The fantasy author is still at work on his sixth entry in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Fans are hopeful Martin will release The Winds of Winter this year, however the author is also working on other Game of Thrones books.
Then a fan asked in the comments when The Winds of Winter would be released around the Fire and Blood.
Martin replied: “F&B will be in two volumes. Vol 1 before [Winds of Winter] and Vol 2 after.”
Taking into account Martin’s slow writing process and busy schedule with other Game of Thrones related conjunctures, it would seem very unlikely that fans would get both Fire and Blood Vol 1 and The Winds of Winter this year.
Assuming this is true, The Winds of Winter would more likely release in 2019 – the same year as the final season of Game of Thrones.
Since the TV show has now gone beyond the canon of the books that have been written, it would make sense to wait until that was finished to release the book.
Also, it could be a clever for marketing to slow down on The Winds of Winter and work on Fire and Blood Vol 1, so that the sixth book in A Song of Ice and Fire hits shelves during the height of Game of Thrones mania.
Winds of Winter will be released at some point…we hope.