While the largely popular T.V series Game of Thrones has charged forward, the next instalment in the book series titled ‘The Winds of Winter’ has been much delayed. The book is supposed to be the sixth addition to the epic fantasy series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. George R.R Martin originally wanted it to be released before the sixth season of the T.V show aired in 2016.

The author has chosen not to make hard estimates for its final release date yet. But in a blog post, he gave fans a very small update about the status of the long-awaited sixth novel in the series confirming that despite some reports in the media, he is still in the process of writing and revising the book.

He said “Both ‘reports’ are equally false and equally moronic. 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…”  You can read about his views here.

The author also wrote about his plans to assemble a book focusing on a detailed history of the Targaryen family called “Fire and Blood”. He stated that due to the surplus of material, the book will be divided into two volumes. The first volume will cover the history of Westeros from Aegon’s conquest till the regency of the boy-king Aegon the third. This book is said to include for the first time, a detailed history of the Targaryen civil war.

Even though this is not solid confirmation that two books will absolutely be released in 2018, many online media websites came out with reports that wrongly lead fans to believe that the release dates for the upcoming novels have been released.

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Bhavya Banerjee

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