On Wednesday, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire saga, George R.R. Martin, has officially announced that his new book, called Fire & Blood, some kind of history book based on the world of Westeros, will arrive on shelves on November 20. This book is the first part of two, and Martin describes it as not being a novel, but an imaginary history book. The first part will focus on the reign of the many different Targaryen kings that have been mentioned throughout the series of books and in the HBO series too.
Unfortunately, Martin had some bad news too. The book that everyone has been waiting for since 2011, The Winds of Winter, is not going to come out this year. The sixth book is supposed to take the story further but because of this, the creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones have already done that. The most recent novel, A Dance with Dragons, was published back in 2011 and ended in a huge cliffhanger which the show has now dealt with.
The Winds of Winter won’t come out before Game of Thrones’ final season
The last book ends with Jon Snow falling victim at the hands of the Night’s Watch, which has already happened in the series. Nobody knows whether or not Martin will deal with the aftermath in the same way as the series. According to his announcement, it seems that The Winds of Winter will release sometime in 2019, at earliest.
If at first, the author was setting deadlines for his novels, and the first three of them came out relatively close to each other, the latest ones took some time in between. This is probably why his announcement doesn’t set a specific release date, and instead leave the fans hanging for another year. At least, let’s hope it will be only one.