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George R. R. Martin to release two new books and none of them are The Winds of Winter



Game of Thrones is the brainchild of George R. R. Martin, who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of books on which the show is based. Now, as we know, the show has surpassed the storyline of the books, and we’re in uncharted territory. George has been working on the next book, titled The Winds of Winter, which might come out this year, emphasis on ‘might’. Fans have been forever frustrated since it’s been a long time since the last book in the series came out, and George has been working on other projects in the meantime. He has now announced two new books. Read on!

As you might be knowing, George posts updates about his work on hisNot A Blog, where he announced the two new books. The idea of putting together the history of the Targaryen kings into a book has been thrown around for a while by George, and that is exactly what he is doing now. The project, informally called GRRMarillion, or Fire and Blood, will be released in two volumes. George explained :

“We have so much material that it’s been decided to publish the book in two volumes. The first of those will cover the history of Westeros from Aegon’s Conquest up to and through the regency of the boy king Aegon III (the Dragonbane). That one is largely written, and will include (for the first time) a complete detailed history of the Targaryen civil war, the Dance of the Dragons. My stories in DANGEROUS WOMEN (“The Princess and the Queen”) and ROGUES (“The Rogue Prince”) were abridged versions of the same histories.”

George said the first book should be out in late 2018, or early 2019, since it’s mostly written. He went on to talk about volume two:

“The second volume, which will carry the history from Aegon III up to Robert’s Rebellion, is largely unwritten, so that one will be a few more years in coming.”

Now, coming to the topic at hand, The Winds of Winter. George’s comments on the book on this post pretty much confirm that The Winds of Winter will not come out in 2017. He explained :

“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…”

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Well, that’s that. We might get volume one of Fire and Blood, theTargaryenhistory before we get The Winds of Winter, in 2018, which will mean that Winds might be postponed even further to 2019, which we hope doesn’t happen. What do you think? Tell us in the comments, down below!


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