This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the initial release of George R.R. Martin‘s masterful first book in the A Song Of Ice and Fire series, A Game Of Thrones. To commemorate the anniversary that would give the us the stunning HBO series, Martin has announced the release of an illustrated edition of A Game Of Thrones.
The book’s publishers Bantam Spectra announced in a press release,
“In celebration of the fantasy masterpiece that started a cultural phenomenon, we’re excited to announce the publication of a special illustrated edition. With gorgeous full-page illustrations to open every chapter, the mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure of this magnificent saga come to life as never before.”
Reflecting on the past twenty-years on his blog, George R.R. Martin said of the book’s initial release, “Reviews were generally good, sales were… well, okay. Solid. But nothing spectacular. No bestseller lists, certainly.” He went on to say, “I had no idea when this all started where it would lead… or how long the road would be. Back then, I’d thought the whole story could be told in three books, and that it would take me three years to write them, a year per book.Ah, how innocent I was… little did that guy in the picture imagine that he would be spending most of the next two decades in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros with Tyrion, Daenerys, Arya, Sansa, Jon Snow, Bran, and all the rest. But here I am, twenty years later… still working on book six… ((and no, sorry, I have no announcement to make on that front)).” So no word on Winds of Winter yet, but you can check out the stunning cover for the book below.
Readers can expect 73 black and white images with an additional 8 full-color illustrations.
Though illustrated editions of A Game Of Thrones have been available before, this is the first book that will include more than one artists. This time around, John Picacio, Paul Youll, Gary Gianni, Didier Graffet, Victor Moreno, Michael Komarck, Arantza Sestayo, Magali Villeneuve, Ted Nasmith, Levi Pinfold and Marc Simonett have all used their talent in order to create such a masterpiece.
A Game of Thrones: An Illustrated Edition will be released on October 18th, 2016.