News on another of Martin’s side stories via The Guardian. As interesting as it is to get more backstory, I don’t find these historical novellas to be as good as the Dunk and Egg stories. Plus, there is the whole, not finished with the main series yet thing.
‘Carried away’ … George RR Martin. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin has revealed details of a new short story set in his Westeros universe, focused on the bloody and incestuous Targaryen family history.
The Sons of the Dragon will be published in a fantasy anthology called The Book of Swords in October. Chronicling the reigns of the second and third Targaryen kings, Aenys I and Maegor the Cruel, the story will also explore what happened to their families, friends and enemies during their time in power.
In the world of Westeros, both kings reigned roughly 250 years before the main storyline of Game of Thrones begins, when their descendent Daenerys begins her attempt to reclaim power.
In the Game of Thrones reference book The World of Ice and Fire, written in the voice of historian Yandel, Aenys I is described as being a dreamer, alchemist and womaniser. Weak and indecisive as a ruler, Aenys flees the throne in the midst of a religious uprising, spawned from the populace’s disgust at his having arranged the marriage of his son and daughter to one another. His half-brother, Maegor, inherits the throne and embarks on a series of brutal acts of revenge on those who question his right to rule, using torture, execution and his enormous dragon to keep would-be dissenters in line.
“He is better remembered as Maegor the Cruel, and it was a well-earned sobriquet, for no crueller king ever sat the Iron Throne,” Yandel writes. “His reign began with blood and ended in blood.”