God only knows when we might see another book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and by “god,” we mean, of course, George R.R. Martin.
But the author behind the hit HBO series Game of Thrones will offer us yet another story from the world of Westeros this October.
But it won’t be a new book. Instead, it will be part of an anthology from an old Martin friend Gardner Dozois called The Book of Swords.
Martin’s story, “The Sons of the Dragon,” comes from the same Westeros backstory as “The Princess and the Queen” in the Dangerous Women anthology as well as “The Rogue Prince” in the Rogues anthology, the author explained on his LiveJournal.
“It’s water from the same well. A history rather than a traditional narrative. A lot of telling, only a little showing. But if you’re fascinated by the politics of Westeros, as many of my readers seem to be, you should enjoy it.”
The book, Martin said, chronicles the reigns of the second and third Targaryen kings, Aenys I and Maegor the Cruel. It was originally intended to be a part of an illustrated concordance Martin was working on called The World of Ice & Fire, which was supposed to include some “sidebars” about the history of Westeros, the world in which Game of Thrones takes place.
“Actually, got rather carried away, until I found I had written 350,000 words of sidebars for a book that was supposed to have only 50,000 words of text. Since I had only reached the regency of Aegon III the Dragonbane, and largely skipped over Jaehaerys I the Conciliator, however, it became apparent that my sidebars were going to burst the book.”
So they were all pulled out, and pieces of them have found their way into other projects, especially the anthologies put together by Dozois.
“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 I sent him ‘The Sons of the Dragon,’ he liked it, and there we are.”
While the story has never been published before, Martin does admit he may have read it once or twice at conventions, although he can’t quite recall when and where.
And there is still more to come. Martin added he’s planning to create a fake history tome known as Fire & Blood, although anyone making plans to read that anytime soon should plan something else. Martin admitted that Fire & Blood is “years away.”
The seventh and penultimate season of Game of Thrones is expected later this year on HBO.
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