SANTA FE, NM - FEBRUARY 23: Writer George R. R. Martin participates in a Q & A session following SundanceTV's "Hap & Leonard"
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George R.R. Martin hasn't been shy about the monumental challenge he's facing with the sixth A Song of Ice and Fire novel, The Winds of Winter, recently writing that "no one could possibly be more disappointed than me" when it comes to the slow progress. (The 1,040-page A Dance with Dragons was published in July 2011.) But he has given readers and Game of Thrones fanatics some treats along the way, sharing chapters and excerpts centering around Theon Greyjoy, Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark, among others. Now we've got a new Winds of Winter chapter starring Arianne Martell of Dorne.

Here's what Martin had to say about the preview, which, at 5,900 words, is far from bite-sized:

"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."

Considering recent events on the HBO TV series, which has gone post-book-plot in Dorne, that's fantastically intriguing.

Martin has previously read a version of this chapter at live events; this latest one's been revised. "And no," he writes, "just to spike any bullshit rumors, changing the sample chapter does NOT mean I am done."

The new Arianne Martell Winds of Winter chapter replaces an installment that previously lived on the same page, one about Alayne, a current alias for...well, why just go read and find out.

Here's the Arianne art that comes with the chapter, which, again, is right here:

via George R.R. Martin's official site

link: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/excerpt-from-the-winds-of-winter/
Illustration via www.GeorgeRRMartin.com

Next, listen to Fuse's Back of the Class podcast talk about the latest episode of Game of Thrones' second season, starting at the 20:30 mark in the episode below. Spoilers!