George R R Martin Teases Fans

The Game of Thrones author George R R Martin just released a chapter from the next book in his series, A Song of Ice and Fire, on his web site. The new book, titled Winds of Winter, will be published by his longtime publisher Bantam, but there is no release date yet.

He also promised fans that another chapter will be included in the paperback edition of A Dance with Dragons, due in July. The publisher has not listed ordering information for it yet.

Eager fans should be counseled that it was six years between the last two books. When Martin finally announced a firm publication date for A Dance with Dragons, he acknowledged,

Yes, I know.  You’ve all seen publication dates before: dates in 2007, 2008, 2009.  None of those were ever hard dates, however.  Most of them… well, call it wishful thinking, boundless optimism, cockeyed dreams, honest mistakes, whatever you like.

This time, he is not committing to a specific date.

Season two of HBO’s Game of Thrones begins on April 14. It is based on the second volume in A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Clash of Kings. The tie-in will be released in late February in trade pbk (9780345535412), mass market (9780345535429) and audio (9780449011102).

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