Via George R.R. Martin’s Not a Blog, we have what appears to be the final cover art for The World of Ice and Fire, a companion book to his popular A Song of Ice and Fire series. Martin describes The World of Ice and Fire as “a big coffee table volume with lots and lots of stunning artwork, and tons of fake history.” HE also admits that his contribution, which was supposed to ring in at around the length of a novella grew in size. “We were supposed to provide 50,000 words of text,” he said, “but… ah… I got carried away.”

Sounds like fans have a lot to look forward to. Now, here’s hoping the artwork in the The World of Ice and Fire is of a higher quality cut than that in The World of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and Terry Brooks’ The World of Shannara. I still have nightmares about those books.

  • Paul Weimer May 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    The Jordan, in particular…underwhelmed me.

  • Chris May 8, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I’m actually looking forward to this more than Winds of Winter TBO. I hope the artwork is as good as rumoured. As for the fake history, I think it will be great to delve back into the backstory of Westeros and hopefully Essos as well. Elio and Linda probably know the world better than George himself and will no doubt produce a fine addition to the ASOIAF books.

  • James D. Cormier May 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The one problem I have with these companion volumes (apart from the lack of quality artwork you mentioned) is that they’re always released before the series is finished, meaning they’re by definition incomplete. Which really gets my OCD going.

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