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 were 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.
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Praise for A Song of Ice and Fire: "In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best...tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting." (Time Magazine)
"An absorbing, exciting read...Martin's style is so vivid that you will be hooked within a few pages." (The Times)
"The sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads.... Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (Guardian)
"Colossal, staggering.... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world.... The writing is always powerful...." (SFX)
Upon finishing all the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, then re-rewatching all the "Game of Thrones" Blu-Rays (including commentary tracks and extras!) and finally watching Comicbookgirl19's amazing "Epic Histories" on YouTube I was feeling extremely deprived, even the Christmas gift of a "Game of Thrones" colouring book couldn't quench my thirst for more Westorosian stories.
Thankfully upon browsing all the George R.R. Martin offerings on Audible I stumbled upon this gem. Now the audiobooks of "A Song of Ice and Fire" somewhat put me off due to Roy Dotrice's narration which I found off putting. Harry Lloyd on the other hand has such a silky, enchanting tone I would honestly buy an audiobook of him reading out every take-out menu ever printed just to hear him speak. I say he should be locked in a room and forced to record all of George R.R. Martin's works and then all other literary works deserving of his soothing tones and masterful delivery. ;)
As to the story, I honestly can't get enough of this world and the history leading up to "A Song of Ice and Fire" is even more intriguing than the series itself. As always Martin has produced engaging, well rounded characters and a well paced story that enriches this fantastic world.
Love Books and listen while working out and on the way to and from work
This is a hard book to review. On its own it's quite good but it has too many wasted minutes on description of shields etc but the sorry is solid
The main problem is that it's reads like a fairy tale not the gritty ice and fire story. I can't help thinking his time would have been better spend to finish book 6
A welcome return to the world of Westeros, the tale of Dunk and Egg expands on the story of Ser Duncan and Aegon Targaryen originally encountered in A Song of Ice and Fire.
Readers of the series should be mindful that these novellas are nowhere near the size of the series books, but rather are a helpful and enjoyable light supplement to the history of Westeros.
Definitely recommended reading prior to the release of The Winds of Winter and if you watch the TV series, Season 6.
Probably not. I am glad I listened to it once though there wasn't enough to entertain to listen to it again unless I forget what happened and get bored. Harry Lloyd's performance left a lot to be desired. All of his voices just sound like him, he scarcely tries to get you to hear one character as being different from another.
Lacking in diversity.
I laughed once that I recall. I don't remember why, maybe something Aegon said.
I understand they were short stories, I think this one included three short stories in a series with more to come. But it just kind of stops, and I couldn't find the next in the sequence and there isn't really any character development, and the constant repeats of idioms "Dunc' the lunk, thick as a castle wall" gets a bit irritating. It was sort of like watching the first three episodes of a new television series only to have it axed three episodes in before you are really invested in the characters. I guess I was just expecting more of the marvels in Game of Thrones, and I didn't get them, which is a shame since having an understanding of this world already, practically anything was possible within a short narrative as very little should have needed to be explained about the world... not that they don't repeat why "Died in the Spring" means dying from a plague that happened in the springs.
Harry Lloyd's understanding of the characters is excellent. Dunk and Egg are marvelous personalities.
Awesome, well read, good story. After listening to the game of thrones series this was a pleasant change the readers tone is excellent and the way the story reads straight through is a pleasure if you like the rest of the series you will definitely love this
Great set of books, after the Game of Thrones side of ASOIAF is completed I hope George can go back and finish the Dunk and Egg series. I enjoyed is greatly.
"Great read for the got fans"
Live it but where are the other 2 hedge knight books?
Looking forward to the next one
"okay but nothing compared to the series of books"
keep with the orginal series, this book is okay but pretty dry compared with all 5 other books.
"Mildest I've read yet!"
I liked the story, milder than the Ice and Fire series, but giving a nice background to the main series.
"A re-release if an older story"
Still loved it! A MUST for any GOT fan, or anyone a fan of knights and shining (all be it, blood covered,) armour!!
"Super little story & great narration"
A great side story to game of thrones. Thoroughly recommended. Narrator is different to the one for game of thrones, but that works well and he's very good.
"Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!"
Wasn't expecting a "new" George RR Martin book to come out. Therefore, was intrigued when this appeared just as I was finishing the 5th Games of Thrones book! Expecting rants of "why doesn't he concentrate on final installment" (which I've seen for other "epic" novelists who divert temporarily!). However, it appears that these were written as 3 short novellas well before the "real" Game of Thrones.
Therefore, for fans, they're something new to get a short fix of Westeros. For newbies, it's a great intro to Westeros from 2 character perspective... especially if the huge Game of Thrones book set seems too daunting. This is a great was to "put a foot in the water"... see if you like it.
I was surprised how "fully formed" the world is in George's mind at such an early stage. The history is all there... the houses.... it's an exact world, just a 100 years earlier. Had expected to find a more "primitive" back story to the world with some major differences.
So, great self contained book which gives a good view of what to expect from the main set of books!
"Worth the wait"
So happy for these novellas to be complied into one audiobook. Fantastic back story to A Song of Ice and fire, bonus points for Harry Lloyd narrating
"A must for any Game of Thrones fan"
Yes, Harry Lloyd brings it to life wonderfully.
Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall.
He does amazing voices, a really great narrator - if Roy Dotrice doesn't carry on - then I'd love harry to do the future books.
"Leaves you wanting more!"
The performance is excellent; the portrayal of the characters is distinct and memorable. The only complaint I have about the performance is that Dunk's inner monologues are done very quietly, and can be hard to hear if there is any background noise.
The stories are short but satisfying. The stories do have a little bit of a formula that becomes apparent when you experience them all together like this but they are none the less enjoyable for it. Even after 9 hours it leaves you wanting more!
"loved it. wish there was More!"
one of my favorite books ever. great voice acting by the actor too. just brilliant
"A nice RR Martin treat to keep you going"
A decent back story trip to Westeros.
The performance was very strong. this review needs to be 20 words. so im writing this.
"great listen thank u"
was great listen thank u look forwatd hearing more books as i go along cheers
I loved the three stories of The Hedge Knight, truly great story and characters. The narration was good though it was sometimes hard to hear when Dunk was in his thoughts as the narrator spoke quietly to emphasise this. Still, that was the only downside. Highly recommended.
This is the second book u have listened too and the narrator played the many parts brilliantly
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