Waiting on Wednesday – The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon.
OK, it’s not Winds of Winter, and not a typical “waiting on” choice. And I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy the historical take as much as I enjoy the books (OK, I’m certain I won’t). But I am still really looking forward to getting my hands on more information and history for the world. And illustrations! And maps! Yes, please. Looks like something good to bide my time until WoW.


17345242The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones  by George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia and Linda Antonsson

Expected Publication: October 28th, 2014

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 & 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

It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens.

The definitive companion piece 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.

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday – The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin”

  1. Yeah, I think this is one for the shelf. I love these companion books. They’re great to just sit and flick through. I have spent hours looking at Tolkien companions and of course the Discworld one.

  2. This sounds really interesting, especially if you’re a major fan of the series. I’ve read (and thoroughly enjoyed) them so far. Normally I wouldn’t buy the companion books because they don’t offer much that’s new, but this sounds like it could be very interesting and dare I say helpful in discovering some potential secrets that might impact the final books in the series? Either way, great pick!
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