The A Song of Ice and Fire book coming this year is still not the one you want

Notoriously slow Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin plans to release a book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series this year. Unfortunately, it’s not the long-awaited sixth novel, The Winds of Winter. Instead, it’s the companion book Fire & Blood, which will be a written history of the franchise’s House Targaryen. Martin confirmed on his LiveJournal that the first volume is “planned” for a 2018 release, while “the second is hardly begun.”

Fans have been waiting for The Winds of Winter for years at this point, with no definitive answer on when it will actually arrive. The last official entry in the saga, A Dance with Dragons, was released all the way back in 2011. According to a follow-up LiveJournal comment by Martin, The Winds of…

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