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Obligatory outrage at author George R.R. Martin writing anything other than The Winds of Winter aside, that A Song of Ice and Fire prequel we reported he was working on earlier in the year now has a release date. On December 3rd, Dangerous Women, an anthology of short stories from several, well known genre authors, of which Martin is also an editor, is releasing from Tor. Martin’s contribution is a short story entitled, “The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens,” and it serves as history of a very famous Westerosi event, the Dance of the Dragons.

The ASOIAF Wiki describes the Dance of Dragons as,

A war of succession between Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra over their father Viserys I’s throne, the war was fought from 129AL to 131AL. It saw the deaths of both rival monarchs, and the crowning of Rhaenyra’s son Aegon III.

And yes, there will be a quiz.

On his Not A Blog, Martin describes his retelling of the events as,

A history (somewhat abridged) of the Dance of the Dragons, as set down by a maester of the Citadel.

To get your very first taste of Martin’s account of Maester Archmaester Gyldayn version of the events head on over to Tor.com for an excerpt. But if that’s not enough, Martin teases,

The full 80,000 word account of the Dance will eventually appear in a book, as yet untitled, that we’re calling the GRRMarillion.

Ha! GRRMarillion. Hope he’s copyrighted that.

Dangerous Women releases later this year on December 3rd, and unsurprisingly, Martin’s story, “The Princess and the Queen, or, The Blacks and the Greens” will be the final story in the anthology. Think you’ll be snagging a copy? Or are you patiently awaiting The Winds of Winter? Oh, who am I kidding!? Is there anyone waiting for The Winds of Winter, patiently?

Source: Blastr

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