GRRM releases new The Winds of Winter chapter

winds of winterA new excerpt from the highly-anticipated sixth volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, The Winds of Winter, has just been published by George R.R. Martin on his blog.

While the long wait continues for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, a little more of the story has been revealed in this latest chapter. It is told from the point of view of Arianne Martell, who is traveling the countryside and regularly sending reports of what she sees to her father, Prince Martell of Dorne. Arianne also has to contend with her strong-willed cousin, Elia Sand. Dragons and battles are referenced in the chapter, as well as a visit to a place that once belonged to the children of the forest.

It looks like the characters from Dorne will be playing more active roles in the story and this new chapter is only the beginning of their journeys. In his blog, Martin wrote about the fates of some of these characters:

“You want to know what the Sand Snakes, Prince Doran, Areo Hotah, Ellaria Sand, Darkstar, and the rest will be up to in Winds of Winter? Quite a lot, actually. The sample will give you a taste… For the rest, you will need to wait.”

Fans have been waiting for quite a while. The last book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011 and the television series, Game of Thrones, has already caught up with the published material and will be exploring new territory in the sixth season. Earlier this year, Martin revealed that he would not be able to finish the novel before the sixth season aired.

But he assured his devoted fans that progress had been made:

“Yes, there’s a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters… But there’s also a lot still left to write. I am months away still … and that’s if the writing goes well.”

As fans continue to wait patiently for the eventual publication of The Winds of Winter in its entirety, they can still watch the television adaptation of the series, Game of Thrones, the sixth season of which is currently airing on HBO.

Read the full excerpt from The Winds of Winter HERE.