The Princess and the Queen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

The Princess and the Queen, or, the Blacks and the Greens is a novella by George R. R. Martin, published in the 2013 anthology Dangerous Women.[1][2] Set in the Westeros of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, 200 years before the events of A Game of Thrones (1996), it chronicles the "continent-burning warfare" (called the "Dance of Dragons") that explodes between Targaryen Princess Rhaenyra and her stepmother Queen Alicent.[3][4][5] The work is presented as the writing of the fictional Archmaester Gyldayn, also the "author" of Martin's 2014 novella The Rogue Prince.[6]

Plot[edit]

When King Viserys I Targaryen dies, his widow Queen Alicent has their eldest son Prince Aegon crowned king before Viserys' daughter Rhaenyra, the only surviving child of his first marriage, can claim the Iron Throne herself. Though Rhaenyra is the king's oldest child and had been named his successor years before, Alicent and her supporters declare Rhaenyra unfit to rule and argue that, as a woman, Rhaenyra should be placed after Alicent's own male children in the line of succession. Aegon and Rhaenyra assemble their respective supporters, including the various dragonriders within their extended families. After Rhaenyra declares herself Queen at the Targaryen ancestral seat of Dragonstone, both her middle son Lucerys Velaryon and Aegon's younger brother Aemond take their dragons to seek the support of Lord Borros Baratheon of Storm's End. The princes clash and Lucerys and his dragon are killed. Rhaenyra's husband Prince Daemon has Aegon's young son and heir Jaehaerys murdered in revenge. Soon both branches of the Targaryan royal line are at war, with dragons on both sides.

Reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly called the 35,000-word novella "a great demonstration of Martin's ability to dramatize the slippery complexities of power: how evil begets heroism, how heroes become villains."[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dangerous Women Arrives on Tor.com". Tor.com. July 24, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Martin, George R. R. (January 23, 2013). "Not A Blog: A Dangerous Delivery". GRRM.livejournal.com. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Driscoll, Molly (July 31, 2013). "George R.R. Martin's new novella will be a part of the anthology Dangerous Women". CSMonitor.com. The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Dangerous Women by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois". PublishersWeekly.com. October 7, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Franlich, Darren (December 6, 2013). "Book Review: Dangerous Women". Entertainment Weekly (1288). p. 81. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ Martin, George R. R. (March 12, 2014). "Not a Blog: The Rogues Are Coming...". grrm.livejournal.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014.