A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
by George R R Martin (Voyager, $44.99)
Reviewed by Logan Angel
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a spinoff of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the fantasy books whose first volume was A Game of Thrones. With the sixth season of the TV series of the same name right around the corner, fans may feel they want to freshen up on the Martin’s world with this collection of three novellas. The stories feature Dunk and Egg, two figures that loom in the background of A Song of Ice and Fire’s fictional history.
The first story, “The Hedge Knight”, acts as an introduction to the two main characters, Ser Duncan the Tall, a poor knight who lends his aid to the noble cause, and his mysterious squire, the young Egg, who is far more than he appears. At a tourney, Duncan, better known as Dunk, becomes embroiled in a conflict when he defends a puppeteer from the wrathful Prince Aerion. Overall, the first story serves as a decent primer to two characters that are mentioned frequently in the setting’s history. Fans will likely appreciate the strong presence of the Targaryen family, the ruling dynasty of the continent, whose members are often mentioned but rarely seen in the main series.