The next installment in the series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ (the Winds of Winter) might be miles away but, George R. R. Martin’s new book isn’t. Earlier announced, George’s new book ‘Fire and Blood’ is a book foretelling some unknown parts of Targaryen history and is all set to release on 20th of November. Also, the book will be released in many variants with new covers for each.
What’s known about the new book is that it is an account of Targaryen history ranging from Aegon Targaryen’s conquest of Westeros to the Dance of Dragons – the Targaryen civil war. The book’s first cover (designed by Doug Wheatley) was revealed back in April by George himself via his Twitter account with the caption:
“FIRE & BLOOD, the history of the Targaryens, will be releasing in hardcover on November 20! Read more about it in my blog post: http://ow.ly/BYwt30jFYoK #FireandBlood”
— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) April 25, 2018
George also had teased a sneak-peak of the book on his blog:
“I’ve seen the archmaester’s manuscript. Since it was handwritten on vellum with a quill pen, he required my help in transcribing the text to a more modern format: WordStar 4.0, on a DOS computer. Took a while, but a few weeks ago I was able to ship it off to my editors on both sides of the Atlantic, and to my foreign representatives for all my publishers around the world. Some of my foreign publishers will be releasing their editions simultaneously with the US and UK hardbacks; others may need to wait for translation from the Common Tongue.”
“It’s a hefty book, almost a thousand manuscript pages (okay, 989, if you want to be precise). That’s not quite as long as A GAME OF THRONES or any of the later volumes in A SONG FOR ICE AND FIRE, but there’s a lot of reading there, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.”
“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.”
But recently enough, he presented us with a brand new cover art for the Brazilian version his book via his Twitter account:
— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) September 21, 2018
Additionally, Subterranean Press too released their version of the book cover via their Twitter account:
Who wants a sneak peek at a little something we're working on with @GRRMspeaking? You do?
FEAST YOUR EYES.
(More details to come!) pic.twitter.com/b9PDvLUGeE
— SubPress (@SubPress) September 18, 2018
Moreover, there is a new European version of the book underway with a new book cover too. Check out the teaser for the book shared on Facebook, here:
Which of these book covers did you like the most? And, tell us in the comments section how excited you are for the ‘Fire and Blood’ series?
Game of Thrones fans react to Jon Snow and Ghost’s reunion in the series finale
Game of Thrones pulled off a sneaky on us. In the fourth episode Season 8, we saw Jon Snow leave Ghost without petting him. In the series finale, Season 8 episode 6, “The Iron Throne“, we saw Jon reunite with Ghost, and the fans loved it. Read on!
Jon had earlier sent Ghost with Tormund to the real North, while he was leaving Winterfell, and he didn’t even pet him. This had upset a lot of fans. However in the series finale, we saw Ghost waiting for Jon at the Wall, and they reunite, resulting in our good boy getting a long pet. The fans took to Twitter to appreciate this:
— noel (@tonyysteve) May 20, 2019
— wisē (@Wise809) May 20, 2019
— My_maruchan (@my_maruchan) May 20, 2019
— Chase (@ChaseOzzy) May 20, 2019
— angelik (@angelikelswick) May 20, 2019
— Shreyan Shetty (@ShettyShreyan) May 20, 2019
— Temi (@tehreem_tariq13) May 20, 2019
— Justin (@JDab113) May 20, 2019
me: wow this is riddled with easily resolved plot holes and strange narrative inconsistencie—
*Jon reunites with Ghost*
me: good episode imo
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) May 20, 2019
Jon Snow and Ghost reunited:
My Emotions: pic.twitter.com/mkSGerCdqj
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) May 20, 2019
How did you react to Jon reuniting with Ghost and finally petting him? Tell us in the comments, down below!
Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream
Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.
This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).
“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.
She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.
Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.
Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!
In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council
By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.
This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!
In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.
Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.
Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.
In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.
With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not, interesting times ahead for Westeros!
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