Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (The Tales of Dunk and Egg #1-3) by George R.R. Martin

Star Rating : 4 out of 5

Content Rating : MILD
Back Cover :
"Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, 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. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.

Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, na├»ve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true name is hidden from all he and Dunk encounter. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two… as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.”

My Thoughts :
I enjoyed this read. This book contains 3 novellas about the adventures of Dunk and Egg, as a prequel to The Game of Thrones. However, the prequel is much lighter and you do not necessarily need to have read the other books in the series. If you have read them, it is enjoyable to read the mention of famous houses you love or hate. There are also fewer characters to balance and keep up with which makes it a much easier read. It leaves you wanting to read more about Dunk and Egg; and, I hope that there are more stories to continue their adventures.

This book also includes illustrations by Gary Gianni. I actually listened to the audio book on this one; but, I have read that the illustrations are very well done. A note on the audio book would be the reader was hard to hear at times. He whispered certain parts for some reason, which had me cranking up the volume.

I rated this MILD. It does have some violence; but, unlike the rest of the series, there is only mild language, no sexual scenes, and no extreme violence.

     What I liked :
· The Characters – Martin is wonderful at creating characters. The main character, Dunk, is a normal boy that becomes a hedge knight and is kinda a loser; but, a gallant one. Dunk’s companion, Egg, is…well best not to give too much away about him; but, he is entertaining too.
· The Medieval Setting – You will know the setting if you have read some of the other series; but, I really enjoy reading it from the commoner’s perspective in contrast to the perspective of lords and ladies vying for the Iron throne we see in the rest of the series.
· The Content – The books in the rest of the series are very long, complicated, and contains a lot of adult themes. The content in this book is much milder. It is a much lighter and faster read.
     What I didn’t like :
· Dunk the Lunk – In the story Dunk is unsure about himself and often repeats, “Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall.” I had no problem with this until the 20th or so time. It was a bit repetitive for me.

What Others Are Saying :

“Readers who already love Martin and his ability to bring visceral human drama out of any story will be thrilled to find this trilogy brought together and injected with extra life.” --Booklist

Reviewed by Shayna Hinshaw

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