An intriguing excerpt from George R.R. Martin’s brand-new Game of Thrones prequel story has been released!
The prequel story is set during an event in Westeros' history referred to as the Dance of the Dragons, and Martin's whopping 30,000-word novella is titled “The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens.”
It is, in Martin’s own words, “a history (somewhat abridged) of the Dance of the Dragons, as set down by a maester of the Citadel.” Martin then humorously reveals that: “The full 80,000 word account of the Dance will eventually appear in a book, as yet untitled, that we're calling the GRRMarillion.”
For the lay people among us, the Dance of the Dragons was a civil war that took place during Targaryen rule. It was a war of succession between Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra for their father Viserys the first of his name’s throne. The war lasted between 129AL and 131AL. Both Aegon II and Rhaenyra died, and the throne passed on to her son, Aegon III.
The story is part of an anthology of short stories from famous genre authors titled Dangerous Women that’ll be published by Tor.com on Dec. 3, 2013. Martin’s novella will be—fittingly enough—the last story of the book.
Edited by Martin himself and by Gardner Dozois, Dangerous Women boasts 21 short stories spawned from the minds of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Carrie Vaughn, Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden), Diana Rowland and Sherilynn Kenyon, among other notable sci-fi and fantasy writers.
So, without further ado, head over here to read the excerpt from Martin’s “The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens.”
In the meanwhile, we’re keeping our toes and fingers crossed that Martin is actually writing like the wind on The Winds of Winter.