My Rating: 4/5
Genre: Short Stories, Fantasy, Adventure
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a book of three short stories set 100 years prior to A Song of Ice and Fire when the Targaryens sat on the Iron Throne. It follows the adventures of a hedge knight named Dunk and his squire, Egg.
Although I am a huge Game of Thrones fan (the books and the TV series), it was the main character Dunk which attracted me most to this book. He was not born into one of the many rich and powerful houses like many of the characters we follow in A Song of Ice and Fire. As such, these stories offer a perspective of the Seven Kingdoms from the eyes of a commoner which is quite refreshing to read about.
Unlike many of the knights in A Song of Ice and Fire, Dunk is a true knight who keeps to his beliefs and retains his honour. Both Dunk and Egg are very likeable characters and a pair who you genuinely want good things to happen to. Their relationship develops really nicely throughout as they experience first-hand the consequences of the Blackfyre Rebellion.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms complements A Song of Ice and Fire nicely, providing more depth and insight into Martin’s world and the history behind it. In addition to this, the illustrations help to bring the Seven Kingdoms to life even more than Martin’s writing already does.
I really hope that Martin writes more about Dunk and Egg’s adventures. After finishing the book, I am curious to know where they go next.