Winds of Winter News: New Game of Thrones Book Will Not Be Launched in 2015

(Photo: Reuters/George Lucas)George R. R. Martin.

Fans who have been waiting to get their hands on the highly anticipated "The Winds of Winter" which is the sixth volume of George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series can now lower their hopes as the author's publisher confirmed that the volume won't arrive this year.

Jane Johnson of HarperCollins said that the next novel isn't ready yet for a 2015 release.

"I have no information on likely delivery," Johnson said. "These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers."

As a consolation, the publishing house will instead release a new illustrated edition of the three previously anthologized novellas called "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms." The collection comprises the official prequel of the now popular HBO TV series, "Game of Thrones." The titles are "The Hedge Knight," "The Sworn Sword," and "The Mystery Knight."

The new edition is scheduled to hit the bookstores in October.

"The novellas," said Johnson, "are illustrated in black and white line drawings throughout by Gary Gianni in classic style. It will be a truly lovely book, and I adore these clever, funny stories."

For starters, "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" features the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall, a lowly hedge knight, with his squire named Egg, who is "more than he first seems."

For the meantime, the upcoming fifth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" will air its premiere episode on April 12, 2015.