George R.R. Martin has released a 6,700 word excerpt from the forthcoming sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. The excerpt features Sansa Stark posing as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish’s bastard niece Alayne Stone, as well as the young lord Robert Arryn.
The highly, HIGHLY anticipated book isn’t expected to be released until sometime next year. Martin has been buckling down as of late however, forgoing public appearances and passing on Game of Thrones episode writing duties for Seasons 5 and 6.
Read a portion of the excerpt after the break…
She was reading her little lord a tale of the Winged Knight when Mya Stone came knocking on the door of his bedchamber, clad in boots and riding leathers and smelling strongly of the stable. Mya had straw in her hair and a scowl on her face. That scowl comes of having Mychel Redfort near, Alayne knew.
“Your lordship,” Mya informed Lord Robert, “Lady Waynwood’s banners have been seen an hour down the road. She will be here soon, with your cousin Harry. Will you want to greet them?”
Why did she have to mention Harry? Alayne thought. We will never get Sweetrobin out of bed now. The boy slapped a pillow. “Send them away. I never asked them here.”
Mya looked nonplussed. No one in the Vale was better at handling a mule, but lordlings were another matter. “They were invited,” she said uncertainly, “for the tourney. I don’t… “
Alayne closed her book. “Thank you, Mya. Let me talk with Lord Robert, if you would.” Relief plain on her face, Mya fled without another word.
You can read the full excerpt at Martin’s website.