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Next 'Game of Thrones' book won't be 'The Winds of Winter'

George RR Martin will release "The World of Ice and Fire," which tells the untold history of the lands of Westeros and Essos, on October 26 at an event in New York.

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George RR Martin is releasing a new "Game of Thrones" book next month, but not the one you want. James Martin/CNET

"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 told such fans how he feels. "The World of Ice and Fire" will be released officially on October 28, and can be preordered on Amazon and other retailers for around $30 or £20.

(Via Mashable)