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The Sworn Sword (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #2)

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The Sworn Sword is a novella by George R. R. Martin that first appeared in the Legends II anthology series. This is the second in the series of Dunk and Egg stories.
ebook, 81 pages
Published 2011 (first published 1st 2003)
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Nov 16, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
The Sworn Sword is the second of the Tales of Dunk and Egg, a series of novellas set in Westeros approximately 100 years before the events of the main Song of Ice and Fire series. I found the story in the anthology Legends II, edited by Robert Silverberg.

This time, the story is set in the Reach, during a bad drought. Dunk and Egg, a free-roaming hedge knight and his squire, have taken up service with a landed knight. Unfortunately, Ser Eustace is possibly the most pitiful knight in the whole ki
Nov 03, 2015 James rated it really liked it
I'm trying to pace myself through these A Song of Ice and Fire short stories while waiting for the (hopefully) eventual sixth novel in the series. The worry is that having run out of novels in the series to read, having finished the second in the trilogy, I'm now risking running out of novellas too. This one picks up pretty soon after the first one: The Hedge Knight, and we find that Egg is now officially the squire of Dunk (although they are both sworn to secrecy as to his actual identity). Kno ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Ceecee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ASOIAF fans
Recommended to Ceecee by: ASOIAF fans
I enjoyed this novella as much as, or mayhaps* even more than, I enjoyed The Hedge Knight. I am strongly convinced it's because no one I cared about died. This being medieval fantasy though, and being George RR Martin, someone had to die. *shrug* (view spoiler) ...more
Yvonne Mendez
May 05, 2013 Yvonne Mendez rated it it was amazing
The second tale of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg, a year has passed from the time Dunk almost lost a hand and foot, but gained a royal squire. He is now under the employ of Ser Eustace and thanks to conflicts with his neighbor, The Red Widow, we get to know more about the Targaryen history and their conflicts.

I tend to get all the Targaryen names confused, as I was reading this story I had to pause and look at a Targaryen family tree to visually see where the people they were talking ab
Sep 17, 2015 Kaisersoze rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Extraordinarily disappointing, this second tale of Dunk and Egg feels like an excuse for Martin to pad out the rich history of the world he has created, because it adds virtually nothing of interest to the story of his two protagonists started with The Hedge Knight.

Maybe my reading of this was coloured by how long it has been since I last visited the literary version of Westeros. But since I'm not allowed to complain about that, lest Neil Gaiman remind me the football-mad, aging, perfectionisti
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Διασκεδαστικό ανάγνωσμα, με καλό ρυθμό που σε κρατάει σε εγρήγορση και δεν σε αφήνει να βαρεθείς, αλλά και που καταφέρνει να δημιουργήσει εικόνες και να μαγέψει με τον τρόπο που μόνο ο Martin γνωρίζει.
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Feb 04, 2012 terpkristin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, 2012, novella
Another Dunk and Egg tale, this one picks up about a year after The Hedge Knight leaves off. Dunk and Egg find themselves in the service of Ser Eustace Osgrey, an old landed knight. Osgrey is the last of his name, having lost his sons in the Blackfyre Rebellion. In that battle, Osgrey took the side of the "black dragon," Deamon Blackfyre, the loser of the battle. Also serving Ser Osgrey is Ser Bennis. He is not particularly knightly.

A drought has taken over the land and the first bit of "action"
Dec 26, 2015 Terence rated it really liked it
The Sworn Sword is a solid sequel to The Hedge Knight. Dunk and Egg are in service of a Knight in the Reach after living in Dorne during The Great Spring Sickness. Dunk has taken to Ser Eustace a landed knight who fought at the Redgrass Field. Eustace recounts some of the battle where Daemon Blackfyre is slain. Dunk shows he's a good guy by staying involved in an altercation that had nothing to do with him.
Nov 17, 2015 Lucile rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owning
I really enjoyed this story compared to the first one. I loved Lady Rohanne and I'm quite sad we won't see her anymore (well I think since Dunk and The Egg always change places). It's cool to see other Houses we don't know at all and we can fully understand how the revolution of Baratheon on the Targaryen (Game of Thrones) is gonna come.
Giota Bourha
Dec 17, 2015 Giota Bourha rated it really liked it
Oh Ser Duncan the Tall, I love you more and more with each tale!
Aug 22, 2014 Kavita rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The second in the Dunk and Egg series, The Sworn Sword sees our hero in the middle of a draught and a feud. He has taken on service for a Lord and soon encounters his rival, the woman known as the Red Spider. The book is set a couple of years after The Mystery Knight but the world has changed a lot.

This book lacks the humour and pace of the first book. The first half of the book is very slow and drags in some places. There is way too much talking and reminiscing of the past, which didn't really
Feb 06, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otra aventura de Ser Duncan el Alto, y Egg su fiel escudero, esta vez en forma de comic... es una de las historias que está en el libro El caballero de los 7 reinos, pero leerla en forma de comic es mucho mas llevadera y rápida...
Se disfruta
Norm Davis
Jun 14, 2015 Norm Davis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fire and Ice series fans
Shelves: fantasy, suspense
I initially finished the story and thought 5 stars. I was too tired to write the review. I've had a good night's sleep and think 4 better suits it. Finishing a work I often love or hate it, and shortly later am more objective. Mr. Martin is good at story telling. Such is the case with this story of Dunk and Egg.

Dunk is a hedge knight ('real' knights don't like that such would have the title of knight). Egg is his “special” squire. If you read the first Dunk and Egg story, you know about Egg. If
Camilo Guerra
Jun 30, 2015 Camilo Guerra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
4 relatos de grandes autores que retoman sagas , el de Orson Scott Card esta bien, el de Robin Hobb me gusto y me hace querer mas del autor pero el de Martin con una historia de 100 años antes de Juego de tronos es muy buena, aunque nada que se le compare con lo que hace Gaiman con una historia 2 años después que termina AMERICAN GODS. Gran , gran relato.
Učitaj se!
May 03, 2015 Učitaj se! rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
U drugoj priči - 'Zakletom maču' - Dunk i Egg nalaze se u službi Ser Eustacea Osgreya, u njegovom zamku, koji je manje-više sve što je ostalo od njegovog, nekoć puno većeg, posjeda. Žarko je ljetno vrijeme i posvuda vlada suša, a stanje se pogorša kada potok koji protječe kroz posjed Ser Eustacea presuši. Dunk i Ser Bennis, još jedan vitez u službi Ser Eustacea, krenu izvidjeti situaciju i otkriju da je netko postavio branu na potok. Zapovjedivši ljudima koje su zatekli da rade kod brane da ju o ...more
Dalon Koubek
Mar 01, 2015 Dalon Koubek rated it it was amazing
Whats the good thing to do and what's the right thing to do? Thats the question that the plot is based around. That question has quite a few grey areas.Today doing the right thing at your own personal expense isn’t the same as it was was back in midevil times. Doing what was right could potentially get you killed.
This is a tale of Duncan the hedge knight who pledges his loyalty to the old lesser lord Ser. Eustace Osgray of Steadfast. He helped protect his borders, holdings, and peasantry. But
Jan 13, 2015 Iván rated it it was amazing
This are a very different read than ASoIaF. The mood is lighter and the scope of the drama is much smaller. The expansive lore of Westeros takes a backseat here: it's not that it doesn't matter, it's just that we are looking at people that don't have that much in way of great destinies...for now. Compared to the first Tale of Dunk and Egg, the second story has a little bit more in way of realism and cynism: the first one had a clear, unamibiguously evil antagonist in the shape of Aerion. A rarit ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Beleth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Este libro contiene cuatro historias cortas, así que iré por partes.
1) La espada leal de George R. R. Martin
Como ya había leído el cómic en el que está basado este relato el elemento sorpresa no estaba presente, aun así me ha gustado verlo plasmado de otra forma sobre el papel.

2) Regreso al hogar de Robin Hobb
Fui incapaz de terminarlo :S está encuadrado dentro de la saga "Las leyes del mar".

3) El monarca de la cañada de Neil Gaiman.
El protagonista de este relato es Shadow, el personaje principa
Elena Yurievna
Jan 11, 2014 Elena Yurievna rated it really liked it

This is a review of two novellas by George R.R. Martin The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword which are from The Tales of Dunk and Egg series and are prequel to A Song of Ice and Fire.
The novellas take us to the times when Targaryens ruled. The possible purpose of writing these novels is to show the readers the world before the game of thrones began when the Targaryens were at the peak. All the information we receive from a standpoint of hedge knight – possi
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So again and again and again it's the dialogue, the brilliant and so live dialogue is what mostly distinguish G.Martin's writing style. I really enjoyed this novella as i enjoyed the previous one and as i did with the Novel. I enjoyed the twist in the contradictory point of view about Daeron and Daemon and the Blackfyre rebellion with the mentioned details about it. It's so sad that the next one to read maybe the last connection with the world of Ice and Fire till the so long waited part 6 comes ...more
Jenny Riley
Jun 20, 2014 Jenny Riley rated it it was amazing
I think I enjoyed the Hedge Knight a little more as in my hearts of hearts I do like being in the action of the larger players of Westeros from a lower characters point of view. Having said this The Sworn Sword does this in a different way - through tales from other characters and moral dilemmas from within Dunk's mind - and remained just as enjoyable a read as the first tale (I was loathe to put it down in order to go to work!). It's refreshing to see, though maybe unbelievable, to see a chara ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Pedro rated it it was amazing
Regresamos a la historia de Dunk y Egg poco tiempo después de los sucesos de El caballero errante. Al inicio me pareció un poco lenta, comparada con su predecesora, pero al ir avanzando, y comprendiendo el entorno en donde se desarrolla, toma un ritmo casi frenético y terminó por envolverme por completo en la historia.

Ofrece, además, un vistazo claro al pasado de Poniente, ideal para que los lectores de Canción de hielo y fuego tengan una visión más amplia de los sucesos acaecidos en el futuro.
Aditya Ravindran
Jul 01, 2012 Aditya Ravindran rated it it was amazing
This is my combined opinion about 3 books: The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight

It is very soothing to read a story that is free from chaos of the present-day Westeros. The story-telling in this is as good as any book from A Song of Ice and Fire. Short and interesting, and some crumbs that you can easily connect to the present. Characters are simple and easy to relate to. Also love the point that I don't have to wait for a sequel to enjoy a real good story. George R R Martin's
John Molina
Aug 06, 2013 John Molina rated it liked it
I enjoyed this short novella. In this prequel to "The Song of Ice And Fire" series, Ser Duncan the tall and his Squire Egg are faced with keeping the peace after a small skirmish between two rival families' men threatens to end with bloodshed. The story elaborates further on the friendship between Dunk and Egg that was established in the first novella and manages to be pretty entertaining throughout. I didn't like it quite as much as "The Hedge Knight", but I still found it to be a welcome addi ...more
Shivani Singh
Mar 11, 2015 Shivani Singh rated it it was amazing
Five stars because I think I will always be biased towards anything related to Game of Thrones, and this is REALLY related to Game of Thrones, showing us the background and in even though set in the past, it has managed to make clearer quite a few of the events that took place in the later on.
Jan 18, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
The Sworn Sword opens a year and a half after The Hedge Knight. Egg is still squiring for Dunk, hiding his distinctive Targaryen lineage by shaving his head. Dunk has temporarily sworn his services to a landed knight named Ser Eustace, whose family the Osgreys used to have wealth and lands, but now have neither. Ser Eustace is the last Osgrey, his wife long dead, his daughter taken as hostage by king (and now dead), and his three sons dead in the Blackfyre Rebellion over ten years past.

The main
Se me hizo un poquito más pesado que el primero (creo que por la ausencia de nombres prestigiosos, que sobraban en el primero) pero ofrece mucho más marco histórico y un mayor acercamiento a los personajes. Al final me terminó gustando tanto como el primero.
Profundus Librum
Feb 23, 2015 Profundus Librum rated it it was amazing
Nem érzem, hogy a szerző bármelyik írásának olyan nagy szüksége lenne még különösebb beharangozóra, kedvcsinálóra. De nehogy szó érje a ház elejét! Ajánlom ezt a könyvet mindenkinek, aki szereti az izgalmas, véres lovagi történeteket, ahol – a főszereplőkön kívül – nincs igazából jó és rossz, mindenki csak a saját boldogulásáért küzd. Akit érdekel, mi történt Westeroson a Targaryen-ház bukása előtt néhány évtizeddel. Akik kíváncsiak rá, abban az időben melyik Házak voltak szövetségben, „barátság ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Dani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That ending says that I'd probably love the third book :O (view spoiler)

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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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