ICYMI: George R.R. Martin Totally Released an Excerpt from The Winds of Winter


Heads up, Sansa fans: George R.R. Martin’s released a new preview chapter from The Winds of Winter (the sixth book in A Song of Ice and Fire, oh you know the drill), and it’s primarily Sansa-related!

Or, er, Alayne-related.

The excerpt was uploaded to Martin’s website on April 2, accompanied by a LiveJournal post from Martin himself:

For all of you who have been howling for another taste of THE WINDS OF WINTER … My faithful minions have just translated the first Alayne chapter from WordStar and uploaded it to my website.

Yes, I know, I’d said there would be no more sample chapters, but (1) it had been more than a year since Mercy, (2) lots of you were asking, and (3) Anne Groell and my friends at Bantam twisted my arm.

I hope you enjoy it. But whether you love it or hate it, please go to Westeros or Tower of the Hand or one of the other bulletin boards to talk about it. Not here.

(I woukd have put it up yesterday, but I did not want it mistaken for an April Fool’s joke)

As you may already know (or have picked up from the above post), this is by no means the first excerpt that’s been released for The Winds of Winter; there have been three prior chapters, featuring Arianne, Tyrion, and Mercy, respectively.

Tragically, each successive preview chapter has been replaced by the latest installment, so there’s no way of accessing the older excerpts on Martin’s website. However, since they all focus on different characters, you don’t really have to read the previous ones in order to pick up the latest one.

Although if you haven’t read A Dance with Dragons, spoilers lie ahead. You’ve been warned!

 She was reading her little lord a tale of the Winged Knight when Mya Stone came knocking on the door of his bedchamber, clad in boots and riding leathers and smelling strongly of the stable. Mya had straw in her hair and a scowl on her face. That scowl comes of having Mychel Redfort near, Alayne knew.

“Your lordship,” Mya informed Lord Robert, “Lady Waynwood’s banners have been seen an hour down the road. She will be here soon, with your cousin Harry. Will you want to greet them?”

Why did she have to mention Harry? Alayne thought. We will never get Sweetrobin out of bed now. The boy slapped a pillow. “Send them away. I never asked them here.”

Mya looked nonplussed. No one in the Vale was better at handling a mule, but lordlings were another matter. “They were invited,” she said uncertainly, “for the tourney. I don’t… “

Alayne closed her book.  “Thank you, Mya. Let me talk with Lord Robert, if you would.”

Relief plain on her face, Mya fled without another word.

“I hate that Harry,” Sweetrobin said when she was gone. “He calls me cousin, but he’s just waiting for me to die so he can take the Eyrie. He thinks I don’t know, but I do.”

“Your lordship should not believe such nonsense,” Alayne said. “I’m sure Ser Harrold loves you well.” And if the gods are good, he will love me too. Her tummy gave a little flutter.

IT DOESN’T END THERE. FAR FROM IT. Click here to read the rest!

There’s still no release date for The Winds of Winter, although A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, a short story collection set in A Song of Ice and Fire’s universe, is due out October 6.

And of course, season 5 of Game of Thrones is out in eight days, as the countdown clock on Martin’s website reminds us. April 12. HBO. AW YEAH.