George RR Martin has released a new sample chapter from the forthcoming novel The Winds of Winter, titled Mercy.
“The new chapter is actually an old chapter,” George wrote on his Not a Blog “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). 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.”
The chapter is available to read online at GeorgeRRMartin.com. The ‘Arianne’ chapter has now been taken down but there is still a new Tyrion chapter on the “A World of Ice and Fire” app for iTunes.
As for his progress on “Winds,” George says he is writing it “page by page, sentence by sentence. I’m working on it. So I hope to finish it as soon as I can.”