Readers expecting the next instalment in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice will have to wait.

The next chapter in the story that inspired HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” will not be released in 2018, the books’ author revealed on Wednesday.

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“No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least,” Martin wrote on his blog. “You’re going to have to keep waiting for THE WINDS OF WINTER.”

But Martin did leave his book-hungry fans with an appetizer. “You will, however, be able to return to Westeros this year,” he wrote.

“Archmaester Gyldayn has at last completed and delivered the first half of his monumental history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros, FIRE & BLOOD, and Bantam Spectra and HarperCollins Voyager will be releasing the hardcover on Nov. 20, I am thrilled to say,” he continued.

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“This first volume covers all the Targaryen kings from Aegon I (the Conqueror) to the regency of Aegon III (the Dragonbane), along with their wives, wars, siblings, children, friends, rivals, laws, travels, and sundry other matters,” he explained.

Adding, “Oh, and there are dragons too. Lots of dragons. Of course, the story doesn’t end with the regents of Aegon III. There is a lot more history to come, and Archmaester Gyldayn will get to all that too, in FIRE & BLOOD, Volume Two. But that one is a few years down the pike. So don’t get impatient.”

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