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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.
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Published (first published 1st 2003)
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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...more
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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"...more
John Molina
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
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...more
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...more
Elena Yurievna

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...more
Jenny riley
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
Aditya Ravindran
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...more
The Tales of Dunk and Egg is a series of short novels by George R.R. Martin (über-short, when you consider the other stuff that he writes) set about 100 years in the past in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. Dunk is Ser Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight (which is a knight who has no lord, sort of like a Ronin in feudal Japan), and Egg is ... well, if I tell you who Egg is, then it would spoil a bit of the first story. If you just have to know, you can run a quick Google search, but I'll leave t...more
Snarky Mccrazypants
SPOILERS (if you think that speculation or theories are spoilers)

Good short story. This one, perhaps more so than the Hedge Knight, gives some good background to the Targaryens and Blackfyre rebellion - which may, if the FAegon theory is correct, may prove to be extremely relevant to the last two books in A Song Of Ice and Fire (or Game of Thrones for those who think of the TV show first)

As a self contained story though, it's great. You get some more character development for Dunk as he learns...more
I think Martin used to be a better writer than he is now. I enjoyed this more than the last two 'Song of Ice and Fire' books and they were published after this one.

'The Sworn Sword' is the second tale of Dunk and Egg's adventures. Set approximately a hundred years before 'Game of Thrones', we explore tiny bits of Westeros and it's history. Ser Dunkan, a hedge knight, is working for a small nobleman, who keeps a bit too many secrets and clings to old memories. Egg is still Dunk's loyal squire and...more
Luis D'hers
Buena explicación de por que nace la rebelión de los Fuegoscuro
I found this one to be a bit boring, it's all about this quarrel between one Ser Eustace and Lady Rohanne. I honestly didn't care much (Dunk and Egg going to The Wall sounds much more interesting!). The relationship development between Dunk and Egg was nicely portrayed.
Bernie Charbonneau
Feb 28, 2014 Bernie Charbonneau rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any GoT fan
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Dunk and Egg, Dunk and Egg, must get me some more Dunk and Egg! This little side tale of Mr. Martins Game of Thrones is enjoyable. This is the second adventure involving Dunk, a hedge knight and Egg, his squire. I have read this in preparation to the short story that is part of the Warriors anthology. Now, I find this series a good fix in anticipation of the next GoT installment but, it is not GoT quality. I am finding that first; it is not as dark as the main series. Second; this small series r...more
Sayed Khadri
The Sworn Sword is the second story of Dunk and Egg series. The story begins in the Reach (during a very bad drought) with Dunk sworn to Ser Eustace Osgrey of Standfast whose family were once lords of Coldmoat. At the beginning of the story Dunk finds out that the women known as “The Red Widow” rumored to have killed her four husbands is stealing the water of Ser Eustace Osgrey. This leads to series of events which results in revealing the more Targaryen history and their conflicts such as Black...more
Feb 28, 2013 Didi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, ebook
The Sworn Sword is the second in the Dunk & Egg series. I was kinda disappointed with this compared to The Hedge Knight.

3.5 stars.
Raixelys Sanoja
La segunda historia de Dunk y Egg se encuentra en el Dominio, casi dos años despues de los sucesos de Vado Ceniza. Dunk acepta trabajar con un hombre de una casa que alguna vez gozo de Gloria antes de Aegon el Conquistador, quien tiene el serio problema de que la Vuida escarlata, señora de Fosafria obstruyo el rio y sus aldeas no pueden abastecerse, sera tarea de Egg y Dunk parlamentar con esta misteriosa mujer. Mientras tanto entre recuerdos se cuenta la historia de Daemon Fuegoscuro (el dragon...more
Ish Healy
The second in the Tales of Dunk and Egg series, “The Sworn Sword” follows hedge knight Duncan the Tall and his royal squire, Egg, into the service of the landed knight Eustace Chequey. Chequey’s family were once great lords in the Reach but have since fallen on hard times, made all the much harder by a drought that is ravishing the land. It is up to Dunk and Egg to discover just what’s happened to the Chequey water, preferably without starting a war between Chequey and the Lady Rohanne, Chequey...more
Xulieta NeveraDeLibros
Tras las muertes del torneo de Vado Ceniza, Dunk consigue que Egg, pese a pertenecer a la dinastía de los dragones, lo acompañe a nuevas aventuras.

Es así como llegan a Tiesa, donde el agua escasea y una rápida muerte por sequía se ve venir. Tanto el gobernante Ser Eustace como su región vecina gobernada por Lady Rohanne han de solucionar el problema pero ambos están enemistados por lo.. ¿qué pasará a continuación?

Esta es la segunda novela gráfica que narra las aventuras y desventuras de un cabal...more

Short and fantastic read. Not as good as The Hedge Knight but it's behind by a very small margin. The story takes place before A Song of Ice and Fire, and it tells the adventure of the hedge knight Sir Duncan the Tall (who would become one of the most famous King's Guards) and his squire Egg, who is actually Aegon Targaryen. Some of the criticisms of ASOIAF were the lack of character development besides the beloved Tyrion Lannister, but in the Tales of Dunk and Egg series, George R. R. Martin's...more
Paul Beimers
Nov 22, 2013 Paul Beimers rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who: have read the primary series and the previous novella.
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, magic, series
An altogether pleasant follow-up to the first merry outing with dear Dunk and Egg. It's interesting to note that this sequel acts not only as an entirely new and standalone adventure for our heroes, but as also a continuation of some larger narrative for the pair.

This one proves a tad more interesting than The Hedge Knight, I think, and does a nice job in fleshing out the main duo a bit more. Already I find myself growing rather fond of the both of them despite our short time together, and I am...more
Delvirah Sabatini
Sep 23, 2014 Delvirah Sabatini rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Delvirah by: Hilary Weis
First and foremost, Egg is like my long lost little brother. He is so adorable!!

The Sworn Sword is, while not as strong as The Hedge Knight, a good story after all. We get a glimpse, again, of the Targaryen dynasty. The story takes place around a year or so after The Hedge Knight. A Great Spring Sickness surged through all Seven Kingdoms, with King's Landing having the greatest impact. King Daeron died, and so did Prince Valarr, Prince Baelor Breakspear's son. Daeron's son, Aerys, replaced him a...more
I really enjoy these tales of Dunk and Egg. I think it's interesting to see how all the great events taking place in Westeros affect and have affected people on sort of a micro scale. I feel that the regular ASoIaF cycle is on a macro scale, with our POV characters largely being great people from great houses causing and being affected by great events that are shaping the world for everyone in Westeros and beyond. Which is fun, and epic, but it's also fun to see it scaled down here--Dunk is a si...more
**Antes de leer esta review es aconsejable que hayas leído 'El caballero errante'. Si no lo has hecho, te animo a ello.

'La espada leal' nos traslada un par de años después de los hechos acontecidos en Vado Ceniza. Dunk y Egg han viajado por los Siete Reinos durante estos años y han trabajado para varias Casas. Así se inicia este cuento, con los dos protagonistas al servicio de Ser Eustace de la Casa Osgrey.

La acción de la aventura trata sobre un conflicto que termina estallando entre la Casa Osg...more
A fun little novella for the fans of A Song of Ice and Fire. In contrast with the epic scope of the series, Martin kept this far more modest.
Not pretentious at all, but a small story about a an unlikely knight and his unlikely squire.

I feel it wouldn't quite work on its own though. The story is indeed self-contained, but without the backstory of A Song of Ice and Fire I fear the story in itself is a bit thin.
It is fun, however, if you've read the series, and you know the history of the house...more
Paul Abbott
I love the Tales of Dunk and Egg Series. While waiting for Book 6 of A Song of Fire and Ice to come out, I found these to be quick little mini-stories of the life in Westeros that i've grown to love.

The main protagonist, Ser Duncan The Tall, reminds me a lot of someone who doesn't fully understand the world, but given time, will go far beyond what other people think he can in terms of realization.

Excellent read.
This one is not quite as good as the previous book, but it's certainly enjoyable to see Dunk finding himself more, especially in his loyalty to a lord who really does not deserve it. I found the ending to be campy, but this didn't detract much from my overall enjoyment of the novella.

As I read these books, I keep asking myself how Martin used the forum of this series to rehearse ideas he was simultaneously working on for A Song of Ice and Fire. I had an easier time seeing the connection in the...more
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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,...more
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