The Princess and The Queen

Dangerous WomenThe Princess and the Queen is novella by George R. R. Martin that is set in Westeros about 200 years before the events in A Game of Thrones. It was published in the Dangerous Women anthology.


Back when there were still dragons in Westeros and Targaryens sat on the Iron Throne, there was a civil war between two Targaryens over who should rule. King Viserys I Targaryen had declared his eldest child, Princess Rhaenyra, as his heir, but Queen Alicent (Rhaenyra’s stepmother) wanted to see her own children on the throne when the king died.

The war, known as the Dance of Dragons, completely devastated both sides of the Targaryen family and their dragons.


It has been months since I read The Princess and the Queen, but I forgot to review it (whoops!). I’m a HUGE fan of A Song of Ice and Fire and the Dunk and Egg novellas, but I didn’t really enjoy The Princess and the Queen. :/

The idea of a Targaryen civil war fought with dragons was extremely enticing. Unfortunately, it read like a historical account rather than a story. There was little character development, just a lots and lots of names and places. Meh.

I definitely wouldn’t recommend reading this if you haven’t already read the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I don’t think it does well as a standalone.

You might like this book if you like…

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • The Targaryen family
  • Dragons
  • History books