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Title:
A knight of the seven kingdoms
ISBN:
9780345533487
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Bantam Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
355 pages ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
Contents:
The Hedge knight -- The Sworn sword -- The Mystery knight.
Summary:
"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, naïve 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"--Dust jacket flap.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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, naïve 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.
 
Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn't dead--yet.


Author Notes

George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began writing at an early age, selling monster stories for pennies to neighborhood children. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University. In 1986, he worked as a story editor for the CBS series The Twilight Zone. He was also an executive story consultant, producer and co-supervising producer for CBS's Beauty and the Beast.

In 1970, he sold the story The Hero to Galaxy magazine. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1979, he has written many novels, stories, and series including A Song for Lya, Portraits of His Children, The Pear-Shaped Man, and the Song of Ice and Fire series. He has won numerous awards including five Locus Awards, three Hugo Awards and two Nebula awards. In 2013 he made The New York Times Best Seller List with his titles A Dance with Dragons and A Game of Thrones: a Clash of Kings, a Storm of Swords, a Feast for Crows. His title's Rogues and The Ice Dragon made the New York Times List in 2014. Martin's title, A Knight of Seven Kingdoms, A Song of Fire and Ice novel, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015. He is number 4 on the Hollywood Reporter's '25 Most Powerful Authors' 2016 list.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

The three interlocking novellas in this collection, all previously published, make for a rousing prelude to Martin's bestselling Song of Ice and Fire saga. Set 90 years before the events in A Game of Thrones, they chronicle the experiences of Ser Duncan the Tall, a humble hedge knight whose honorable comportment is often at odds with the schemes of the royals who rule the Seven Kingdoms. In "The Hedge Knight," Duncan is forced to fight a brutal trial by combat for defending a commoner against a cruel prince's son. In both "The Sworn Sword" and "The Mystery Knight," Duncan advances further toward fulfilling his destiny as a knight of the Kingsguard, foreseen in dreams throughout the stories. The stories are top-heavy with tournaments and bloody battles, but also rich in human drama and the colorful worldbuilding that distinguishes other books in the series. The appearance of youthful versions of characters who figure in the later novels makes this collection a must-read for Martin's legions of fans. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

Huzzah! Martin (The Ice Dragon, 2014, etc.) delivers just what fans have been waiting for: stirring tales of the founding of the Targaryen line. DuncanDunk for shorthas his hapless moments. He's big, nearly gigantic, "hugely tall for his age, a shambling, shaggy, big-boned boy of sixteen or seventeen." Uncertain of himself, clumsy, and alone in the world, he has every one of the makings of a hero, if only events will turn in that direction. They do, courtesy of a tiny boy who steals into the "hedge knight" Dunk's life and eventually reveals a name to match that of Ser Duncan the Tallan altogether better name, at that, than Duncan of Flea Bottom would have been. Egg, as the squire calls himself, has a strange light about him, as if he will be destined to go on to better things, as indeed he will. Reminiscent of a simpler Arthur Rackham, the illustrations capture that light, as they do the growing friendship between Dunk and Eggthink Manute Bol and Muggsy Bogues, if your knowledge of basketball matches your interest in fantasy. This being Martin, that friendship will not be without its fraught moments, its dangers and double crosses and knightly politics. There are plenty of goopily violent episodes as well, from jousts ("this time Lord Leo Tyrell aimed his point so expertly he ripped the Grey Lion's helm cleanly off his head") to medieval torture ("Eggused the hat to fan away the flies. There were hundreds crawling on the dead men, and more drifting lazily through the still, hot air."). Throughout, Martin delivers thoughtful foreshadowing of the themes and lineages that will populate his Ice and Fire series, in which Egg, it turns out, is much less fragile than he seems. As Tolkien had his Silmarillion, so Martin has this trilogy of foundational tales. They succeed on their own, but in addition, they succeed in making fans want moreand with luck, Martin will oblige them with more of these early yarns. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Martin has long established himself as an unstoppable force in the fantasy genre. His flagship series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has drawn a breadth of modern readers into the fold of sf/fantasy nerds much the same as The Lord of the Rings did in its time and continues to do today. But chronologically predating Martin's darkly cutthroat series full of power, lust, and vengeance are the more sweetly idealized Tales of Dunk and Egg three novellas written between 1998 and 2010 tracing the lives of Sir Duncan the Tall and the young prince Aegon V, now collected in Martin's newest release, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Bringing a new offering to both devotees and newcomers is Prince Valiant, artist Gary Gianni, whose gorgeously nostalgic illustrations would do justice to the classics of J. R. R. Tolkien or T. H. White, let alone Martin, whose modestly self-contained prequel stories of personal and regional conflict are elevated by the grandiose style. 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.--Francis, Chris Copyright 2015 Booklist