We're pleased to announce that George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings is far enough along in production that we're able to begin taking preorders. (Yes, in the natural order of things, the limited edition of A Game of Thrones would come first, but the art for that volume is running behind.)
Without further ado, here are all the particulars on Clash.
Important Note: You are only eligible to order A Clash of Kings if you own a corresponding copy of A Dance with Dragons. Please mention your letter or number when checking out. This exclusive order period will last until the end of October. We will send out an email notice via our newsletter, Notes from the Underground, when the book may be ordered by the general public.
(If you own A Dance with Dragons and do NOT want to order A Clash of Kings, you will not lose priority for ordering The Winds of Winter, the sixth volume in George’s series.)
A Clash of Kings is the second installment of George R. R. Martin’s monumental saga, A Song of Ice and Fire. It is, if anything, richer, deeper, and more formidably complex than its distinguished predecessor.
A Game of Thrones concluded with the deaths of Robert Baratheon, ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and Lord Eddard Stark, the embattled Hand of the King. As A Clash of Kings opens, war has broken out on a number of fronts and a bloody battle for possession of the Iron Throne has begun. In King’s Landing, the seat of royal power, Joffrey, Robert’s sixteen-year-old heir apparent, rules the realm under the guidance of his mother, the beautiful—and ruthless—Queen Cersei. Stannis and Renly Baratheon, Robert’s brothers, have each established competing claims to the throne. And Robb Stark, Lord Eddard’s oldest son, has assumed the title of King of the North. Outside of the Seven Kingdoms, potent, often mysterious forces are gathering. In the far north, Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, is marshaling his armies. To the east, Daenerys Targaryen, sole surviving descendent of an ancient dynastic line, is struggling to assemble an army of her own, an army supplemented by three impossible—but very real—dragons.
These are just a few of the players who populate this vast, wholly absorbing narrative. A Clash of Kings is a novel about love, loyalty, and betrayal, about the power of unbridled ambition, about the limitless human capacity both for nobility and cruelty. Whether viewed on its own independent terms or as part of a larger, ongoing epic, it is—and will remain—one of the cornerstones of modern fantasy, the sort of book that raises the stakes—and sets the standards—for an entire genre.
Limited: 500 signed numbered sets, bound in cloth, housed in a custom slipcase: $295
Lettered: 52 sets, signed by author, with a remarque by the artist, housed in a custom slipcase: $425
Production Notes—A Clash of Kings will feature:
- roughly 70 black and white interior illustrations, including chapter heads and tails, full page illustrations, and vignettes;
- different dust jackets for each of the two volumes in the set;
- illustrated endsheets;
- three full-color interior illustrations in the limited edition, with an extra full-color piece exclusive to the lettered;
- stamped artwork on the slipcases, one color on the limited edition, two colors for the lettered edition;
- an original remarque, or small illustration, by Richard Hescox on the signature page of the lettered edition.