It’s absolutely impossible for me to be any more excited about The Winds of Winter: the next book in George R.R. Martin’s stupendously successful saga, A Song of Ice and Fire. I still remember being blown away by A Game of Thrones along with the succeeding volumes back in the early 2000’s (my manager at the time was reading it) and while I knew that this would be a series to watch, little did I know that it would be THE fantasy series of the decade and onward. Sure, there have been others (and no, I won’t mention them because I don’t want to start a flame war over which one is the best), but how many of them have spun off cookbooks, toys, role-playing games, video games, and a top rate series on premium cable channel HBO? (Yes, I hear you saying that popularity necessarily doesn’t mean something is great, but when a book has earned the praise of critics and fans alike then I’d say it’s a pretty good indicator that you’ve got a quality product.)
Anyway, our friends at Entertainment Weekly (The cool kids call them EW!) have a very exclusive offering today: A paragraph from The Winds of Winter, and it features my favorite character (and perhaps yours) Tyrion. While it’s only a paragraph, think of it as a fantasy literature hors d’oeuvre, or a small, hot spoonful from a delicious soup that’s not quite ready to serve. Something to whet your appetite. Also, and this is a big also, publisher Penguin Random House is going to update their George R.R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire app with a bunch of locations and characters from the novel, along with an exclusive full chapter featuring Tyrion. Don’t have the App? Good news! You can get it for IOS, Nook, or Android, and there’s a free version that will entitle you to the Winds of Winter download when it is released.
Hopefully, this will tide you over just a little while longer until we get the new book. I don’t have a release date to share with you yet, but if I hear of anything then you’ll be the first to know. Meanwhile, enjoy the app and – of course - look for the premiere of the fourth season of HBO’s A Game of Thrones on April 6 at 9 PM.
Pssst – You still haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire? Grab all five books here!