Robert Langdon, the brilliant Harvard symbologist from Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003) and The Lost Symbol (2009), returns in Brown's next novel. Inferno will be published on May 14.

The title was released this morning in a manner befitting Brown's puzzling, twisting novels: Doubleday and NBC News' TODAY invited Dan Brown fans to help reveal the title through social media posts. Each Facebook or Twitter user who posted about the upcoming book revealed a tile of an online digital HashtagArt mosaic until the title was revealed. Click here to see some of the funniest and best title guesses.

According to Doubleday, Inferno is the long-awaited follow-up to The Lost Symbol: "Set in the heart of Europe, Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces."

Author Dan Brown said in a later statement, “Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn’t until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante’s work on the modern world. With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm . . . a landscape of codes, symbols and more than a few secret passageways.”

We can't wait! Can you? How do you think it will measure up to Browns' previous books?

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