Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

George RR Martin has news on two Game of Thrones books

George RR Martin Announces 'Game of Thrones' Book — But Not 'Winds of Winter' George RR Martin to publish 'Fire & Blood,' a 'Game of Thrones' early history
| 26 April, 2018, 00:23

In a press release for his upcoming history of the Targaryens, Fire and Blood (read all about that new book here), Martin confirmed, "No, winter is not coming... not in 2018, at least".

While the northern hemisphere of the world prepares for the warmth of Summer's imminent arrival, those who have been waiting on the fictional Winter in Westeros will be sorely disappointed to learn they won't be getting it this year.

A new book from Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is coming before 2018 closes out, and it's not The Winds of Winter like some may have hoped.

The good: George R.R. Martin has finished Fire and Blood, which covers the "monumental history" of the Targaryen family. It and its forthcoming companion are not novels, Martin says; the first is scheduled for publication November 20 from Ballantine Bantam Dell.

On his blog, Martin said that "Fire & Blood" is a "hefty book", running almost 1,000 manuscript pages. His response on Wednesday: "You'll have to keep waiting". Place your bets now on a special limited edition that will mark the end of Game of Thrones as a series, as THR notes that the show will now beat the books in terms of completion.


"As most of you know, HBO is presently developing a number of different prequels to 'GAME OF THRONES.' I know I am going to be asked whether those shows are going to be based on material from 'FIRE & BLOOD.' It's a logical question". This is not a traditional narrative and was never meant to be... let's call this one 'imaginary history' instead.... I love reading popular histories myself, and that's what I was aiming for here ...

There's plenty to speculate on as to why Martin would be holding off on finishing the Winds of Winter, but the most likely could be that he's waiting for the HBO series to conclude first (which it will do next year).

The book will feature 75 black & white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley, Martin writes. Oh, and there are dragons too. "So let's move that to the side".

First, fans now know not to expect Winds of Winter before 2019 at the earliest, which is hardly a surprise to those used to Martin taking his own sweet time to write these thousand-page tomes.

Game of Thrones returns for its final season in 2019.

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