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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

(The Tales of Dunk and Egg #1-3)

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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

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Hardcover, 355 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Bantam (first published 2013)
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Kim There was sexual content in the book. It's not a book for kids at all, and for teens only if you're comfortable having them read about brothels, plays…moreThere was sexual content in the book. It's not a book for kids at all, and for teens only if you're comfortable having them read about brothels, plays on the word "pussy", teens being caught in the middle of sex in a kitchen, and people undressing the bride and copping feels on the way to her bedding.

I used to teach high school English and I'm not ignorant of what teens get up to by any means, but I'd be uncomfortable and would not let my own teen-aged children read it.(less)
Waldo Varjak I believe the author wrote these short stories concurrent to the writing of his Song of Ice & Fire perhaps using the opportunity in fewer word…moreI believe the author wrote these short stories concurrent to the writing of his Song of Ice & Fire perhaps using the opportunity in fewer word count to embellish and buttress his own knowledge and understanding of the world within which he writes by working in elements of medieval period research. As I suspect for the aurthor, these stories can enhance the reader's appreciation of the larger Song.

They are stand alone stories. As such, they are self contained. Everything you need to know is within the story itself. This is not fan fiction.(less)

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Jayson
(A-) 82% | Very Good
Notes: It’s about obstinate idealism, social mobility, and how knightly ambition means stumbling into other people’s drama.
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Now I’ve of course read these before, but I simply had to get this edition for the illustrations. They did wonders and capturing the story; they almost brought new life to it. So, it was money well spent and, as an added bonus, I had an excuse to read these short stories again!

A memorable friendship

Dunc and Egg make a wonderful pair. Ser Duncan is not only a knight in name, but also one in deed. This is something increasingly rare in the seven kingdoms. There are few true knights and even
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Petrik
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ASOIAF fans
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a great prequel compilation with superb production value.

I’m currently in the middle of collecting all the books within A Song of Ice and Fire in hardcover format. Honestly speaking, unlike The World of Ice and Fire and Fire and Blood, I didn’t have a lot of interest in reading this book; I treated it as a completionist read or a diversion while I wait for the release for The Winds of Winter. This is also why I'm happy that this book ended up being such a
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James Tivendale
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a collection of three novellas that are set a generation or two before the events of A Song and Ice and Fire. In the third person perspective, we follow Dunk or as he tailors himself - Ser Duncan the Tall. The first narrative is named The Hedge Knight and we are presented to our protagonist as he is burying his former mentor for whom he used to squire. It's a touching start, and an interesting introduction to Dunk. He is planning to go to a tourney in Ashford ...more
Charlotte May
“Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall.”

I thoroughly enjoyed these three novellas. It was great to return to Westeros, one hundred years before the events of ASoIaF. We follow Dunk, a hedge knight risen up by an old knight with no heirs. He gets himself a squire named Egg, who unbeknownst to him is Prince Aegon - one of the Targaryen Princes.

“Oak and iron guard me well, or else I’m dead and doomed to hell.”

We see Dunk get himself into all kinds of scrapes, including a trial of seven as well
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Will M.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not fond of novellas or short stories. I always end up hating them because of the length. It's like someone telling you a summarized version of a detailed story. This one on the other hand is one of the exceptions to the hatred. It's not a shock though that Martin can make me enjoy something that I typically hate.

This book contains 3 novellas about the adventures of Dunk and Egg. A hedge knight and his squire seeking higher status. Martin is known for his tendency to add in a bunch of plot
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Lyn
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining.

George R. R. Martin provides some backstory and depth to his wildly popular Song of Ice and Fire series with this collection of three novellas about Dunc and Egg: a hedge knight and his squire.

The events in the three related and sequential novellas take place a hundred years before A Game of Thrones and there is still a Targaryen on the iron throne and the memory of the last dragon is still alive in and old man’s memory.

First published all together in 2013, with some snazzy
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Manuel Antão
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Ser Duncan the Tall: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" by George R. R. Martin


The Knight has three novellas. To wit:

The Hedge Knight
The Sworn Sword
The Mystery Knight

I’ve read these three novellas previously when they came out in the three different anthologies: Legends I, Legends II, and Warriors. Having read these stories separately before, I was interested to see them put together as one whole piece, where Martin’s suspicious tendency
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Matt
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I am weak. And in my weakness, I finally broke down and purchased A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. It sat on my shelf for awhile, mocking me and my lack of self-control. I was going to continue ignoring it. But then the seventh season of Game of Thrones came and went, and the withdrawal set in. It set in bad. I had to crack the cover; I had to stop the shakes.

I didn't want to, you see? Really I didn't.

I don’t like encouraging bad behavior. I did not want to be a part – however infinitesimally
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Kai
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
"Kings rise and fall, and cows and smallfolk go about their business."

I never really planned to read this until I discovered it at the library a few days ago and picked it up. I told myself why not read something short by GRRM for once.
This book is a collection of three novellas, set in the Seven Kingdoms, a century before A Game of Thrones, while the Targaryens are still the ruling House in Westeros.

Characters:
Dunk, Ser Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight and his squire Egg, Aegon Targaryen (little
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Poonam
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my Book Of the Month- September 2016, with GR group- Nothing But Reading Challenges- Category: Sci-Fi/Fantasy BOM

"The story offered here takes place about a hundred years prior to the events described in A Game of Thrones"
This was my major concern before picking this up as I have yet to read the Game Of Throne Series (I have watched all the seasons diligently) but still did not want any thing spoiling my enjoyment of reading this series. So you can absolutely pick this up and enjoy the
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Jason Koivu
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
This is just what I was looking for! Old timey, good-doer knights and squires doin' good in an old timey setting!

I had picked up a fantasy book a few weeks ago that I hoped would satiate my current reading desires, but alas no. So I turned to George R.R. Martin. He's always a good bet. I like his writing style and I'm familiar with the world he's built. Sure, there's such a small amount of fantasy in his work that, aside from mention of dragons in this particular book, it could almost be called
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I just love Dunk & Egg! I just finished reading the two graphic novels of The Hedge Knight and I had no idea this was the book form with a third story of the duo! I just put it on hold at the library because it's George R.R. Martin :) And a friend from GR told me after the fact what it was!

I know there has to be more to it then the graphic novels, but it seems like the book was the same. I loved the first two stories in this book, and the graphic novels.
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Dannii Elle
George R.R. Martin could write a shopping list and publish it and I would still probably give it five stars!

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a collection of three stories set in Westeros, the same fictional lands as featured in A Song of Ice and Fire series, but set over one hundred years previously. This just exemplifies that no-one can world build like Martin can world build! The in-depth knowledge of the land and the familial and ancestral history of the multitude of characters portrayed
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Mike
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed, novella
I initially considered holding the fifth star hostage until George R. R. Martin finished The Winds of Winter but I adored these stories so much I just couldn't do it.

These three novellas take place roughly one hundred years before A Game of Thrones. So all the characters we know and love (and love to hate) have yet to be born, the Targaryens still sit on the Iron Throne, and the small folk are exploited by the nobles (so that much isn't different). Instead of seeing Westeros through the eyes of
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Shivam Chaturvedi
This book is a collection of three stories involving two immensely likeable protagonists named Dunk and Egg. Delightfully illustrated in black and white, it follows their travels through the length and breadth of the Seven Kingdoms, about ninety years prior to the events in A Game of Thrones. Dunk, or Ser Duncan the Tall, is an ordinary run of the mill hedge knight who will one day be Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Egg, or Aegon Targaryen, is the fourth son of the fourth son of Daeron II ...more
Sud666
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I have read the comic version of this but I ran across a particularly nice illustrated copy and bought it. I am glad I did. This is a very entertaining tale. It is slightly more light hearted in overall tone, but don't let good ol' Dunk and adorable Egg fool you-this is still the world of Game of Thrones. NOTHING is what it seems. There is violence and maiming a plenty.

One Hundred years before the events of the Game of Thrones timeline there was a hedge knight named Ser Duncan. Ser Duncan finds
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seak
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2016, arc-review
I love a great narrator for an audiobook, especially one that can not only do all the different voices, but act the parts. Harry Lloyd does a splendid job with these novellas, he acts so perfectly, giving weight to the simplest phrase. I was extremely impressed.

Having said that (I hear the collective groan), there's one problem I find with these incredible actor/narrators:

Sometimes they actually whisper when the scene calls for whispering.

I hate it. I have my audiobook going, I'm either in
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Nicole
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019
I want more.
Marquise
This isn't a new series of novellas but rather a collection of the three existing books featuring Ser Duncan the Tall, a hugely clumsy and hugely lovable seventeen-year-old hedge knight...



... and his sharp-tongued little squire, Prince Aegon of House Targaryen, nicknamed Egg for obvious reasons (look at his name, and then look at his bald head):



The stories themselves are old favourites in the ASOIAF fandom, no need to describe or review them, and besides we all know everyone bought this edition
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Hasham Rasool
'A century before A GAME OF THRONES, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.'

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms book is a prequel story of A Song of Ice and Fire.

This book contains three novels:
The Hedge Knight
The Sworn Sword
The Mystery Knight

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms book is more for the young readers. I really like this book, it isn't good as A Game of Thrones but it is very enjoyable to read.

This book is more smaller to compare the five books because it only has two protagonists whereas the
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Abbie | ab_reads
If you're tired of waiting for Winds of Winter to come out before you die and you haven't already picked up A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, then I urge you to do so! I had SO MUCH FUN gallivanting around the Seven Kingdoms with Dunk and Egg, it was amazing to be immersed back into GRRM's epic high fantasy world.
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I absolutely adore ASOIAF, but even I realise that sometimes GRRM can ramble on a bit, especially during the big history dumps. This book is made up of three separate adventures though,
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Marianna Neal
Sometimes you just need to re-read something you know you already love. Especially if it's set in Westeros and follows the adventures of a knight and his squire. But now really I want to re-read ASoIaF...
Amanda NEVER MANDY
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, g-o-t-death
The last GOT I read was a bit long and a bit dry. It wasn’t even my idea to buy this one, that’s how much I didn’t anticipate the boredom. I just happen to live with a collector that has to own all the books in a series and I am unable to refuse a crisp new book showing up on my doorstep.

Mmm…that new book smell.

Lucky me, this was outstanding! I can honestly say I enjoyed it more than the rest of the series. I instantly fell in love with the two main characters and was on the edge of my seat
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Trish
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this slooooooowly so I'd have more of GRRM's fantastic world to read about until Winds of Winter hits the shelves but I just couldn't stop myself. This isn't just a book to make further money with. I mean, it certainly was aimed to make further money, but the stories are solid, the world-building as fantastic as in the full-length novels and the characters as vivid as ever. The author is giving his readers some real treats so yeah, he can have my money!
Rounding off the three
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Kaora
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall.
leynes
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine being a kid again, impatiently waiting for your birthday. Then, when the day finally comes around, you wake up to realize that someone has swapped all of your gifts and you’re literally left with a box full of shit. That’s how I am feeling right now.

Okay, that's maybe a tad bit overdramatic but I have been hyped for these novellas for a long time. I am veeeerry invested into the world of ice and fire, and learning about the history of Westeros and all the shit that paved the way for the
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Lisa
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review originally posted at The Speculative Herald: http://www.speculativeherald.com/2015...

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a compilation of the first three Dunk and Egg short stories by George R. R. Martin that have previously been available in separate anthologies. I have been wanting to read these for years, and have just not hunted down copies of the separate anthologies yet. Now that they are conveniently packaged together, I figured there was no excuse. And as an added bonus, the art
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Nefeli
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
After the complete and utter disappointment I felt with the ending of Game of Thrones, this book was just what I needed in order to be reminded that George Martin can write good stories with interesting characters, so there's still hope that the ending of ASOIAF will be great (if we live long enough to see it published, that is).

Let me start by saying that I didn't enjoy Gianni's illustrations; the proportions were off in a lot of them and I generally didn't much like his style. This didn't have
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Scott Sigler
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

Book V in the A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE series seemed long to me. Plot elements that took up a ton of pages didn't seem to further the overall series story at all, and could have been cut altogether without affecting anything but the book's length. I think that was GRRM working through the comprehensive world he's built up over the course of that series. There is just so much information in that series that there are things he must address, and, for me, at least, that took away from the
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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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The Tales of Dunk and Egg (3 books)
  • The Hedge Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg, #1)
  • The Sworn Sword (The Tales of Dunk and Egg, #2)
  • The Mystery Knight (The Tales of Dunk and Egg, #3)
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