Are you a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series? If so, do you like the Targaryens? If so, here, have some good news: George R.R. Martin is releasing a novella about the Targaryen Civil War in an upcoming anthology called Dangerous Women. Called The Princess and the Queen, Martin describes it as the “true (mostly) story of the origins of the Dance of the Dragons.”
If you need a quick refresher on the history of Westeros, the Dance of the Dragons took place several hundred years before the start of Game of Thrones and centered around Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and her half-brother Prince Aegon II. Their father put in his will that Rhaenyra should succeed him, but Aegon was crowned instead, kicking off a bloody civil war that involved dragons, death, treachery, and boatloads of bat-guano craziness.
I’m making an assumption on that last one, but… c’mon, it’s the Targaryens. “Madness and greatness were two sides of the same coin and every time a new Targaryen was born, the gods would toss the coin in the air and the world would hold its breath to see how it would land.” If at least three people don’t get burned alive I’m going to be very let down.
Martin’s Dangerous Women story was originally going to be a fourth Dunk & Egg novella about the history of Winterfell, but I guess we’ll have to wait a bit longer for that. Other stories in the anthology will include Cecelia Holland‘s Nora’s Song, about Eleanor of Aquitaine; Bombshells, by Dresden Files writer Jim Butcher; and an Outlander novella by Diana Gabaldon. The entire table of contents can be found on Martin’s blog.
Though at first this news had me positively aflame, I’ve somewhat cooled off since. A novella about Rhaenyra Targaryen sounds amazing, but… George, isn’t there something else you should be writing? Some larger undertaking a lot of people want you to finish in the next few years? Like a book or something?