Robert’s Rebellion

If you were on the edge about buying the upcoming book The World of Ice and Fire, and you just weren’t sure if it was something you wanted, well hold on.  Vulture has just released a brand new excerpt from the book. This time covering a piece of history that is bit more well known to, even, show watchers.  That is the history of Robert’s Rebellion – and I can tell you personally this except is just a little over 2 pages of the book (the book totaling 308, not including appendices).  So take a read, and hopefully if you weren’t already sold on this amazing book you are now.


What followed Prince Rhaegar’s infamous abduction of Lyanna Stark was the ruin of House Targaryen. The full depth of King Aerys’s madness was subsequently revealed in his depraved actions against Lord Stark, his heir, and their supporters after they demanded redress for Rhaegar’s wrongs. Instead of granting them fair robert-baratheon-the-world-of-iceand-firehearing, King Aerys had them brutally slain, then followed these murders by demanding that Lord Jon Arryn execute his former wards, Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark. Many now agree that the true start of Robert’s Rebellion began with Lord Arryn’s refusal and his courageous calling of his banners in the defense of justice. Yet not all the lords of the Vale agreed with Lord Jon’s decision, and soon fighting broke out as loyalists to the crown attempted to bring Lord Arryn down.

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The World of Ice and Fire Giveaway!


Lately I’ve been talking quite a lot about the upcoming book The World of Ice and Fire, whether its sample pages that have been released, or individual facts of ice and fire from Harper Voyager.  However, this post is much different from those – if you have liked our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter you’r probably already aware of this – but we are currently running a giveaway for The World of Ice and Fire.  So if your interested in winning a free copy of the book click the link and enter for a chance to win!


The World of Ice and Fire Sample Pages


Just a few more days until the release of The World of Ice and Fire.  For those of you out there who are like me, and just cannot wait to get your hands on some new Game of Thrones material, your in luck!  Barnes & Noble has just released a few new display pages from the The World of Ice and Fire.

However there is a catch, I was only able to clearly read the “Kings of Winter” page.  With the other pages, when I zoom in to read them the text gets to distorted to clearly read the words.  However they are still beautiful to look at.  So check out the pages below and let me know if you had better luck reading them.

Also to hold you over until Tuesday, check out my other post as I track Harper Voyager as they tweet out Facts of Ice and Fire, from the The World of Ice and Fire book.  

You can also enter the giveaway we are currently running for a chance to win The World of Ice and Fire!

George R.R. Martin Livestream


Mark your calendars!  With the release of The World of Ice and Fire just around the corner, George is making his final appearance in New York.   I talked about this earlier, so if you’d like all the details check that article out – this is more of a reminder to everyone.

The 92Y will be offering a livestream of the event – so if you didn’t spend $100+ on a ticket (which are still available) you’ll still be able to watch the event live from the comfort of your home.  The event will be taking place on October 26 at 8PM EST.  You can also leave your comments in the discussion going on  below the livestream and hopefully George will answer it.

So will you be watching the livestream, or are you one of lucky few who’ll actually be the event?  And if you could have George answer any question (not pertaining to future books) what would it be?  Let me know your thoughts on these questions, and anything else, in the comments below!

The World of Ice and Fire New Sample Chapter


Just a quick update here.  A new excerpt from the upcoming book The World of Ice and Fire is now available.  If you download the iTunes World of Ice and Fire app you will have access to the excerpt – I’m not sure if the excerpt is also available for people with Android phones.  This excerpt covers a piece of Vale history up through the Andal invasion. Enjoy!

Also if anyone has a Android phone, let me know in the comments if this excerpt is available there as well – I know the app is downloadable, I’m just not sure if the excerpt has been added there as well.

If you enjoyed this, and are looking forward to the The World of Ice and Fire you can now enter the giveaway we are running for the book.



With just under two weeks until the release of The World of Ice and Fire UK publisher Harper Voyager has been teasing the upcoming book with #FactsOfIceAndFire.  The #FactsOfIceandFire has been going on since October 1, and is a collection of facts from the upcoming book – some of them being never-before-heard facts, and others that are easily known by anyone who has read the books.

Here are the #FactsOfIceAndFire that have been tweeted out so far:

  • Aegon I Targaryen conquered the Seven Kingdoms at the age of 27.
  • The Valyrians are the only people of the world with eyes in shades of purple.
  • Maegor the Cruel killed his wife Tyanna, cut out her hear with Blackfyre and threw it to the dogs.
  • Daemon Targaryen offended the men of Arryn saying “The sheep are prettier than their women”
  • Quen Rhaenyra possessed 15 dragons, including one named The Cannibal.
  • Nights Watch member “the Rat Cook” served a king his own song baked in a pie.
  • Volantis slaves have tattooed faces.  Dung collectors are marked with flies.
  • Ellyn Reyne tried to seduce Tytos Lannister but was so intimidated, he couldn’t perform and fled.
  • In Kings Landing, Aerys II was called King Scab as he cut himself many times upon the Iron Throne.
  • Women in Bayasabhad defend the city due to a belief that only those who give life can take it.
  • Joffrey Valaryon, Prince of Dragonstone, fell to his death trying to ride his mum’s dragon.
  • Khal Temmo cut off Khal Dhako’s hands, feet, and genitals and roasted them before his eyes.
  • The Rhyonar people are said to be the first to learn the art of iron-making.
  • Most agree that the Doom of Valyria was caused by a vast chain of Volcanoes.
  • Emerging from the battle head to heel in blood, Dalton Greyjoy became known as the Red Kraken
  • Qohor’s god the Black Goat demands daily sacrifice.
  • After calling himself triarch for life, Horonno was seized by rioters & torn apart by elephants.
  • Royce redarm got his surname for his habit of pulling out the entrails of his foes.
  • Orys One-Hand liked to lop off his captives hands & feet and leave them to rot in his tent.
  • Dwellers of the Remote Isle of Toads have fishy features including webbed hands and feet.
  • Legend has it that Rodrik Stark won Bear Island back from the ironborn in a wrestling match.
  • It’s said that every 77 years a storm greater than all others comes howling upon Storm’s End.
  • Castamere seemed a modest holding, but nine tenths of the castle was underground.
  • Tytos Lannister’s heart burst as he was climbing steps towards the bedchamber of his mistress.
  • Bors the Breaker gained the strengths of 20 men by drinking only bull’s blood.
  • For failing to keep Dornishmen happy Lyonel Tyrell suffered a grisly death in a bed of scorpions.
  • Lord Aegon’s envoy’s hands were cut off and sent back as rejection for Orys Baratheon’s proposal.

For more #FactsOfICeAndFire until the release of the book, head on over and follow Harper Voyager on Twitter.  Or check back here, as I’ll be updating this as the tweets come out!  And for a chance to win a free copy of The World of Ice and Fire, enter the giveaway we are currently running!

Upcoming Books


In the coming few months several Game of Thrones related books will be released.  No, not The Winds of Winter – but hopefully these will hold you over until the next sample chapter gets released.  So without further ado lets get started.

Living Language DothrakeFirst on the list is your guide to speaking Dothraki.  Living Language Dothraki was developed by David J. Peterson, who created the Dothraki language spoken in Game of Thrones.  For only $15.47 (through Amazon at least) you’ll receive a 128-page language guide, as well as a one-hour audio CD featuring over 200 words and phrases, grammar explanations, cultural notes, a dialogue, and exercises for reinforcement.  Living Language Dothraki will be available October 7.

The second book on this list is one I have talked about several times, and that is The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of The World of Ice and FireThrones.  For those of you who have read the series and had the feeling that the world George has created deserved a history book, well your wish has been granted.  This book will encompass histories of the Seven Kingdoms, and the cities of Essos, and so much more.  You can check out some of the pages from the books here, as well as this picture of the book itself.  The World of Ice and Fire will be available October 28, and you can pre-order it now from Amazon for $29.98.

Inside seasons 3 and 4The final book on this list may be a familiar one for some of you, and that is Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 3 & 4.  This is a must-have for any die-hard fan of Game Of Thrones.  In this book you will find “hundreds of unpublished set photos, visual effects art, and production and costume designs, plus insights from key actors and crew members that capture the best scripted and unscripted moments from Seasons 3 and 4.”  Not sold yet?  Below are two samples from the book detailing the efforts that went into creating both the dragons and the giants, from and WinterIsComing.  Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 3 & 4 will be available November 11, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon for only $25.30.

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So are you interested in any of these books?  Let me know which one you’r most excited for in the comments!


The Winds of Winter Prologue?


During the Game of Thrones Comic Con panel George R.R. Martin let slip a little piece of information about The Winds of Winter.  Now what that little piece of information is has to do with a character that will be making an appearance in the prologue of The Winds of Winter.  Now as you may have guessed this topic is pretty spoilery.  So for that reason the details will be below the break!

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George R.R. Martin Not Writing an Episode for Season 5

Well it would seem George is getting quite serious about finishing The Winds of Winter.  In a recent interview with EW George R.R. Martin said he would not be writing an episode for season 5 of Game of Thrones, but will rather be spending his time finishing the book.  

In the past George has always written one episode for each season.  The episodes he has are: The Pointy End (Season 1, Episode 8), Blackwater (Season 2, Episode 9), The Bear and the Maiden Fair (Season 3, Episode 7), and The Lion and the Rose (Season 4, Episode 2).  All the episodes written by George have been fantastic, and although I’ll miss having George writing an episode in season 5 I’m happy that he is going to be spending more time on The Winds of Winter.

So what do you think?  Are you happy to see George spending more time on The Winds of Winter?  And just for fun, when do you think we’ll get a release date for the much anticipated book, The Winds of Winter?

First Look at The World of Ice and Fire

We finally get our first, real, look at The World of Ice and Fire from Anne Groell.

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Every new piece that gets released about this book gets me more, and more, excited for it to be released later this year.  It looks absolutely amazing!  And is definitely going to be the coffee table book like George said.

So what do you think of this little sneak peek of the book?