The Lands of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones)

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George R. R. Martin’s beloved Song of Ice and Fire series, which started with A Game of Thrones, is bursting with a variety and richness of landscapes—from bitter tundra to arid wasteland and everything in between—that provide a sense of scale unrivaled in contemporary fantasy. Now this dazzling set of maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transforms Martin’s epic saga into a world as fully ...
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Overview

George R. R. Martin’s beloved Song of Ice and Fire series, which started with A Game of Thrones, is bursting with a variety and richness of landscapes—from bitter tundra to arid wasteland and everything in between—that provide a sense of scale unrivaled in contemporary fantasy. Now this dazzling set of maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transforms Martin’s epic saga into a world as fully realized as the one around us.
 
The centerpiece of this gorgeous collection is guaranteed to be a must-have for any fan: the complete map of the known world, joining the lands of the Seven Kingdoms and the lands across the Narrow Sea for the first time in series history. But this is just one of many unique maps that aren’t available anywhere else. There is an alternate version that tracks the movements of the series’ protagonists throughout their vast world, along with more detailed versions of the western, middle, and eastern thirds of the world; a full map of Westeros, combining North and South; one of the Dothraki Sea and the Red Wastes; and the Braavos city map. And here, too, are fan favorites detailing everything from urban sprawl to untamed wilds: maps of King’s Landing; The Wall and Beyond the Wall; the Free Cities; and Slaver’s Bay, Valyria, and Sothyros.
 
Never before has the entire scope of Martin’s universe been so exhaustively and fascinatingly depicted. The maps in this beautiful, one-of-a-kind atlas will enrich your reading or viewing experience, provide another view of your favorite characters’ epic journeys, and open up captivating new worlds—plus, they’ll look great on any castle wall.
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Readers of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series and regular viewers of HBO's A Game of Thrones have often wished for maps that might lend them a more settled picture of the Seven Kingdoms and the lands across the Narrow Sea. Until now, they have been thrown back on their own sketchy devices. With The Lands of Ice and Fire, the cartography of these realms snaps into sight with unimagined precision. A large map displays the complete known world, enabling fans to place the hardcover's separate detailed maps of cities and wilderness areas in context. Certain to become a reader's favorite is the map that tracks the movements of the series' main characters from adventure to adventure. This unprecedented map collection ranks as an ideal present or self-gift for any true George R.R. Martin devotee.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345538543
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Edition description: Maps
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 50,415
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George R.R. Martin
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 a writer-producer, he has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Jonathan Roberts grew up in a old farmhouse between a ruined castle and a Bronze Age fort, so lands of the imagination were never far away. These days Roberts illustrates maps of real and imaginary worlds for a wide range of clients, from brides looking for an unusual wedding map to Wizards of the Coast and IDW comics for the many lands of Dungeons and Dragons. Along with his own illustration work for books and games, Roberts has curated New York gallery shows of maps by illustrators around the world.

Biography

As a child growing up in New Jersey, George R.R. Martin displayed an early interest in "the writing life" by selling monster stories of his own invention to the children in his Bayonne neighborhood. In high school he became an avid comic book collector and began to write for comic fanzines. He sold his first story to Galaxy in 1970 when he was 21 years old.

Martin received his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. After graduation he served two years in VISTA, then worked as a teacher and chess tournament director in the Midwest, while continuing to craft award-winning short fiction. His first full-length novel, Dying of the Light, was published in 1977. A dark, lyrical sci-fi tone poem set on a doomed world without a sun, the book was nominated for a Hugo Award.

Throughout the 1980s, Martin worked in television, writing for science fiction- and fantasy-themed shows like The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. At this time he became involved with Wild Cards, a long-running anthology series composed of "mosaic stories" written by multiple authors and set in a shared universe. In addition to editing the series, Martin has contributed stories to the Wild Card books.

In 1996, Martin published A Game of Thrones, the first installment of his magnum opus, the epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. Set in the Seven Kingdoms, a realm resembling medieval Europe, the internationally bestselling series has provided the ultimate showcase for Martin's formidable world-building and characterization skills.

During the course of his long, prolific career, Martin has accrued every major literary prize for science fiction or fantasy writing, including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Daedelus, and Locus awards. But what endears him especially to his readers is his extraordinary accessibility. A tireless participant in genre conventions and festivals, he maintains a cordial relationship with his fans through his website and blog. He is also a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Good To Know

Christened George Raymond Martin, the author has this to say about his unusual name: "I arrived short one 'R' but fixed that at my confirmation 13 years later."

As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service from 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation.

Martin was class valedictorian of his high school. In 1970, he graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University.

In the mid-1970s, Martin supplemented his income by directing tournaments for the Continental Chess Association.

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Fe, NM
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 20, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bayonne, NJ
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    I think this is a very good book / set of maps. You get 12 maps

    I think this is a very good book / set of maps. You get 12 maps that are 24 inches by 36 inches. They are highly detailed, more so than anything else I've found. For someone just starting the series like me it's perfect !!! I love being able to follow there movements as they go from place. The maps in the front of the books is nice but doesn't have enough of the places they go to. And none at all for the Free Cities or Essos & the Dothraki Sea. Of course is isn't going to be for everyone but that's ok, they just don't need to get it then. Everyone else should get lots of use and enjoyment out of this.

    I already have 2 of the maps framed because I use them so much. They are made of a heavier paper stock & feel quite strong.
    you get the following maps in a nice & well made book & binder.

    The Known World
    Slaver's Bay
    The Dothraki Sea
    Beyond The Wall
    Westeros
    The West
    The Free Cities
    Central Essos
    The East
    King's Landing
    Braavos
    Journeys

    I Highly Recommend this to anyone who likes to follow the story along on a map. I'm very glad I brought this and have gotten a lot of use & enjoyment from it. I'm sure I'll get even more use out of it as I continue reading the series.

    25 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    I would sooner see him complete the series than to continuously

    I would sooner see him complete the series than to continuously milk us along the way. At the current pace, I doubt that I will live long enough.

    25 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    $36 for maps? No thanks.

    $36 for maps? No thanks.

    16 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    For those of you checking this out be aware those one stars are

    For those of you checking this out be aware those one stars are not reviews and should not impact the rating of the actual book itself. Trolls. 

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Beautifully done and a great resource!

    Beautifully done and a great resource!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Too cool - five stars

    These maps are not only awesome art, they are valuable tools in following the movements of all of the characters in the complex plots of the "Ice and Fire" books. Martin's descriptions are so rich and multi-layered that the maps simpy add another layer of enjoyment to the reading experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly Recommended!

    Even though I was slightly let down (I thought it was an atlas, not a bunch of folded maps.. although, to be honest, I just bought the book without reading a description :-P), this book is GREAT for those GRRM fans who need to see every detail of the fantastical lands of Westeros and Essos. Beautifully done, tons of cool facts, and such. I still wish it was an atlas because once paper is folded, you never get the creases out. Oh! Also, be careful when opening the maps, they tend to rip easily if opened incorrectly. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    I agree get to the end of the series.

    I agree get to the end of the series.

    2 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Great gift for a fan of the books

    I bought this book as a present for my dad. He is an avid fan of the series. Everyone in my family watches the show, but he reads the series also. As I haven't read the books, I can't be too descriptive with this review. However, from what my dad said while he was excitedely looking through the maps, it may not be a good gift to give to someone who only watches the show and doesn't want to know spoilers. On the maps, they give journeys of the characters and they are more up to date than the show is as of right now (3/2014). There may be more to the spoilers, but that's one I know of. All that being said, it is fantastic for someone who has read all the books. My dad loves his book. If you only watch the show though, you might just want to be wary of the possible spoilers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Beautifully detailed maps of an incredibly complex place. I was always a little lost trying to follow the action on the page whenever I visited Martin's world. These maps finally let me know where it's all happening.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    A complete set of maps, Excelent.

    It is good to finally have a complete set of maps.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    Well written series, intriguing, lots of twists, but I'll never

    Well written series, intriguing, lots of twists, but I'll never live long enough to see the end.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Highly Recommeded for All 'Game of Thrones fanatics'

    Beautifully arranged set of maps that will open your 'minds eye' to George R.R. Martin's world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Good but a little convoluted, lots of twists from lots of viewpo

    Good but a little convoluted, lots of twists from lots of viewpoints, it gets tiring after a while.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    The maps are too big.

    You can't read the book and look at the maps. They are so big they have to be laid out on a table. There's not that much information on these maps anyway, they could be a third of the size they are and be ok.

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