Today is the day: The Rise of the Dragon has hit book shelves in many countries! It’s also available as an e-book ... and even as an audio book, read by the wonderful Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen in Game of Thrones) which is a particular honor since we’re huge fans of his. We’ve been amazed by the positive response online, especially at the various art previews, and we have to say we owe a lot to all the artists who worked hard to make this what this is. There’s a lot of promotion going on, but one we particularly enjoyed is this trailer from our terrific UK publisher, Harper Voyager:
In the lead up to today’s release, George R.R. Martin took part in an online event where he spoke with friend and author David Anthony Durham to promote the book as well as House of the Dragon. While the stream has not been publicly released as of yet, read below for some of our realtime tweeting of some choice remarks and information from George… including an update on progress on The Winds of Winter!
Watching the livestreamed @GRRMspeaking event for #TheRiseOftheDragon. He revealed that his preferred starting point for #HouseOftheDragon... would have been about "the heir and the spare", showing both the love and rivalry of Jaehaerys's sons Aemon and Baelon(!!!) #FireandBlood— Elio & Linda (@westerosorg) October 24, 2022
During the stream, @GRRMspeaking reveals that the host, @DADShadowPrince, is writing the screenplay for @warnerbros Animation's #TheIceDragon (which, GRRM adds, is _not_ part of the Westeros setting). Been kicking around in development, so this is good news! Art by @kemar74 pic.twitter.com/QvzbJZcScm— Elio & Linda (@westerosorg) October 25, 2022
More livestream talk: asked about characters that he wish he could write more about, he names the Dragonknight, Nettles, and Aegon the Unworthy ("He's like the Henry VIIIth of Westeros, except worse.") https://t.co/qXnpbnnuWo #FireandBlood #ASoIaF #TheRiseOftheDragon— Elio & Linda (@westerosorg) October 25, 2022
George mentions that they're working on the Nine Voyages show, when discussing House Velaryon. Also, has a soft spot for House Blackwood & House Dayne, whose sword Dawn is "even more potent" than Valyrian steel. They have a "colorful, rich, mysterious, interesting background"— Elio & Linda (@westerosorg) October 25, 2022
From the livestream: @GRRMspeaking believes #TheWindsOfWinter will be longest in the series, and he thinks he's maybe 3/4th of the way done but can't predict when done. He recently re-read some chapters and decided they need to be rewritten, for example. But he's working on it!— Elio & Linda (@westerosorg) October 25, 2022