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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.

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    29/08/2017
    29/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Exceptional"

    Addictive and leaves you begging for more!!!
    Full of unbelievable detail that drags you into the The 7 Kingdoms.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Amazon Customer 04/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Essential Listening for every Game of Thrones Fan"
    What did you like most about A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms?

    A charming tale of knights and sell swords and a Boy who would be King


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

    Dunk and Egg unlikely heroes and the makings of a great relationship that built a Dynasty


    Have you listened to any of Harry Lloyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    A fantastic narration. I was transported to Westeros


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Australia 29/08/2017
    Lori Australia 29/08/2017 Member Since 2014

    I listen to books to help keep my mind active when I'm on night shift. I mainly like to revisit all my favorites that I have read in print

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    "Great Story"

    I loved this book, I could definitely listen to it again. An entertaining slice of GOT history

    As an aside, I wish the GOT books had a narrator at least as good as Harry Lloyd. I really want to revisit those books in audio, but I have not yet been able to finish the first one as the narration is so terrible.

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    Jennifer Shoesmith 23/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I'm a big Game of Thrones fan and Dunk and Egg didn't disappoint. I thought Harry Lloyd was brilliant and an apt choice for the narrator.

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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
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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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  • Andrew D. Leitch
    Perth, Australia
    3/09/17
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    "Funny and entertaining "

    One of his best stories. Unexpectedly funny and a great deal more satisfying than a Song of Ice and Fire has proved so far.

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tasman
    Cranbourne East, Australia
    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

    7 of 7 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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    28/07/17
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    "first time for everything"

    I loved it, I'm hooked on the whole experience of audiobooks. even more so on these books

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Reed
    23/08/17
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    "Great part of Westeros lore"

    A great addition to the game of thrones series while still being a stand alone novel. The book has a more traditional narrative when compared to Martins larger body of work "A song of fire and ice".
    It can be listened to without the listener needing to have heard/read any of the rest of the series.

    The performance is good and well read. Couldn't fault it.

    Over all good audiobook and would recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    7/08/17
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    "Great supliment to the SOIAF series"

    This book is a great listen, fantastic for those who are dying for a taste of Westoros while we wait for the following books in the main story line

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    3/08/17
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    "The Lunk shows spunk"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms to be better than the print version?

    Just as good - it'd be nice to see it in print and learn how the names and places are spelled, for example, but the characterisation here is wonderful (I do not greatly enjoy Roy Dotrice, sadly, and long for another actor to re-record the Ice and Fire books) and it's great to be able to listen to these stories back to back while relaxing or doing other things, as I think it'd take me too long to read them in print. I did find myself googling certain characters to find out more biographical information and learn more about the battles, because this universe George Martin has created is so vast and rich in its histories i.e. events are referred to in both these stories and Game of Thrones, and they all tally, and it's really nice to immerse yourself in this alternative history; you pick up new details every time you engage with the novels.


    What other book might you compare A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms to, and why?

    Obviously the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books because they take place in the same world and have many overlapping characters, settings and so on. It enriches the action of Game of Thrones.


    What about Harry Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    It was consistent, he really gets into the skin of Dunk the Tall, and knows his way around this world very well having acted in the Game of Thrones series so knows how everything works/how every role works, which comes across in the performance. Funny where it should be; dark and violent at other times - he marks out the internal dialogue from the external dialogue very clearly, it's just a very solid and enjoyable reading.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Hedge Knight who wasn't...


    Any additional comments?

    Makes you appreciate George R. R. Martin's immense achievement - we may marvel at how well J.K. Rowling knows her wizarding world, but this is arguably even more impressive, stretching back thousands of years, with every reign fully accounted for: magnificent (and beautifully well written).

    2 of 2 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.


    2 of 2 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
  • Ian
    14/09/17
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    "Wanting more..."

    Nice story, lacking a bit of suspense but overall a fun listen. The narrator was good and had a wide range for the characters, but I just imagined Dunc differently and couldn't get on with his voice in the end. I'm looking forward to the next one...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Chester le Street
    11/04/16
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    "Words are wind"

    When I first saw this book was released, I kind of thought: come on George this is not getting the next ice and fire story out. Why are you getting distracted with this?

    But I really enjoyed it and it was a nice distraction from Game of Thrones, as I'm sure it was for George. Lot's of the usual kinds of
    intrigue, plots and villains. Castles, feasts and fights- and like all GoT books-, it always makes me hungry. Buttered capons and a flaggon of wine- Don't mind if I do!

    So thanks George, but please finish Winds of Winter now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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