Hey, George R. R. Martin fans. It’s time to kiss your khaleesi and send out your raven. There’s a new Game of Thrones novella. We repeat: There’s a new Games of Thrones novella.
“The Princess and the Queen” (which details the Targaryen civil war some 200 years before the GoT story line you know and love) is one of 22 short stories in Dangerous Women, a new anthology Martin coedited with sci-fi pal Gardner Dozois.
The stories here come from best-selling genre authors like Sharon Kay Penman and Jim Butcher and span the worlds of fantasy, romance, crime and horror. The one unifying factor? They all feature strong and unrelenting women--from bandits and fighter pilots to queens and warriors.
In “My Heart Is Either Broken,” noir writer Megan Abbott chronicles a mother whose response to her missing daughter incenses her neighbors. In “The Girl in the Mirror,” Lev Grossman follows a teenage wizard with revenge on the brain. And in “Virgins,” historical-romance author Diana Gabaldon expands on her popular Outlander series with a story of forbidden love in 1740 Bordeaux.
From campy kitsch to literary fiction, there’s really something for everyone here (not just fantasy wonks), and we loved discovering new writers while also revisiting the old.
And on that note, get back to work, George. We need more Daenerys, stat.