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When would The Song of Ice and Fire finish?

When I began reading this epic, it completely changed my vision of fantasy writing. I got absolutely glued on with the characters and the plot. So strong was my attachment to the clashes of ice and fire that I went online and rapidly submitted books reviews of each of the series.

Now after almost four years of initiating reading ‘The song of ice and fire’, I will not touch the Dance with Dragons. The author, Mr. George R.R Martin refuses to finish the series and the memory of each character is fading from my mind.

It is so very exasperating practice of book authors. Why can they not finish the series in five to six years? You get the audience for your book and leave them hanging on to the suspense. I wish Mr. Martin focuses on finishing the book rather than rewriting the scripts of the existing novels for films and movies.

Just to give you an idea of this long saga. This series, ‘The song of ice and fire’, is supposed to have 7 sequels. The first book of the sequel- A Game of thrones was published in 1996. The fifth, Dance of Dragons has been published in 2011. 5 books have come out in fifteen years and there are two more remaining. Should we take another 6 years? What does this exactly means, for twenty one years we are supposed to remember the characters and the story line. Oops, this is too much to ask for.

Writing sequels is a trend with the authors. Amish Tripathi, the Indian best selling author, came out with his first book- The immortals of Meluha in February 2010. It is the first book in the Shiva Trilogy. The second book in the series, The Secret of the Nagas, was released on 12 August 2011. The third installment, titled The Oath of the Vayuputras, was released on 27 February 2013. The author has been keeping the readers glued on to the series. I am sure a percentage of Amish’s success is attributed to keeping the flow of releases of Immortals of Meluha frequent.

As an ardent fan of Mr. George R. R. Martin, I can only advise him to finish his sequels fast and don’t keep the readers hanging for years.