George R.R. Martin
Co-executive producer George R.R. Martin arrives for the season premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in San Francisco, California March 23, 2015. Reuters/Robert Galbraith

The year 2018 will be difficult for fans of “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. Its TV show adaptation “Game of Thrones” will not air its final season this year, and there’s still no word on the completion of “Winds of Winter.” This makes it an ideal time for author George RR Martin to release another sample chapter of his upcoming book.

The latest sample chapter, which fans can read at the moment on the George RR Martin site, is from Arianne’s point of view. It was released on May 10, 2016, thus it's well over a year and a half since fans have read anything new from the upcoming book. Since the author hasn’t announced its completion yet, the year is right for another teaser.

Readers have been waiting for a long time for the launch of the next book in the series. The previous book “A Dance with Dragons” was released in 2011, which means the wait has been nearly seven years long.

While it may not be unreasonable to expect a teaser or the launch of the book this year, there are concerns Martin has to keep in mind. The author has already released several sample chapters of the upcoming book, teasing the general direction of the series and revealing major spoilers. Martin may be reluctant to release more chapters, as this may give out too many plot details. Given the current situation, it would be generous of Martin if another sample chapter is released

The launch of the book is seen as the biggest publishing event of the decade, with huge demand in markets across the globe, thanks to the popularity of “Game of Thrones” TV series.

Meanwhile, Martin announced a calendar for 2019 (see below). The artwork has been done by John Jude Palencar, and it will launch eleven months from now.

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