Now that the gnashing of teeth and general dissatisfaction with the final season of Game of Thrones has passed, perhaps we can look back at it with a little more objectivity.
Yes, I also found much to complain about. It would have been really cool for Jaime to offer his sword immediately to Bran upon seeing him in the courtyard of Winterfell, and entirely in keeping with chivalrous traditions plus Jaime's changed character. It's inexplicable that the dragons did not harass the Night King's army on its way to Winterfell; quick, unexpected passes over that army with spurts of dragonfire would have done a great deal to thin their ranks. Euron's ambush of the fleet was ridiculous. Of what use is the three eyed raven if he can't do recon? And Daenerys allowing her dragon to be shot at repeatedly and dying is likewise inexplicable.
I could go on and on, but I want to get to the point of this blog.
Is Daenerys really dead?
I say no. Emphatically, no.
First, looking at the situation for a purely mercenary (realistic) point of view, this show has been too successful for HBO and its creators to let it die.
Secondly, and within the world-building of GoT, there's precedent. Melisandre, the Red Priestess of the "Lord of Light," brought Jon Snow, a Targaryen, back to life; being a true dragon, his fire within apparently was difficult to quench. He, like Daenerys, had taken a knife in the heart.
I'm not alone in this belief:
This article is a little more convoluted than my simpler explanation, going into detail about where Drogon had taken Daenerys' body--he was seen flying toward the east. The belief in R'hllor, the so called "Lord of Light" or the fire god originated in Essos, the continent to the east of Westeros. Probably a lot of Red Witch priestesses there to bring Daenerys back to life!
All this is preamble to blogging about a sale of my speculative romance, Queen of Shadow.
How is this related, you ask? Well, there aren't any resurrections in QoS, but there's a shapeshifting dragon, plenty of action-adventure, and an otherworldly flavor, sort of old-timey, like GoT.
The story posits a terraformed planet 30,000 years into the future on which three societies have evolved. One is modeled on medieval Vikings, one on Georgian England, and one on ancient Egypt, but it's the most technologically advanced.
There's a murder mystery, cloning...and a lot of very hot sex.
And it's in KU, so it can be read for free!
Here's what it's about:
Janus is a planet which lacks both tilt and spin, and its Shadowlands are the pewter band of dusk dividing the violently hot Lightside of the planet from its Darkside, imprisoned by eternal night. Because of the peculiar conformation of the planet, birthrates are low and indiscriminate mating encouraged.
Audryn, Queen of Shadow has reached that time in her life when she must choose a King to rule with her or fail to bear an heir, casting not only her realm but all of Janus into chaos. Despite her duty, she is reluctant to share power, even a bit distrustful. Janus’ nobles vie for Audryn’s hand. Although she enjoys trysting with all her suitors, none seize her heart.
Then Storne, the warrior Prince of Darkness, arrives to claim her as his bride.
Will his masterful ways allure or repel the willful Queen?
A lot of people liked this book:
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"thrilling...Spicy, erotic sex scenes so hot they singed the pages...exceptional erotic fantasy."
--Coffee Time Romance
"excellent... The plot line unfolded perfectly leading us into...dangerous political intrigue...will keep you glued to the pages... Another winner!"
"an ingenious plot...the story blazes..."
--The Romance Studio
"The Planet Janus all but leapt off the pages and into my imagination...Suz deMello has done a wonderful job...an extremely satisfying read."
"An extreme amount of very hot sexual activity...
I enjoyed it immensely... Queen of Shadows fulfilled my every desire."
--Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews
And if you like it, please leave a review!