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The adventures of Dunk and Egg may not feature any of the characters we know from the other series (although there are a couple cameos), but this is still the world of Westeros and I still love reading about it. Martin has promised more in this storyline, but my hope is he expands the plot to novel-length rather than giving us a book of three or four short stories. One thing readers may appreciate in this book, over the ASOIAF series, is that there is less tragedy and, since the lives of our two heroes are already “written” as it were, the reader does not have to worry about them dying in a bloody mess (at least not until they are much, much older). There is also notably no sex in these stories, and very little profanity. While not written for a young audience, the book is different from his other novels in that respect. Check it out!
From Publishers Weekly The three interlocking novellas in this collection, all previously published, make for a rousing prelude to Martin’s bestselling Song of Ice and Fire saga. Set 90 years before the events in A Game of Thrones, they chronicle the experiences of Ser Duncan the Tall, a humble hedge knight whose honorable comportment is often at odds with the schemes of the royals who rule the Seven Kingdoms. In “The Hedge Knight,” Duncan is forced to fight a brutal trial by combat for defending a commoner against a cruel prince’s son. In both “The Sworn Sword” and “The Mystery Knight,” Duncan advances further toward fulfilling his destiny as a knight of the Kingsguard, foreseen in dreams throughout the stories. The stories are top-heavy with tournaments and bloody battles, but also rich in human drama and the colorful worldbuilding that distinguishes other books in the series. The appearance of youthful versions of characters who figure in the later novels makes this collection a must-read for Martin’s legions of fans. (Oct.)n
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire) Hardcover – October 6, 2015 by George R. R. Martin (Author) Review
Story:This book is actually three books merged into one. Taking place a century before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, the story follows Ser Duncan, a man who was recently knighted before his master passed away. While traveling to a tourney, he meets a bald boy named Egg who, despite Duncan’s efforts to have it otherwise, becomes his squire. Duncan learns some surprising things while at the tourney, but ends up making a name for himself in front of the Targaryans, who are the family of kings and queens in Westeros. Afterwards, he and Egg have several adventures, including trying to help a disgraced lord save his lands and his smallfolk (peasants) from a drought while a rival house is taking all the resources, and participating in a tourney while looking for a performer that is hinted that Duncan might have feelings for. Underneath it all is the threat of the embers of a rebellion that had been beaten years ago, but is struggling to rise to power again. Will Duncan and Egg be able to help the Seven Kingdoms?I was pleased to see another story that takes place in Westeros, and isn’t part of the main series. It helps add to the world’s history, and allows us to see characters we read about in The World of Ice and Fire to get some attention. While not as intense as the series A Song of Ice and Fire, it still has that flare of Martin’s to explore real people facing real medieval problems. The illustrations done by Gary Gianni also help bring this world and time period to life. It’s definitely worth reading. Caution:Some swearing, including some uses of the F-word. Some violence and gore. Some people are seen naked in some of the illustrations (though one is the result of a dream and another is part of a marriage ceremony in Westeros). Lessons:Honor and nobility are found in the heart. You can find good people in unexpected places. The Devil will try to strike us when we are not expecting it. -Read Reviews-
Somewhere in the 4-5 range. I really liked this book and can’t wait for the next. If you are expecting something like GAME OF THRONES you can go ahead and kill that expectation or put it on a shelf to languish. This book is delightfully different. In fact it reminds me of the historical classics like THE BLACK ARROW and IVANHOE. And if it wasn’t for a handful of instances with naughty language the story would be suitable for 6th Graders on up. However it does use the C-word for lady bits and a few other choice words I can’t recall at the moment, so it’s not a book I’d hand to a youngster. (Editors, come out with a kid’s version! You’ll make more money)When I first began reading I wasn’t sure what I thought but it wasn’t long until I got caught up in Dunk and Egg’s meanderings through the kingdoms. Dunk is a huge young man that is as close to an honest, chivalrous knight as you can come. Egg is a prince in hiding and then a prince in training as a Dunk’s squire. As Dunk is a ‘Hedge Knight’, which is to say he freelances, they meander from job to job taking in the occasional tourney. They, of course, run across fair maids and evil doers. Adventures spring from politics, jealousy and greed, and the fact that Dunk is still learning his trade and finding his own way in the world. What makes the story so engrossing is that Martin knows his medieval stuff. He knows about the tournaments of the times, the weaponry, the garments, and even the food. All this serves to bring the story alive. And as I sit here typing this review I find myself wondering what Dunk and Egg are doing today. Which means that Martin has done his job admirable. He’s made me like the setting and characters so much that I not only care about what great adventures they are working up to, but also about what they are doing when absolutely nothing much is going on. Recommend. ~library find
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