The UK Publisher of A Song of Ice and Fire tweeted this today quelling some rumours about the release of The Winds of Winter:
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I know its a pretty depressing prospect for the ASOIAF fandom. I personally was hoping for an early 2015 release but it looks like that isn’t going to happen.
Jane Johnson is the UK Publisher for authors such as George R.R Martin, Robert Hobb, Joe Abercrombie and many more.
You can now pre-order on Amazon The World of Ice and Fire: The Official History of Westeros and The World of A Game of Thrones written by George R.R. Martin, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson which is due to be released October 28th 2014.
This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.
Collected here is all the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers. It is a chronicle which stretches from the Dawn Age to the Age of Heroes; from the Coming of the First Men to the arrival of Aegon the Conqueror; from Aegon’s establishment of the Iron Throne to Robert’s Rebellion and the fall of the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, which has set into motion the “present-day” struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.
Yes, you heard it right! George R. R. Martin confirmed on his blog Not a Blog that A Dance with Dragons
will be released by Bantam Books on the 29th of October simultaneously in Mass Market and Paperback. As he says himself
This was done largely at the request of the bookstores. The hardcover was still selling strongly (still is, actually), so they wanted the paperback delayed.
George R.R Martin 2013
He has also confirmed that a The Winds of Winter chapter will be published along with the paperback (but at this stage he cannot remember which one!)
Also in a surprise announcement in this blog post, he has confirmed the publication of a BRAND NEW booklet written by him to be in bookstores by Christmas called The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister
More information is yet to be known about this new book.
Comment below about what you think of this exciting news!