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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. 30th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you George, for releasing such a brilliant sample chapter. How do you decide what to release? Do you base it off fan favourite characters, choose something you know will tease us? Also, are you careful when selecting which chapter you want to release that it isn't too spoiler-y?
I just want to say that the Mercy chapter was amazing and so fast paced. If all of tWoW is like that, well, I imagine I will finish the book in 24 hours, ha!
I also want to take the opportunity to say I am very impressed with the Ice and Fire content you are releasing over a 12 month time space. Barristan, tPatQ, Tyrion II, Mercy... and not to forget of course, the Rogue Prince and the World of Ice and Fire. You will certainly do a good job of lightening my bank account this year :) (Well, you and Robin Hobb, who I can't get enough of right now and who is releasing a new book this year too!)
Thanks again George, you are a brilliant author


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