2014 is shaping up to be a mighty fine year for fantasy enthusiasts. And especially for A Song of Ice & Fire readers and fans!
First, George R. R. Martin fans will discover an 11,000-word novelette, titled The Rogue Prince, in the forthcoming anthology Rogues (publishing June 17, 2014). It is “a consideration of the early life, adventures, misdeeds, and marriages of Prince Daemon Targaryen, as set down by Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel of Oldtown ((here transcribed by George R.R. Martin)).” I can’t wait to read it!
The history of Westeros continues though from Rogues into The World of Ice & Fire, a large compendium featuring the events that led to the strife, war, and machinations in A Game of Thrones. George R. R. Martin, along with trusted super fans Elio M. Garcia, Jr. and Linda Antonsson, have produced 336 pages of heavily-illustrated history that will be sure to enthrall fans of the HBO show as well as long-time readers of the novels.
Here is more about The World of Ice & Fire:
THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN HISTORY OF WESTEROS AND THE LANDS BEYOND • WITH HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF ALL-NEW MATERIAL FROM GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire.
This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.
Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.
And above is the final cover. I have to say, I love it! It maintains the integrity of the latest hardcover design of the series but will undoubtedly stand on its own. The Targaryen dragons have long been my favorite standard and it’s emblazoned here. Great stuff.
The World of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia, Jr. and Linda Antonsson will publish October 28, 2014!
Winter is coming!