'The Winds of Winter' release date: George RR Martin's publisher denies March 2017 book launch

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Many fans were shocked when the supposed official release date of George R.R. Martin’s highly anticipated novel, “The Winds of Winter,” was seemingly disclosed via an online listing. Unfortunately, just before celebration reached its peak, it was shot down when the author’s publisher effectively dismissed the listing.

The novel was spotted in Amazon France with its rollout date set for March 2017. The tip is easily believable and not just because fans are hoping so much for a release date early next year. But because if Martin had stuck with his promise earlier this year to only focus on finishing the novel, it is certainly possible that he could have finished it already. It is also a perfect prelude for what is to come on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season 7 which is set to premiere next summer.

Unfortunately, Martin’s U.K. publisher HarperCollins refuted the news saying “nothing has been finalized regarding the publication or the date,” as quoted by Entertainment Weekly. Its U.S. counterpart, Penguin Random House, was unavailable to comment on the matter, as was the case when News Week reached out to them last month for the same reason.

This latest development follows Martin’s short stint in last month’s World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) where he talked about his other project, “High Stakes.” While the famed writer was not quizzed much on the continuation of his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, he once again reiterated that he is a very slow worker when it comes to writing. If that is any indication of where “The Winds of Winter” is currently standing, it is safe to say that the novel is still a bit far from debuting.

It can be remembered that a very regretful Martin took to his LiveJournal blog to announce that sadly he has yet to be finished with the sixth installment of his famed novel series. Alongside it was the promise that he would no longer procrastinate on the task but still did not give out a plausible timeline for “The Winds of Winter’s” release.