The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones : Song of Ice and Fire

  • by George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., Linda Antonsson
  • Narrated by Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Series: Song of Ice and Fire
  • 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Matt Styles


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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- Alex Goldsmith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-11-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited