George R. R. Martin has revealed the release date, as well as the pretty hot cover for his new Game of Thrones-related book Fire & Blood.

Writing on his Not A Blog-blog today, Martin announced that Fire & Blood will be released on Nov. 20 of this year. Fire & Blood is the first of two volumes expounding on the history of House Targaryen.

“This first volume covers all the Targaryen kings from Aegon I (the Conquerer) to the regency of Aegon III (the Dragonbane), along with their wives, wars, siblings, children, friends, rivals, laws, travels, and sundry other matters,” Martin writes. “Oh, and there are dragons too. Lots of dragons.”

Though fully illustrated, Martin cautions that Fire & Blood is “not a novel.”

“This is not a traditional narrative and was never intended to be,” he says, dubbing the book “imaginary history.”

“The essential point being the ‘history’ part. I love reading popular histories myself, and that’s what I was aiming for here. Not historical fiction, not fantasy, no… but something more akin to Thomas B. Costain’s monumental (and wonderfully entertaining) four-volume history of the Plantagenets. (But with dragons. Did I mention the dragons?)”

Yes, George, you did.

So what can fans expect in Fire & Blood?

“Battles, bloodshed, betrayals, love, lust, horror, religious wars, politics, incest, historical revisionism,” Martin promises. “All the fun stuff” from which history and fiction are made.

George R. R. Martin also adds two little teases for the future of Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire.

“As most of you know, HBO is presently developing a number of different prequels to Game of Thrones,” he writes. I know I am going to be asked whether those shows are going to be based on material from Fire & Blood. It’s a logical question. The only answer I can give is… ah, well, no one is sure yet, and anyway, I am not allowed to say.”

I don’t know about you, but that sounds dangerously close to a “Yes” to me.

And what about The Winds of Winter, the desperately-awaited sixth installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series?

“Archmaester Gyldayn is hanging up his quill for a while,” Martin says of the fictional author of Westeros’s extensive histories. “As for me, I’m returning once again to The Winds of Winter.”

Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin will be released on Nov. 20, 2018.

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