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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 & Fire.
This 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 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.
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By Daniel on 10-30-14
Calm Down, Fanboys
I loved all the other books in the series, but this book was a disappointment. This offering may work in print as reference material. It does not work as an audiobook. Unless you enjoy listening to an almanac, save your credit and buy the print version.
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By Lucie on 07-03-15
Masterpiece, as expected
To be honest, I have to say that when I first started listening to this book, I was surprised by the fact that this is not a novel( or a story). It is a history book. Some parts that talked about the early history of Westeros, I can't call anything but boring, but once the book got closer to the "present time", I found it very interesting. It gives a very detailed history of every house and even the free cities. The longer I listened the more hooked I was. It is clear that the authors have spent countless hours creating this world.
Bottom line, if you're a die-hard Game of Thrones fan, you'll love it, but if you're just looking for an easy listen, pass on this one.
30 of 33 people found this review helpful