I've heard that the illustrated Game of Thrones novel is something that George R. R. Martin has always wanted. Whether that's true or not, the one thing that matters is that it looks incredible, and it's out next month.
The book, which will become available in hardcover from October 18, is being made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of A Song of Ice and Fire.
And over the course of 73 illustrations, that's what the Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition will do. Ten images have been provided to Vanity Fair, a few of which you can see below.
What's interesting is the difference in the depiction of, say, the Iron Throne as opposed to how it's cast in the HBO series. Anne Groell, who has edited the entire Song of Ice and Fire series, recalled how she had to cajole Martin to explain what the Iron Throne looked like in the mind's eye of the author.
"He finally said, 'It’s 10 to 16 feet off the ground, with steps going up to it like a slide.'," she said. "I said, 'OK, nowhere in the books does it say that!' It’s what I like to call the 'invisible-head syndrome,' that authors always think you can see into their head and see the vision that they’ve got."
You can see the rest of the images, as well as an interview with Groell and the differences in how the illustrators and writers saw Game of Thrones over at Vanity Fair.