I can already hear your cries of nerdy outrage, “But-but-but- The Winds of Winter doesn’t even have a release date, yet!!! How can he possibly even consider writing another book! Let alone another book within the A Song of Ice and Fire series!!” Okay, chill. We don’t want to anger the mighty George R.R. Martin, he holds the fate of so many beloved characters in his hands. And he sure loves killing characters. This prequel is a novella titled “The Princess and the Queen.” It’ll be released in an anthology with other authors’ work called Dangerous Women. Release date unknown, but let’s hope it’s before Winds of Winter. Or, y’know, I’d be okay with after as long as that means we’ll be reading Winds of Winter some time this year. Come on, George!
So once your rage over GRRM writing anything other than The Winds of Winter has dissipated, would you like to hear what “The Princess and the Queen” is about? It’ll focus on the Targaryen Civil War, the Dance of the Dragons – not to be confused with the fifth book in ASOIAF, A Dance with Dragons. The civil war went basically like this: when King Viserys I died he chose his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra, to succeed him. Disobeying this death wish was Ser Criston Cole, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, soon to be “The Kingmaker,” who chose Rhaenyra’s half-brother, Aegon, to be King, and civil war broke out. It was Targaryen versus Targaryen, and more importantly, dragon versus dragon. In the end Aegon won and was crowned Aegon II. Rhaenyra captured and eaten by Aegon II’s dragon, while her son, also named Aegon watched. Aegon II died soon after and since he left no heir, Rhaenyra’s son was crowned Aegon III.
That’s as much as we’ve known about this dance of the dragons, but “The Princess and the Queen,” as GRRM stated on his blog, will reveal, “the true (mostly) story of the origins of the Dance of the Dragons.”
What are you thinking? Excited to learn about a critical point in Westerosi history? Or would you rather just see The Winds of Winter release, like, now? I know I’m desperate for Winds of Winter, but I’ll also take what I can get. And anything Targaryen is fine by me. Fire and Blood, baby!