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Something Old, Something New

Hiya kids, hiya hiya hiya.

With season 4 of HBO's GAME OF THRONES almost upon us, I thought the time was ripe for me to give my readers another taste of WINDS OF WINTER.  So I will shortly be posting a new sample chapter there.  (If you have not read the Arianne chapter that has been up there lo these many months, better do so soon, because Arianne will be coming down when the new sample goes up).

The new chapter is actually an old chapter.  But no, it's not one I've published or posted before, and I don't even think I've read it at a con (could be wrong there, I've done readings at so many cons, it all tends to blur together).  So it's new in that it is material that no one but my editors (well, and Parris, and David and Dan, and a few others) have ever seen before, but it's old in that it was written a long time ago, predating any of the samples that you have seen.  The first draft was, at any rate.  I've rewritten it a dozen times since then.

Anyway, I've blathered on about it long enough, I will let the text speak for itself.

Chapter title is "Mercy."

(And as with past samples, please don't talk about it here.  There are dozens of great places to talk about the books on the web, but this is not one of them.  If you want to talk about the chapter after you've read it, check out Westeros or Tower of the Hand or one of the many other great Ice & Fire sites).

Watch my website.  Coming soon.


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Ramzi Shalby
Mar. 26th, 2014 03:14 am (UTC)
I'll take it
I'll settle for another paragraph but a chapter is even better :)
Thank you.
Brad Cravy
Mar. 26th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC)
Just finished ASOIAF novels and Dunk and Egg and The Ice Dragon. Which GRRM novel should I tackle tomorrow?
Mar. 26th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
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Mar. 26th, 2014 05:18 am (UTC)
Salutations. Thanks for sharing, it is very much appreciated.
Bernhard Vienna
Mar. 26th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)

Could you please also write a version of your books where the Starks have won the war and are all back together in Winterfell?

That would be great...
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome!
Even the dead ones?
Re: Awesome! - tori_targaryen - Mar. 26th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Margaret Ballinger
Mar. 26th, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
Your books are a work of genius that will live on for generations to come.
A Game of Thrones. A book, a show, and to some... a religion.
A religion whose deity (George R.R. Martin) rarely grants you new passages in your holy book. But when he does, festivals are thrown. Virgins are sacrificed...
And then more is demanded. :p

Thank you so, so much!

Edited at 2014-03-26 06:53 am (UTC)
Mar. 26th, 2014 06:59 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the heads up.
Tanto Ten
Mar. 26th, 2014 07:30 am (UTC)
...will shortly be posting...
Not "shortly" as in next Tuesday, me hopes?

Edited at 2014-03-26 07:31 am (UTC)
Roy Amkreutz
Mar. 26th, 2014 07:50 am (UTC)
Eye colour
Well, I would like to know if Val, the wildling princess, has pale grey eyes or blue eyes...

Anand Prakash Jha
Mar. 26th, 2014 08:56 am (UTC)
and my WA(i)T-CH begins !!
A great news indeed !! :)
Gus Sinclair
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
I bet is a danyeris chapter.. . She will give mago the same mercy he gave eroah, as she sworn in AGOT.

However, i d like a sansa chapter more, almost ten years vwaiting for her. Carzy to seevthe deal with roberts old tapestry ordered by petyr
Mar. 26th, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)
LOL from a Patriots fan, sorry about the Jets, Mr. Martin. I'm not really sure how much better Vick is than Sanchez, but I guess we will all see this year. Sanchez did go to 2 AFC title games, right? I'm not sure if you're a baseball fan or not. It's still a long while before football kicks off again.....as long as they keep kick offs in the game! Anyway, good luck on the writing! Thanks for releasing another sample chapter, you know it keeps the rabid fans at bay for a little bit longer. Hope all is well, best wishes.
Kimme Utsi
Mar. 26th, 2014 01:12 pm (UTC)
This is probably an Arya chapter that was left out of adwd ...
Mar. 26th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Mar. 26th, 2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
I can't wait! Crossing my fingers it's an Arya chapter.

By the way, in light of one of Maisie's new interviews, I have some questions. Are we meant to see Arya as evil or as a villain? I don't. I see her as one of the protagonists and as a tragic child who has gone through so much trauma, yet still retains a strong sense of justice and a great deal of empathy for others. But what are your thoughts? Is it inappropriate for Arya to be the fan favorite she is?
Mar. 26th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
This sort of discussion is best left to Westeros or Tower of the Hand.
Adriano Machado
Mar. 26th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!!
Bernie Margolis
Mar. 26th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Why the magic twanger?
Why do I get the distinct impression that this new chapter is going to be posted April 1st?

Edit: I stand corrected. The chapter was indeed posted today. I'm sorry for uncharitably casting such unmerited aspersions on your well-intentioned gift. Don't blame me too much, however. The combination of froggy and this announcement's proximity to April 1 were simply too suspicious to overlook!

Edited at 2014-03-26 10:46 pm (UTC)
Caiti Maskrey
Mar. 26th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Thank you George! I cannot wait to read it! What a wonderful treat!

At the medical school I attend (KCUMB) there is a rather large group of GOT book readers and an even larger GOT series followers, and I cannot wait to share this exciting news with our GOT club!
Mar. 26th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
is this a new Eddard chapter?
please have "mercy"and say yes
Mar. 26th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
My hope
My hope is some cliff-hanger will be solved but it too much I guess. Anyway thank you Very Much!!!!!!
Bernhard Vienna
Mar. 26th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
New chapter every week?
And I still think that a new chapter online every week would be cool.
Coherence is not that important.

And the story should go on forever : )
Chris Huggins
Mar. 26th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
Amazing Thankyou!
No spoilers, no discussion. Just Thankyou! ! ! !
Mar. 26th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Can't wait to read this in a few hours.

A couple of years back, reports were you offered to read a Arianne chapter or a Damphair chapter at a con. The audience voted for the Arianne chapter even though you hinted there was something deliciously twisted in the Damphair chapter. I've always been wondering if you would release that one before the WOW came out in some context, but you've held it thus far. I am very curious, but will gladly wait for the WOW. In the meantime, thanks for whetting our appetites!
maria jimenez
Mar. 26th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
loved it
thank you so much.
Mark Villanueva
Mar. 26th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
New Chapter Mercy
Thank you very much. Looking forward to more!
Jeremy Scholem
Mar. 27th, 2014 01:50 am (UTC)
Song and Dance
I am not ashamed to admit that I did a little dance last night when I saw the post announcing the new chapter would be up and sang a little nonsense song about who the POV character was just now. Thankfully no one was home to judge me but the cat.
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