Very disappointed in this. I thought it would comprise of interesting stories about characters we have heard about in the main books. Instead it's written as a dry academic text. George R R Martin obviously did very little writing. Wouldn't have bought it if I had known.
A beautiful hard cover book full of amazing illustrations. I love the world of ice and fire and how incredibly complex it is so I really enjoyed reading this book. It also provides great background for reading and understanding the Ice and Fire Series. The level of detail is amazing. I didn't buy the book to read cover-to-cover but that's what i ended up doing!