George R.R. Martin will publish “Game of Thrones” special edition book

A Song of Ice and Fire Game of Thrones book“Game of Thrones,” the first book in George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” first published 20 years ago today. To celebrate the anniversary, Martin’s publishers announced that they plan to publish an anniversary special edition of “Game of Thrones.”

It will include 73 black-and-white illustrations, 48 never-been-seen photos depicting life in Westeros, and eight color pieces, according to BBC and NME.com. Illustrating artists include John Picacio, Paul Youll, Gary Gianni, Didier Graffet, Victor Moreno, Michael Komarck, Arantza Sestayo, Magali Villeneuve, Ted Nasmith, Levi Pinfold, Marc Simonetti.

Fantasy author George R.R. Martin wrote the series "A Song of Ice and Fire." The first book "Game of Thrones" released 20 years ago today. / Photo courtesy of nerdcoremovement.com

Fantasy author George R.R. Martin wrote the series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The first book “Game of Thrones” released 20 years ago today. / Photo courtesy of nerdcoremovement.com

“I had no idea when this all started where it would lead… or how long the road would be,” Martin said. “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,” he added.

“A Song of Ice and Fire” is currently five books long (“Game of Thrones,” “A Clash of Kings,” “A Storm of Swords,” “A Feast For Crows,” and “A Dance with Dragons”) with Martin working on the sixth, “Winds of Winter.” The HBO TV adaptation “Game of Thrones” finished its sixth season, with season 7 premiering summer 2017 and the final season 8 in 2018.

The book will release on Oct. 18.

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