A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin. Reviewed by Chris (Bury Library).
This volume brings together the first three official prequel novellas to George R.R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, set in an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and recall of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory.
‘Set one hundred years before the main story of A Song of Fire and Ice, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms follows the fortunes of Ser Duncan and his squire Egg as they adventure around Westeros, the Great Houses playing as background for their stories. Compared to the main series of books A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is somewhat tamer having modest levels of drama, political intrigue, strife and death compared to the monumental amounts that are at the core part of the main story. This is not a criticism however, the settings of the stories is a much more stable period unlike the main story and doesn’t detract from the enjoyment.Much smaller in scope the stories mostly self contained focusing on Ser Duncan and Egg whose generous hearts and evolving comradeship between a Knight and his squire make for very likable characters. The only issue with the smaller scope is it leaves the reader with questions about how the bigger players of Westeros at that time period ended up setting in motion some of the plot points of the main story. This minor issue does not detract from the charm of the book however. in addition to the charm of the main characters, the book comes with a series of wonderful illustrations that really aids in painting a picture of the characters and settings. All in all A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a wonderful immersive jaunt around the world the Westeros with a cast of great characters that you will find hard to put down.’ Chris ( Bury Library.)
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