Rejoice, “Sport of Thrones” followers. We nonetheless have to attend till 2019 for the ultimate season of the TV sequence, however if you happen to want one thing to tide you over — not solely are two books that delve into the historical past of the Targaryens in Westeros on the way in which. However certainly one of them, “Hearth and Blood,” is out in November, and creator George R.R. Martin has posted an excerpt from it on his weblog.
A number of the fabric has been seen already, Martin acknowledges, however there are however “a whole bunch” of pages of fabric that he says have by no means appeared earlier than anyplace (“in any kind, abridged or unabridged”).
Per the GoT information website Winter is Coming, the just lately launched portion tells the story of Queen Alysanne Targaryen and a visit to the North she made greater than 200 years earlier than the occasions specified by “Sport of Thrones.” Right here, she meets the tightly wound lord of Winterfell Alaric Stark, who growls at one level about, you realize, winter coming.
With out additional adieu:
“Her reception at Winterfell did nothing to disabuse the queen’s fears as to what she may anticipate from Home Stark. Even earlier than dismounting to bend the knee, Lord Alaric regarded askance at Her Grace’s clothes and stated, ‘I hope you introduced one thing hotter than that.’ He then proceeded to declare that he didn’t need her dragon inside his partitions. ‘I’ve not seen Harrenhal, however I do know what occurred there.’ Her knights and girls he would obtain once they received right here, ‘and the king too, if he can discover the way in which,’ however they need to not overstay their welcome. ‘That is the North, and winter is coming. We can’t feed a thousand males for lengthy.’ When the queen assured him that solely a tenth that quantity can be coming, Lord Alaric grunted and stated, ‘That’s good. Fewer can be even higher.’ As had been feared, he was plainly sad that King Jaehaerys had not deigned to accompany her, and confessed to being unsure methods to entertain a queen. ‘In case you are anticipating balls and masques and dances, you might have come to the improper place.’”
There’s additionally this intriguing bit from Archmaester Gyldayn, writing about what occurred when Alysanne took her dragon, Silverwing, to Citadel Black. On this excerpt, we see a dragon refusing to cross the Wall. “Clearly,” the oldsters at Winter is Coming observe, “no matter was stopping Silverwing didn’t cease Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion when Daenerys took them past the Wall in season 7, a lot to the horror of everybody who isn’t the Evening King. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see if this wrinkle will change the story when Martin will get to that time in his Track of Ice and Hearth novels.”
“The lads of the Evening’s Watch have been as thunderstruck by the queen’s dragon because the individuals of White Harbor had been, although the queen herself famous that Silverwing ‘doesn’t like this Wall.’ Although it was summer time and the Wall was weeping, the nippiness of the ice may nonetheless be felt each time the wind blew, and each gust would make the dragon hiss and snap. ‘Thrice I flew Silverwing excessive above Citadel Black, and thrice I attempted to take her north past the Wall,’ Alysanne wrote to Jaehaerys, ‘however each time she veered again south once more and refused to go. By no means earlier than has she refused to take me the place I needed to go. I laughed about it once I got here down once more, so the black brothers wouldn’t understand something was amiss, however it troubled me then and it troubles me nonetheless.’”