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HarperVoyager announces Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin



300 Years before A Game of Thrones, Dragons Ruled Westeros

Ballantine Bantam Dell will publish FIRE AND BLOOD, a new book by George R. R. Martin, in the US and Canada on November 20, 2018, under his longtime US imprint Bantam Books. Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins, Martin’s longtime publisher in the UK, will publish FIRE AND BLOOD in the UK and Australia also on November 20, 2018. Martin’s longtime publishers in the following foreign territories will join in simultaneous publication, among them Penhaligon in Germany, Éditions Pygmalion in France, Arnoldo Mondadori in Italy, Penguin Random House in Mexico and South America, Luitingh-Sijthoff in the Netherlands, and Zysk i S-Ka in Poland, with more to be announced.

Set three-hundred years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, FIRE AND BLOOD, the first of two planned volumes, is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever. Readers may have glimpsed small parts of this narrative before, in The World of Ice and Fire and various anthologies, but the full tapestry of Martin’s history of the Targaryens is revealed here for the first time. Lavishly illustrated with over 75 all-new black and white portraits and scenes by artist Doug Wheatley, FIRE AND BLOOD will give readers a whole new appreciation for the fascinating history of Westeros and will be a must-have addition to every fan’s bookshelf.

“No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER. You will, however, be able to return to Westeros this year,” said George R. R. Martin. “I do want to stress… indeed, I want to shout… that FIRE & BLOOD is not a novel. This is not a traditional narrative and was never intended to be… let’s call this one imaginary history’ instead. The essential point being the ‘history’ part. I love reading popular histories myself, and that’s what I was aiming for here… As for me, I’m returning once again to THE WINDS OF WINTER.”

For foreign rights, contact Chris Lotts / the Lotts Agency, Ltd. at [email protected]m.

Issued by:

UK: Liz Dawson, PR Director. E: [email protected]

US: David Moench, Deputy Director of Publicity. E: [email protected]

AU: Sarah Barrett, Campaign Manager E: [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

About Ballantine Bantam Dell:

Ballantine Bantam Dell is an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade-book publisher, whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG.

About HarperVoyager:

HarperVoyager is an imprint of HarperCollins UK, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with a 200-year-old history and operations in 18 countries.


April 26, 2018


HarperVoyager announces Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin


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