has actually written this book as a gift to, and I quote, good King Robert and his fair son and heir Joffrey! Sometimes he is so biased, it's actually hilarious!
Sometimes the book actually raises more questions than it answers. Of course I am being this understanding about it because I gave myself time to cool down! I perfectly remember how I wanted to scream when Old Nan left her tale of last hero unfinished. Guess what? The rest of the tale is here! When I accepted that the big answers are not here and stopped looking for them, the book became like a very fun puzzle. Natural causes? You also get to learn the many legends and myths of WOIAF that lead to even more questions and theories.
It looks like he has been to many different parts of the world and there are many different tales that somehow complement each other. Is he even one person? Maybe multiple people? Or maybe a title that passes from one to another? Am I reading too much into things? Most likely. Am I going insane with all these theories? Am I going to need therapy after this series is finished and the massacre is over?
Most certainly. You find out a lot about characters like Daenerys I, Daemon or Bloodraven but some characters like Jenny of Oldstones are only vaguely mentioned and have mysterious backgrounds that are only hinted at. You also get to learn very interesting facts about characters that you are more familiar with, such as The Mad King Aerys or Tywin Lannister. This book helps to better understand the circumstances and complications that led to Robert's rebellion. Reading that part was actually painful for me, considering all the precious lives that were destroyed.
Before reading this book, with a few exceptions like Daenerys or Rhaegar, I actually disliked the Targaryens, not liking their sense of entitlement or their traditions. But after learning the complete history of their house, my opinion changed and although they can never replace Starks in my heart, I really like them now. Very interesting historic figures are introduced as well.
You get to learn the full story and adventures of Queen Nymeria while you are also introduced to fascinating new figures like The Garth Greenhand. He alone hints at so many possibilities, considering he is supposed to have fathered many children including Brandon of the Bloody Blade who in return has fathered Guess who!
The illustrations are amazing. There are pictures that depict children of the forest, giants and first men! Look at the real Irone Throne! Needless to say, no TV show has enough funds to create this stunning world so these illustrations really help the imagination.
This one is the real Dragonstone! The last artwork left me with a very heavy heart since it actually depicts Rhaegar Targaryen and Robert Baratheon meeting at the Ruby Ford during the Battle of the Trident and I am very fond of Rhaegar.
I don't think it's a book for everyone. This is the kind of book that only the diehard fans enjoy, the ones that have come to live in this fantasy world and are always thirsty for extra information. Mar 07, Bookwraiths rated it liked it Shelves: Hell, no! The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones is a true-to-life history book; an especially boring history book at times, which is painful for me to write since I am actually a history lover. Okay, now before anyone gets the pitchforks out and starts to light the torches, I want to say that there were some amazing things in this book.
The pictures, maps, and illustrations throughout were stunning, capturing the essence of this amazing series beyond my wildest expectations. There really were not any that did not impress, as illustrated below by the stunning image of the Battle of the Trident. There were even some sections of The World of Ice and Fire that were good, though not great.
Did I mention that the illustrations were great! Unfortunately, though, there were some rather boring, or bad, sections of the book; at least, sections that I personally did not find very compelling or moving. The worst culprits to me were the chapters on each of the Seven Kingdoms. These were brutal to read, reminding me of nights in college when I sat up into the depths of the night trying to force myself to finish some dusty history book for class the next day.
And I honestly had to do that with the Seven Kingdom chapters. It got so bad that I found myself skimming much of it, which is a pity since these sections were detailed, filled with historical facts and descriptive details that could have been very moving, but quickly, they turned into walls of text for me with similar names and similar stories that were just brain numbing.
Not at all, I still believe that many Martin fans will adore it, but anyone diving in should merely be warned that this reads more like a history tome than the forthcoming We hope! The Winds of Winter. View 2 comments. Jan 27, Petra rated it really liked it Shelves: My current state before publishing the book After: 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.
As I said: So publ My current state before publishing the book After: So publishing a companion book is inevitable because there is no way that our favorite author can cover all the history and geography involved in his books. The book is written by a maester of the citadel, so naturally we don't get answers for everything, and sometimes the book even raises more questions than it answers view spoiler [ like the hints that a third race inhabited Westeros before the first men, the other two being the children of the forest and giants hide spoiler ] However he did expand on many things, such as Asshai, Yi Ti, we even get insight into the history of the Free Cities.
And there were some timeline clarifications, and as a result some fan theories went up in flames view spoiler [ like the theory that Jaime and Cersei are Aerys's children, he was nowhere near Johanna Lannister when they were conceived hide spoiler ] , but it did fan the flames of another fan theory view spoiler [ Aerys was at Casterly rock in and Tyrion was born in ,while I'm not a fan of this theory at all, I have to admit that the dates make it possible hide spoiler ] As for Westeros, we get a very detailed history, starting with the Dawn Age and ending with Robert's reign.
Plus the artwork is amazing, especially since it's how George envisions the world. Plus there are illustrations of all the great castles of Westeros, How cool is Dragonstone?! The most important thing in this book might be the detailed listing of every Targaryen king. So whether you decide to read it cover to cover, or chapter by chapter according to your level of interest, The World of Ice and Fire is a must read for every fan of the original series.
Spasimo filologe, investirajmo u dobre prevodioce i lektore! Jul 26, Lyn rated it really liked it. Both provide depth and further explanation and development of an impressive, awe inspiring world building by their creator.
We learn about how the First Men came to Westeros as well as the Andal invasions centuries later and how the great houses came to power. Martin also traces the origins of the peoples from Essos and examines in minute detail to histories of the Free Cities and then goes on to explore details and histories of peoples only passingly introduced in the main storyline.
The ancient Valyrian Freehold empire could be analogous to either Rome or a realization of lost Atlantis, with the Old Empire of Ghis perhaps corresponding with a Mesopotamian or Egyptian society. I also noticed an apparent homage to Lovecraft in the origins of the Iron Islands though the people are certainly patterned after Viking cultures.
In his portrayals of the Ibanese and Southern peoples, Martin seems to be suggesting a scenario where related but distinct branches of humanity have grown up alongside and contemporaneous with humanity as if Neanderthals had continued to exist and develop with us.
Most compelling, though, was my thoughts concerning the progress of this story and series. Having read the five earlier books and observed the storylines of the TV series, it seems obvious that the two have diverged paths and Martin now has two distinct narratives.
There is no way Martin can get from the end of A Dance with Dragons to where the show is now. Will books 6 and 7 form a separate series, distinct from the canonical theatrical version? Will he finish the book series at all? Or will he continue to rather explore a backstory that can be entertaining without being contradictory to the popular show? All good questions and ones fans would like to see answered sooner rather than later.
View all 3 comments. 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.
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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 EDIT: This is nothing for the occasional reader, this is for hardcore fans who would immediately exchange their lives to spend a few minutes in the world of ice and fire. From the Age of Heroes to the coming of the First Men; from the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror with his dragons to the fall of the Mad King, this is the dramatic backdrop to the struggle for power in a game of thrones.
This book truly is a book nerd's dream. The writing is wonderfully fitting for a book that is essentially written like a history book. Good times. There's nothing like a little bloodshed between second cousins, amirite? I'm not crying, you're crying. Additionally, I loved reading between the lines and finding hints to the fates of the characters we're already familiar with. Ya gurl was highkey shook whilst reading this!
My favorite discovery was definitely Nymeria's tale. She was the Princess of the Rhoynar and the biggest badass of them all. When the Valyrian Freehold conquered the Rhoyne with their dragons, Nymeria led the surviving Rhoynar into exile from Essos.
That woman single-handedly led a fleet of thousands of ships across the Narrow Sea to Dorne, where she took Lord Mors Martell as her husband, and ensured that House Martell would rule Dorne ever since. Arya's direwolf is named after her btw! All in all, this book was everything I could have hoped for and more. I will definitely peruse it time and time again to revisit my favorite tales especially the chapter on Braavos , look up useful information for my crackpot series and marvel at the stunning art work.
Oct 08, Esther marked it as to-read. 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. I pre-ordered this book. I'm looking forward to more of Westeros. Thank you very much, George Martin. Jan 01, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 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 Thousands of years later another wave of immigration brought the iron toting Andals to Westeros as conquerors.
The Rhoynar, on the other hand, were some group of much later immigrants that settled in Dorne. Beyond this not too much is related. Written in the format of a history provided by an in-universe Maester Yandel, Martin et. Yandel follows some excellent historical methodology referencing in-universe primary and secondary sources, like Archmaester Haereg's History of the Ironborn , while also cautioning the reader about the reliability of some sources he references.
This writing style works extremely well and was a joy to read. Plus, because he is writing for a king with Baratheon and Lannister blood view spoiler [ ok, just Lannister, but he didn't know that hide spoiler ] , he is overly fawning of both those Houses' histories. A nice touch in my mind. The structure of this book also works quite well. It starts with ancient times and works its way forward chronologically. It then takes a deeper historical dive into each of the seven kingdoms and their notable personalities.
It finishes up with looking at Essos and other lands, really imbuing these rarely touched upon regions with a sense of depth and history. While there is a lot to be said about this compendium, I want to highlight a few of the parts I enjoyed the most: While we get a fair amount of page time with Theon and his sister Asha, we never really got much of a feel for the Ironbown.
We know they value reaving and paying the "iron price", they rebelled against Robert and then got curbstomped, but little else. Thanks to this book, we know that the Ironborn have always been the assholes of the sea. Since the beginning of recorded history they have been raping, killing, and stealing everything that wasn't bolted down which they would just burn if they couldn't take it.
It was interesting to see how their culture developed and changed, especially in reaction to the coming of the Dragonlords. The Targaryan Dynasty: Sure everyone knows about Mad King Aerys and a bit about Aegon the Conquerer and Balor the Blessed, but we don't get much depth about the other rulers and family members of which there are waaaaaaaay too many Aegons.
This book fills in all those empty spaces in history with a very fascinating development of the Targaryons and the uniting of Westeros.
Apart from needing an English History Degree to be able to follow the convoluted family tree where siblings marry , it was quite informative. Mysteries of the World: Since this was written as an in-universe document, there is much that Yandel doesn't know about. Mysterious buildings that predate the First Men in Westeros, just what happened in Valyria though Yandel does list some interesting theories , what exists in the far east of Essos, forgotten and vanished races that left strange structures behind.
While I am sure Martin knows the answers to these question, it is nice that e is holding somethings back to possibly drop into the books. Plus it kept the framing device realistic. The World at Large: Essos is awesome. The Free Cities especially Braavos have fascinating cultures and histories. Yen Ti, what little we are told, leaves me wanting so much more. And I must know more about Asshai-by-the-Shadow.
There is so much potential for amazing stories and characters. In an ideal world, once Martin finishes the series, he will open the universe up to other writers in a manner similar to the Star Wars expanded universe to explore all these fascinating lands and cultures.
The Art: This book has some stunning artwork that really blew my mind. I mean, just look at this gorgeous art: This book, however, we not without flaws. My biggest issue was the lack of maps.
There was a general map of the known world with no labels for cities, bodies of water, or regions and a collection of maps for each of the seven kingdoms of Westeros. There was no comprehensive map of Westeros to fit all the pieces together. I would have found it much better if "Yandel" had provided some maps outlining the Targaryan expansion into Westeros. Finally, given how little we see of Essos in the books, a bunch of maps showing where all these newly introduced areas were would have greatly enhanced the history.
I can think of no good reason these were excluded and strikes me as a horrid oversight. All in all this book hit both my fantasy and history weak spots.
I adored revisiting Westeros and learning more about this fascinating world. I know we all want Martin to finish the next book series, but this book really did an excellent job giving the books more depth and weight. This is an excellent read for anyone who has enjoyed the series. View all 11 comments. Jan 22, Natalie Monroe rated it really liked it Shelves: George R. Martin is a freaking genius.
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 George R. It also provides a comprehensive history of the lay of the land pre-Targaryen rule, ranging from the children of the forest to the battle between the Andals and the First Men to everyone who died when Aegon the Conqueror came.
Notable Houses get their history listed out too, so we get a full blow-by-blow of the bloody Targaryen Civil War and the subsequent Blackfyre rebellions. The whole ploy stinks of Blackfyre schemes. May 29, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: This was better than expected, even with the hype.
At first I hesitated to buy it. All that does is encourage him to work on stuff that isn't The Winds of Winter. 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 4. At least it isn't a snoozefest of an anthology, right? This book is brilliant.
It's a great work on its own. This is a history textbook that is way more interesting than anything I had in school. And the artwork is breathtaking - it's worth picking up this book just for the pictures, even if you never read a word of it.
That said, the "story" here is wonderful. We go all the way back to the Dawn Age and it comes full circle back to the time just after Robert's Rebellion. There are a few spoilers of the "present" narrative of the series, but not many. All those places and peoples and old events that get quick mention in the series, they're here. And in the context that brings it all to life.
It made me want to read the series again.
And it's only been a little more than a year since the last time I read it. But I want to go find all those Easter eggs and see how they relate to the main story. Armed with the knowledge of old history, this could be fun.
I will say that my rating dropped slightly by then end as the last few chapters were pretty dry. Favorite parts? The histories of the Targaryen kings. By far the best section of the book, it was worth the read all by itself. What's missing? Well, I would have liked a few more maps. I loved the maps that depicted the indiviual Westeros "kingdoms", but would have liked to see more of the areas of Essos and a world view.
There were also a few sections of the history with noticeable gaps: I did feel that these were intentional, maybe a clue that GRRM doesn't want those stories told just yet. But we'll see. I'm sure there's a reason for it View all 7 comments.
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, S. 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 , when most Having read all the excerpts that were released before the official publication of this book, I had been fervently anticipating this "encyclopedia" for months.
I had been a fan of this series since , when most people are still ignorant of its awesomeness, so don't presume to lecture me about patience. I also disagree with comments unjustly criticizing co-writers Elio and Linda's knowledge of the series and authenticity--FYI, they proof-read Martin's work before it is sent in to the publisher, help Martin look out for inconsistencies usually spotted by fans like us who would complain to no end upon discovering it , and they certainly know more about the universe and series than the likes of you and me.
This book, I feel, did an exceedingly great job at painting the complex universe that Martin has created. George R. Ray Bradbury. Raymond E. Mark Lawrence. Robin Hobb. Isaac Asimov.
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