It’s been years since George R.R. Martin officially announced that he is working on “The Winds Of Winter,” the sixth book in the fantasy epic series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Unfortunately for all fans, the infamous author has had a lot on his plate, pinning him down from finishing the novel. As a result, fans have been also disappointed especially those who are eager to get their hands on the highly-anticipated book. Recently, GRRM announced that he won’t be developing any TV show episodes including the five “Game of Thrones” spin-offs so he can focus more on the novel.

Earlier today, the author provided an update on the progress of the book.

Will the book be released next year?

Today, GRRM posted on his Live Journal, which he calls Not A Blog to give fans more information about his three upcoming books,The Winds Of Winter,” “The Book of Swords” and “Fire and Blood.” Apparently, fans are more interested in the former and Martin said that he is still months away from finishing the novel. “How many? good question, I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say,” he wrote. “Whether WINDS or the first volume of FIRE AND BLOOD will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018… and who knows, maybe two.

A boy can dream…”

Alright, it sounds like he can actually deliver “The Winds of Winter” by 2018 if not this year. While this is not too close to being good news for eager fans, others are glad to know that Martin has been hard at work on the novel. He’s surely true to what he previously said that the only thing to keep fans at peace is to finish and deliver the book.

It can be recalled how fans got annoyed with him for not updating them with the novel’s progress.

Release date theories

“The Winds of Winter” author George R.R.

Martin recently posted a photo of Valyria on his Twitter account and on his Live Journal with a biblical phrase from the Book of Revelation, Chapter 18, Verse 10 or Revelation 18:10. A Redditor REPTARcommaBRO dug deeper on this phrase and suggests that the book will possibly be released this year. The figure 18:10 possibly means 18/10, a British notation for the date Oct. 18. Apparently, it could mean that the novel will be released in three months time. Nonetheless, the good news is that GRRM’s focus is now on the book. Yes, he’s right. We can always dream.

Do you think that GRRM can deliver “The Winds of Winter” before the year ends?