The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin. If the past is prologue, then George R.R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction.
At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire. George R.R. Martin, in collaboration with Elio M. García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson, has written a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, featuring the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead up to the events in the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Collected within this volume is the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, family trees for the Houses Stark, Lannister and Targaryen, and in-depth explanations of the history and culture of Westeros.
This is the definitive companion volume 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.
©2014 George R.R. Martin (P)2014 2014 Random House LLC
"Of those who work in the grand epic fantasy tradition, George R.R. Martin is by far the best" (Time Magazine)
"Colossal, staggering… Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world … one of the greats of fantasy literature" (SFX)
"The sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads … Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias" (Guardian)
I am the sort of person who desperately wants to be a full-blown nerd, but lacks most of the credentials.
As a physical book, with illustrations and all, this book works really well. If you want to read about Dorne, you just thumb through to the 'Dorne' section – it has maps and you can find the bits and pieces that you want to read through, without having to go through everything else as well. With this audiobook, you listen to everything from the dawn of time onwards, through every Aegon, Aemon and Aerys, through where one Aegon kills the other Aegon and so on and so forth. If you are intensely interested in the subject matter, this will be fine and you will have a great time. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I will freely admit that I am the horrible sort of person who goes online and posts in forums regarding the series.
I do not think that the casual reader will get the enjoyment out of this that they would get from the physical copy of the book.
I probably actually enjoyed this more than the Song Of Ice And Fire books. It reminds me of some of the "History of England" books I read growing up, and each listen through I've picked up new aspects that affect the ASOIAF story line. Plus Roy Dotrice is such a great narrator for this kind of book. I like the use of the alternate narrator for the asides and footnotes. The "history" is painted in broad strokes so you can flesh out the world. This is very much like a wide shot, and the ASOIAF stories are in closeup. Loved it.
All information is noted as in a history text. Not all of it very interesting. Argon the conqueror's efforts are well with learning about. I didn't enjoy any other part as much.
in the last 4 months i have listened to the 8 books that preceed this one. i expected another well written, exciting and captivating book, instead i got a 21 hour history lesson which i thought initially would lay some history for the prequels to come, however it is just a collection of every thought that George has had but couldn't work out a way to include in one of the previous books.
l'm no writer but but to make book of all the stuff you left on the cutting room floor is just taking the piss out of your readers.
very disappointed consumer
"Must read for any GOT fan"
I would agree with some users that it can get a bit dry in certain parts, at very start and towards the end a bit. But for anyone who wants to know what happens to Dunc & Egg, or anyone who has a keen interest in the GOT universe it's a must read.
"Fantastic history lesson"
As the cover says this is a history lesson for those who have read Ice and Fire. As such it is not suitable for those who are not fans of the series. However for those who are i cannot imagine anyone has ever written as good a fictional history as this!
Altogether brilliant however... Whilst I adore everything about the mythopia Martin has created I feel perhaps this should have been released after the story has come to a close, because I couldn't help feeling there were concessions and omissions made for the sake of avoiding spoilers. His brain is a marvellous thing and it makes sense to write it from the point of view of a maester of the citadel, because he can blame plot omissions and changes on the maester's ignorance and the point in time he was writing.
Engaging and well read, if you love game of thrones its certainly worth a listen (or if your like me its worth buying the book too as the art work if astonishing)
Huge fan of the series. Any fan interested in the world's history would love it. Not sure about casual fans.
The only issue I had was that it sounded at times as if they had cut two different takes together to complete one statement and it sounds disjointed.
"More of a reference book"
Narrators are good and George. R. R. Martin is also good.
Yes, i already have.
Maybe, I wouldn't be put off by their names but I wouldn't seek them out
parts could be made into a series, like the game of thrones is, but the whole book could not be made into a series as it covers much too much and it onle briefly glances over characters so it would be too complicated to watch with so many people dying and all the bloody aegons, damn theres thousands
this book is more of a refrence book, it is not nearly as good as the song of ice and fire series for listening to, and seing as there is so much to cover, it gets too much when you have to visualise it all, you definetly need the book even if you arent very good at reading like me. I would however, definetly recomend all the other GRRM audiobooks, (it would be worth it to buy the whole "a song of ice and fire" series)
really good but would have been better to have been done after finishing the main books so he could dullyvezplain recent events
"Brilliant if you're a fan"
Love this audio book. My second time listening through. You always catch something new. Highly recommend to fans of GoT.
This audio book made for hours upon hours of interesting geography, history and politics of the World of Ice and Fire. If you play the game of thrones with the intention of winning, I thoroughly recommend this title
"Essential for fans"
An essential read for any readers who love and wish to explore this world. Highly recommended.
"magic loved every minute"
if you love all things game of thrones this is for you .
delves deep into house and family history
also connects a few dots
Being a diehard GOT fan, having read the books twice and watched the tv series many times I was excited to read the history of westoros - some of it was interesting, from the dragon lords up to the death of King Robert, although the vast amount of historical characters was too hard to remember and I found myself confused trying to remember their details and alliances and family tree. I listened to the audio version, so missed out on the apparently beautiful illustrations of the paper version - which some critics say we're the highlight of the book. I have enjoyed Roy's reading of the book for the audio version in the past but found his voice thick and sometimes unclear in this book, almost a little laboured. I didn't enjoy listening to this book and although I continued to the end, through 20+ hours, found myself switching off because it was very complicated and often a bit boring.
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