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Coming this fall: New story from George R.R. Martin set in the world of A Game of Thrones

Happy news, friends: we’re getting a new story from A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin this fall. It’ll be included in a new anthology book called Book of Swords. According to the blurb on Amazon, it’ll feature “[f]ifteen original tales celebrating fantasy’s golden age of sword and sorcery, including a new story from George R. R. Martin set in the world of A Game of Thrones!”


The book is edited by Gardner Dozois, who has worked with Martin before. He contributed a story called The Princess and the Queen to a 2013 anthology called Dangerous Women and a story called The Rogue Prince to a 2014 book called Rogues. Both of those stories pertained to the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, an event briefly mentioned by poor Shireen Barathron shortly before her death. Furthermore, both were much longer in their original drafts—for example, the full version of the The Princess and the Queen was 80,000 words, but only 30,000 made it into Dangerous Women.

It’s likely that Martin will incorporate this cut material, not to mention stuff cut from The World of Ice and Fire and elsewhere, into a planned full history of the Targaryen history called Fire or Blood (or the GRRMarillion, its affectionate nickname among fans). We know that Fire and Blood will include an account of the lives of Aenys I Targaryen and Maegor I Targaryen (aka Maegor the Cruel), the two sons of Aegon the Conqueror. That story is called The Sons of the Dragon, and we could see it, or an abridged version of it, turning up in Book of Swords.

Martin actually read The Sons of the Dragon at 2014’s London Con. It chronicles Aenys’ unpopular rule following the death of Aegon, before following his father to the grave just five years later under mysterious circumstances. Aenys’ death allowed Maegor the Cruel to ascend to the Iron Throne. His reign was marked by death, betrayal and violence.

Another possibility: a new entry Martin’s the Tales of Dunk and Egg, Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire prequel series. Set roughly one hundred years before A Game of Thrones, these stories follow the adventures of hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall and his faithful squire Egg, who is actually a Targaryen prince. Martin has released three novellas in the series thus far (they’re bundled as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms), and a fourth called The She-Wolves of Winterfell is said to be in progress. However, Martin had promised to set aside work on Dunk and Egg until he’s done with The Winds of Winter, so it’s not a strong contender.

There’s also the possibility that it can be a chapter directly from The Winds of Winter, either something Martin has already released or something new, but we wouldn’t hold our breath.

Of course, we can’t help but wonder if this release signals that The Winds of Winter is nearing completion. Martin recently wrote that he thinks the book will be out this year, and if Winds was released around the same time as Book of Swords, it could give the latter a nice sales boost. Are the publishers coordinating schedules here?

Book of Swords is set for release on October 17th, 2017.

h/t Reddit


  • *facepalm*
    Sure, I’ll be happy to read it and I’m quite sure this hasn’t taken too much time from Winds as well (mainly because he wouldn’t be writing it anyway), but still… *facepalm*

  • So glad this idiot is writing and publishing things that do not include The Winds of Winter. He’s a hypocrite of the highest order who is basically thumbing his nose at his fans.

    I personally doubt that WoW will be published before the end of the TV series, and I doubt that book 7 will ever be published.

  • Some of you fans are so dumb, this shit has probably been written for years, it’s not like in the past couple of months he threw winds of winter across the room and said “wait i gotta write some other shit”, don’t any of you know how publishing works especially when you’re taking an excerpt of a story part of a bigger picture?

  • I will make a bet GRRM is writing on TWOW and ADOS both.

    GRRM will publish both books as soon as the HBO show is about done.

    My guess is, GRRM gave the story a totally different direction as planned originally.

    HBO uses his/the old storyline and GRRM himself writes the two final books with a different storyline/ending/plot as originally planned.
    A twist in the story so to speak.

    Benioff and Weiss spent (two years back or so) a whole week planning the future of Game Of Thrones at GRRM’s house/estate, just to map out the rest of the storyline.

    That was when GRRM and B&W made this decision.

  • It’s probably old content, sure. But I don’t care, I’m not giving the old man a cent on any of these side projects. WoW please.

  • What a bunch of whiners. If you can’t wait, then go read something else or write your own stories. Writing is his career, not kissing your @$$. Myself, I’m glad to see more stories from ASOI&F released.

  • As eager as I am for TWoW, I’m excited for any GRRM ASOIAF short stories. I love Dunk & Egg and can’t wait for to read about their adventures in Winterfell, so that’s #1 on my wish list for this mystery tale. That being said…

    This new story is for a Book of Swords. How cool would it be if the tale is about DAWN, the mysterious Valerian sword of House Dayne????

  • I doubt most of the people taking this negatively have ever paid a cent for anything outside of the 5 main books. Like many others have said, if this is anything other than a chapter from Winds (which I think is about as likely TWoW & ADoS being released together 😏), it’s probably been done since before the World book was published. Some of you act like he’s actually running the projector at the Cocteau and doing it to spite you. Insignificant, miserable you. Part of me hopes you’re right.

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