When HBO announced that it was picking up the fantasy series Game of Thrones, many fans of the source books rejoiced—but with a caveat. The book series, George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire was planned as a seven-book series (it started as a trilogy, then grew), but Martin had been stalled since book four, A Feast for Crows, came out in 2005. Some fans despaired the book would ever come out, and grumbled that HBO would end up without material if the series survived.
Game of Thrones debuts April 17, but today comes even better news for fans of the books: sister magazine Entertainment Weekly reports that book five, A Dance with Dragons, will be out July 12. (EW also has an exclusive GoT trailer.) Here’s hoping that the series—should it make it past a first season—spurs Martin to work faster on the final books. TV may not have every advantage over books, but its deadlines are more demanding.