GRRM recently shared the final cover for the upcoming The World of Ice & Fire book on his LiveJournal account, and it’s looking pretty
While I am a huge fan of House Targaryen, I’m not sure this is an improvement over one of other covers GRRM previously shared on his LJ:
I guess the problem with this one is that it’s just too cluttered, and the image seems awkwardly placed? I do love that illustration of the throne room, though.
I only remembered this book this morning, but based on GRRM’s description, I think I’m going to grab a copy as soon as it’s available:
It is going to be a gorgeous book, a big coffee table volume with lots and lots of stunning artwork, and tons of fake history.
Fake history is awesomesauce.
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.
He also mentions that they were supposed to write 50,000 words for the book, but that he “got carried away”. Normally I don’t like it when writers go over the top with their number of words, but come on – it’s GRRM. I’m looking forward to how far he got carried away!
The book is scheduled to come out in fall this year. If you’re just as curious about this book as I am, you can read a sample from The World of Ice and Fire on GRRM’s official website!