You’re probably going a little bit mad these days. Game of Thrones has been off the air for almost six months now and you can’t even trick yourself into thinking season 5 is coming “soon” because you’ve got another six months to wait for that. You’ve read all of the book in A Song of Ice and Fire, even the Dunk and Egg tales. Adding insult to injury there is still no sign of book six, The Winds of Winter, to keep you company on these long, lonely winter nights.
Enter: The World of Ice and Fire— a new historical reference for fans of George R.R Martin’s world of Westeros. You’ve probably seen the map collection book that was put out a couple of years ago, well this is like that only with much, much more original text content.
Here’s a sample page that’s been floating around the web for a while:
Now imagine 336 PAGES of this stuff! George himself put out a sample chapter if you’re interested in reading. Here’s a snippet of the full thing:
True scholars know that such dating is far from precise. Aegon Targaryen’s conquest of the Seven Kingdoms did not take place in a single day. More than two years passed between Aegon’s landing and his Oldtown coronation . . . and even then the Conquest remained incomplete since Dorne remained unsubdued. Sporadic attempts to bring the Dornishmen into the realm continued all through King Aegon’s reign and well into the reigns of his sons, making it impossible to fix a precise end date for the Wars of Conquest.
Even the start date is a matter of some misconception. Many assume, wrongly, that the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen began on the day he landed at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, beneath the three hills where the city of King’s Landing eventually stood. Not so. The day of Aegon’s Landing was celebrated by the king and his descendants, but the Conqueror actually dated the start of his reign from the day he was crowned and anointed in the Starry Sept of Oldtown by the High Septon of the Faith. This coronation took place two years after Aegon’s Landing, well after all three of the major battles of the Wars of Conquest had been fought and won. Thus it can be seen that most of Aegon’s actual conquering took place from 2-1 BC, Before the Conquest.
Do you feel like a Maester of the Citadel as you read that or what? Okay, one more sample page– The Table of Contents:
Here are a few more features of the book:
• 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
Go get it now— So Spaketh Martin!
The book retails for about $30 depending on where you’re ordering. That’s for a hardcover, full color book, mind you. Pick it up on Amazon now and you should be able to get it on or around the release date of October 28th (next Tuesday). Sometimes they even ship it before the release date so you’ll get it ON that date so Amazon would be my choice.
After you’ve read the book come back to this post and comment with your thoughts for the future of Westeros now that you know her past!