I wanted to read A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS for a few reasons.
- I have never read a George R.R. Martin books. I love the shows but I kinda feel like I may have spoiled myself for the Song of Ice and Fire series. please correct me if i am wrong. Also, they are quite a time commitment.
- This looked kinda short. At only 355 pages, I knew this was a book I could finish in a realistic amount of time.
- My co-worker who knows everything about GoT told me that the characters are mentioned in the GoT book series and I wanted their backstory. Ya know, in case I ever make time to read them A Song of Ice and Fire.
So I went into A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS hoping it would have the same feel as the GoT show series. I was not disappointed. It really feels like the show and I was happy with how well the scenes were described. The characters of Duncan (Dunk) and Egg are well developed. We get to know them as they are now and learn how they became the people they are today. Duncan is absolutely the main character, but since this journey involves Egg as his squire we see him a lot, but we do not get his perspective.
All illustrations credit Gary Gianni.
Dunk was born a nobody bastard boy who just happens to have squired by a good knight who knighted him shortly before his death. His master taught Dunk that he should be merciful and to do the right thing.
“A hedge knight must hold tight to his pride. Without it, he was no more than a sellsword”
“A hedge knight is the truest kind of knight, Dunk,” the old man had told him, a long long time ago. “Other knights serve the lords who keep them, or from whom they hold their lands, but we serve where we will, for men whose causes we believe in. Every knight swears to protect the weak and the innocent, but we keep the vow best I think.”
Dunk aspires to be a “real” knight and not just a hedge knight who feels and acts like an outcast. Hedge knights actually live in the hedges of society even though they are knights. In this time of the Seven Kingdoms, knights are not all defined by their deeds. Duncan is not so smart, but he has a big heart and does the right thing no matter what the cost.
“Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall.”
Lucky for Dunk, Egg is very wise. He is bold and not really as a squire should. Egg is actually Aegon Targaryen, little brother of Aemon Targaryen. He is in disguise and he learns so much about this kingdom through Dunks trials. Although there is royalty in this story, this is not about that. This is a story about the other people, the little people, living in Westeros.
All three stories tell complete tales. I felt that the ending of The Mystery Night was a bit rush though. There are rumors that the author will be writing more about these two. I can hardly wait.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
Published by Bantam Books, HarperCollins on October 6th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction
eBook provided by My Wallet (purchased)
Almost a century before A GAME OF THRONES, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros... 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.
Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne there was Dunk and Egg. A young, na�ve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.
Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality he is Aegon Targaryen, and one day he will be king. Improbable heroes though they be, great destinies lay ahead for Dunk and Egg; as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.
A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS brings together for the first time the first three official prequel novellas to George R.R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire, set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory.
Featuring more than 160 illustrations by Gary Gianni, one of the finest fantasy artists of our time, this beautiful volume will transport readers to the world of the Seven Kingdoms in an age of bygone chivalry.