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By George R. R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., Linda Antonssen


If the prior is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork--the so much artistic and wonderful delusion saga of our time--warrants one hell of an advent. in the end, it has arrived with The global of Ice & Fire.

This lavishly illustrated quantity is a complete background of the Seven Kingdoms, delivering vividly developed debts of the epic battles, sour rivalries, and bold rebellions that bring about the occasions of A tune of Ice and hearth and HBO's Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that's been years within the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the well known fan website the one those who comprehend this global virtually in addition to its visionary creator.

Collected this is all of the collected wisdom, scholarly hypothesis, and inherited people stories of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, including
• full-color paintings and maps, with greater than one hundred seventy unique pieces
• complete family members bushes for homes Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the historical past and tradition of Westeros
• a hundred% all-new fabric, greater than half which Martin wrote in particular for this book

The definitive significant other piece to George R. R. Martin's dazzlingly conceived universe, The international of Ice & Fire is certainly facts that the pen is mightier than a hurricane of swords.

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Even though besieged again and again over the centuries, Riverrun has seldom been taken, and not by way of typhoon. Key to the castle’s power is the moat dug underneath its western wall, the place the most gate stands. Many castles within the Seven Kingdoms have moats, yet few are created with complex sluice gates that permit them to be flooded at desire. this provides Riverrun’s moat a intensity and breadth few others can in attaining. With its moat totally flooded, Riverrun turns into an island, all yet invulnerable to attack. Riverrun. (illustration credits 109) representation credits one hundred ten THE V ALE THE VALE OF ARRYN—a lengthy, huge, fertile valley completely ringed through the nice grey-green peaks of the powerful Mountains of the Moon—is as wealthy because it is gorgeous. possibly that was once why the 1st Andal invaders selected to land there after they crossed the slender sea underneath the banners in their gods. The evidence of that declare lies within the stones carved all concerning the arms, which undergo photos of stars, swords, and axes (or hammers, as a few have argued). The sacred ebook of the religion, The Seven-Pointed big name, speaks of a “golden land amidst towering mountains” while Hugor of the Hill got his imaginative and prescient of the bounty that might at some point belong to the Andals. remoted from the remainder of Westeros by way of its towering mountains, the Vale proved the proper floor for the Andals to carve out their first kingdoms during this new land. the 1st males, who have been there ahead of the Andals, fought those seaborne conquerors stubbornly, however the Vale used to be yet thinly peopled in these days, they usually quickly stumbled on themselves outnumbered in each struggle. No faster was once one longship set aflame or pushed again into the ocean, the singers say, than ten extra rose from the sunrise. Nor may the 1st males fit the fervour of the invaders, and their bronze axes and byrnies of bronze scales proved below equivalent to the metal swords and iron ringmail of the Andals. in addition, the Vale and its surrounding peaks have been divided right into a ranking of petty kingdoms while the 1st Andals begun wading ashore, with the seven-pointed superstar painted (or carved, every so often) on their chests. Riven by way of historic enmities, the kings of the 1st males didn't unite opposed to the invaders while first they seemed yet fairly made pacts and alliances with them, trying to use the beginners of their wars opposed to each other. (A ordinary folly that was once to be repeated time and time back because the Andals opened up throughout Westeros). Dywen Shell and Jon Brightstone, either one of whom claimed the identify King of the arms, went as far as to pay Andal warlords to go the ocean, every one pondering to exploit their swords opposed to the opposite. in its place the warlords grew to become upon their hosts. inside a yr Brightstone were taken, tortured, and beheaded, and Shell roasted alive within his wood longhall.

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