First off I want to admit that while I really wanted this book I got it for a Christmas gift which probably does affect how I feel about it. Hey, if I still had a job and hadn’t moved I probably would have splashed out the money on this one without a second thought because I always tend to. But honestly, even as a fan of the series (more so than the television series these days) did I really, really need it? Eh… Was it an awesome gift? You bet.
The book is not solely written by George R.R. Martin but mostly by two super fans Linda Antonsson and Elio M. Garcia Jr. It’s written from the POV of a maester who is definitely taking into account politics and the Lannister’s being in charge with a tilt to the history. So yes, this history isn’t even presented as being accurate in that regard. Most of it is very, very dry so I can’t actually say if Antonsson and Garcia can write. If not for the beautiful illustrations I think it might have been too much of a slog honestly.
I think Highgarden was my favorite of the illustrated castles. I would want to live there if I could (but I’d still want to be a Stark.) Quite frankly I’m sick to death of the Lannisters & am ready to see at least the twins finally go. But that’s just me… There is a lot on the Targs and the Dorne stuff was fascinating and beautifully drawn. The book goes into more detail about Aegon and his sisters conquering Westeros- I’m dying to know what happened to his sister when her dragon went down in Dorne. While it’s not the book most fans wanted 🙂 I think there’s something here for everyone.
And even illustrated I still don’t see the appeal of the Greyjoys.
Recommend: Even though I think I’m getting a bit of fatigue with the series I really enjoyed the histories and the gorgeous illustrations. I would recommend but I think it makes an even better gift!