Winter is coming. One small snowflake at a time.
Fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, which form the basis for the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones,” have been waiting for the sixth book in the series, “The Winds of Winter,” for a very long time.
While there is not yet a release date for the novel, which Martin is still writing, impatient readers now have something to keep them busy — at least for a few minutes. Martin posted a chapter from the unfinished novel on his website on Monday.
The chapter is told from the point of view of Arianne Martell, the daughter of the Prince of Dorne, as she travels across a coast on a reconnaissance mission for her father. Arianne is not (yet) a character on the “Game of Thrones” show.
Martin also cautioned fans not to get too excited: “And no, just to spike any ... rumors, changing the sample chapter does NOT mean I am done.”
“See the icon up above?” Martin wrote, referring to a picture of himself with a small primate perched upon him. “Monkey is still on my back... but he’s growing, he is, and one day...”