Legendary author George R.R. Martin is legendarily slow when it comes to writing the A Song of Fire and Ice series. While there was just three years and one year between his first and second and second and third books, respectively, there was six years between his fourth and his fifth book, which came out in 2011. Seven years on, his sixth book, The Winds of Winter, is nowhere in sight.
But R.R. Martin fans rejoice as the author will release a new book in 2018. Fire and Blood will tell the story of the Targaryen kings of Westeros. The 989-page book also features illustrations by Doug Wheatley.
The book's description is pulled from R.R. Martin's blog.
This first volume covers all the Targaryen kings from Aegon I (the Conquerer) to the regency of Aegon III (the Dragonbane), along with their wives, wars, siblings, children, friends, rivals, laws, travels, and sundry other matters. For those not up on your Westerosi history, that's Aegon I, Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I (the Conciliator), Viserys I, Aegon II (and Rhaenyra), and Aegon III (the regency). Oh, and there are dragons too.
Lots of dragons.
Of course, the story doesn't end with the regents of Aegon III. There is a lot more history to come, and Archmaester Gyldayn will get to all that too, in FIRE & BLOOD, Volume Two. But that one is a few years down the pike. So don't get impatient. Gyldayn will get to it eventually, but he's old, and so am I, and we both have other projects to tend to as well. The Citadel puts a lot of demands on an archmaester's time.
Oh, and I almost forgot the best part: FIRE AND BLOOD will be illustrated throughout. No, it won't be a huge coffee table book with art on every page, like A WORLD OF ICE & FIRE... but there will be lots of lots of interior artwork. Think more along the lines of the special anniversary edition of A GAME OF THRONES that we did a few years ago, or the gorgeous hardcover of A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, the Dunk & Egg collection. We'll have more than 75 black & white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley.
Fire and Blood is set to release in hardcover November 20.