George R.R. Martin Officially Reveals a New Title for his Story

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A lot of rumors are circling the past few months about George R.R. Martin’s new book connected with the universe of A Song of Ice and Fire.

The fans were talking about a new addition from the Dunk & Egg series, or something new from The Winds of Winter. Some of them even mentioned a new book from the history of Westeros, called “The princess and the Queen”

However a blog entry was recently published by Martin with details about his new work and with that ending all the rumors. He explains that the story in Book of Swords will be in fact “The Sons of the Dragon”, a history about the Targaryen. For those of you who are already familiar with George R. R. Martin’s work, this is a story first read in 2014 at LonCon.

 This is what Martin had to say:

“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.”

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The history about the Targaryans was started years ago, as part of “The World of Ice and Fire” and after figuring out that it’s too much, he took out a large part of the story. Those stories will be presented as a new book called ‘Fire and Blood.’

Here is the lineup for Book of Swords which was also shared In Martin’s blog entry:

Introduction by Gardner Dozois

THE BEST MAN WINS, by K.J. Parker

HIS FATHER’S SWORD, by Robin Hobb

THE HIDDEN GIRL, by Ken Liu

THE SWORD OF DESTINY, by Matthew Hughes

“I AM A HANDSOME MAN,” SAID APOLLO CROW, by Kate Elliott

THE TRIUMPH OF VIRTUE, by Walter Jon Williams

THE MOCKING TOWER, by Daniel Abraham

HRUNTING, by C.J. Cherryh

A LONG, COLD TRAIL, by Garth Nix

WHEN I WAS A HIGHWAYMAN, by Ellen Kushner

THE SMOKE OF GOLD IS GLORY by Scott Lynch

THE COLGRID CONUNDRUM, by Rich Larson

THE KING’S EVIL, by Elizabeth Bear

WATERFALLING, by Lavie Tidhar

THE SWORD TYRASTE, by Cecelia Holland

THE SONS OF THE DRAGON, by George R.R. Martin

Book of Swords is expected to hit the stores October 2017 in hardcover.

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