Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. Find out more here.
Okay, so seriously everyone, raise your hand if you feel like you’ve been waiting your entire life for this book
*raises BOTH hands*
The Winds of Winter
The Winds of Winter is the forthcoming sixth novel in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.
The previous installment, A Dance with Dragons, covered less story than Martin intended, omitting at least one planned large battle sequence and leaving several character threads ending in cliffhangers. Martin intends to resolve these cliffhangers “very early” in The Winds of Winter, saying “I’m going to open with the two big battles that I was building up to, the battle in the ice and the battle at Meereen—the battle of Slaver’s Bay. And then take it from there.”
*sigh* Well, lets jump right into the SPOILERS area, shall we? If you’ve not read the previous five books, or seen the TV show up-to-date, I’d advise treading with caution. OR NOT. LIVE LIFE DANGEROUSLY.
There will be spoilers, though.
Okay, from a writing perspective, I understand that writing an epic fantasy novel takes a really long time. I also understand that with so many perspectives, it’s a slow and cautious process. But seriously, man, come on! You’re writing a bunch of books, multiple television shows… all your fans want from you, at this point, is The Winds of Winter.
Please. Please, please, please.
I read an article last week where Martin stated there will be a Westeros book next year. Maybe. Maybe not. Also maybe not The Winds of Winter. I will give serious props to the HBO series – it’s opened up fantasy worlds to the masses and with any luck, epic fantasy will come into the spotlight for a bit. And it is well done. And I liked the Ygritte stuck around longer than she did in the books. Really I did.
But I, like many others, wish this book would have a release date. I know he’s not even finished writing it yet… and my understanding of the industry is that there’s the editing process and rewrites and whatnot because production begins and frankly… I’m expecting the earliest release date at this point to be 2019.
Also I quite understand the George R. R. Martin is tired of being pestered about it.
Here’s what I’m angsty about (book-wise):
- Winter is freaking finally here.
- WTF CATELYN IS ALIVE AND UNDEAD WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING.
- Where are all the living direwolves?
- When is Daenerys going to ascend to the throne? Because srsly.
- ALL. THE. THINGS.
It’s a short list. Honestly, it’s been a while since A Dance of Dragons….
Pretty please with a cherry on top, sugar and spice and everything nice? Treat yourself to a month-long retreat into solitude and whip up some chapters?
I hear Maine is nice.