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The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones [NOOK Book]

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 ...
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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

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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This illustrated 256-page coffee-table hardcover is the cornucopia reference for which Game of Thrones acolytes have been begging. This detailed history of the Seven Kingdoms contains 100% all-new material, more than half of it written by George R.R. Martin specifically for this gala edition. In addition, The World of Ice & Fire contains 170 pieces of full-color artwork and maps; family trees; and extensive information on the folklore, history, and culture of Westeros. Martin is joined in the enterprise by Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, the founders and keepers of the famed Westeros.org website. Certain to be a gift choice for any occasion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345535559
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Series: Song of Ice and Fire Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 4,799
  • File size: 190 MB
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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 well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts. As a writer-producer, Martin 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.
 
Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson founded and run the popular site Westeros.org, which is the definitive source for all things George R. R. Martin.

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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  • Posted November 5, 2014

    If you are looking for something like the ASOIAF books, then you

    If you are looking for something like the ASOIAF books, then you have come to the wrong place, but if you are looking for what this product is - essentially an encyclopedia of Westeros up through the reign of King Robert Baratheon - you'll love it! I am in the latter category and am thoroughly enjoying reading the history of the continent, a bit of background of the great houses, etc. The illustrations are incredible as well. 

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2014

    Very interesting but more for hardcore ASOIF fans rather than th

    Very interesting but more for hardcore ASOIF fans rather than the casual fan of the book series or show.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Good stuff.

    Loved it!

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    I was overly eager to read this book and did not realize it was

    I was overly eager to read this book and did not realize it was more background information from the original stories already printed. I thought it was the long awaited grand finale. It was many nottations "It is too long to be told here".  Then why mention it at all? I suppose we will have to wait for television to tell us what the ending is and who finally prevails. But, maybe we already know the ending, there isn't one. But, that is a story too long to tell here. 

    2 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2014

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    Beautiful and Entertaining

    From the studies of a Maester, this history is presented to Tommen, First of his name, and to us, the patiently ASOIAF obsessed. This book is not only beautiful, but filled with stories of the past which provide more insight into the present world of Westeros.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Great for Game of Throne fans and, by fans, I mean fanatics. TMI, I was expecting a story format, this is truly a history lesson.

    Very detailed and well written but not a story format. Personally I lost interest.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2014

    Gives all the backstory alluded to in the SoIaF book series. Ex

    Gives all the backstory alluded to in the SoIaF book series. Explains a lot but still leaves some unknowns. Cleverly written as a scholarly historical recount but what was most impressive and interesting to me was the illustration. Beautiful and worthy of being shown in an art gallery. Was interesting to finally see visual representations of many of the small "ensemble" characters mentioned in the books. If you are a fan of the show, there is so much story you aren't getting - read the books and then read this. The entire song becomes an entire world of its own complete with detailed history. A great tale overall and this just added a whole new depth to it. Highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Extremely Mediocre

    It is exactly wat it claims ti be; a history if Essos. It is not,however; written by GRRM. It is written by others in coordinatiin with him. Perhaps because of this th book reads much like a history book youd read ihigh schoobut with less actuainfirmation. Everything it tells you is supposedly speculation so you dont lesrn anythinnew for sure. The writing is adept but unadorned and lacks Grrms personal touch and life. Definitely not wortbuying heebook as the majodraw is the pictures which are nigh oimpossible to see on a nook.onrh

    I apologize for the typos but paperweight nooks were apparentlyty nit meant for typing

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2014

    This book is amazing! It is exactly as it claims to be: history

    This book is amazing! It is exactly as it claims to be: history of the world up to King Robert. The pictures are absolutely beautiful, and the book helps to fill in the gaps of history that the series doesn't. I loved being able to read background information about all of the houses and how they came to be. This book was just absolutely amazing.

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  • Posted December 8, 2014

    This irritates me. We wait years between novels and he spends ti

    This irritates me. We wait years between novels and he spends time on this?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2014

    Highly recommend it!

    Just amazingly beautiful!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

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    Highly recommended - for the Song of Fire & Ice fan!

    I recommend getting the hardcover book compared to the NOOK version to enjoy the art/drawings relating to the series' historicals. This book fills in storyline gaps and comes off as its own collection of short stories. Owning the hardcover gives you that feeling of looking into the collection of the Citadel's maester's point of views. Still awaiting the Winds of Winter after is thorough look back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    good reads

    good reads

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    A text

    A very dry, recount of dates times and might be. No stories. You end up feeling like it was a very boring history class you had to pay for. No entertainment value.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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