Hey, Mr Martin…we’re still waiting for Winds of Winter. <Cough>Please hurry up!</Cough>

Written by
George R. R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson in 2014

As a dedicated Game of Thrones fan, any new release to do with the series is better than nothing. While I’m sure that Winds of Winter will be just as orgasmic on release (punny) as…well, an orgasm, I was hoping that we would be able to find out a bit more about the world of ice zombies and direwolves from the man himself.

What we get is a very nicely put together book of illustrations, historical writings and notes about the important figures of Westeros past and present. The book basically tells the history of Westeros and Essos up to just before the start of A Game of Thrones, triggered by the death of Jon Arryn.

It is very good to actually get more details about the history of Westeros and the great battles that occurred throughout its tumultuous times. The rise of the great houses (and their fall), how each of the Seven Kingdoms became kingdoms in their own right. They’re all pretty cool stories, and the accompanying illustrations are absolutely top notch.

If you’re like me, and are antsing for more Ice and Fire, this is probably the best solution to sate your desires. And because it’s not a 1,500 page long novel that needs lots of spare time to invest in, you can read it at your own pace. A fine addition to the library!

Rating

George R. R. Martin’s writing is always entertaining, even if it’s only about boring history.

Read this if you…

NEED MOAR ICE AND FIRE!

Don’t read this if you…

Are not a history buff, real or otherwise.

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