The Official Game of Thrones Coloring Book
A Written Review by Maniacal Confessions
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Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this epic book. George R. R. Martin is my favorite author of all time. I read the first four books of the Song of Ice and Fire series before the T.V. series came out, watched the T.V. series, and have purchased almost everything there is to do with Game of Thrones. Some of the things in my collection include Popheads, and the giant history book for Westeros, The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. Needless to say, when I heard they were releasing a coloring book for aGoT… I squeed… a lot… and loudly.
However, my initial excitement came down a notch when whispers began circulating about the amount of character pictures there were. Not that pictures of people aren’t cool, because they can be, but they’re really not my cup of tea. So when I finally got my hands on a copy in a bookstore and was able to flip through it, I was pleasantly surprised.
There are portraits of characters in the coloring book, but not nearly as many as I’d come to think there were. More importantly, even though there are people in some of the pictures, they’re far from boring or bland. On top of being able to color main characters in the series, there are some of the house sigils, dragons, dire wolves, castles, forest scenes and much, much more. It’s not too often I love nearly every page in a coloring book, but I would say for this book, I love around ninety-five percent of it.
The pages are brought to life by world-renowned illustrators such as Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, Adam Stower and Levi Pinfold. All of their styles are uniquely recognizable and striking. Each page holds your attention and makes you want to know more about the story behind the pictures, in my opinion, anyway.
John Howe, who you may recognize from Coloring Dragons (another favorite of mine), also worked as an illustrator for The Lord of the Rings series. He is a gifted artist, and was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada… where I currently reside today. As a fellow Canadian, I have nothing but respect for him and was more than thrilled to see that the Game of Thrones coloring book included illustrations from him. I could easily pick out the pages he drew. Yvonne Gilbert is also Canadian, and the other artists are spread out between England, Australia and Croatia.
The book itself is a bit of an odd size, measuring in at 10 x 0.4 x 10.1 (as listed on Amazon.com). It doesn’t square up with most of the other coloring books, but that’s really not an issue. The extra length gives each picture more depth. The paper is higher quality, not quite cardstock, but certainly not ‘generic’, and on the backside of each page there is a quote from one of the books that references the picture on the following page (beside it). Each illustration is quite detailed and I would put this at a mid to high difficulty range. That doesn’t mean, though, that if you’re just starting with coloring that it wouldn’t be a good fit for you. Sometimes, even if I don’t color in a book, I enjoy simply flipping through the pages, catching inspiration from what they hold.
In conclusion, I am absolutely thrilled with this book. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, I believe you will be equally as thrilled. If you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, or you’re unfamiliar with the series, I still think you’d love this book if you enjoy medieval settings and/or low level fantasy. The illustrators have done an incredible job translating scenes from the books (or T.V. show) into a colorable sheet.
Until next time, folks!
J.A. Early Riser a.k.a Anisa A. Claire