While Game of Thrones is currently filming for Season 7, George R.R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of books on which Game of Thrones is based, is writing the sixth book in the series. The TV series has now surpassed the books in terms of the storyline, and we have heard that the next book, The Winds of Winter, might release this year. However, we have one good news now. A recent report said that we’re getting a new short story set in the same universe, from George R. R. Martin, this year, and now, GRRM has revealed the name and some details about the story. Read on!
The story will be a part of a new anthology collection by author Gardner Raymond Dozois, who has worked with George before, on quite a few projects. George published a post on his Not A Blog, talking about this new anthology.
The anthology will be titled The Book of Swords, and George’s story will be a venture into the Targaryen history, titled “The Sons of the Dragon.” The story isn’t entirely new, and has been previously read at LonCon in 2014.
Martin said :
“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.”
George has written quite a bit of history, especially Targaryen history, which he decided not to put into the original series. He has promised to reveal the cover art for the book when he gets a hold of it.
George R. R. Martin also announced the full line-up for Book of Swords. Check it below :
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 set to release on October 10th, of this year. Check out the Amazon listing of the book, here. We’ll be buying a copy as soon as it releases. What about you? Talk to us in the comments, below!