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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.


Ashwin Anthony Fernandes
Mar. 28th, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
Excellent read!
Thank you so much for the gift of "Mercy" Mr. Martin :-D
One small question if I may, can we confirm that we are now in the year 301 AL? For one it'll help the characters get that much older and help us digest events to come a bit more easily. 'Cos there seemed to be a bunch of people critical of the Mercy storyline.

Edited at 2014-03-28 01:18 am (UTC)
Mar. 28th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Excellent read!
Various fan timelines put the end of ADWD and even AFFC already well into 301, although I'm not sure that's right. Barristan talks in ADWD about how they could be back in Westeros before the end of the year if they take off with Quentyn right now, which makes it sound like it's still a few months off.

This might qualify as one of those things best left to Westeros though, where I daresay the question is likely already being debated.


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