Source: Reading Realms
Due to more ambitious plans for the content of the book, the publisher could not guarantee a 2013 release date, so it has been pushed back to 2014. Combined with the fact that books of this type typically sell best during the holidays, it's probably going to be held from release until late 2014, delaying the book by nearly a year.
Not the best of news for fans hoping to get their fix while waiting for book six of Martin's series, Winds of Winter. The only good thing is that it looks like the book will be worth the wait. Full color, packed with original art, new stories and a large amount of new history brought to light. But let's hope it doesn't spread to the HBO series as well.
According to co-auther Elio Garcia of westeros.org:
Yes, it won't be out this year... but that's because it's becoming rather cooler. More pages, more new history and details, more art. Like the story of the fall of the Tarbecks and the Reynes, the surprising person from whom the Lannisters are descended, more history of the Vale and the arrival of the Andals, and a good deal more. We're working quick as we can, but there's also more art to commission and that means it'd be safest to aim for next year.
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