Winds of Winter; World of Ice and Fire Update: George R R Martin Editor Says Possibly 8 Books Coming Now

The editor for “Game of Thrones” creator and author George R R Martin’s books has said there might be eight books coming now–instead of seven books as planned previously.

Anne Groell, an executive editor at Penguin Random House, also talked about his upcoming “A Song of Ice and Fire” book “The Winds of Winter.”

She answered questions from fans at Suvudu.com, saying that seven books might not be enough.

“I begin to wonder,” Groell wrote, adding that “seven [books] is what we currently have under contract.”

“As I recently learned while editing The World of Ice and Fire… there are really technically eight kingdoms,” Groell said. “So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay.”

“When I have a date, you will have a date,” she also wrote. “I promise you we will put the word out as soon as we know. All I can say is that George is hard at work, and we hope to have it reasonably soon.”

She continued: “Only, as I recently learned while editing THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE (another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!), there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay. Also, he has promised me that, when he finally wraps this great beast us, I can publish the five page letter outlining the bare bones of the ‘trilogy.’”

Groell then said that for “The Winds of Winter,” she currently has “168 pages” that Martin submitted in February 2013.

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