Sorry, Game of Thrones book readers, but George R.R. Martin still hasn’t given out any firm dates on when Winds of Winter might be ready. Luckily, there’s hundreds (if not thousands) of years of Westerosi history he can also cover in the meantime.
Martin announced on his personal blog that he would be writing another short story from the Game of Thrones world, his sixth to date. This one will be similar to The Princess and the Queen and The Rogue Prince, which both cover the family infighting of the Targaryen family that took place roughly 200 years before the Game of Thrones series picks the story back up.
“The Sons of the Dragon” is the title. 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.
That’s cool, George, but what about that other thing that fans have now been waiting six years (and counting) for? Anyway, Westeros has an amazingly complex and rich history, so new content is always welcome. But seriously George, please finish The Winds of Winter soon.