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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Knight of the Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin

Almost a hundred years before there was a Ned Stark or Robert Baratheon, a simple hedge knight and his squire made their way through the Seven Kingdoms.  Their encounters with the high born and commoners alike left their mark on the land as well as this unlikely pair.

The Tales of Dunk and Egg, as they are most commonly known among fans of A Song of Ice and Fire series from George R. R. Martin, chronicle these events in a way that only Mr. Martin can.  Primarily seen from the point of view of Ser Duncan the Tall, readers are treated to a sort of history lesson of the Seven Kingdoms after the Blackfyre Rebellion.  If not much of that means anything to you but, you like knights, castles and magic, this book may interest you.

This is a story set in a fictional world that closely resembles the Medieval Period, that is, if that period had know real fire-breathing dragons and magic.  This book is an excellent jumping on point since it doesn't require any fore-knowledge of the series.  The reader gets to see a still young kingdom as it gets its feet under it.  The collection of stories are so well placed together, it's hard to realize that this is an anthology.

Through these stories, we get to really know Dunk and Egg from the beginning of their companionship.  We even get to learn a bit more about some of the Great Houses of Westeros as well as some of the lessor ones.  If you are a fan of the series, it's satisfying to finally meet some of the characters hinted at in the series.

This is an excellent addition to the series of A Song of Ice and Fire and the type of additional material I hope we get from George R. R. Martin.  It is very entertaining even if the language and violence puts this one deep into the PG13 rating.


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  1. This is a series that I would like to visit. I have watched the TV show and I'm a fan. I've heard that the books are so much better.