Entertainment Weekly, in conjunction with the book’s publisher, has announced the release date of the fifth book of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance with Dragons.
A Dance With Dragons will be published on July 12. The manuscript is huge — the publisher estimates the hardcover edition will run more than 900 pages, putting it about the same length as the longest book in the series, A Storm of Swords. Schedule your summer vacation accordingly.
The book is not actually done yet, but apparently the publisher is confident Martin will meet the deadline. We’ll see.
UPDATE 10:12 EST: Martin confirms that July 12, 2011 is a “hard date” and the book WILL be published on that day.