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Song of Ice and Fire New Book

Updated on September 5, 2012

George R R Martin and his beard

Song of Ice and Fire book Six

Speculation is rife about the sixth Ice and Fire book, which is to be called The Winds of Winter. George R R Martin’s astonishing series of fantasy novels has captured the attention of an avid global readership as well as spawning a successful TV adaptation. Martin RR fills his Song of Ice and Fire books with intrigue and suspense, fascinating characters and unexpected plot twists. The Ice and Fire books have a huge cast of characters and each of the Ice and Fire books usually leaves every single major character on a cliff hanger, leaving readers desperate to find out what happens to their favourite characters during a Song of Ice and Fire next book.


George R R Martin Writing Pace

Unfortunately for his many millions of fans worldwide, Martin RR is also notorious for writing his Song of Ice and Fire books very very slowly, meaning that his readers usually have to stay on the edge of their seats for a few years before they find out what happens to their favourite character in a Song of Ice and Fire next book. Famously a Song of Ice and Fire book four, a Feast for Crows, was published a full five years after a Song of Ice and Fire book three, A storm of Swords, while a Song of Ice and Fire book five didn’t hit shelves for another five and half years after that. While he often intends to write a shorter instalment of the series in order to sate demand for his books, Martin RR is usually unable to get across the many intricacies of his Song of Ice and Fire books within a given number of pages and instead produces sprawling tomes that trek the progress of his characters in their epic journeys across the meta-real landscape of the lands he has created. A Song of Ice and Fire book five, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011. Judging by the pace that Martin RR has set over previous novels, that would mean that A Song of Ice and Fire Book Six, the next Song of Ice and Fire Book, will have a publish date sometime during 2017. Clearly this is going to be a glacially slow wait for fans of the series, as they wait to learn the Winds of Winter release date. So demand for and speculation over the Song of Ice and Fire next book is already rampant everywhere, nowhere more so than on the internet. Will Martin RR really take almost six years to complete the Song of Ice and Fire next book, as he did with the last one? Will he really manage to finish his epic tale by the end of Song of Ice and Fire book seven, as originally intended, or will the series grow longer by the time of the Winds of Winter publish date? If the series grow longer, how long will we have to wait in total? Hopefully Martin RR’s many fans will forgive me for saying that he is a slightly older gentleman, and one who doesn’t on the face of it appear to be in the peak of physical fitness; will he be alive for another twelve years to bring the story to the close of A Song of Ice and Fire book seven? Will he even last until the Winds of Winter release date?


Ice and Fire Book Six: Winds of Winter


We do at least have a name for the Song of Ice and Fire next book. In choosing the name The Winds of Winter George Martin has also given us a clue as to the tone and some of the content of the novel. Winter has been gathering in Westeros all the way through the Song of Ice and Fire novels; seasons in this world can take many years to pass and winter has not been seen in Westeros for many years. By the close of A Dance with Dragons we are pretty much nearing the end of Autumn, with the sort of weather usually only seen in the far North of the land, at the wall, spreading its icy grip Southwards. Throughout the Song of Ice and Fire series George R R Martin uses shift in seasons to symbolise and announce the arrival of an ancient and evil magic as well as the continued downward spiral of the country into civil war. It’s a form of pathetic fallacy taken to epic proportions. By choosing the name The Winds of Winter George Martin has effectively announced that in A Song of Ice and Fire Book Six, winter has actually arrived, and everything we’ve been gradually building up to over the previous five Song of Ice and fire Novels will actually be realised. So in The Winds of Winter George Martin will be showing us the beginning of the end- the Winds of Winter release date will herald the start of a denouement so dense and intricate that it will straddle at least two substantial novels, finally bringing all the key characters into contact and into conflict with each other, bringing the dragons across the seas to Westeros, and beginning the end game conflict that will see the various contenders for the throne reduced to one outright winner.

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So what do you think? When will we get to read all these lovely tales of daring do? What is The Winds of Winter release date? Whenever the Winds of Winter release date is, I bet you can't wait! When will the Song of Ice and Fire new book be published? How long will we have to wait for Song of Ice and Fire book six to be published? What do you think will happen to your favourite characters in the Song of Ice and Fire new book? What will you be reading while you wait for the Winds of Winter release date to be announced?


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      jambo87 4 years ago

      They take so long to come out I feel I must re-read the whole series every time a release date is announced (I don't actually do this). I loved the first three books, I thought Feast for Crows was pretty weak, and I thought Dance with Dragons was an improvement over the fourth book. I am losing interest. The TV series is wonderful though. I feel bad for the readers who started when the first book was published (1996!).

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      big fan 4 years ago

      martin just waiting to cash in from the show i love reading 2017 that's bullshit

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      Monica R. 4 years ago

      In a web chat, when asked about how he would finish up the story in 2 books, Martin estimated the final 2 books to be about 1500 pages each (direct quote):

      "Two BIG books. 1500 manuscript pages each - that's 3000 pages. I think I have a good shot. And you know, if I really get pressed, I've already established that red comet. I can just have it hit Westeros and wipe out all life."

      Nice, Martin, Nice.

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      tville84 4 years ago

      I think I read somewhere that GRRM stated that he will release the book before the television series can catch up to them. So that means books 6 and 7 have to arrive within the next 5 or 6 years as they drag the seasons of the show out longer than 1 book per season. He has also let the television show producers know how he intends to end the series in case he does die before the conclusion.

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      jake 4 years ago

      your right hes gonna die before the next 2 books get released..

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      Edward William 5 years ago from UK

      Come on George, get bloody typing...