It may not be the long-anticipated "Winds of Winter," but author George R.R. Martin will release a new "Game of Thrones" story this year.
The Amazon listing for "Book of Swords" reveals the upcoming anthology includes a story by Martin set in the world of "A Song of Ice and Fire," the bestselling novels on which HBO's hit fantasy drama is based:
Fifteen original tales celebrating fantasy’s golden age of sword and sorcery, including a new story from George R. R. Martin set in the world of "A Game of Thrones"!
Of course, that doesn't mean the tale takes place during the time of "Game of Thrones." Martin previously published "Tales of Dunk and Egg," three stories set about 90 years before the events of “A Song and Ice and Fire," which follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall, a future commander of the Kingsguard, and the future king Aegon V Targaryen. The last installment was released in 2010, but Martin has expressed interest in continuing that series.
Word of the new story will likely be met with mixed reaction by Martin's fans, who have been waiting for the arrival of "The Winds of Winter," the sixth novel in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, since at least 2014 (the fifth book, "A Dance of Dragons," was published in 2011). Martin, who's released excerpts from "The Winds of Winter" online, announced earlier this month that the novel will be published this year. However, no official release date has been revealed.
The seventh and penultimate season of "Game of Thrones" will air this summer on HBO. "Book of Swords" is scheduled for release on Oct. 10.