‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ a must read for ‘A Game of Thrones’ fansby Ryan Dsouza November 3, 2015
If you are a ‘George R. R. Martin’ fan, you’ve heard about the fantasy world of Westeros. It all started when ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ was published in the year 1996. Taking it all to the next level is its TV adaptation ‘A Game of Thrones’.
While many of us have heard a lot about Game of Thrones, very few know about ‘The Hedge Knight’. Worked upon in 1998, the novel was published in an anthology named Legends, and it went on to become a series. It talked about the Knight Ser Duncan the Tall who travels across the Seven Kingdoms looking for hearth and coin.
The Hedge Knight, The Mystery Knight and the Sworn Sword were released within various collections. However, for the very first time, these three short stories will be assembled in a single volume titled ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’. If you are a ‘Game of Thrones’ fan, you have many reasons to pick this one up.
For those who are completely familiar with the Westeros history, Ser Duncan is definitely not an unknown name. Tagged as one of the greatest knights, he served as Lord Commander of the Kings guard.
Dunk is without a doubt a true hero, one you would probably bet all your money on. Accompanying him at all times was his squire named Egg, short for Aegon Targaryen, who later becomes Aegon V, the king of Seven Kingdoms. He is known as a just ruler, always trying to avoid wars and helping those in his Kingdom.
The novel is not just something you would want to read to hop into the fantasy world, but is also a perfect history lesson that fills in numerous gaps with beautiful illustrations by Gary Gianni. If you are looking for a direct connection between the show and the novel, you definitely won’t be disappointed. Strongly linking the two is Brynden Rivers, also known as Bloodraven.
Brynden happened to be a major reason why Daeron emerged victorious during the rebellion. He was ruthless and was believed to be a sorcerer.
No doubt, there are numerous reasons why you would want to pick ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’. However, the strongest reason would be the way the story has been told. A straight 10 on 10 for storytelling is truly justified. Martin rightly creates a living world not many authors can. His works have always felt real, as his works focus more on the characters and their relationships than on the swords and other diminished elements.
This is truly a must-read for those looking out for something more than ‘A Game of Thrones’ . Not only is it a fascinating collection of Martin’s best work but is a complete package of what you’ve been looking for.
So, grab a cup of coffee, throw yourself on the couch and get ready to find yourself into a perfect world of fantasy. You finally found a perfect way to spend those lazy Sundays. Happy reading!