Take a seat. Take deep breaths. Don’t give in to the frustration.
Waiting for the next book in an epic fantasy is always an excruciating experience, much like waiting for the next season of your favorite TV show except that authors seem to have this way of making the wait an eternity.
And that’s what George R.R. Martin has been doing to us, A Song of Ice and Fire fans. I guess he’s getting sick of the pressure from us, hence the photo below, but still!!!
Anyhow, I think that the end of A Dance With Dragons is the mother of all cliffhangers, and I just can’t wait till the next book. And the next. And the next, which is supposed to be the last.
Now, George R.R. Martin’s editor, Anne Groell, reveals that there might be another book added to A Song of Ice and Fire, making it EIGHT instead of seven.
Her “explanation” makes some sense though:
I begin to wonder — though 7 is what we currently have under contract. I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was … well … no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he said five books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he went to six. I said … Well, you get it. Finally, we were on the same page. Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Good. 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.”
Right now, I think I’m just going to do a second reading of the series. If I read slowly enough, maybe George R.R. Martin will catch up.
Console yourself with Game of Thrones instead: