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The Realm: The True History behind Game of…

The Realm: The True History behind Game of Thrones

by Ed West

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George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones is the fantasy story of a power struggle between the seven kingdoms on the island of Westeros. Ed West claims that Martin has borrowed heavily from the history of the Britain and gives examples from the first people of England through the War of the Roses.

A Song of Ice and Fire is a favorite series of mine, and I am also fascinated by the history of the Kings of England, Great Britain, and the UK. However, I was not so drawn to this book. The author may have a good idea in his mind of how ancient Britain relates to Martin's books, but in my opinion, he did not do a great job of conveying that to the reader. Instead of relating history in chronological order, he skipped around quite a bit through history which made it difficult and confusing to follow. I also found it interesting that several times he mistakenly calls the series "A Song of Fire and Ice." I would think that someone would have caught that massive error. There is a list of further reading at the end which doesn't even use correct bibliographic form.

I would not recommend this to anyone unless they absolutely already have a good understanding of British history, and maybe not even then. I do plan to visit the website mentioned, http://history-behind-game-of-thrones.com, which I hope will do a better job than this book. ( )
  rretzler | Feb 3, 2017 |
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