Read a chapter of the new Game of Thrones novel

Posted by CB Droege

George R. R. Martin is teasing the next novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series with a free chapter.

Game of Thrones, one of the best shows on television right now, is based on a series of novels by George R. R. Martin collectively known as A Song of Ice and Fire. The most recent book is A Dance of Dragons, and it’s the fifth book in a planned seven book series. The sixth is still being written, and we have no idea of when it will arrive, especially considering Martin’s somewhat notorious pace.

We know, however, that the next book will be called Winds of Winter, and will be picking up some of its story threads from the end of book four, since books four and five took place during roughly the same time-frame. It’s a very long time to wait to discover what happened to Arya.

To tease the upcoming book, Martin has posted a chapter from the novel up on this official website. We’re not allowed to just drop it here for you, however, so you’ll have to read it over there, if you don’t mind spoilers. If you are only watching the TV show, or if you haven’t finished Dance with Dragons, you surely shouldn’t peek.

The chapter is told from the point of view of Arianne Martell, Princess of Dorne, as she begins a long and important journey. There is no mention of where in the book the chapter falls.

The image at right is an illustration of the character from the Fantasy Flight Games Game of Thrones boardgame.

Personally, I pulled myself away from the books after the show began, but I’m sure that for every person who felt the way I did, there were a thousand people who got drawn into the books by a desire to know what was coming next in the HBO series.

Game of Thrones, the show, returns this spring. There will be major changes to the world and the plot in this season as the focus of the conflict shifts dramatically. Perhaps this excitement explains why books one and two of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series only merited about a season apiece, and it will take two seasons, at least, to get through book three. Or, perhaps they just need to slow down, lest they overtake the release schedule for the novels.

Winds of Winter has no announced release date. The third season of Game of Thrones is currently in production and will begin airing on March 31st, 2013 on HBO.