George R.R. Martin announced last week that a new book from the world of “Game of Thrones” will be released this year, but it’s not “The Winds of Winter” – the sixth chapter that fans have been not so patiently awaiting.
Instead, an “imaginary history” book on the Targaryen family and their political reign titled “Fire and Blood” will hit bookstore shelves on Nov. 20. The novel is set 300 years before the events of “A Song of Ice and Fire” and will detail “the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever,” according to Martin’s publishers, Bantam and Voyager.
“No, winter is not coming ... not in 2018, at least,” Martin said. “You’re going to have to keep waiting for The Winds of Winter. You will, however, be able to return to Westeros this year.”
The author first mentioned “Fire and Blood” last summer as one of two histories of Westeros he was writing. Martin has yet to release (or, perhaps, finish) the next book in his “Ice and Fire” chronicles, which spawned the HBO phenomenon. The show has now surpassed the events of Martin’s books.
“I do want to stress ... indeed, I want to shout ... that ‘Fire and Blood’ is not a novel,” Martin said of the faux history. “This is not a traditional narrative and was never intended to be ... let’s call this one ‘imaginary history’ instead. The essential point being the ‘history’ part.”
But Martin had a conciliatory note for “Thrones” and “Ice and Fire” worshipers while they distract themselves with his upcoming tome.
“As for me,” he said, “I’m returning once again to ‘The Winds of Winter.’”
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