"Game of Thrones" fans around the world are anxiously waiting for George RR Martin to finish the sixth book in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" seven-book series, but the wait is about to get a bit more excruciating. That's because Martin is scheduled to debut a new "Game of Thrones" book at an event on October 26 in New York, but it isn't "The Winds of Winter."
Instead, Martin and co-authors/fact-checkers Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson of Westeros.org will release "The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones," an illustrated volume with over 300 pages of wine, history, and bloodshed. "The World of Ice and Fire" serves as a prologue and introduction to the heptalogy, giving a full history of the Seven Kingdoms and the battles, betrayals, rivalries, and rebellions that led to the events unfolding on screen.
The book includes over 170 original pieces of full-color artwork and maps, and shows detailed family trees for Houses Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen. Those who read "The World of Ice and Fire" should have a deeper understanding of both the books and the HBO adaptation.
Those interested in attending the event on October 26 at New York's Kaufmann Concert Hall can pick up a ticket at the event's site for $170 or more, which includes a pre-signed copy of the book. Those unable to attend can view a livestream the day of.
With Martin having contributed a significant amount of new content for this book, there will certainly be at least a few fans wishing he'd spent that time on "The Winds of Winter," but the author has already Amazon and other retailers for around $30 or £20.. "The World of Ice and Fire" will be released officially on October 28, and can be preordered on