A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Book - 2015
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A collection of three novellas set almost a century before "A Game of Thrones" and while the Targaryen line is still in power follows the adventures of Sir Duncan the Tall and his squire, a boy called Egg.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2015.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345533487
Characteristics: 355 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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dragipej Jan 25, 2020

Great short story, a fill in for a Game of Throne tragic

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Shuken_1989
Jan 16, 2020

"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" by G.R.R. Martin is the perfect appetizer while waiting on the release of the upcoming "Winds of Winter." I finished the main body of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series last year and was pining for Martin's specific form of fantasy story-telling. "A Knight for the Seven Kingdoms" follows the tale of Ser Duncan the Tall, "Dunk" and his squire "Egg," (Aegon Targaryen) on their journeys through the South of Westeros and the Riverlands. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" is set roughly one hundred years before the events of ASOIAF. This book contains three smaller stories, each one following the evolution of both Dunk and Egg as they learn the ropes of chivalry and the politics of Westeros following the abortive Blackfyre Rebellion. It is worth a read for those who are curious to learn about Westeros pre-ASOIAF or just fans of fantasy/ Dungeons & Dragons.

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ShalynTybo
Sep 30, 2019

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms contains three short stories: A Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight.
These prequel stories, set about 100 year before the main books in The Game of Thrones, focus on the adventures of the hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire nicknamed "Egg". Egg hides his highly recognizable, true yet "Unlikely" name and identity behind a head he keeps shaven bald.
The artwork liberally sprinkled throughout the whole book is sufficient reason to acquire this book. There is nearly one drawing every other page.
The 160 illustrations, seven of which are panoramas across two pages, are illustrated by Gary Gianni, who drew the Prince Valiant comic strip from 2004 to 2012. Additionally there is a two page color illustration on the inside cover, a nearly full page sepia-toned back cover illustration, plus the front cover shield styling of Ser Duncan's coat of arms which differs from another shield styling on page 308.
I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults.

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Katie_Dublin
Jul 21, 2019

The same adventures you've enjoyed as graphic novels, but expanded into book form. Perfect for anyone eagerly awaiting The Winds of Winter.

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terrytag
Jan 23, 2019

Where's the hard copy???

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.

A collection of three 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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humbleworm
Feb 17, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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