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The Princess and the Queen

The final story in DANGEROUS WOMEN will be my own, a 30,000 word novella entitled "The Princess and the Queen," a history (somewhat abridged) of the Dance of the Dragons, as set down by a maester of the Citadel.

Tor.com has  uploaded a sample to their site.  You can find it here:



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


Jul. 30th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Wasn't the story supposed to be called "She-wolves of Winterfell"? The fourth installment of the "Hedge Knight" series? Or am I confusing something here?
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
You're out of date, and that was never the actual title.
Jul. 30th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Extremely curious - does this mean She-Wolves (or whatever it would have been called) is delayed, or that it's been scrapped altogether? Hopefully the former...

Mostly though, I'm just super excited about this new novella that's replaced it! I don't think I can resist checking out the sample you linked.
Jul. 30th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Dennis Staples
Jul. 31st, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Can we hear real working title yet?
Jul. 31st, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Don't have one.
Aug. 1st, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it, whatever the title shall be.
Jul. 30th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
the GRRMarillion

*laughs right out loud*
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
"... a book, as yet untitled, that we're calling the GRRMarillion"

I hope you realise that this will also entail further publication, after your death, of an eighteen volume collection of pretty much every rough draft you ever wrote and thought you'd thrown away. The sort of thing that JRRT scribbled on the back of some poor student's exam paper or a beer mat from the Eagle & Child that revealed that he once thought that 'Tinfang Warble'* was a good name for an elf.

I expect that in the first draft of Ice and Fire, all the good guys survived to the end of the series, Maester Aemon was called 'Hoppy Dingaling' and Tyrion was a strapping six-footer...

Great news about both "The Princess and the Queen" and the GRRMarillion though.

* The Book of Lost Tales, J.R.R. Tolkien, available from all good book stores. Yes, "Tinfang Warble", really.

Edited at 2013-07-30 05:02 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Wohletz
Jul. 30th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
This was such a good reply that I literally spit up coffee, on my royal keyboard...hahahahahaaaaa!
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
Blood Riders?
There seems to be some concern over a review mentioning the idea that Dragon Lords must have Targaryen blood to bond with dragons versus Valyrian blood which I think was mentioned in the asoiaf novels (aDwD possibly). Is this a case of unreliable narrator or unreliable reviewer?
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
Haha the GRRMarillion. Brilliant. I'm looking forward to the novella! (I think I'll hold off on the excerpt and wait for the whole thing.)
Rebecca Dornsife
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to read it!
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
I greatly enjoyed Tolkein's Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales as they gave a more in depth look into Tolkein's world. They read as actual events that had happened in history. Your PatQ reads very much the same. I enjoyed the preview and will be adding DW to my Xmas list. Looking forward to your GRRMariliion. In a universe that's already rich in detail as yours, it's exciting to see this is in the works. Good luck and thank you.
Fernando Pezo Fonseca
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
GRRMarillion is "The World of Ice and Fire"?? or is another book?
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
Well, it began as text for THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, but it grew much, much, much too long... so it will be a separate book (title yet to be determined), some years down the pike.
Azad Injejikian
Jul. 31st, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
I like GRRMarillion :)
Aug. 2nd, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
Still have Time for Chess ?
Aug. 2nd, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
Re: Chess
Not for many years.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
I just hope it gets even longer than that! I love the story, but I feel, from the small bits scattered along the books, that I will love even more the (fake) history. It is really amazing that such a rich and vivid account of this fascinating world is coming out of one man's mind. God bless Literature, God bless you! (I am pretty sure one day we'll find out that you actually have access to a secret dimensional gate, and have full access to the Citadel's libraries!)
Aug. 2nd, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Ah! Since the bulk of the text will be published in a different book, I hope this will ease some of the huge pressure on your shoulders (given that The World of Ice and Fire is scheduled for 2014), and that you may publish the GRRMArillion only when the whole story is over, so that you won't have to "cheat" anymore (http://grrm.livejournal.com/283248.html?thread=16157808#t16157808). :)

best regards from Brazil.
Nathan Wood
Jul. 30th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
I don't usually get anthologies, but now I have to know why Cole made the choice he did... a decision in spite of his sympathies, now I know why Jamie identifies with his story.
Jul. 30th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Everyone is tearing their hair off waiting for the 6th book and you now tease us with a new, separate book. You are an evil, evil man GRRM (and I mean that as a compliment).
James Gilson
Jul. 30th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
read please
I am literally shaking with excitement. we are doing a Westeros MOD for Totalwar at the moment and all these snippits are great for sub mods. i would like the opportunity to say thanks for all your hard work, i know that the plebians pester you to finish you books quickly, but personally i hope they never end. I personally feel that waiting for writing perfection is more relevant than a rushed ending.... your writing style is like nothing ever seen before and constantly changing, making you feel hate and love with every character. . i love the similarities between your world and medieval england being a history buff i constantly see a mirror of life heros died in every battle for good or evil they fell like all men and this message is portrayed in your skills as a writer. George RR Martin you are imprisoned in the never ending cycle of literacy greatness. May all your days be summer. James Gilson a pre-hbo fan
Jul. 30th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
So, The Princess and the Queen isn't a traditional prose story, then, but kind of like text from a Westerosi history book?
Jul. 30th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Yes. It is written in the "voice" of a somewhat opinionated maester.
Jul. 30th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
George, you've done it again! Now I'm sitting here desperate to read the rest of the story! Between waiting for The Winds of Winter, the fourth Dunk & Egg story, the next season of Game of Thrones, and now this, I feel like I spend most of my time wanting MORE GRRM!

Well, at least I still have a few more stories from Dreamsongs left to finish.
Bobby Cameron
Jul. 30th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
Excited for the story
Wow that was just enough of a "teaser" to get me excited. Sad face.
Jul. 30th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
Great stuff, George. Love anything and everything to do with the 'Seven Kingdoms mythos' (Ive and Fire, Dunk & Egg and beyond)
Jul. 31st, 2013 05:03 am (UTC)
GRRMarillion???? (wiping coffee off screen)

bad… Bad… BAD George!

(laughing maniacally)

Chris Visser
Jul. 31st, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
Great stuff!! I've been reading lots of your writing lately (other than ASOIAF)Dream Songs, Fevre Dream, Dying of the Light, Tuf Voyaging... the list goes on. Can't wait to add this one to my list!

Edited at 2013-08-01 03:47 pm (UTC)
Jul. 31st, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
quick question
In the appendix to Game of Thrones Viserys I is listed as GRANDSON to Jaehaerys I. Archmaester Gyldayn refers to Lord Lyman Beesbury, master of coin as “The ancient master of coin, who had served King Viserys for his entire reign, and his FATHER Jaehaerys the Old King before him…”. Is there something to be read into this? Unreliable narrator (Archmaester Gyldayn) along the lines of the Sansa-Hound kiss incident :) etc?
By the way, loved the excerpt.
John Simpkin
Aug. 1st, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
Will Fish or Steve Hogarth sing for GRRMarillion?
Aug. 1st, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry, don't get the reference.
Aug. 1st, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Fish and Steve Hogarth were members of the British rock band Marillion (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marillion), which of course sounds like GRRMarillion.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
Uh... no... it's a reference to JRRT's Simarillion.
John Simpkin
Aug. 2nd, 2013 10:18 am (UTC)
Aha! Being a huge fan of the band, my mind immediately went in that direction, but this makes more sense...Silmarillion, GRRMarillion...epic prequels :)

Loved the excerpt, by the way. Can't wait for more!
John Simpkin
Aug. 2nd, 2013 10:28 am (UTC)
Ok, just saw your blog entry from three years ago regarding the character. "I was tired of people assuming he was named after the band. I had never heard of the band when I named him, though I've heard a lot about them since." Sorry for bringing this up since it looks like you've been asked about it more than enough!
Jess Pedrosa Vidal
Aug. 3rd, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Proper Writing never gets old
" JRRT's Simarillion. "

SilmarilLion is JR's best book by far, but what do you think it's Clarke's best one ?
Aug. 13th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
The band Marillion
The British prog rock band Marillion took their name from Tolkien's Silmarillion. That was originally their name, but they shortened it to Marillion to avoid issues with the Tolkien estate

Their original incarnation (with singer Fish) was often compared favorably to the Peter Gabriel era Genesis. They released 4 studio albums between 1983 & 1987.
Aug. 1st, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
I think it's a reference to two members of this band (btw, a very good one)


Aug. 1st, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oh man, reading this excerpt made me impatient to read the rest! ;) Thanks a lot!

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

Aug. 2nd, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Aug. 5th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Viserys and Jaehaerys...
... are still grandfather and grandson, are they not?

The excerpt called Jaehaerys I Viserys' father during the section detailing the length of the term of office of Lord Beesbury.

I guess that's a mistake, isn't it? I just thought I should mention it so that it can be corrected for the publication.

We don't want to lose the mystery Targaryen generation, won't we ;-).

And the tease of the story really made us all very interested in this GRRMarillion stuff. Hopefully you can publish some of it before the series is complete. This whle back-and-forth-hint-thing between former eras and the main series is interesting, especially with another Dance of the Dragons on the horizon!
Aug. 14th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
question about Rhaeger
Hi Mr. Martin, i have read all the books so far in the Ice and Fire series, but what bothers me is the fact that Rhaeger is described as having been a tormented soul, a good man, loving his music, not enjoying killing at all and a contemplative person. Yet he kidnaps the sister of Eddard Stark. It seems totally out of character with the personality as you describe it in your books and it makes no sense to me. That would be more like an action for Robert the wild impulsive whore-mongering hedonist.Am i missing an important clue as to why he kidnapped Lyana Stark and unleashed war on Westeros?
Aug. 15th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Marwyn's accusation regarding the maesters and the death of the dragons
Is it coincidence that a Hightower queen was intimately involved in the Targaryen civil war which killed many of the dragons?
(Just spinning the theory because they both live in Old Town)

Looking forward to Dangerous Women.
Pedro Henrique Silva Rizzo
Aug. 19th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Just asking and telling - From Brazil
I'm a 15 years old reader from Brazil, and your books are getting really famous around here, and i must say: You are incredible, your books may seem huge, that's i was insecure about reading (I always feel like i need to finish, even if is boring), but know they look so small, i finished a year ago, can't imagined how is been someone that started reading when it first launched. I'm reading again, and usually spend whole afternoons in groups about it. What a saga (don't know if it's written right)! You're just awesome, and i admire you and your books, they are almost my politic bible. And some characters are so deep, and incredible, i love Sansa (please don't kill her, unless it will be as awesome as deaths are in your books)a and the martells, and dany, and jon, and arya... They are almost real people to me, and they kind of are, so realistic.
About the asking... PLEASE, don't kill another stark just because i'm asking:(although there aren't many left) would you post if possible more updates about how is the writing of winds of winter, don't need to rush (i know many are telling you that), but it's awful been in the dark.
PS: If you wanna some fun, read Brazil's most incredible author, MACHADO DE ASSIS.



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