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Fire & Blood set to release in November

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Let's get the bad news out of the way first. George R. R. Martin has confirmed that The Winds of Winter will not be released in 2018.

But we won't have to wait long to read more about the Targaryens. GRRM's latest blog post has announced the release date of his newest book: Fire & Blood. Martin's long-teased compendium about the history of Westeros' most storied family will be available November 20, 2018. You can preorder it now.

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As GRRM explains, Fire & Blood will come in two volumes, the first of which will be released this November. (The second volume is still "a few years down the pike.") Here's what we can expect from Volume 1:

This first volume covers all the Targaryen kings from Aegon I (the Conquerer [sic]) 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.

Amazon lists the page count at 640, though we caution everyone not to take that as an official number. Nevertheless, GRRM confirms that Fire & Blood, Volume 1 will be just shy of A Game of Thrones' original manuscript length. That's still quite a lot of material, all of which seems to be good fodder for any potential HBO spinoff. But how much of the new book will be brand new content? We've already been told to expect some stories that were previously published in some fashion, either in The World of Ice & Fire or as part of an anthology. GRRM elaborates:

Portions of the book have previously appeared here and there. The chapter about Aegon's Conquest was published, pretty much as written, in THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE. The section about the reigns of Aegon's sons Aenys and Maegor came out last year as "Sons of the Dragon," in Gardner Dozois's anthology THE BOOK OF SWORDS, and an abridged version of same was in THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE. Material from the chapters about the struggle for succession after Jaehaerys I and the Dance of the Dragons after Viserys I was published in an abridged form as "The Rogue Prince" (in ROGUES) and "The Princess and the Queen" (in DANGEROUS WOMEN), and in a much more severely abridged form in THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE... but FIRE & BLOOD will mark the first time that full, unabridged texts of Archmaester Gyldayn's histories have been published. In addition, of course, there are hundreds of pages of new material which has never appeared before in any form, abridged or unabridged.

Fire & Blood, Volume 1 will also feature more than 75 original black-and-white illustrations from Doug Wheatley. It will be available on November 20 in both the US and the UK. Preorder it now.

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