The World of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, Elio M Garcia Jr and Linda Antonsson

The World of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, Elio M Garcia Jr and Linda Antonsson The World of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, Elio M Garcia Jr and Linda AntonssonThe World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., Linda Antonsson
Published by Bantam on October 28th 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 326
Format: Audiobook
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four-half-stars

The World of Ice and Fire is a sort of encyclopedia for George R R Martin’s world which he has built for his book series. However, rather than a descriptive book written from outside that universe, it is written from the point of view of a Maester of the Citadel, purporting to write a history of the world for the future king of Westeros.

As a fan of the series, this creates an interesting reading dynamic for me. The author of the in-world book often uses phrases like “if the (singers/stories/histories) are to be believed…” which raises the question of whether one is supposed to, or is able to, trust the words of the person who is writing the book. It is clear from reading the books, as well as watching the show, that the stories are told from different points of view with various agendas, prejudices and blind spots.

The World of Ice and Fire is an interesting addition to the stories set in this world, although it is by no means a comprehensive look at the history or geography of the world, as much of it relies on the maester’s own knowledge, or research done in the library of Old Town. He also makes reference to finding more information in other books… which naturally do not exist in the real world.

I think this book will appeal to fans of the series, and those who are wanting to learn more about the in-depth politics over the past few thousand years leading up to the events of the book series. I particularly found the histories of the families interesting, although some of the inherent shortcomings of the book really started to annoy me, as the bits that were left out of the book by the in-world author sounded really interesting. But that’s the point of the book, and it was executed well.

As I was reviewing an audiobook, I have to add a comment here. The performances were excellent, particularly from Roy Dotrice. His is the voice of the book series for me, and it brought me back into that world.

For what it is, this is an interesting addition to the books set in the World of Ice and Fire.

four-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

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