Another year passed without the next book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series hitting bookstores, but the Game of Thrones author hasn't given up writing it yet. In a comment on his Monday blog post, George R.R. Martin says he thinks Winds of Winter will come out in 2017, telling a fan that he has made some writing progress over the last 12 months. ASOIAF readers may be hesitant to let themselves get excited over this news, but go ahead and pour yourself a glass of wine, eh?
The Winds of Winter is the sixth of seven planned installments in Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, which began with A Game of Thrones in 1996. Although Martin churned out the first three books in his fantasy series fairly quickly — with Book No. 3, A Storm of Swords, released in 2000 — his writing speed has decreased over the last decade or so. It was five years before fans got their hands on A Feast for Crows (2005), and another six-year wait for A Dance with Dragons (2011). And so, as I wrote nearly a year ago, The Winds of Winter might be entirely on schedule, with or without the delays that have plagued its release.
On Tuesday, a fan responded to Martin's latest blog post, writing:
Now, I don't stalk George R.R. Martin's blog, by any means, but I'm pretty sure he gets at least 100 letters like this every day. I don't know why Martin picked this guy to respond to, but, hey, he's a cool dude. Here's what he had to say:
Here's to The Winds of Winter, whenever we should get it.