A Fire & Blood paperback edition is coming, with new illustrations!

Fire & Blood, the book that is serving as a basis for the HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series — House of the Dragon — is getting a new paperback release that will include five new illustrations. If you’re unfamiliar, Fire & Blood is the first of two planned books covering the fictional history of House Targaryen, from Aegon I’s conquest of the Seven Kingdoms to the end of the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.

The announcement of this new version of the novel comes directly from the bearded bard himself, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin:

Of course, we don’t know what new illustrations the paperback edition will include, but if you’ve read the book already, you know that artist Doug Wheatley did incredible work. Hopefully we can expect more of the same.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!! Wow! I’ve been so busy, I forgot to post about the release of G.R.R.Martin’s book FIRE AND BLOOD on Nove 20th. It’s out my friends! And I’m very excited about the book! I have a story to tell about the production of this book, one about being grateful. Seems fitting to do it during this particullar holiday. I was well into my production pipeline for ‘FIRE AND BLOOD” from thumbnail to finish. I decided early on to use my cintiq to digitally produce thumbnails for one reason; easy and fast revisions if changes were needed. There was only one drawback this idea, one possibility that I did not consider and that possiblity became a reality rearing its ugly head in the middle of the thumbnail stage. My Cintiq died, and my replacement was out dated. So I set out to replace the Cintiq only to find that there was a 4-month wait… I was screwed My wife Angela began searching for a solution while I worked in my studio and found one company that would rent me what I needed for $150 a week, I had approximently 4 months to go, yeah, not an option. It was looking like I was going to have to rethink my approach to thumbnails when Angela contacted the guys at Annex Pro, a local software company that I bought my previous cintiq’s from. Annex Pro informed her that there would be at least a 3 month wait, but…and this is where the story gets crazy… they would lone me one of their floor models free of charge until I completed my project or my new Cintiq arrived. My mind was blown, but I had to ask Ange “ did you tell them it would be 4 months?” Ange confirmed that she did and brought home the Cintiq 27QHDT loner from Annex Pro soon after. Want know how to create a life long customer for your business? yeah that’s how you do it!!! I am so Gratefull to everyone at Annex Pro. Thanks Errol! #rhaegartargaryen #gameofthrones #fireandblood #aegontargaryen #housetargaryen #valyria #westeros #gots7 #asongoficeandfire #fanart #art #instaart #instalike #instacool ##f4f #i4i

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You know, this is also coming at a time when we might start hearing things about House of the Dragon, which supposedly is centered around the Dance of the Dragons, although we’re not sure of all the specifics yet. Wouldn’t it be perfect if HBO coordinated some announcements about the show to coincide with the new release?

Whatever happens, the new Fire & Blood paperback will be released on May 5, so I’d keep your eyes peeled for pre-order announcements in the near future.

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