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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Monday, November 30th, 2015

5175zN2T7EL._SL75_By George R. R. Martin 

The Short Take:

Underwhelming set of three stories from an author whose series, A Song of Ice and Fire, I greatly enjoy(ed). Set in Westeros a century early, they relate exploits of a hedge knight and his squire.

Why?

The three stories present episodes in the life of a hedge knight of lowly origin. Each story builds on the one before it, but there is no conclusion or general story arc.

The episodes are heavily larded with the names and heraldry of various minor characters. Even for this major fan (who devoured the first five books in his series and is anxiously awaiting the next), it was entirely too much unwanted detail.

In addition, the focus is on fighting and jousting. If that appeals to you, you might enjoy this book. At least it is a quick read, with the light content fattened up by 160 illustrations.

A Little Plot:

Dunn, a particularly penniless hedge knight, seeks his fortune. Instead he acquires a squire, Egg, who is not at all what he seems to be.

If you care to visit the author’s website, click here.

For a very comprehensive fan site for A Song of Fire and Ice, click here.

 

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