The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Being honest I didn’t read every section of this. I read everything up to the fall of the Targaryans, then picked and choose a few items from the sections on each of the main areas of Westeros and then read pretty much most of the bits outside of Westeros.

It was pretty much what I expected. Quite dry in places and did read like a broad scope history book, lots of names, dates and battles with not too much standing out. I really did enjoy the first section quite a lot and it cleared a lot of things up in my head about the recent history, though obviously the really good stuff is in the books (and show now). 

Definitely not for everybody but it was an interesting enough read and the format lends itself to skipping sections that you’re not interested in. I primarily read it as a kind of primer for the last season of the show and it did well there. The artwork is amazing and I’m glad I bought it just for that.

3 stars out of 5

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