George R.R. Martin has released a new sample from The World of Ice and Fire, the companion book detailing the history of the Seven Kingdoms from A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, currently due out from Bantam on October 28, 2014.
The sample details Aegon’s slow conquest of the Seven Kingdoms:
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. Birth, deaths, battles, and other events are dated either AC (After the Conquest) or BC (Before the Conquest).
It’s a must-read for fans of the book and television series, as it details a period of Targaryen history that informs so much of the struggle in the current series and adds depth to Daenerys’ claim to the Iron Throne. (Also that painting of Black Dread is totally sick.) Check out the full sample and a larger version of the art here!