My review today is for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by
I am a big fan of GRRM and his books, and yes that tv show. I know who isn’t these days right? I feel that I have to defend my fandom by saying I was reading the books before it was on tv! As part of my fandom I tracked down and read the Dunk and Egg stories that were published in three separate anthologies. I thought they were fantastic little stories with all kinds of extra tidbits from the A Song of Ice and Fire world.
So now they have combined all of the stories and packaged them into this beautiful edition. The stories are just as wonderful as I remember, and the illustrations from Gary Gianni are spectacular!
The Tales of Dunk and Egg which is a series of fantasy novellas by GRRM, set in the world of his A Song of Ice and Fire novels. They relate the adventures of “Dunk” (the future commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Duncan the Tall) and “Egg” (the future king Aegon V Targaryen), some 90 years before the events of the novels.
This is a fantastic series. I enjoyed reading about events leading up to the ASOIAF series. As usual the worldbuilding and strong characters Martin is famous for are here in these novellas. I highly recommend this collection. If you are looking for something to read while waiting for more ASOIAF this will definitely do the trick. I have read Martin intends to continue the series, I hope this is true and we can get to know more about these two wonderful characters.
As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.
This book is out NOW!
So go grab your copy!
About the book:
- Series: A Song of Ice and Fire
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345533488
- ISBN-13: 978-0345533487
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LOS ANGELES TIMES AND BUZZFEED •
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.
Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn’t dead—yet.
Praise for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
“Readers who already love Martin and his ability to bring visceral human drama out of any story will be thrilled to find this trilogy brought together and injected with extra life.”—Booklist
“The real reason to check out this collection is that it’s simply great storytelling. Martin crafts a living, breathing world in a way few authors can. . . . [Gianni’s illustrations] really bring the events of the novellas to life in beautiful fashion.”—Tech Times
About the author:
George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.