In the event that you thought hanging around another year before premiere of HBO’s last season of Game of Thrones was bad enough, I’ve received even worse information for you, Thronies: George R. R. Martin has affirmed that another installment of the booklet series, Winds of Winter, is not developing in 2018. When will the long-awaited sixth book in the bestselling A Music of Ice and Hearth series hit shelves? There is still no formal publication time frame, but a fresh hardcover record of the Targaryens is reaching shelves this November.
On his writer website on Wednesday, A CASINO GAME of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin provided admirers the old very good news, bad news “No, winter is not arriving… not in 2018, at least,” he wrote of another and highly anticipated publication in his A Songs of Snow and Flame series. “You’re going to have to keep waiting for The Winds of Winter.” What won’t have to keep for is an in-depth history of one of the most powerful young families in Westeros, the Targaryens.
Not to be lost with Michael Wolff’s recent politics bestseller Hearth and Fury, Martin’s forthcoming Hearth and Blood is set 300 years before the events in A Game of Thrones and chronicles the reigns of the Targaryen kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon the Dragonbane. The thorough history will also explore the lives of those closest to the kings, including wives, children, siblings, allies, friends, and competitors, as well as examine any wars, laws, or political issues of the day. According to the author, visitors can also anticipate dragons, “loads of of dragons,” and some truly beautiful black and white illustrations by designer Doug Wheatley throughout the booklet Martin is contacting an “imaginary background” of Westeros.
Fire and Bloodstream: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, illustrated by Doug Wheatley, $27, Amazon
While it will be rich with reports from the world of Game of Thrones, Fireplace and Blood, Martin insists, is not a novel, but instead his own “version of Tolkien’s mammoth history of Middle Earth.” In this case, Martin’s record of Westeros targets the Targaryens, from the first times of Aegon’s Conquest to the final bloody fights of Robert’s Rebellion and the five kings — and one queen — who sat on the Iron Throne between them. Servings of Hearth and Blood vessels have previously made an appearance online and in other books, corresponding to Martin, but the massive 989 page e book is also filled up with new, never before seen material. Compiled by Archmaester Gyldayn, one of the kingdom’s most respected maesters at the Citadel, the considerable history will include information about the reign of Aegon I’s sons, Aenys and Maegor, as well as details about the have difficulties over succession following Jaehaerys I, reviews from the brief rule of the first female to ever sit on the Iron Throne, therefore much more.
— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) April 25, 2018
In September, reviews surfaced that certain of both prepared Game of Thrones spin-offs might be about House Targaryen, and many enthusiasts already are speculating that Flames and Blood may be the source material for the new show. In responding to the question he recognizes many visitors have, Martin explained “Really the only answer I could give is… ah, well, nobody is sure yet, and in any case, I am not allowed to state. So let’s move that to the side.”
Between the fall season release of Flames and Blood and its own planned second volume level, HBO’s Game of Thrones season eight return in 2019 and two future spin-offs, and the eventual release of Winds of Winter, Thronies can be confident that winter is approaching…. eventually.