Towards the end of this 1200 pages book, I started to get a bit suspicious. With what was still going on in the book -some unresolved problems, unexecuted plots and more treasons that I could ever imagined- I was fearing the ending. With not many pages left surely the ending was not here in this book. But there I was kept on reading, with denial in my mind expecting the fast and unsatisfactory ending to this long tale, until I reached an excerpt from, wait for it, yes…the next book! The Game of Thrones continues to the next book, The Winds of Winter. Oh what a full I was.
Felt so cheated at first with the unresolved (unsatisfactory) ‘ending’ of what I thought was the last book of the series, now I felt excited that there are another two coming, then I was smacked crashing down again, once I learned the author hasn’t even finished writing book number 6. Oh, what kind of cruel jape is this?! When is this addict going to get her next fix, pray tell…
I bought the book in hardcover shortly after it came out, so I don’t think mine had an excerpt from the next book in it. Even going into it knowing that Martin has two more books planned the ending of this book really bothered me. He left it on a really bad cliffhanger and it’s probably going to be a while before the next book comes out.
At the end of the fourth book there was a letter written by Martin to fans of the series saying that the fourth book got so big that he decided to split it in two, and that the next book (Dance with Dragons) was going to be out the next year. That was in 2005. So given the fact that he said this book was largely done then and it didn’t come out till 2011, I wouldn’t hold my breath for the next one. (At one point he hadn’t even updated his webpage talking about the progress for this book for over 3 years.)
If you’re interesting in other Fantasy series to hold you over until the next book, I’d highly suggest Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time which is a fantastic and huge series (the 14th and final book is coming out this January). I’m also a big fan of the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (as well as the rest of his books). So there are a couple of things you can check out while waiting for The Winds of Winter.
Thanks Adam. I’m still trying to recover from that bad ‘cliffhanger’ now. I will surely check the books that you recommended 🙂