My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is a prequel to the Game of Thrones series, set a century before when the Targaryens still held the Iron throne.
The book consists of three novellas following the adventures of Dunk – a naive 6ft 11inch youth hedge knight from Flea Bottom in Kings Landing and his squire Egg – an eight year old Targaryen prince in disguise. This is the first book of three following these two characters and I have yet to see how the author will link the Game of Thrones plot to this prequel, unless the character references are introduced in the last book of the series and the timing of the publication of these prequels adds a new spin to the Game of Thrones finale. Unpredictability is this author’s forte, so you never know!
A Knight of Seven Kingdoms is a middle grade-YA book with illustrations. It’s fun to read and has the plot twists we have come to expect with deaths of important characters and the big reveal at the end of each novella.
Dunk blunders through from story to story finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time frequently and his code of chivalry prevents him from walking away. He’s definitely the brawn to match Egg’s brain. Lords and knights are intimidated by Dunk’s size and plot against him while he underestimates Egg. None of the characters they meet along their adventures seem to notice Egg’s purple eyes and he shaves his giveaway Targaryen platinum hair off his head to give that ‘egg’ look. They are as unlikely a pairing as Jaime and Brienne, The Hound and Arya. Why Egg chooses to be with Dunk is a mystery. Possibly Dunk might end up being the Head of the Kingsguard when Egg (Aegon) becomes King and Mad King Aerys (the last Targaryen) mentioned at the start of Game of Thrones might be a son or relative of this Aegon/Egg. The Targaryens have a habit of marrying brother to sister to keep the line pure and that causes the madness that was common in their house, which see in this book. We meet some of the Houses that are in Game of Thrones, such as the Freys and also some lesser (new) houses.
I like that the characters in George RR Martin’s books never behave predictably. 🙂
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