Game of Thrones fans have been given a special treat ahead of the fifth season of the show, which is largely filmed in Northern Ireland and is due to return to TV on April 12.
Author George RR Martin has posted excerpts from the sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, which is titled Winds of Winter.
Writing on his blog, he said he had wanted to release them earlier but “did not want it mistaken for an April Fool’s joke”.
The first paragraph of the excerpt reads: “She was reading her little lord a tale of the Winged Knight when Mya Stone came knocking on the door of his bedchamber, clad in boots and riding leathers and smelling strongly of the stable.”
“Mya had straw in her hair and a scowl on her face. That scowl comes of having Mychel Redfort near, Alayne knew.”
The character Alayne Stone is actually Sansa Stark living under the name Alayne.
As yet, the book has no official publication date.
The fifth season of Game of Thrones debuts on HBO on April 12.