Only the hardest of the die-hard #GameOfThrones fans knew about #GeorgeRRMartin's epic book series #ASongOfIceAndFire before the HBO hit show first aired, and have devoured the thousands of pages in the Game of Thrones books. The most recent book, the fifth and latest addition, A Dance with Dragons, hit shelves in 2014. Martin confirmed that there are two more books slated to finish out the series: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. Yet as the wait drags on and on, fans are starting to feel like The Winds of Winter might never come...
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George R.R. Martin Is Definitely Publishing At Least One Story This Year
...it's just not the one we'd hoped for.
A few days ago, the news broke that George R.R. Martin would be releasing a new story set in the world of Game of Thrones. Gardner Dozois is publishing an anthology called #TheBookOfSwords, which will feature one brand new story from his pal Martin, called "The Sons of the Dragon." Martin gave this description of the story on his blog:
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. 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. As the title suggests, "The Sons of the Dragon" chronicles the reigns of the second and third Targaryen kings, Aenys I and Maegor the Cruel, along with their mothers, wives, sisters, children, friends, enemies, and rivals. If you're read something to that effect on the web, good, that much is right.
Before you get angry with Martin for letting his attention wander from finishing #ASongOfIceAndFire, "The Sons of the Dragon" actually came out of the "fake history" Martin had written for The World of Ice and Fire Anthology, which was too abundant to fit into the book:
So we pulled [all the sidebars of extra Westerosi history] out, including only severely abridged versions of the main events in THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE. The full versions, much longer and unabridged, will eventually be published in a fake history tome to be called FIRE & BLOOD (and sometimes just the GRRMarillion), but since that one is years away, I included excerpts (again abridged, though not as severely) in DANGEROUS WOMEN and ROGUES. That's where "The Princess and the Queen" and "The Rogue Prince" came from. "The Sons of the Dragon" came from the same place. Gardner asked me for a story. I told him I did not have the time to write a story. He asked if perhaps I had more like "The Princess and the Queen" lying about... as it happened, I did.
So this means we can expect an even bigger, better, World of Ice & Fire Extended Anthology at some point? Maybe? After The Winds of Winter, of course. In the mean time, we can expect at least one new story set in the world of Game of Thrones, available on October 10, 2017. According to Amazon, Book of Swords will contain:
Fifteen original tales celebrating fantasy’s golden age of sword and sorcery, including a new story from George R. R. Martin set in the world of 'A Game of Thrones'!
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Maybe This Year? Martin Teases 'The Winds Of Winter' Is On Its Way
From time to time, Martin reassures his hordes of followers that yes, he is still working away on The Winds of Winter and we will be able to read it one day. Now, in response to the plea of one desperate fan on his blog, Martin has issued yet another vaguely reassuring statement that he "thinks" The Winds of Winter will be out in 2017:
Not done yet, but I've made progress. But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now. I think it will be out this year. (But hey, I thought the same thing last year).
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