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Readers following George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy series have been waiting for The Winds of Winter for years, and it looks like fans are finally getting a legitimate release schedule for the sequel to A Dance With Dragons.
HBO’s television adaptation Game of Thrones has just recently started its seventh season, and with the show coming closer to its end, Martin has finally offered a release year for The Winds of Winter. Posting on his personal Livejournal blog, the fantasy writer not only decided to discuss his plans for the two volume-long Fire and Blood book history of Westeros’ Targaryen Kings, Martin also offered an update on the long-awaited Winds of Winter.
“And, yes, I know you all want to know about The Winds of Winter too. I’ve seen some truly weird reports about Winds of Winter on the internet of late, by ‘journalists’ who make their stories up out of whole cloth. I don’t know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I’ve been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages. Both ‘reports’ are equally false and equally moronic. I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say. Whether Winds or the first volume of Fire and Blood will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018… and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream.”
The Winds of Winter might not be complete, but hearing from Martin that he intends to have it by 2018 is better than another vague answer from the writer and his publishers. Martin seems to be working hard on the series and we’re certainly hoping that he’ll be able to finish the book for publication next year.