Sorry Girls, The Winds of Winter Won't Be Released in 2018

Sorry Girls, The Winds of Winter Won't Be Released in 2018

"No, winter is not coming... not in 2018, at least, "Martin writes on his blog".

The "Ice and Fire" novels have sold millions of copies and are the basis for HBO's "Game of Thrones". "This is not a traditional narrative and was never meant to be... let's call this one 'imaginary history" instead.

As for the reason why all of this is so frustrating for many people, we imagine that it begins with book purists wanting to see the end of Martin's original vision long before seeing it play out on HBO. Martin has given countless excuses for his procrastination on Winds of Winter over the years, ranging from the distractions from the series, an overwhelming press tour, as well his work on other books and projects. The essential point being the "history" part. Instead, Martin will drop Fire and Blood, a book detailing the history of the Targaryens, hitting shelves on November 20 in hardcover.

This means that fans who enjoy jumping into the minutia of Martin's world of Westeros, Essos, and Sothoryos will have plenty to occupy them until The Winds of Winter is finished and published. It's been nearly seven years at this point since the last book (A Song of Ice and Fire) was released and in a new press release for his new Fire & Blood book, George R.R. Martin confirmed that The Winds of Winter is not coming in 2018, either. For those not up on your Westerosi history, that's Aegon I, Aenys, Maegor the Cruel, Jaehaerys I (the Conciliator), Viserys I, Aegon II (and Rhaenyra), and Aegon III (the regency).

You will, however, be able to return to Westeros this year, as I suggested back over on Live Journal.


Each of the first five books in the series is a massive chapter novel that takes Martin years to write, so it does not come as a shock that this one is taking equally as long.

George R.R. Martin announced Wednesday that a new book from the world of "Game of Thrones" will be released this year.

Here's to 2019, which is also when Game of Thrones returns.

The book, which is almost 1,000 pages, will feature more than 75 black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley.

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