George R. R. Martin, author of the immensely popular Song of Ice and Fire novels that inspired the HBO television series Game of Thrones, has announced that a new book relating to the series is to be released in October. Unfortunately, the title is not the one that fans of the series are anticipating.
Martin’s next book to be published under the Game of Thrones insignia is entitled The World of Ice and Fire. The novel is reportedly a documentation of the history Martin has created within the world of Game of Thrones. The World of Ice and Fire is said to be vividly illustrated with passages of significant historical events throughout Westeros (the name of Martin’s fantastical world) that span from the Dawn Age all the way up to the death of the Mad King, which occurred shortly before the Game of Thrones television series began.
Martin’s massive imagining of Westeros is extremely intricate and can leave a casual viewer confused at times. Though sometimes hard to follow, the realm of Game of Thrones and all of the complex characters that reside within it always prove to be excellent sources of entertainment. The World of Ice and Fire is stated to answer any questions fans of the novels and the television series may have when it comes to issues such as the first beings to walk the land of Westeros, who the Mad King was and what caused the famous noble houses like the Starks, Baratheons and Lannisters to hate each other so thoroughly.
Assistance on compiling this latest work was provided to Martin by the likes of Linda Antonsson and Elio Garcia, who are authoritative figures on the series’ storyline complexities and Westeros.org web masters. The two assistants of Martin’s also fast-check the Song of Ice and Fire books for accurate continuity.
With the announcement of this new Game of Thrones book to be released in October, George R. R. Martin seems to be almost cruelly tantalizing his fans, who have not seen a full novel of the Song of Ice and Fire series since 2011’s A Dance With Dragons. The forthcoming novel, titled The Winds of Winter was originally intended to be the final volume in the Ice and Fire series, but due to the popular demand and Martin’s evident love for the world of Westeros, he has announced that the final volume will be released after The Winds of Winter in a seventh installment known as A Dream of Spring.
While no official release date for The Winds of Winter has been announced, it is anticipated that it should arrive early to mid-2015. Martin claims that he has been hard at work creating The World of Ice and Fire with Antonsson and Garcia, and will begin wrapping up the writing process for the series’ next installment once all his press events are finished with his historical novel.
The new Game of Thrones book, The World of Ice and Fire is scheduled for release on October 26. Readers can currently purchase Martin’s five previous novels of the Song of Ice and Fire series online as ebooks or wherever books are sold.
By Cody Collier