The World Of Ice & Fire: The Untold History Of Westeros And The Game Of Thrones by George R. R. MartinThe World Of Ice & Fire: The Untold History Of Westeros And The Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The World Of Ice & Fire: The Untold History Of Westeros And The Game Of Thrones

byGeorge R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson

Hardcover | October 28, 2014

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Perfect for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones—an epic history of Westeros and the lands beyond, featuring 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 & 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, including
 
• full-color artwork and maps, with more than 170 original pieces
• full family trees for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the history and culture of Westeros
• 100% all-new material, more than half of which Martin wrote specifically for this book

The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.
George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tutt...
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Title:The World Of Ice & Fire: The Untold History Of Westeros And The Game Of ThronesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 12.1 × 9.3 × 1.43 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Obsessed with this author and all of his work thus far
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautifully writen Our son cant get enough and now has me hooked!!! Truly another wonderful one!!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book!! Our son adores this book....beautiful illustrations and stunning cover!
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book provides such a rich and detailed history. It makes me wish the history of the Targaryens was a TV show.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Utterly amazing. If you love GoT you will LOVE this
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful illustrations. This is a beautiful book. It is written like a history book not a novel. Some parts of the writing is very dry but other parts are fascinating. If you are really curious about the history of the Seven Kingdoms this is the book for you.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Great book from a great series.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect gift for a GoT fan! Great for anyone who is obsessed with A Song of Ice and Fire! The book gives the history of the GoT world, with beautiful artwork from diverse artists.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A rich resource for a full immersion experience As a fan of George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire world, this book is absolutely amazing. Rich text and beautiful artwork. I use it as reference when re-watching the HBO series! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have! Any fan of GOT or ASOIAF would love this! It fills in so much of the history and really adds to the story and background of the novels. Beautiful illustrations as well. Highly recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Illustrations and Backstory! If you love the Song of Ice and Fire series, you need this book. It's like an encyclopedia that comes with gorgeous drawings of characters and locations. There are also many stories on the history of Westeros and the different families.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of info Has a lot of information of the Targaryen kings but I would've liked more content about the Kings of Winter or the Long Night etc. Either way a great book for any got fan
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Book I bought this book for my die hard Game of Thrones fan boyfriend and he absolutely loves it. The artwork and the history of Westeros and surrounding cities is so well done. I would highly recommend to any Game of Thrones fan!
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT. best buy for avid readers! If your a hardcore fan of the series i highly recommend you purchase this book! you will not be dissipointed in the slightest.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolute MUST for fans Its chock full of amazing art and fresh insight into the lore and history of Westeros!
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spot On! Must Read! This is one of the best series I have ever read. I highly recommend them. Very action packed and intricately woven as all the characters eventually come together throughout the series.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN EXCEPTIONAL BOOK This is a must have for any asoiaf fan
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you plan to start reading the "Song of Ice and Fire" series This would definitely be recommend to read before. ...after, In between. Doesn't matter, it's just that good. Should be worth closer to $100 for the art alone. I own both this and the British (black) hardcover reprint. Both stunning. It's also soft and silky to the touch. Yes, you can judge this book by its cover. Lol
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect for world building This is a must have for any asoiaf fan
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-have if you're a GoT fan Loved this book. Book and series fans will equally love it since it tells the history of Westeros. Beautiful illustrations. It will make an excellent gift for a GoT fan.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN EXCEPTIONAL BOOK !!! What a beautiful book. The artistry and the story telling. A great companion or guide book for fans of game of thrones- or fantasy literature lovers. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy :)
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! A must own for all fans of the series
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best gift ever! I received this as a birthday gift and absolutely loved it! It comes in a beautiful hardcover binding, full of illustrations and pictures. The book gives details on the background stories about the characters in the Ice and Fire universe. A must have for all fans.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adored this For someone like me who is big on the lore of the series, this was a godsent
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great companion book A must have for all fans of the book series
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Westeros Good stuff, I really liked the history of Westeros
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Great book for conversation and looks great on my coffee table
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition! Great for the collection & answers some questions. A little expensive though. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Excellent way to deep dive into the history of Game of Thrones. The artwork is excellent. Recommend for diehard fans of the books or tv show or anyone who wants to explore this rich world more
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dive deeper full of detail about the world. for the die hards
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! A great history of Game of Thrones, I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the price A bit expensive, but for the amount of detail, it is worth it.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEAUTIFUL so so beautiful and you learn so much
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and visually beautiful This book is great for any fan of the game of thrones book or show series. It contains the history of the world of game of thrones, focusing primarily on the Targaryen lineage. The book also contains beautiful artwork inspired by the series.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book This is the best collection of Game of Thrones history, highly recommended for some back reading.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An astoundingly detailed compendium There is so much here that it's difficult to do more than scratch the surface in a review. However fans of Ice and Fire will not regret this purchase, it is a beautiful book to add to one's collection and a wonderful encyclopaedia of everything you might have wanted to know about the fiction.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books in my collection. This is an absolutely beautiful book and a must-own for GOT fans. Its big, its heavy, the pages are of high quality paper and the artwork is simply amazing. The history of the GOT universe contained in this book is essential for any hardcore fan. A beautiful, immersive book. One of my favourites of all time.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from World of Ice and Fire Let's breakdown those 4 stars. The first part of the book deals with the ancient history of the world and the coming of men to Westeros to the Targaryen dynasty and Roberts Rebellion. This part is amazing! Each Targaryen king is unique and interesting in their own way. And once the timeline gets to the Mad King and Robert's Rebellion, I'm totally enraptured. It could be its own novel and a really good one at that. Its frustrating that some details are 'omitted' due to lack of sources (and probably being a bit spoilery). 5 BIG stars. The second part of the book goes into detail the histories of the regions of Westeros and beyond. This stuff is excruciatingly boring at times. You have to be really into lords squabbling over land to be into this stuff. There's probably some good stuff in there, its just there's a lot of mediocrity to go through. 2 stars at best. The third part is the artwork. And it is a fantastic! Portraits of all the Targaryen kings (and all of their impossibly attractive wives/mistresses). Full page portrayals of battles, tournaments, castles and dragons. Maps (and not nearly enough of them). Another 5 BIG stars. I was surprised to find this at the library and had to pick it up. I enjoyed it (or least, the parts I mentioned above). It is written in the history book style that the recent Martin stories have been written, which probably isn't for everybody. For the diehard fan this is a must read. But for everyone else, there's a lot that won't increase your enjoyment of the Song of Ice & Fire.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Detailed Much effort was put into this, unlike my reviews of books.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting Learning about the history of this amazing fantasy world is great! Loved it!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Artwork This is a superb book for anyone who is interested in the history of Westeros and beyond. The artwork is lovely, and the history behind this fantasy world is a treat to read.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super cool Super cool book about Westeros. The art in this book alone makes it worth buying.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was pretty good. It's not quite what I expected, but it's an awesome book nonetheless. Great deal online!
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written and designed! I pre-ordered this book and I was definitely not disappointed. It arrived on time, it is well-bound, full of gorgeous pictures, plenty of information re: ASOIAF books. Perfect for any ASOIAF/Game of Thrones fan.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imagination Love this for the pure breadth of the imagination involved! So much depth and realism in the fantasy! I read all the books as a glimpse into the brain of an amazingly intelligent and creative student of literature and history. Great for fans of ASOIF.
Date published: 2014-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I got this book when It came out and I must say its amazing for any Game of Thrones or A Song Of Ice And Fire fan, The ilustrations are very detailed for example Aegon riding Balerion. I don't want to spoil anything but the way the book is played out is very good since it starts with the ancient history and Targaryens and all the other houses.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! So I pre-ordered this about a month ago, it was released on Tuesday and it was delivered on Tuesday. It is truly amazing. The artwork is gorgeous, the detail is really impressive, and the family tree's are really cool. It basically has a history to just about anyone and anything mentioned in the books. I honestly recommend this to any fan of the books, or the show.
Date published: 2014-10-29

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THE DAWN AGE   THERE ARE NONE who can say with certain knowledge when the world began, yet this has not stopped many maesters and learned men from seeking the answer. Is it forty thousand years old, as some hold, or perhaps a number as large as five hundred thousand—or even more? It is not written in any book that we know, for in the first age of the world, the Dawn Age, men were not lettered.   We can be certain that the world was far more primitive, however—a barbarous place of tribes living directly from the land with no knowledge of the working of metal or the taming of beasts. What little is known to us of those days is contained in the oldest of texts: the tales written down by the Andals, by the Valyrians, and by the Ghiscari, and even by those distant people of fabled Asshai. Yet however ancient those lettered races, they were not even children during the Dawn Age. So what truths their tales contain are difficult to find, like seeds among chaff.   What can most accurately be told about the Dawn Age? The eastern lands were awash with many peoples—uncivilized, as all the world was uncivilized, but numerous. But on Westeros, from the Lands of Always Winter to the shores of the Summer Sea, only two peoples existed: the children of the forest and the race of creatures known as the giants.   Of the giants in the Dawn Age, little and less can be said, for no one has gathered their tales, their legends, their histories. Men of the Watch say the wildlings have tales of the giants living uneasily alongside the children, ranging where they would and taking what they wanted. All the accounts claim that they were huge and powerful creatures, but simple. Reliable accounts from the rangers of the Night’s Watch, who were the last men to see the giants while they still lived, state that they were covered in a thick fur rather than simply being very large men as the nursery tales hold.   There is considerable evidence of burials among the giants, as recorded in Maester Kennet’s Passages of the Dead—a study of the barrow fields and graves and tombs of the North in his time of service at Winterfell, during the long reign of Cregan Stark. From bones that have been found in the North and sent to the Citadel, some maesters estimate that the largest of the giants could reach fourteen feet, though others say twelve feet is nearer the truth. The tales of long-dead rangers written down by maesters of the Watch all agree that the giants did not make homes or garments, and knew of no better tools or weapons than branches pulled from trees.   The giants had no kings and no lords, made no homes save in caverns or beneath tall trees, and they worked neither metal nor fields. They remained creatures of the Dawn Age even as the ages passed them by, men grew ever more numerous, and the forests were tamed and dwindled. Now the giants are gone even in the lands beyond the Wall, and the last reports of them are more than a hundred years old. And even those are dubious—tales that rangers of the Watch might tell over a warm fire.   The children of the forest were, in many ways, the opposites of the giants. As small as children but dark and beautiful, they lived in a manner we might call crude today, yet they were still less barbarous than the giants. They worked no metal, but they had great art in working obsidian (what the smallfolk call dragonglass, while the Valyrians knew it by a word meaning “frozen fire”) to make tools and weapons for hunting. They wove no cloths but were skilled in making garments of leaves and bark. They learned to make bows of weirwood and to construct flying snares of grass, and both of the sexes hunted with these.   Their song and music was said to be as beautiful as they were, but what they sang of is not remembered save in small fragments handed down from ancient days. Maester Childer’s Winter’s Kings, or the Legends and Lineages of the Starks of Winterfell contains a part of a ballad alleged to tell of the time Brandon the Builder sought the aid of the children while raising the Wall. He was taken to a secret place to meet with them, but could not at first understand their speech, which was described as sounding like the song of stones in a brook, or the wind through leaves, or the rain upon the water. The manner in which Brandon learned to comprehend the speech of the children is a tale in itself, and not worth repeating here. But it seems clear that their speech originated, or drew inspiration from, the sounds they heard every day.   The gods the children worshipped were the nameless ones that would one day become the gods of the First Men—the innumerable gods of the streams and forests and stones. It was the children who carved the weirwoods with faces, perhaps to give eyes to their gods so that they might watch their worshippers at their devotions. Others, with little evidence, claim that the greenseers—the wise men of the children—were able to see through the eyes of the carved weirwoods. The supposed proof is the fact that the First Men themselves believed this; it was their fear of the weirwoods spying upon them that drove them to cut down many of the carved trees and weirwood groves, to deny the children such an advantage. Yet the First Men were less learned than we are now, and credited things that their descendants today do not; consider Maester Yorrick’s Wed to the Sea, Being an Account of the History of White Harbor from Its Earliest Days, which recounts the practice of blood sacrifice to the old gods. Such sacrifices persisted as recently as five centuries ago, according to accounts from Maester Yorrick’s predecessors at White Harbor.   This is not to say that the greenseers did not know lost arts that belong to the higher mysteries, such as seeing events at a great distance or communicating across half a realm (as the Valyrians, who came long after them, did). But mayhaps some of the feats of the greenseers have more to do with foolish tales than truth. They could not change their forms into those of beasts, as some would have it, but it seems true that they were capable of communicating with animals in a way that we cannot now achieve; it is from this that legends of skinchangers, or beastlings, arose.   In truth, the legends of the skinchangers are many, but the most common—brought from beyond the Wall by men of the Night’s Watch, and recorded at the Wall by septons and maesters of centuries past—hold that the skinchangers not only communicated with beasts, but could control them by having their spirits mingle. Even among the wildlings, these skinchangers were feared as unnatural men who could call on animals as allies. Some tales speak of skinchangers losing themselves in their beasts, and others say that the animals could speak with a human voice when a skinchanger controlled them. But all the tales agree that the most common skinchangers were men who controlled wolves—even direwolves—and these had a special name among the wildlings: wargs.   Legend further holds that the greenseers could also delve into the past and see far into the future. But as all our learning has shown us, the higher mysteries that claim this power also claim that their visions of the things to come are unclear and often misleading—a useful thing to say when seeking to fool the unwary with fortune-telling. Though the children had arts of their own, the truth must always be separated from superstition, and knowledge must be tested and made sure. The higher mysteries, the arts of magic, were and are beyond the boundaries of our mortal ability to examine.   Yet no matter the truths of their arts, the children were led by their greenseers, and there is no doubt that they could once be found from the Lands of Always Winter to the shores of the Summer Sea. They made their homes simply, constructing no holdfasts or castles or cities. Instead they resided in the woods, in crannogs, in bogs and marshes, and even in caverns and hollow hills. It is said that, in the woods, they made shelters of leaves and withes up in the branches of trees—secret tree “towns.”   It has long been held that they did this for protection from predators such as direwolves or shadowcats, which their simple stone weapons—and even their vaunted greenseers—were not proof against. But other sources dispute this, stating that their greatest foes were the giants, as hinted at in tales told in the North, and as possibly proved by Maester Kennet in the study of a barrow near the Long Lake—a giant’s burial with obsidian arrowheads found amidst the extant ribs. It brings to mind a transcription of a wildling song in Maester Herryk’s History of the Kings-Beyond-the-Wall, regarding the brothers Gendel and Gorne. They were called upon to mediate a dispute between a clan of children and a family of giants over the possession of a cavern. Gendel and Gorne, it is said, ultimately resolved the matter through trickery, making both sides disavow any desire for the cavern, after the brothers discovered it was a part of a greater chain of caverns that eventually passed beneath the Wall. But considering that the wildlings have no letters, their traditions must be looked at with a jaundiced eye.