By George R. R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., Linda Antonssen
THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN background OF WESTEROS AND THE LANDS past WITH enormous quantities OF PAGES OF ALL-NEW fabric FROM GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
If the previous is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork--the such a lot artistic and wonderful fable saga of our time--warrants one hell of an advent. in the end, it has arrived with The international of Ice & Fire.
This lavishly illustrated quantity is a complete background of the Seven Kingdoms, offering vividly built bills of the epic battles, sour rivalries, and bold rebellions that result in the occasions of A tune of Ice and hearth and HBO's Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that's been years within the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the well known fan web site Westeros.org--perhaps the single those who recognize this international nearly in addition to its visionary creator.
Collected here's the entire accrued wisdom, scholarly hypothesis, and inherited people stories of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, including
• full-color art and maps, with greater than one hundred seventy unique pieces
• complete kinfolk timber for homes Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the historical past and tradition of Westeros
• a hundred% all-new fabric, greater than 1/2 which Martin wrote particularly for this book
The definitive better half piece to George R. R. Martin's dazzlingly conceived universe, The international of Ice & Fire is certainly facts that the pen is mightier than a typhoon of swords.
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At this council, 9 lesser claimants have been heard and pushed aside, leaving in simple terms basic claimants to the throne: Laenor Velaryon, son of Princess Rhaenys—who used to be the eldest daughter of Jaehaerys’s eldest son, Aemon—and Prince Viserys, eldest son of Baelon the courageous and Princess Alyssa. each one had their benefits, for primogeniture preferred Laenor, whereas proximity favourite Viserys, who used to be additionally the final Targaryen prince to experience Balerion earlier than the dragon’s demise in ninety four AC. Laenor himself had lately bought a dragon, a just right creature that he named Seasmoke. yet for lots of lords of the area, what mattered such a lot was once that the male line take priority over the feminine line—not to say that Viserys was once a prince of four-and-twenty whereas Laenor used to be only a boy of 7. yet opposed to all this, Laenor had one shining virtue: he used to be the son of Lord Corlys Velaryon, the ocean Snake, the wealthiest guy within the Seven Kingdoms. the ocean Snake used to be named for Ser Corlys Velaryon, the 1st Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, yet his reputation didn't come from his ability with sword and lance and safeguard yet for his voyages around the seas of the realm, looking new horizons. He used to be a scion of condominium Velaryon: a relatives of outdated and storied Valyrian historical past who had come to Westeros earlier than the Targaryens, because the histories agree, and who usually supplied the majority of the royal fleet. such a lot of Velaryons served as lord admiral and grasp of ships that it was once, from time to time, nearly thought of a hereditary workplace. Lord Corlys traveled extensively, either to the south and to the north, and as soon as looked for a rumored passage round the most sensible of Westeros—though he grew to become again his send, the Ice Wolf, while he came upon in basic terms frozen seas and gigantic icebergs. yet his maximum voyages have been upon the ocean Snake, during which identify he might later be recognized. Many ships of Westeros had sailed so far as Qarth to alternate for spices and silk, yet he dared to head farther, achieving the fabled lands of Yi Ti and Leng, whose wealth doubled that of condo Velaryon in one voyage. 9 nice voyages have been made upon the ocean Snake, and at the final, Corlys stuffed the ship’s carry with gold and purchased twenty extra ships at Qarth, loading them with spices, elephants, and the best silk. a few have been misplaced, and the elephants died at sea, in keeping with Maester Mathis’s The 9 Voyages, however the wealth that remained made condo Velaryon the richest within the realm—richer even than the Lannisters and Hightowers, for a time. Corlys Velaryon turned a lord after his grandsire’s dying and used his wealth to elevate a brand new seat, excessive Tide, to switch the damp, cramped fortress Driftmark and condominium the traditional Driftwood Throne—the excessive seat of the Velaryons, which legend claims was once given to them by way of the Merling King to finish a pact. rather a lot alternate got here to move to and from Driftmark that the cities of Hull and Spicetown sprang up, changing into the manager ports of exchange in Blackwater Bay for a time, surpassing even King’s touchdown. FROM THE historical past OF ARCHMAESTER GYLDAYN within the eyes of many, the good Council of one zero one AC thereby proven an iron precedent on concerns of succession: despite seniority, the Iron Throne of Westeros couldn't move to a girl, nor via a girl to her male descendents.