Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Review: A Knight of the 7 Kingdoms (Game of Thrones accompanying novel)

Book Review for: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
Written by: George RR Martin
Bantam Books
ISBN: 978-0-345-53348-7
Avail as an ebook and in print

4 Stars


Martin sings a fascinating song of Targaryens, dragons, and betrayals with this book. This collection includes three novellas set in Westros which take place 100 years before the events in Games of Thrones. Our heroes, Dunk, a hedge knight, and his squire, Egg, travel through the heart of the Seven Kingdoms in search of adventure.

Dunk hopes to fight in the lists at Ashford Meadows, but there’s trouble when the Targaryens arrive. When Dunk is accused of dishonorable conduct, he must fight in a trial of seven. Will the Hand of the King fight with him or against him?

The lingering effects of the Blackfyre Rebellion haunts the land. Will Dunk continue to honor Ser Eustace’s request to bring water to his land once he learns of Eustace’s prior allegiances?

A mystery knight called “The Fiddler” arrives at a wedding ready to enter the jousts. The prize? A dragon egg. Who will prove worthy to own it?

Martin’s writing style is easy to read. The adventures take the reader along for the ride. While fantasy, Martin explains most terms so the readers aren’t lost. The characters are well rounded. Dunk is noble to the core while Egg is hardworking and eager to share his opinions.

“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is full of adventure, suspense and betrayal. It’s a fine edition to the tales of Westros and sheds some light on what the Targaryens were like.

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