Book Review: Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros (Mania.com)
By:Robert T. Trate
Review Date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
I’m late to the party that is Game of Thrones. Well, maybe not that late, the show is still on. I recently binge watched all three seasons, so it is safe to say that the dragon has its claws in me. The backstory of the Mad King and how Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark came to be in power fascinates me. I’ve asked numerous people about the books and many have said that George R.R. Martin builds a world and is very descriptive, almost too much at times. I still wrestle with picking up the books, but until then, I have discovered “Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros”. Now before you start thinking that Pop-Up books are for kids, remember this is Game of Thrones.
“Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros” is engineered by Matthew Reinhart and illustrated by Michael Komarck. Their guide book delivers a complete world view of George R.R. Martin’s Westeros. We have the seven kingdoms, their castles, family crests, and so much more. The backstory that I was hoping to learn about was all here. Each trinket of knowledge unfolded, literally, right before me. Who built King’s Landing and how? Is the Iron Throne comfortable? Exactly how far away is Stannis Baratheon’s castle, Dragonstone? All this and more was revealed on just first page. I particularly liked the details on how Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark overtook and defeated the Mad King.
The Wall was another great treat. It contained the Night Watch’s Oath as well as the presentation of Longclaw, Jon Snow’s sword. All you would want to know about The Wall and more is all here (8,000 years old and 700 feet high). Just beware of the White Walkers! Which may be one of Matthew Reinhart’s best creations in this book.
When all is read and done, there remains one final task to Reinhart and Komarck’s amazing book. As you might have guessed, from the picture below, the entire book unfolds into the Seven Kingdoms. Now you, too, can plot as either Tywin Lannister or Stannis Baratheon. The book, laid out as the map, also makes one hell of a center piece for any Game of Thrones party or gathering.
If you are too wrapped up in the show to read the books, but long for details and backstories, this is the book for you. If you still think that Pop-Up books are just for kids, you’ll quickly change your mind while exploring each and every detail in “Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros”. This guidebook opens up possibilities and imagination.
Check out the “Game of Thrones Journals” from Insight Editions as well.
Mania Grade: A+
Book: Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros
Illustrator: Michael Komarck
Paper Engineer: Matthew Reinhart
Based on: George R.R. Martin book series
Publisher: Insight Editions
Cover Price: $65.00