Hello lovely readers, I know it’s been a while since you heard from me – that’s because I’ve been reading through A Song of Ice and Fire since April. I loved it, but it’s way too detailed and complex for me to try and review (there’s a HUGE wiki of it that would take about a decade to read) so I’m going to review the first set of prequel novellas instead. It’s a testament to George Martin’s writing that the first thing I chose to pick up while waiting grumpily for the next installment was another of his books.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is set almost a century before a Game of Thrones, during a more peaceful time in Westeros. The book brings together the first three prequels: The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, otherwise known as the Dunk and Egg novellas. The novella opens with newly knighted Dunk starting to journey alone through Westeros, seeking work as a hedge knight under his self-given name Ser Duncan the Tall (since he has no last name or house.) On his way to a tournament, he meets a small bald boy named Egg at an inn but refuses to take him as a squire – yet Egg follows him to the tournament and enters his service anyway. Little does Dunk realise that his new squire is none other than Aegon Targaryen, a prince of the realm and the future King Aegon the Unlikely. As they start to trust each other, they find that not everyone is as chivalrous as they are and throughout the three novellas they must count on each other and themselves to make the right choices.
I don’t want to give too much away about these novellas as part of the beauty is the way that the story unfolds. I really enjoyed these, they are a much easier read than the GoT main series. I found them to be a lot less dark as well, despite the plots and violence which still abounds. If you enjoy fantasy but are looking for a quick read, I would highly recommend this book.
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