Friday 8 May 2015

Review: Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 3 & 4 - C.A. Taylor

HBO's GAME OF THRONES is one of the most remarkable success stories of recent television. Critically acclaimed, a ratings smash and going from strength to strength, the series will define fantasy for years to come.

This second official companion book, following the hugely successful INSIDE HBO'S GAME OF THRONES, gives fans new ways to enter the world of Westeros and discover more about the beloved (and reviled) characters and the electrifying plotlines. Hundreds of set photos, production and costume designs, storyboards and insider stories reveal how the show's creators translate George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy series for the screen.

Featuring interviews with key actors and crew members that capture the best scripted and unscripted moments from seasons three and four, this special volume offers behind-the-scenes access to this ground-breaking and hugely successful series.

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Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 3 & 4 is an absolutely stunning hardback with a beautiful padded and embossed cover that just begs to be picked up and read. As a huge fan of the TV series when I was offered a review copy of this book I couldn't say yes fast enough. I have to admit that I've not read the first book yet but this book is so fantastic that I've now ordered my copy and I'm looking forward to reading all about seasons 1 & 2.

This book is jam packed with information about the show starting with scouting locations, creating the theme tune and title sequence and inventing a new language (High Valyrian was limited to just a few words and phrases in the books). Pretty much every single page has at least one (if not several) beautiful glossy photo, drawing or diagram - enough to keep you amused for hours if you're just flipping through the book - but there is so much more to it than that. It's also packed with interviews with both cast and crew members, insights into costume designs, family trees, information about the history of various characters and their families, discussions about the differences between the books and the TV show and a detailed look at the major plot events from each series along with an episode by episode breakdown.

If you're a fan of Game of Thrones then this book is a MUST read, it's the kind of book you can leave sat on your coffee table and just keep diving in and out of every time you have a few minutes to spare and I'm sure you'll find something different to hold your attention every time.

Source: Received from Gollancz in exchange for an honest review

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