Last week, Game of Thrones fans discovered that a new story written by George R.R. Martin and set in the world of his A Song of Ice and Fire novels would be published in 2018.
Martin himself has made a post on his blog to clarify the details of the stories publication. The new story will appear in The Book of Swords anthology, edited by Gardner Dozois. However, it was initially misreported that the entire anthology would feature stories set in Martin’s world of Westeros, which is not the case. Just like “The Princess and the Queen in the Dangerous Women anthology and “The Rogue Prince” in the Rogues anthology, Martin’s own story will be the only one in the anthology with a connection to A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones.
Martin also offered some details about the story’s subject matter. Like “The Princess and the Queen” and “The Rogue Prince,” the new story, titled “The Sons of the Dragon,” will be an excerpt from Fire & Blood, a fictional history of House Targaryen that Martin hopes to publish once The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring have been published. “The Sons of the Dragon,” like the other stories, is made up of historical information that had to be cut from Martin’s first historical tome, The World of Ice and Fire.
Specifically, “The Sons of the Dragon” will chronicle reigns of the second and third Targaryen kings, Aenys I and Maegor the Cruel, as well as their “mothers, wives, sisters, children, friend, enemies, and rivals.”
“Those of you who enjoyed ‘The Princess and the Queen’ in DANGEROUS WOMEN and ‘The Rogue Prince’ in ROGUES will probably like this one too,” Martin writes of “The Sons of the Dragon” on his blog. “It's water from the same well. A history rather than a traditional narrative. A lot of telling, only a little showing. (The opposite of what I do in my novels). But if you're fascinated by the politics of Westeros, as many of my readers seem to be, you should enjoy it.”
The Book of Swords will be published on Oct. 10, 2017.
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