Fantasy author says he will ‘mount the head on a spike’ of Amazon employee who shipped copies of A Dance with Dragons early.
By Alison Flood
It’s not quite as gruesome as the drowning in molten gold he metes out to an unlucky character in A Game of Thrones, but George RR Martin has nonetheless threatened to “mount the head on a spike” of the unfortunate Amazon employee who shipped copies of his heavily embargoed new novel, A Dance with Dragons, early.
Out on 12 July, the 1,000-page novel, the fifth in Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, has been anticipated by fans for the last six years and is subject to a strict embargo by its publisher. Despite this, around 180 copies have been sent to readers by Amazon in Germany, according to Martin and his publisher, and spoilers have begun springing up across the internet.
“I am not happy about this. My publishers are furious. If we find out who is responsible, we will mount his head on a spike,” wrote Martin on his blog.