George RR Martin
George RR Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series that is the basis of the television series "Game of Thrones," gestures during his masterclass at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) in Neuchatel, July 10, 2014. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Fans of the “A Song Of Fire & Ice” series have been looking forward to “The Winds Of Winter” much longer than fans of “Game Of Thrones” have been waiting for the show’s seventh season. The last book in the series was released in 2011, and an online supplier finally has the upcoming title listed for March 2017.

George RR Martin has previously apologised for the time it has taken for him to finish “The Winds Of Winter.” It has taken so long, in fact, that “Game Of Thrones” has caught up with the book series and will be moving forward on its own volition.

As for the "A Song Of Fire & Ice" series, fans have been on a roller coaster ride that is starting to get a little stagnant. Six years is a long time to wait for the next chapter of a series, no matter how great it is. So when Amazon France listed the book with a sale date, fans’ hopes were reawakened.

The online seller revealed a March 9, 2017, release date, which would put the book’s release ahead of “Game Of Thrones” season 7, which is expected to return to the small screen in June.

It would be logical to believe Amazon France, particularly because distributors should know ahead of time when a piece will become available and when it can go on sale.

Nevertheless, Martin’s US publisher, Random House, has since reached out about the matter to debunk the posting of Amazon France.

“As his publisher, we support George RR Martin as he works hard to finish 'The Winds of Winter,'” the publication said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “Any on-sale dates currently listed online for the novel are incorrect. Once we have a publication date for The Winds of Winter, the world will know.”

Likewise, Martin’s UK publisher HarperCollins also said that “nothing has been finalised regarding the publication or the date.”