Hey, read any good books lately? If not, I have a suggestion for a new one from renowned author, George R. R. Martin — you’ve heard of him, maybe? — and it’s set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Hang on, hang on … it’s probably not the one you’re thinking of. The one you’ve been waiting for …
… yeah, it’s not the one after 2011’s A Dance with Dragons, not the one that we’ve been anticipating oh, ’round about seven years.
It’s NOT The Winds of Winter.
Good news, though; like I said, the book is set in the Ice and Fire universe, and it’s about the Targaryen kings — the first volume of what Martin calls Fire and Blood, and describes thusly:
Yes, most of FIRE & BLOOD consists of the ‘sidebars’ I originally wrote for THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE. Abridged versions of some of those pieces appeared as ‘The Princess and the Queen,’ ‘The Rogue Prince,’ and ‘The Sons of the Dragon,’ but these are the full versions, together with some chapters that have never appeared anywhere.”
And don’t despair, because George did mention — indirectly — The Winds of Winter when asked if Fire and Blood would be published — planned for 2018 — in relation to that book, and while he didn’t give an exact date …
… he did kinda sorta approximate.
F&B will be in two volumes. Vol 1 before, vol 2 after.”
So there we have it; 2018 should see Fire and Blood Volume I, after which The Winds of Winter, Fire and Blood Volume 2 will be released. So, maybe 2019?