Bantam has announced that A Dance with Dragons, the long awaited fifth book in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series, will be published July 12, 2011, with a simultaneous release in both the U.S. and the U.K. Although the book is not yet finished, Bantam feels it is close enough to being finished to set a firm release date. The book is expected to over 900 pages.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Martin says:
I don’t want to spoil any surprises. I can say all the characters people have been waiting for are there: Daenerys, Jon Snow, and Tyrion. There’s also new characters, and viewpoints from characters who did not have viewpoints before.