Call this one a hunch. With The World of Ice and Fire scheduled to come out just before the holiday season this year, I’m feeling confident that The Winds of Winter will be released in October (maybe November), 2015. The stars just seem to be aligning right for this one. GRRM has been quiet, which means he is writing. Less promotional tours, less conferences, more writing. If he continues to spend his time in New Mexico, he could easily complete the book by year’s end and start the final editing and promotional process for a fall release.
So far, the response has been great. Both the physical and digital editions debuted on Amazon as #1 in Comics & Graphic Novels: Fantasy, ahead of many great works. And the physical edition rose to the Top 600 in Books.
The graphic novel of THE HEDGE KNIGHT also saw a boost, rising to #2 in Comics & Graphic Novels: Fantasy.
We were thrilled to receive a copy of The Hedge Knight for Christmas last year, and can’t wait to get The Sworn Sword as well. It’s hard to top The Mystery Knight for it’s Bloodraven content, but The Sworn Sword has some of our favorite dialogue in the Dunk and Egg series.
In this comic book/graphic novel adaptation set one hundred years before the events in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Sworn Sword follows the adventures of Ser Duncan and his squire, Egg, as they quest for honor and glory in the Seven Kingdoms.
After the deaths, surprises, and heroics in The Hedge Knight, Dunk and Egg continue their journey in search of the fair puppeteer Tanselle. Along the way, the elderly knight Ser Eustace takes both men under his charge, alongside another knight—and this one promises trouble. Peace is ever elusive for Dunk and Egg, as they are soon embroiled in the schemes of local nobility, while a darker, greater thread threatens to unravel long-held truths of the Battle of Redgrass Field.
In classic George R.R. Martin fashion, heroes and villains are never clear-cut, and political alliances threaten to slice the deepest. Yet one path lies ahead for Dunk and Egg: onward toward destiny. Join them as they venture along a now-familiar world but in a time all-new!
Collecting The Hedge Knight II: The Sworn Sword #1-6, this special edition comes packed with over twenty-five pages of bonus material!
In part 1, we examined how Hoster Tully’s penchant for making alliances secured House Tully as one of the preeminent houses in Westeros at the outset of the War of the Five Kings, and in part 2, we examined Hoster’s political talents. In Part 3, we turn to more personal matters. While Hoster had a talented hand at politics, his downfall and the downfall of his house would come from the hands of those who were closest to him. The personal relationships that Hoster would cultivate would ultimately lead to the ruin of his House.
I don’t know if this has ever been mentioned before (likely has), but today I stumbled upon an interesting find. The Greek goddess that “governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny” is Tyche . Now I’m not normally one to believe in coincidences, but it seems too good to be true that the banker that may be able to shift the tide of the War of the Five Kings, Tycho Nestoris, shares a very similar name with the goddess that controlled destinies. I don’t know if this was a purposeful easter egg written in by GRRM, but it might foreshadow that whomever Tycho and the Iron Bank side with will eventually take the Iron Throne. Anyways, I would love to here your thoughts on this odd coincidence.
We have said before that if you want to know what’s going on in ASOIAF, you have to also read the Dunk and Egg stories. 2014 is getting off to a big bang with a new theory on Sansa’s suitors via The Hedge Knight.
In the Hedge Knight, Dunk and Egg go to a tourney held at Ashford to celebrate Lord Ashford’s daughter’s 13th name-day. Lady Ashford has 5 champions fighting on her behalf and anyone who defeats a champion ends up replacing their opponent as a champion for Lady Ashford. In the end, the 5 champions who end up defending Lady Ashford are:
- Lyonel Baratheon
- Leo Tyrell
- Tybolt Lannister
- Humfrey Hardyng
- Prince Valarr Targaryen
When you look at the names of the champions’ families and the fact they fight for a 13 year old maid, especially with the family Hardying, we find out that they correspond strongly with Sansa’s suitors in A Song of Ice and Fire.
- Sansa’s first betrothed to Joffrey Baratheon
- Sansa’s then planned to be wed to Willas Tyrell
- Sansa’s married to Tyrion Lannister
- Sansa’s now being betrothed to Harry Hardyng
The fact that GRRM put Hardyng in that mix is what really makes me think this is a sly foreshadowing of Sansa’s future husband/suitors in TWOW and beyond. But, there’s one suitor that we have yet to see, the Targaryen suitor (foreshadowed by Valarr Targaryen).
I think this makes a particularly strong case for Aegon VI Targaryen being a suitor for Sansa in TWOW or ADOS. It would round out the set nicely and lend credence to Sansa playing a large role in Westerosi Politics in the upcoming books.
There is much more about the theory that you can read at the main reddit thread.
In this comic book/graphic novel adaptation set one hundred years before the events in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Hedge Knight chronicles a young squire as he travels the cruel and complex path to knighthood in the Seven Kingdoms.
Shouldering his fallen master’s sword and shield, Duncan (or “Dunk") is determined to reinvent himself as a knight in a nearby tournament. But first Dunk needs a sponsor, and that requirement sends him down a road studded with friends, foes, adventure, and hidden agendas. One such friend is Egg, who becomes Dunk’s squire, yet even he may hold secret motivations of his own.
In this gripping prequel, Dunk and Egg seek glory in a world both familiar and new to Game of Thrones fans. What the two fortune seekers encounter, however, is a world of distrust and political machinations. Chivalry is not lost while Dunk holds fast to his dreams of honor. But such outdated virtues make him a target—and they may even lead to his ruin. This vivid and elaborately wrought tale brings new dimension to George R. R. Martin’s beloved world.
This edition includes fifteen pages of new supplemental material: sketches, character designs, and original pages by Mike S. Miller, plus variant and original covers.
The Domishman slid sideways. “I am Oberyn Martell, a prince of Dorne,” he said, as the Mountain turned to keep him in sight.