– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Yeah, I know. This likely isn’t the teaser you’re looking for on both fronts. Upon glancing at the headline, you may have thought this was a teaser for the impending Game of Thrones prequel series from HBO (it’s not), and you may have even been lamenting that this has nothing to do with the perpetually-delayed Winds of Winter novel, which is the next in the Song of Ice and Fire from George R.R. Martin.

Instead, Martin took to Facebook to show off a teaser for Fire and Blood. This is a book that takes place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones — when dragons roamed Westeros. Check it out below:

Here is what you can expect from the book, based on the synopsis from Amazon:

“With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.”

Given how down-to-earth the Song of Ice and Fire series, Fire and Blood seems like a project that would give fans everything they want…had they not already been waiting for The Winds of Winter. Do you think this functions well enough as a placeholder? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Fire and Blood hits bookstores on November 20, 2018.

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SOURCE: George R.R. Martin

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.