George R.R. Martin has just announced his latest book release. Unfortunately, it’s not the highly anticipated The Winds of Winter, instead of a retelling of the history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros, titled Fire & Blood. Due to be released by HarperCollins Voyager on November 20th, 2018.
Many of us have been eagerly waiting for The Winds of Winter, although I enjoyed A Song of Ice and Fire series, I’m a huge fan (as many of us are) of the HBO TV series. So I’m not too fussed that The Winds of Winter isn’t released yet. However, I am excited to hear Fire & Blood is finally being published later this year.
Since it was talked about a while back, I was eagerly anticipating this book’s release. The rise and fall of the Targaryen family have always fascinated me. I always had a keen interest in the legendary stories of a fantasy world, sometimes more than the actual main novel series.
It is a shame to hear this book won’t actually be a novel with a traditional narrative. Instead, it will be in the similar fashion as The World of Ice and Fire book. The history will be retold and documented by the archmaester Gyldayn.
This book will cover the first Targaryen king Aegon the Conqueror his rise to power, including Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I (the Conciliator), Viserys I, Aegon II (and Rhaenyra) and Aegon III (the Regency), and there will be loads of dragons promised in this book.
I do love dragons.
Portions of this book will have been published someplace else and many fans will likely already know the story of Aegon the Conqueror. Sections such as Aenys and Maegor was already published as Sons of the Dragon, earlier last year in the anthology book The Books of Swords. But this will be the first time, the history of the Targaryens will be told in full, unabridged texts, with new material, never before published any place else.
This book will contain a whopping 989 pages, as an added bonus this book will contain over 75 black and white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. I love illustrated books, it helps to bring the imaginative fantasy world to life. I expect this to be similar to the A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms book, accompanying artwork as the story unfolds.
The book ends with Aegon III, but the Targaryen reign does not end there. So we can look forward to a volume two in the near future. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait years for it.
I am truly excited to read the full history of the Targaryens, with Doug Wheatley epic artwork. My tail was wagging when I first heard this was finally coming out.
This book will be released by HarperCollins Voyager in hardback format simultaneously in the US and UK on November 20th, 2018. I’ve already pre-ordered mine. You can grab a copy of it at the following places: