This is my first set of of the Song of Ice and Fire series. The first four books are my first edition trade paperbacks. I bought A Dance with Dragons in hardcover when it was released, but when I went to buy the paperback, they had stopped making trades. Resulting in this
And if you are a mega-nerd like me and need matching covers and same-size books, then this is what happens
Because, of course, I have the space for another giant set of A Song of Ice and Fire books. I refuse to think about my Robert Jordan collection. Luckily for me I haven’t read past book ten which gives me less time to worry about my trade paperback/mass market paperback/old cover/new cover collection of them. I should be thankful I haven’t started Shanarra yet.
The first book, A Game of Thrones was published in 1996, it in fact had its anniversary this week. By 2002 the decision to change the cover art was made. I actually found the original cover art for the UK edition that was not used at the Book Cover Galley over at georgerrmartin.com. The cover art is by Jim Burns, who did the covers for the first three UK editions you can see below. Voyager decided to change the design on book four, which eventually spawned a new set of covers. I actually didn’t think about the new art at the time, as it was quite a long time ago and they weren’t really overhauling the cover art on older books at that stage. Of course now everything has a new minimalistic cover.
Here is the original unused cover art by Jim Burns for A Feast for Crows.
So this would have tied in with the first three covers, but they went with the “Goblet” cover. It’s not my favourite cover to be frank. What’s wrong with a giant on the cover? Giants are awesome.
You know what else? Give it a rest with the cloaks already.