For those of you eagerly salivating for the upcoming World of Ice and Fire book, Barnes and Nobles’ page for the book has some interesting sample images. Check them out! Commentary below the cut:
The Kings of Winter:
- giants and skinchangers south of the Wall!
- the Barrow Kings seem pretty logical for a southern North power center that the Starks had to overcome.
- lots of royal blood in the North. The Flints, Slates, Umbers, Lockes, Fishers, Ryders, etc. Even the Glovers, a mere Masterly House! We’re running out of vassal houses that weren’t kings.
- the Blackwoods were of the North, a reverse Manderly?! That’s confusing as all hell.
- looks like the Starks’ warging comes from the Warg King of Sea Dragon Point. Very interesting that the Children weren’t always buddy-buddy with the Starks.
- The Red Kings were some gruesome bastards. Although the sacking of Winterfell is a bit odd – I thought Winterfell had never fallen?
- interesting that the Bolton surrender coincided with the Andal invasion; does help to explain why the Starks were able to fend off invasion if they had managed to centralize power in the North rather than being internally divided.
…damn, unfortunately can’t read the other pages. Can anyone else?
Also wanted to mention: I will be doing a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the WOIAF book, the book should be in my hands by the evening of the 28th, but I may be a bit delayed by grading.