Those of you who are all caught up on Game of Thrones and have read through every existing page of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series will be thrilled to know he’s giving you a tease of the next book. Martin has released a full chapter from The Winds of Winter titled “Mercy” and it’s told from the character’s point of view. Martin said this is a chapter that’s entirely new, or so he thinks.
“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),” he added. “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.”
You can read an excerpt from the chapter after the break, but be warned, spoilers…
She woke with a gasp, not knowing who she was, or where.
The smell of blood was heavy in her nostrils… or was that her nightmare, lingering? She had dreamed of wolves again, of running through some dark pine forest with a great pack at her hells, hard on the scent of prey.
Half-light filled the room, grey and gloomy. Shivering, she sat up in bed and ran a hand across her scalp. Stubble bristled against her palm. I need to shave before Izembaro sees. Mercy, I’m Mercy, and tonight I’ll be raped and murdered. Her true name was Mercedene, but Mercy was all anyone ever called her…
You can read the entire chapter over at Martin’s blog.
There is currently no release date for The Winds of Winter because Martin is still writing the story, so this chapter will have to be your Game of Thrones fix until the season four premiere of the series on April 6th.