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CLASH OF KINGS LIMITED EDITION NOW SHIPPING

May 4, 2005

The long-awaited and much-delayed illustrated edition of A Clash of Kings is on its way at last. Meisha Merlin has informed me that the books are back from the printer, and are now shipping!

This deluxe limited edition is lavishly illustrated by John Howe, one of the world’s top fantasy artists, best known for his Tolkien illustrations and his design work on Peter Jackson’s films. The art includes a wraparound cover painting, three full-color interior plates, and a plethora of black and white interior illustrations. Meisha Merlin is publishing the book in a deluxe numbered edition limited to 448 copies, and a super-deluxe lettered edition limited to 52 copies. (Sorry, the lettered edition was sold out years ago).

Both editions are slipcased, and have been signed by myself, by John Howe, and by Charles Keegan, who contributed the chapter titles and heraldic sigils. The lettered copies will also include remarques by Howe.

Those who purchased the Meisha Merlin limited edition of A Game of Thrones with its Jeff Jones artwork (now sold out, sorry) will have first dibs on acquiring the same number or letter for A Clash of Kings. Unfortunately, the delays have created some complications there. Stephen Pagel of Meisha Merlin informs me that there are 53 purchasers of A Game of Thrones whose email addresses are no longer valid. If you are one of those, and want your copy of Clash with matching number, please contact Meisha Merlin as soon as possible at stephe@meishamerlin.com. Anyone who purchased A Game of Thrones through Amazon.com (there were 68 such folks) should also contact Meisha Merlin to purchase Clash, as Amazon will not be ordering the second volume.

Meisha Merlin is a small operation, and at the moment it is a one-person operation, since Stephen Pagel’s assistant Lynn just had a baby and is out on maternity leave. Stephe writes, “I am boxing and shipping as fast as I can. There are other things with Meisha Merlin I have to do also, so please have patience. I will not take out any time to answer any e-mails about if I shipped [a] specific book out or not. (I got 57 e-mails today from people wanting to know if I shipped theirs.) For people with a street address I am using the FedEx notification program. They will get an e-mail when their book goes out…. if someone has Thrones and has not got a confirmation of their order for Clash from Meisha Merlin in the past four to six weeks [they should] contact us.”

I am looking forward to my own copies eagerly. All good things come to those who wait, they say…

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