George RR Martin confirms release schedule of latest ASOIAF installment

'Winds Of Winter' release news update: George RR Martin confirms release schedule of latest ASOIAF installment

Ice and fire are once again at odds in the latest news of Winds of Winter, the long-awaited (and long-delayed) next installment of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice saga.

In other words, Martin is now focused on finishing Volume 1 of Fire & Blood in 2018, then going back and Winds of Winter, then continuing on to Volume 2 after that's done.

The last ASOIAF novel, A Dance With Dragons, came out in 2011, and people have been eagerly awaiting The Winds Of Winter, initially slated for a 2014 release, ever since. Martin confirmed on his LiveJournal that the first volume is "planned" for a 2018 release, while "the second is hardly begun". As Mashable notes, it seems at least some of Fire and Blood will be taken up with material fans have already read before in Martin's other works.

'Winds Of Winter' release news update: George RR Martin confirms release schedule of latest ASOIAF installment
George RR Martin Throws Even More Cold Water on Winds of Winter Dreams

"Most of Fire and Blood consists of the "sidebars" I originally wrote for The World of Ice & Fire", wrote Martin on his blog.

'Abridged versions of some of those pieces appeared as "The Princess and the Queen", "The Rogue Prince", and "The Sons of the Dragon", but these are the full versions, together with some chapters that have never appeared anywhere'.

This is far from the first splash of cold water to hit fans who have been yearning for years to see how the next stage of Ice and Fire will play out on paper. But the wait for The Winds of Winter remains a frustrating one - especially since fans know that once it's out, they'll have to wait years before the final book, A Dream of Spring. Martin didn't hint as to when the book is to be expected, but information should become available in the coming months.

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