/books/a-knight-of-the-seven-kingdoms A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Witten By:   George R. R. Martin


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LOS ANGELES TIMES AND BUZZFEED • 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.

Praise for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

“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

“The real reason to check out this collection is that it’s simply great storytelling. Martin crafts a living, breathing world in a way few authors can. . . . [Gianni’s illustrations] really bring the events of the novellas to life in beautiful fashion.”Tech Times

“Stirring . . . As Tolkien has his Silmarillion, so [George R. R.] Martin has this trilogy of foundational tales. They succeed on their own, but in addition, they succeed in making fans want more.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Pure fantasy adventure, with two of the most likable protagonists George R. R. Martin has ever penned.”Bustle

“A must-read for Martin’s legion of fans . . . a rousing prelude to [his] bestselling Song of Ice and Fire saga . . . rich in human drama and the colorful worldbuilding that distinguishes other books in the series.”Publishers Weekly

 My Thoughts

Game of Thrones is one week away but the actual book's ETA is unknown. However, I stumbled on this book and thought it would be interesting until the Winds of Winter gets written and published. I honestly thought it would just be another history book explaining the backstory of the houses and more Westeros lore like you get in hidden in the back of the current novels but it turned out to be so much more.

It's written in the same GRRM style that made all the game of thrones book popular, and fills in so many gaps concerning the old Targaryen maester on the wall. When he was dying with Sam on the boat, he become demented and started screaming for his younger brother "Egg". (Short for Aegon Targaryen).

It was literally just a handful of lines in the GOT books and didn't think that this Egg character was important but again GRRM humbled me, writing a entire universe around those few lines. This book is about Egg, and set in place the chain of events that were to follow in the series.

I didn't get time to read it physically so I got the audible version to listen to when I was doing the dishes etc but what started out as curiosity ended in perfection.

If you want a good Game of Thrones fix before the final books, this is as authentic and satisfying as it gets. Definitely recommended.

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