American novelist George R. R. Martin, best known as the author of of the epic fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, which were adapted into the HBO series Game of Thrones, which became a worldwide phenomenon despite the disappointing final season, just shared on his official blog that he’s excited to announce The Rise of The Dragon, which is described as “a lavish visual history of House Targaryen”, featuring over 180 illustrations.
Original Game of Thrones book, the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels was published in 1996. HBO’s series which adapted the whole series premiered in 2011, and it quickly became one of the most acclaimed TV shows ever. Unfortunately, the last season, which aired in 2019, was considered a huge disappointment because of the rushed conclusion of the whole storyline.
Despite the disappointing ending, Game of Thrones still remained one of the most popular brands in the world, and HBO is set to start a prequel series, House of the Dragon, this year. Ahead of the prequel’s premiere, George R. R. Martin announced a new book, which can already be pre-ordered in the US and the UK, and it will be available in October this year.
“The Rise of the Dragon is perfect for fans steeped in the lore of Westeros, as well as those meeting the Targaryens for the first time in the HBO series House of the Dragon” — George R. R. Martin
Created by Ryan J. Condal and George R. R. Martin, the House of the Dragon TV series is set to premiere this year on HBO and HBOMax. The first season will consist of ten episodes. The series is starring Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, and Fabien Frankel.
“Set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series tells the story of a turbulent period for House Targaryen, one that set sibling against sibling and dragon against dragon. The point of contention: who should rule on the Iron Throne, of course.” — House of the Dragon, official synopsis