A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Book - 2015
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"Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals--in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg--whose true name is hidden from all he and Dunk encounter. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two... as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits" -- Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345533487
Branch Call Number: SF MARTIN, GEORGE
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gianni, Gary - Illustrator


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Jan 12, 2018

Good stuff. There's another 'Dunc and egg' story in Martin's anthology 'Warriors' for those who find themselves wanting MORE! MORE!

Sep 12, 2017

Very enjoyable! These shorter stories are a great compliment to the ASOIAF series that take place about 100 years before the events that kick off A Game of Thrones; however, you don't need to read ASOIAF to understand them. I could read stories about the adventures of Dunk and Egg all day while they explore Westeros (and perhaps beyond at some point?!) all day! There was a good mix of light-heartedness, action, adventure, and drama as told from the perspective of Ser Duncan the Tall w/his princeling squire Egg that is entertaining for all ages.

Aug 18, 2017

A collection of thee short stories set approximately a century before A Game of Thrones, this collection feels like Martin's best work, equal parts comedy, action, seriousness, and whimsy, with plenty of easter eggs.

Aug 17, 2017

This collection of the 3 Dunk and Egg novellas to 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. While they are short stories, they aren't like your standard prequels. The stories would be entertaining for readers who have not read the main series books. It would be interesting to get the viewpoint of someone who read these stories before reading the main series.

If you are expecting the style of ASOIAF with different characters, you will be disappointed. The story content runs the line between teen and young adult. There's little sexual content, a medium amount of gore, and little foul language. Very different than the two other novellas, which take place about 100 years earlier. The stories are also told almost completely from the perspective of Dunk, an awkward teenage knight seeking honor and glory. The stories give a lot of context to things mentioned in the main series, but you don't need to read them to understand anything in the other books.

While all 3 stories are great reads, The Mystery Knight was my favorite. The story blends fantasy and intrigue, as Dunk and Egg stumble onto a conspiracy within the Seven kingdoms. We even get to meet a character still around in the main series!

Aug 05, 2017

I was surprised by this tale of a hedge knight and his page. There is certainly a Game of Thrones tone to the stories. There is a fight scene involving combat on horseback that descends into a foot battle in deep water that is among the best action events in fiction I have read. This is not a cash grab by the author. It's a good fictional prelude to what happens much much later.

Jan 19, 2017

The tale of Dunk and Egg, knight and prince, half-giant and small boy.
I thought these three stories were pretty cute, though the second short didn't hold my interest as much as the other two, which seemed to give the book a nice, faster-paced beginning and end.
It was neat to see more of Westeros in a time before any of our favorite characters in the Song of Ice and Fire series, even if no one was notably recognizable.
Good read, don't necessarily need it for the other series but it was still very enjoyable.

Nov 03, 2016

So much fun to read! If you like Game Of Thrones, fairy tales, or buddy movies, you will love "The Knight of the Seven Kingdoms"! I love when a book makes me supremely happy!

Sep 10, 2016

Excellent. Game of Thrones prequal, Dunk, a hedge knight and Egg, his squire (who is a lord’s son) seek their fortunes. Great pen-and-ink illustrations by Gary Gianni. Way more like the first novel of Game of Thrones than like the over-the-top sex and violence with lovely costumes and settings in the HBO offering. Suitable for all ages.

Aw_19 Jun 10, 2016

If you enjoy Game of Thrones, then you'll appreciate this collection of three novellas set in the same world. It has the same feel as George R.R. Martin's popular series. And their relative brevity means you'll finish them much more quickly than the series (and have the satisfaction of stories that are complete, rather than waiting years to find out the resolution of the latest cliffhanger).

Apr 20, 2016

One of the signs of a well-developed fantasy world is that the author isn't confined to the present -- they can spin stories from centuries ago, and it still fits their world perfectly. Such a tale can be found in the adventures of Dunk and Egg, which takes place a century before the events of George R. R. Martin's epic A Song Of Ice And Fire series. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" brings together all three of those tales -- the story of a struggling hedge knight and his faithful yet snarky squire, both of whom are more than they appear.

In "The Hedge Knight," Dunk has spent most of his life as the squire to an aging hedge knight. But his master eventually dies, leaving him a sword, some old armor, a pair of horses and a handful of coins. He is determined to make a name for himself at a tourney, and hopefully be hired by some lord -- despite the annoyingly outspoken boy named Egg who is following him, hoping to become his squire.

But when Dunk arrives at the tourney, he finds that he's outmatched by everybody. He only need to score one win, but without armor he doesn't have a chance against the knights from powerful, aristocratic families. So he uses his wits to raise money... only to run afoul of a Targaryen prince when he defends a pretty puppeteer. Given the choice of losing his hand or trial by combat, Dunk chooses the less disfiguring option -- but that means he must find six allies to help him in the combat. And he might still lose his life at the end.

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