Publisher confirms no new A Song of Ice and Fire book for 2015


If your one new year’s wish for 2015 was for the sixth novel in the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin to be published, it’s my regretful duty to tell you The Winds of Winter will not be on your Christmas presents list for this year.

Also you’ve wasted a wish.

Speaking to The Guardian, Jane Johnson from HarperCollins attested that:

“These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.”

Worry not, fans and collectors alike, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – an illustrated collected series – may whet your appetite yet. Taking place in the world of Westeros almost a century before the A Song of Ice and Fire series, the first three official prequel novellas – The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight – were published in 1998, 2003 and 2010 respectively. Collected together for the first time and illustrated by American artist Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is due for release in October this year.

So that’s offered a bit of breathing room for Martin to continue writing The Winds of Winter somewhat hassle-free. But he’s no stranger to gentle nudges and being mobbed by disgruntled fans as his blog serves as an active outlet for witty riposte. Famously penning a blog post titled ‘To My Detractors’ in 2009, Martin wrote:

“After all, as some of you like to point out in your emails, I am sixty years old and fat, and you don’t want me to ‘pull a Robert Jordan’ on you and deny you your book. Okay, I’ve got the message. You don’t want me doing anything except A Song of Ice and Fire. Ever. (Well, maybe it’s okay if I take a leak once in a while?)”

The A Song of Ice and Fire series began in 1998 with A Game of Thrones. And with three more titles written for the series – A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows – before the TV show reached a wider audience, Martin has previously stated:

“The last thing I want is for the TV series to catch up with me. I’ve got a considerable head start, but production is moving faster than I can write.”

Fear not, winter is still definitely coming, but just not this year.

Sources: Blastr, The Guardian, Not A Blog by George R. R. Martin

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