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I Broke the Internet

Sorry about that.

 The upload of the new sample chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER created so much traffic to my website and blog that the servers crashed.  This is the first time I've been able to get up myself all day.

 Anyway, it seems to be easing off some.  And we are looking at ways to increase capacity.

 The "reviews" of the chapter have been amazingly enthusiastic as well.  Thanks.   I am pleased that so many of you -- thousands and maybe tens of thousands, it would seem -- enjoyed "Mercy" so much.

 I mentioned that this chapter had quite a history.  It's true.  The first draft was written more than a decade ago.  Originally, it was intended to be the opening Arya chapter after the infamous "five year gap," her first appearance in A DANCE WITH DRAGONS as initially conceived.   Then it was supposed to be a part of A FEAST FOR CROWS, after I abandoned the five year gap and split the books.  Then it was going to be the concluding Arya chapter in A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.  But it seemed more like an opening chapter than a closing one, so shortly before ADWD was published my editor and I agreed to remove it from DANCE and shift it over into WINDS.  Of course, it has been revised, tightened, polished, and tweaked at every step of the way, so the version on my website has some significant differences from the "five year gap" version.

Some of you who enjoyed meeting Mercy may not have found the other sample we've put out there of late, a new Tyrion chapter.  That one is live and available with the ICE & FIRE app, and can be found at

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/george-r.-r.-martins-world/id570015223?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.randomhouse.woiaf

Enjoy the read.


Mar. 27th, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
As I cannot be the hero, let me be the monster, and lesson them in fear in place of love.
Well, frankly Martin, I do not understand why you have released this chapter. It was far too good and as soon as I read it, I wanted to read it again. As soon as I re-read it, I wished I had the full book so I could read the stories of other characters, and have my questions finally answered.

This chapter was incredible, and it was so good to see another name taken off the list, with Arya being Arya. I don't know how long you actually worked on it (total hours including editing) but I am so thankful, but also very upset that I got to read yet another piece from a book I now know will be one of the best books I will have the pleasure to read in my lifetime.

So thank you, but also - god! why, Martin!?

Good luck with the rest of the writing, I hope it is going well.


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