A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Tales of Dunk and Egg (Novellas 1-3)
By George R. R. Martin
“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, naïve 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 lie 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.”
I had seen A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms in bookshops for a while, and purposely not bought it as it was coming up to Christmas and I had it on my list. A little after Christmas, Matt came home from a trip into town, put a bag into my lap and said “that’s for you”. When I opened it, I saw A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms inside, I was so happy. All I knew about A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms was that it was to do with A Song of Fire and Ice series and nothing else, so when I came to read the blurb I was surprised and wanted to read it straight away, which was annoying as I was in the middle of a giant book which I needed to finish first. However, once I finished that book I skipped the rest of my to read pile and grabbed A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms straight away and ploughed straight in.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a prequel book made up of three novellas, all separate from each other, but the main characters are the same (Dunk and Egg) and they are ordered in the book in chronological order. Each one follows these two characters through a different main event over a longer journey that runs through the book. You do not need to have read A Song of Fire and Ice or watched Game of Thrones to enjoy this book, although I have done both. It does refer to historical characters in those that are both historical and current in A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
I loved the way that you very quickly got to know the characters although their characters do develop slightly with the novella, and they do still surprise you with what they decide to do. I really liked some of the smaller characters that you only meet in one novella, but my favourites are Dunk and Egg, and I cannot decide which my absolute favourite is.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms totally kept me guessing, I had no idea what was going to be the outcome or what was going to happen on the next page. The story really gripped me, I was off work ill and I read it in three days as I had some other things to do, otherwise I would have probably read it in one.
I felt like I had several favourite parts, probably one main one in each novella. I would not want to spoil any of the novellas, as my favourite parts are all unfortunately in the second half of each! However, I can say that I think the action scenes were the best written, especially when it comes to the jousting. The writing completely made me feel like I was there, amazing. Although some scenes did make me cry, there were quite a few that had me in stitches. George R. R. Martin knows exactly how to play with the emotions of the reader and he does so perfectly. Also the illustrations by Gary Gianni add an extra something to the experience, they are quite incredible.
It was written in third person narrative, which was okay but gets frustrating at times. Otherwise no other faults with it.
I would describe A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms as a medieval fantasy adventure book for those that know nothing about Game of Thrones or A Song of Fire and Ice or as a light prequel for those that do. I would recommend it for teenagers and up as there is bloody violence within the pages. 4 out of 5.