George R.R. Martin has released a sample chapter from The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones on his website. Aegon’s Conquest begins by explaining that the maesters of the Citadel who keep the histories of Westeros have used Aegon’s Conquest as their touchstone for the past three hundred years with events are dated either AC (After the Conquest) or BC (Before the Conquest).
The book is co-authored by Elio M. Garcia, Jr and Linda Antonsson, who run the epic westeros.org. It will be lavishly illustrated (hooray), and we know that Marc Simonetti’s version of the Iron Throne, which George called the closest interpretation his own vision of the Iron Throne that he has seen, will be included. Elio has announced that regular A Song of Ice and Fire artists Michael Komarck, Magali Villeneuve, and Ted Nasmith will be contributing, and several new artists. The image of Aegon and Balerion featured above is by J. Gonzalez.
Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens.