If you don’t think The World of Ice and Fire is a “real” GRRM book…

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You might want to reconsider your position.

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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 & Fire.

This lavishly illustrated volume isa 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, including
 
• full-color artwork and maps, with more than 170 original pieces
• full family trees for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the history and culture of Westeros
• 100% all-new material, more than half of which Martin wrote specifically for this book

The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.


From the Hardcover edition.
Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only
Release date October 28, 2014.
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  Posted by - October 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

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Drogon could never beat Smaug in a fight

From The Guardian:

The crowd waiting in line to hear George RR Martin chat about The World of Ice and Fire (both a book and his fictional universe) looked about what you’d expect. The people here look a little lost, as if a cultural center on New York’s Upper East Side were an exotic realm they would brave to hear their suspendered lodestar speak in person.

Some are in their 20s, others in their 40s and 50s. There are shirts with krakens. Genders look about equally represented, and there are a fair number of couples as well as small posses of pale young men chattering about the ethnicities of Westeros. They don’t seem to notice that the World of Ice and Fire looks like model diversity compared to the demographics of this audience. But everyone is very excited.

Upon entry to the cozy 92nd Street Y’s theatre, each of us is handed a hardcover copy of the aforementioned book, a leathery and large tome co-written by Martin, Elio M García Jr and Linda Antonsson. It is some 300 pages, and full of bright and very well done illustrations of dragons, castles, kings and all the lore of Martin’s world. It’s a shot of distilled Game of Thrones to the nervous system of the show’s fanbase, and the large man next to me, here with his girlfriend, refused to be contained by his seat or civility. He immediately spread the large book over his lap, sprawled himself wide, and ignored his partner’s awkward attempts to get his legs back within a socially acceptable radius of his seat. Every single page, from “the nine mistresses of Aegon IV the Unworthy” to “some celebrated children of Garth Greenhand”, held him rapt.




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 & Fire.

This lavishly illustrated volume isa 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, including
 
• full-color artwork and maps, with more than 170 original pieces
• full family trees for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the history and culture of Westeros
• 100% all-new material, more than half of which Martin wrote specifically for this book

The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.


From the Hardcover edition.
Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only
Release date October 28, 2014.

  Posted by - October 29, 2014 at 3:22 am

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Review: The World of Ice and Fire

Taken from io9:

There are tons and tons of weird, fascinating details about all the various Targaryen Kings of Westeros, including another account of the Dance of the Dragons, that notorious succession struggle. And a lot of info about Maegor the Cruel, the king who fought with the church of the Seven Gods and more or less put an end to the Faith Militant… until the rise of Queen Cersei, that is.

And there is a load of details about the reign of the Mad King, Aerys Targaryen, and just what made him so mad. (Among other things, he wanted to replace King’s Landing with a brand new capital, made entirely of white marble. And he wanted to build a new Wall, 100 miles north of the current Wall, and claim all the territory in between. He also wanted to make war on Braavos instead of paying back the crown’s debts.) The unlikely relationship between Aerys and his hand, Tywin Lannister, is also fleshed out considerably — and you get some more hints as to how Tywin became the hard-ass we know and love to hate in the books. There’s also a full account of Robert’s Rebellion, including a few precious hints about just what went on between Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned Stark’s sister Lyanna.

The new book The World of Ice and Fire is out today!




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 & Fire.

This lavishly illustrated volume isa 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, including
 
• full-color artwork and maps, with more than 170 original pieces
• full family trees for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the history and culture of Westeros
• 100% all-new material, more than half of which Martin wrote specifically for this book

The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.


From the Hardcover edition.
Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only
Release date October 28, 2014.

  Posted by - October 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Available today: New Book from GRRM – The World of Ice and 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 & Fire.

This lavishly illustrated volume isa 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, including
 
• full-color artwork and maps, with more than 170 original pieces
• full family trees for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the history and culture of Westeros
• 100% all-new material, more than half of which Martin wrote specifically for this book

The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.


From the Hardcover edition.
Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only
Release date October 28, 2014.

We’ll be posting reviews throughout the day, so far they seem very positive!

  Posted by - at 8:57 am

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Meet Doran Martell or Jaime goes to Dorne

We’ve got some photos here via a Spanish web site.

You can click here to see the tweet itself.

 

Here is one of the first photos of the actor who is portraying Doran Martell next season.  And it looks like Jaime will be heading to Dorne in yet another divergence from the books.

Here is one of the first photos of the actor who is portraying Doran Martell next season. And it looks like Jaime will be heading to Dorne in yet another divergence from the books.

  Posted by - October 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

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The Dragon’s Mercy: The Violent Future Path of Daenerys Targaryen

We’ve linked to this blog before, and we’re doing it again.  Bryndenbfish has written some great essay’s on his blog in the past, and he has a new one that looks to be a multi-part series.  The first part is up now, and we wanted to share it with our readers.

Daenerys Targaryen will make a momentous return in The Winds of Winter, but her return will be not be the stuff of triumph that many fans expect. Many fans believe that Dany will return to Meereen, collect her army and sail for Westeros. But all signs point to George RR Martin defying fan-expectations and following a different course. What course might that be? Only George and his editors know for certain, but I believe a careful reading of the first five books of A Song of Ice and Fire coupled with information collected from interviews and the sample chapters from The Winds of Winter give broad strokes on Dany’s future themes and plot points.

To read the entire essay (which we highly recommend), click here.




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 & Fire.

This lavishly illustrated volume isa 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, including
 
• full-color artwork and maps, with more than 170 original pieces
• full family trees for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the history and culture of Westeros
• 100% all-new material, more than half of which Martin wrote specifically for this book

The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.


From the Hardcover edition.
Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only
Release date October 28, 2014.

  Posted by - October 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

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