Fans of George R. R. Martin's won't have to wait long for the sixth novel in the series "A Song of Ice and Fire" to be published.
According to reports, "The Winds of Winter" is already being translated into other languages, and readers can expect the English version in the first half of 2016.
Another glimmer of hope is a report by a Polish website that said a translator named Michal Jakuszewski has been roped in to convert the book from English to Polish by the end of 2015.
"Michał Jakuszewski confirmed that he was asked by the Zysk publishing house to save his time by the end of the year for translating the Winds of Winter, and although the translator seemed to be a bit skeptical about this news, it is undoubtedly a glimmer of hope for many of us," the website noted.
This news has caused fans of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series to speculate that Martin has already completed "The Winds of Winter". According to fans, this could be the only reason why there has been an increase in rumours regarding the release date of "The Winds of Winter."
Last month, Los Siete Reinos via Watchers on the Wall, reported that Alejo Cuervo, the editor for Ediciones Gigamesh, the Spanish publisher who owns the rights to the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, confirmed the 2016 release in an interview with Catalan radio station El Mon a RAC.
"It is expected next year," Cuervo said, and added that the Spanish version will be released soon after the publication of the English version. "We have been promised the manuscript in advance of the release in English which we will translate, there won't be a big difference."
Martin, in the meantime, has been mum on the possible release date of the book. The author had earlier stated that he will announce the news on his blog, "Not a Blog."
"I don't play games with news about the books. I know how many people are waiting, how long they have been waiting, how anxious they are. I am still working on WINDS. When it's done, I will announce it here…When it is done, I will say that's it is done, on whatever day I happen to finish."