A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Book - 2015
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Publisher: New York, New York : Bantam Books, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780345533487
Characteristics: 355 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gianni, Gary

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JCLIanH Aug 13, 2018

A welcome reprieve from all the grisly murder and sinister politics of the Song of Ice and Fire series. This collection of novellas finds Westeros in simpler times, roughly 90 years before Game of Thrones set the whole world on fire (and ice, although who knows if the White Walkers will ever get to the continent proper in the main series. I don't care if the TV show has already crossed that Rubicon, I'm gonna pretend like it happens until Martin writes the rest of the stinkin' books!). These novellas tell the rather delightful tale of Ser Duncan the Tall's journey from a lowly hedge knight to Commander of the Kingsguard when he unwittingly befriends a future king of Westeros. These stories provide some great Westerosi history and cover events discussed in the Song of Ice and Fire novels, but without the creeping sense of dread that comes with reading those books.

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humbleworm
Feb 17, 2018

Martin continues his mastery in character names and back stories, however these three novellas preceding the Game of Thrones series are single-threaded and simpler. This is also appropriate for a bit younger reader too. Without so much intrigue and "winter is coming" hanging over your head, it's a bit like comparing The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings.

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texascarl
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!

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jkamstu
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.

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BrandonBlanchard
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.

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isaachar
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!

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Dreamstime
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.

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velvetdelenn
Jun 05, 2017

I liked this story because we only follow one characters journey....I loved the other books, but it can get bogged down by too many subplots.

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Nymeria23
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.

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wellsam1978
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!

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Feb 17, 2018

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