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Publisher's Summary

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
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By jayesh dharamsey on 03-05-18

fiction more interesting then fact.

while listening you often forget that this is not real history of our world. awesome

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4 out of 5 stars
By Abi Showkath Ali on 07-26-17

splendid piece of work

the audio book is great
now i know more details about the world created by g.r.r martin and better understand his unforgiving story

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4 out of 5 stars
By Matt Styles on 10-17-17

Not best suited to audiobook format

Really great to hear the history and nuances of the world of ice and fire. I really really enjoyed this history but it's not a natural fit for an audiobook.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Alex Goldsmith on 03-31-15

Fantastic

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)

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2 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 04-21-15

Tedious. Most avid fans of the subject matter only

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.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 01-13-15

So glad I purchased this.

Don't think I could have read this. The audio was brilliant. Thrones fans only.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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