There are so many (sooo many) months to wait before Game of Thrones returns to HBO and even longer until the next installment in George R. R. Martin's best selling series A Song of Ice and Fire. But instead of spending every waking second working on The Winds of Winter, Martin has taken time to write a companion book to his popular fantasy series called The World of Ice and Fire, which will be released on October 28th.
Inside, illustrated accounts of the history of the Seven Kingdoms, including facts not detailed in the novels themselves but vitally important to the events that unfold during the various rebellions and uprisings chronicled in the series. The author has released a sample on his website that discusses the ascension of Aegon I Targaryen, aka Aegon the Conqueror, who—with his sisters/wives—conquered most of Westeros atop dragons. Ya know, like you do.
George R. R. Martin himself will be making but a single U.S. appearance to promote this book, surfacing at the 92Y on October 26th at 8 p.m. He'll be on hand to "discuss the political machinations and sordid relationships that set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens;" we give fans approximately 15 seconds to stay on-topic. Tickets go on sale today at noon and will absolutely sell out, so make like a direwolf and attack immediately.
Prices are steep at $100 but all tickets also include a pre-signed copy of the book. If you miss out on a seat, the event will also be live streamed on the interwebs.