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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).


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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You're out of date, and that was never the actual title.
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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.
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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)
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