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I just finished the short story The Princess and the Queen, in the anthology Dangerous Women. George R. R. Martin knows how to write a dragon battle let me tell you. Dragon battles. For all those people who are like "when are the draaaaagons coming" in A Song of Ice and Fire, this story will definitely quench your dragon thirst. Alls I'm gonna say is, I did not think dragons would be ripping each other's heads off so much. This is Prince Daemon Targaryen facing off against his nemesis, Aemond One-Eye, the Kinslayer. Prince Daemon rides Caraxes, the Blood Wyrm. A savage veteran. Aemond rides Vhagar, of Balerion, Vhagar, and Meraxes fame. Yeah. Name dropping.

I'm going to drag on a bit about this story. See, the Targaryens have never been a favorite of mine. Honestly, I always thought they were a little too cool. Silver hair. Purple eyes. Never get sick, never get burnt, marry your siblings. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal. So when word was that GRRM was writing like an all Targaryen love-fest I was kinda like "eeeeeh I'll love it but where dem Greyjoys be at? Where dem Reeds at? Frog battle!" but seriously.............dragons are so cool. I'm kind of really excited for some dragon riding now.
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fantocan's avatar
Vhagar is too small here, he is the biggest Dragon of the Dance.
Sir-Heartsalot's avatar
I'm not really sure what you mean this is the exact size he is described as in the short stories you clearly need to go back and read them more thoroughly.
pedrohme's avatar
Sir-Heartsalot, I have a question .. I think it was not the Vhagar who bit Caraxes neck .. And yes otherwise .. Anyway, loved the illustration :D
Sorry about my shitty english ;P
Sir-Heartsalot's avatar
Yeah it's not meant to be a word-for-word event of what happened, it's just a drawing.
lululetti's avatar
Ok now I'm gonna have to buy that book :D
Sir-Heartsalot's avatar
I'd recommend it. As well as the Rogues anthology which just came out, it has a prequel to this story in it.
lululetti's avatar
Oh nice! Thanks for the tip! <3 Love me some ASOIF! :D
Sir-Heartsalot's avatar
Me too. Clearly haha.
lululetti's avatar
I noticed, lol ;)
ubermagen's avatar
I just watched all 5 seasons of game of thrones. I see why all the hypez now.
DarklyWhite's avatar
This is just bigger than life o_o. One day perhaps we'll get a movie of the dance of dragons, one can dream. 
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Bodach's avatar
Amazing! I hope one day find the time to read it.
blueeyesaf's avatar
Now I need to get this book and the Dunk and Egg books so I can complete my Song of Ice and Fire collection. Have you read the Dunk and Egg books? What do you think of them? 
Sir-Heartsalot's avatar
I most certainly have read the Dunk and Egg books, and I find them to be the finest in the collection. At times, I almost like them more than the main saga. Can't recommend them hard enough.
blueeyesaf's avatar
Well then that settles it, now the only thing is to find them. Are they as violent and mature as the main books? 
Sir-Heartsalot's avatar
Hum. Not nearly, no. There are no descriptions of Tyrion's penis or any of the Mountain that Ride's masochism. There are fights, since the central character is a knight but it's not like every page every page. It's much more chill, which is why I kind of like them better at times. Lots more...just, environment. Characters. Fun haha.
blueeyesaf's avatar
So I was looking into buying them and could only find them as graphic novels or in anthologies. Do you know if there's some way to get them as stand alone short stories with no illustrations or anything? I'm going to have to buy the Dangerous Women anthology to read the Princess and the Queen, I'd rather not have to buy three other anthologies that I'm only going to read one story from. 
Sir-Heartsalot's avatar
They're just in anthologies :/ GRRM really wants that exposure for the other authors I think. You should read some of the other short stories though really, a lot of them are good. Dangerous Women had a few that I liked.
blueeyesaf's avatar
Oh well, I guess I'll just have to give in a get the anthologies, thanks for all the info, most people just ignore questions and if they do respond will only respond once with a half assed answer. One final question and then I'll leave you alone, how long on average are the stories? Just ballpark page numbers? It won't effect my decision on whether or not to get them I'm just curious. 
Sir-Heartsalot's avatar
Do NOT leave me alone if you have questions and I am not bothered. Um. Man, ballparks uh this is hard for me since I read on ebooks I have like a totally warped sense of page numbers. I do know they are not technically "short stories" they are novellas which puts them on the longer side of a short story. I'd say they are probably like a ten or twelve chapter read in a regular ASOIAF book? They're a good chunk, definitely a flushed out story on all counts.
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scrumpleberry's avatar
gr8 (i still neeeed to readd thisss)
Sir-Heartsalot's avatar
This was a very amusing series of comments that will basically only be funny to me. Thank you.
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