SF & Fantasy

HBO Cover: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin


martin-stormhboI am a fan of the book.

The book has many different parts to it. There is the content, those words that have been painstakingly put down onto paper by a writer who wishes his work to be read. Then there is the quality of the book itself—the quality of its pages, the design of its interior, the strength of its binding, the beauty of its stamped boards. And last but not least, the cover that artfully draws a reader to even pick up the book.

I love a well-made book. It’s something I notice the moment I pick one up. When I come across a great book series like A Song of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin, I hope that several different editions will be released. It’s great to have choice. New cover art is a part of that choice.

In partnership with HBO, Random House has released a new cover for A Storm of Swords. It features a new image, one that people have seen in the new trailers for Season 3.

Dragons!

And here is the new synopsis for the book as well:

THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK THREE

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun

Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons left in the world.

And as opposing forces maneuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable.

As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

“Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, [George R. R.] Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien.”—Time

“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times

“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times

I love the new cover. It’s simple. It creates a powerful image. It’s even more iconic than the covers Random House has been put on the books the last few years. And as I said earlier, it ties in nicely with the early trailers we’ve seen for Season 3!

The new cover is released tomorrow!

Groundhog Phil was wrong…


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