Let me begin this piece with the fact that this work of historical fiction is an absolute treat to fans of the lore George R. R. Martin has established with this series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Although the first book, A Game of Thrones, was first published in 1996, HBO brought Martin’s work to the mainstream’s forefront with a series of its own, titled Game of Thrones. Since then, with such a platform, sales of Martin’s books have increased exponentially, and his beautifully realized masterwork (by George R.R. Martin, Elio Garcia, and Linda Antonsson) has developed a culture of its own with wikis, merchandise, apparel, and conventions. I daresay, by the time both the television series and the books are finished, George R. R. Martin may be remembered as fathering the greatest fiction of our time.
That being said, A World of Ice and Fire provides readers with the very essence of Martin’s staggeringly infectious work thus far: utterly detailed realization. Feeling as though you truly know his characters and have lived their lives is what makes the books. However, it is difficult to keep up with the fiction’s non-stop references to its own world history. As the story progresses throughout the story’s modern-era books, interest in understanding lore and lineage is constantly building. A World of Ice and Fire not only satisfies that curiosity, it thoroughly ingratiates dedicated fans of the series with resplendent illustrations of both historical characters and events.
Despite the fact that this book is designed for established fans of the series, I would recommend it to absolutely everyone. With a plethora of singular, brand-new tales and lessons on war, power, culture, and manipulation, anyone with the patience for a hefty read is set to greatly benefit from A World of Ice and Fire.