Game of Thrones Season 8 isn’t coming out in 2018. As Geroge R. R. Martin recently revealed, The Winds of Winter, next book in the ASOIAF series, isn’t coming out in 2018, either. So what are we getting this year? Well, the answer isn’t as satisfying as any of the two mentioned above would have been, but we’re getting a book on Targaryen history. The first volume of Fire and Blood, is all set to arrive this year, and now George has revealed the release date, cover, and a few more interesting bits. Read on!
George recently took to his Not a Blog to talk about Fire and Blood Volume 1, and although he did talk a fair bit about The Winds of Winter, the post was about Fire and Blood. The book will be released on November 20, in the US and the UK. Check out the cover of the book, below:
— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) April 25, 2018
…a closer look:
— Adam Whitehead (@Werthead) April 25, 2018
Fire and Blood, Volume 1, or as the full title goes, Fire and Blood: A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III as scribed by Archmaester Gyldayn, will be 989 pages long, and fully illustrated, with over 75 black & white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. George made it clear that this book isn’t a novel, and will be written like a history book. So how much of Targaryen action are we getting? Here’s a list, by George himself:
“This first volume covers all the Targaryen kings from Aegon I (the Conquerer) to the regency of Aegon III (the Dragonbane), along with their wives, wars, siblings, children, friends, rivals, laws, travels, and sundry other matters. For those not up on your Westerosi history, that’s Aegon I, Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I (the Conciliator), Viserys I, Aegon II (and Rhaenyra), and Aegon III (the regency). Oh, and there are dragons too. Lots of dragons.”
We can’t wait! George also addressed questions about whether the prequel series will have links to Fire and Blood, and provided a ‘we’ll have to see’ answer. What do you think? Excited?Talk to us in the comments, down below!