Winter is coming, and so are the winds of it — sort of. Though there is still not an official release date for George R.R. Martin‘s sixth “Game of Thrones” novel “The Winds of Winter,” fans at least can get another early sampling of it.
Random House is planning a huge update for the “George R.R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire” app in March, which will include quite a few more new character and location descriptions. In addition, a new “Winds of Winter” point-of-view chapter for Tyrion Lannister will be released. The chapter will be available in both the free and paid versions of the app.
Here’s the excerpt, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:
“Somewhere off in the far distance, a dying man was screaming for his mother. ‘To horse!’ a man was yelling in Ghiscari, in the next camp to the north of the Second Sons. ‘To horse! To horse!’ High and shrill, his voice carried a long way in the morning air, far beyond his own encampment. Tyrion knew just enough Ghiscari to understand the words, but the fear in his voice would have been plain in any tongue. I know how he feels.“
Several other excerpts of “The Winds of Winter” have already been released or read by Martin at conventions, including character perspectives for Arianne Martell, Victarion Greyjoy, Theon Greyjoy and Barristan Selmy. Two other Tyrion Lannister chapters have been read; one at Eastercon in April 2012 and one at Worldcon in August 2013.
No release date has been set for “The Winds of Winter,” but this is the most recent tease fans have had in a while. The last “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel, “A Dance With Dragons,” was released on July 2011.
When recently asked about a status update on the next novel, Martin acknowledged, “They’re making television shows a lot faster than writing novels, so I need to speed up a little.”
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 — which includes storylines from the “ASoIaF” novels “A Storm of Swords,” “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance With Dragons” — will premiere on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.