Those Game of Thrones book release rumours aren't real

George RR Martin, Game Of Thrones author. Photo / NZ Herald
George RR Martin, Game Of Thrones author. Photo / NZ Herald

Hold your horses everyone - the new George RR Martin novel is on its way ... but not quite yet.

Like Daenerys's dragons, there have been many rumours flying around about the release date but we now have some hard and fast facts.

Random House who is the US publisher of Martin's novels, has issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly saying: "As his publisher, we support George RR Martin as he works hard to finish The Winds of Winter. 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."

Actors from Game of Thrones alongside executive producer George R.R. Martin in the throne. Photo / Getty
Actors from Game of Thrones alongside executive producer George R.R. Martin in the throne. Photo / Getty

But Amazon France has put up a listing already for Winds of Winter - making keen fans very excited.

The release date says it will out in March, 2017. The listing is still live, too.

The March release date could make sense because it would come out just before Game of Thrones returns to air for its seventh season on HBO.

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It would be the perfect situation because just when fans need their Thrones fix they can enjoy Martin's new book instead.

However, his UK publisher HarperCollins has said that "nothing has been finalised regarding the publication or the date".

His other US publisher, Penguin Random House, hasn't yet commented.

Actress Emilia Clarke and writer/co-executive producer George R.R. Martin attend the after party for HBO's Game of Thrones. Photo / Getty
Actress Emilia Clarke and writer/co-executive producer George R.R. Martin attend the after party for HBO's Game of Thrones. Photo / Getty

Amazon is seemingly notorious for previously holding place holder dates for Martin's novels like A Song of Ice and Fire.

George RR Martin has previously said that when his next book is finished, he will announce it first on his blog.

So until you see it there folks, take it all with a grain of salt.

- NZ Herald

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