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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Audiobook

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 George R. R. Martin (P)2015 Penguin Random House LLC

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Molly 21/01/2016
    Molly 21/01/2016
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    "Beautiful!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Carole Park, Australia 15/10/2015
    Jan Carole Park, Australia 15/10/2015 Member Since 2014

    Love Books and listen while working out and on the way to and from work

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    "Does not feel like belongs in the same world"

    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

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    justanotheramazonian 09/10/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfectly transformed from the graphic novellas"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jody 23/07/2017
    Jody 23/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "great , kept me hooked the whole way through"

    narrator has to much variances in volume. had to replay a lot to hear what was said

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    Nathan Coombes 09/03/2017
    Nathan Coombes 09/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Harry Lloyd isn't awful but he is no Roy Dotrice"
    Would you listen to A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms?

    Next question?


    What three words best describe Harry Lloyd’s voice?

    Lacking in diversity.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed once that I recall. I don't remember why, maybe something Aegon said.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Julian 20/02/2017
    Julian 20/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A great read and listen"

    This is a very enjoyable story. It's to A Song of Fire and Ice what The Hobbit is to The Lord of the Rings. Absolutely, one hundred percent recommended.

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    Matthew 31/01/2017
    Matthew 31/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than the GOT series"

    Fantastic story, great characters. Sir Duncan the Tall is my new favourite character. So far my favourite of all the GOT series

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    Daniel 27/01/2017
    Daniel 27/01/2017
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    "Amazing!"

    Excellent narrator. And an awesome story to continue the imaginings of Westeros. Highly recommend for fans of Game of Thrones.

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    Bronwyn O 28/10/2016
    Bronwyn O 28/10/2016
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    "I wish there was more. great reading! great story."

    Harry Lloyd's understanding of the characters is excellent. Dunk and Egg are marvelous personalities.

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    Ben 24/10/2016
    Ben 24/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Eggcellent"

    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

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  • Ji Gittins
    26/06/17
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    "really enjoyed both the story & way it was told"

    Really entertaining narration and a really good story. I look forward to the next installment and am now going to search for other books narrated by Harry Lloyd, his variety of accents and the way he switched from one to another was impressive

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  • Travis Jones
    14/11/16
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    "More"

    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.

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  • Aaron
    11/07/16
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    "Great read for the got fans"

    Live it but where are the other 2 hedge knight books?

    Looking forward to the next one

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  • Tasman
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    26/04/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gerhard
    12/11/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dertrid
    22/10/15
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    "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!!

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    Henley-On-Thames
    4/11/15
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    "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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • andyxmas
    15/10/15
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sorcha
    7/10/15
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    "Worth the wait"
    What made the experience of listening to A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms the most enjoyable?

    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


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    Dunstable, United Kingdom
    21/10/16
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    "A must for any Game of Thrones fan"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Harry Lloyd brings it to life wonderfully.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall.


    What does Harry Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • oisin
    13/09/16
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P. Griffiths
    Shropshire
    23/07/17
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    "An excellent tale of early Westeros"

    Story and narration were great, it's a tale of a poor Hedge Knight working through a difficult and troubled life in a very different yet familiar Westeros.

    The story had me cringing and wanting to shout at the characters at times, just like GoT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frank Carter - The man who's smarter
    Wales
    17/07/17
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    "Back into the dark GAME"

    This story was an interesting change in tack although grimy and bloodthirsty in places it was also light-hearted and made me smile. The world of GOT remained in place.

    The narration of this story was very good and I enjoyed listening whilst driving to work.

    I would recommend to any Game of Thrones fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R S
    9/07/17
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a fan of Martin's world of A Song of Ice and Fire this was always going to be a welcome addition and it does not disappoint.


    What about Harry Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    I loved Harry Lloyd's performance. I wish all Martin's books were read by him. I seriously dislike Roy Dotrice's reading, so much so that it almost put me off the audiobooks completely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard C
    4/07/17
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    "fantastic story"

    I absolutely loved it! I only wish there was more.. the ending came very suddenly and I was disappointed when I realised that's all I'd be hearing of the adventures of Dunc and Egg

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sipower
    20/06/17
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    "Adored this book ...."
    What made the experience of listening to A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms the most enjoyable?

    I, like many others, am thrumming my fingers on the table waiting for a new GOT book - so I thought this would be a good way of passing some time while I was waiting. What I actually got was a fabulous novella like set of stories, with the same characters, beautifully read and wonderfully written. It skims along the top of Westeros life rather than plumb deep meaningful storylines but all in all its a little gem which gave me a lot of pleasure


    What did you like best about this story?

    GOT is wonderfully deep, this is easier to engage with, its characters the same the whole way through rather than the chopping and changing - I feel I am being harsh by saying its a great vacation book ... but it is!


    What does Harry Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Its always hard to follow Roy Dotrice but Harry Lloyd suited the task perfectly, I loved his intonations and characterizations - I dont have a huge library and struggle to find new authors but I will be checking on other Harry Lloyd narrations


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved it, a warm sense of enjoyment viz GOT sometimes which moved me emotionally in deeper and sometimes darker places


    Any additional comments?

    If you like GOT, do yourself a favor and use a credit here ...you wont be sorry ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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