Tower of the Hand

A Flight of Sorrows: Collector's Edition Revealed

9/23/2013 11:52:00 AM ET

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows - Collector's Edition comes out in one week and one day. Never heard of it? It's a special print edition of the best-selling ebook, released due to popular demand, that includes a whole slew of extra content. And to celebrate the occasion, we're happy to let you all in on a little secret: the Collector's Edition's complete lineup (which, we're delighted to finally share, includes a few extra faces from the Ice and Fire community).

Here we go:

Foreword - Remy Verhoeve, author of Waiting for Dragons

Bendable Joints and Removable Body Parts

Introduction - Marc N. Kleinhenz, editor

The Princes Kept the View

A full-length, behind-the-scenes essay that provides a fly-on-the-wall recounting of the ebook's genesis and initial designs, including its original listing of essays and lineup of authors (a number of whom never made it to the finished product). Other tidbits include the very first attempt at creating Tower of the Hand: The Book years before and a sneak peek of what's in store for 2016.

"Savoring the Taste?" - Stefan Sasse, essayist at Tower of the Hand and co-host of the Boiled Leather Audio Hour

On the role of revenge in songs of ice and fire

Why is it that so many players in the game of thrones seek revenge as their number-one priority? How is it that these plans almost always deny the revenge-seeker satisfaction, even when they're successful? And what is George R.R. Martin telling us, exactly, about the nature of vengeance?

"The Prince Is Riding" - Miles Schneiderman, essayist at Tower of the Hand

Rebutting the identity of - and the aim of the conspiracy around - Aegon Targaryen

The ebook posited that Aegon was a "mummer's dragon" and provided many details explaining the what, who, and why of the conspiracy. The print book refutes that conspiracy and explains how Aegon really being a Targaryen not only makes perfect sense, but how it tracks with all the other developments in all the other books.

"A Feast of Vipers" - Amin Javadi, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire

Ethnic diversity, personal identification, and fandom theories in Dorne

A celebration of the diversity and solidarity of Dorne, the most unique of the Seven Kingdoms. It's also an investigation into why Dorne is proving itself to be the most controversial of the Seven Kingdoms, getting caught up in debates of ethnicity, audience identification, and the role - or lack thereof - of stereotypes.

"The King's Justice Is Mute, Not Blind" - John Jasmin

Why trials in Westeros are not what they seem

A continuation of the legal explorations into Westerosi society, expanding upon the original essay's theme and scope both. What is the difference between the king's justice and the King's Justice, and how can one differentiate between the two? More importantly, how can the king?

Afterword - Kyle Maddock, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire

Completed Songs and Frozen Conversations

All in all, we've added roughly 18,000 words to the overall count, expanding on the ebook edition by nearly a third.

In addition, all 13 chapters of the original A Flight of Sorrows are included, in a brand-new, re-edited version. Think of this as the director's cut of the material, polished and improved for your total reading pleasure.

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows - Collector's Edition goes on sale on October 1, 2013, for one month only. Find it on for $15.99.

Come November 1, the Collector's Edition will never, ever go on sale again.

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