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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros....

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality he is Aegon Targaryen, and one day he will be king. Improbable heroes though they be, great destinies lie ahead for Dunk and Egg, as do powerful foes, royal intrigue and outrageous exploits.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms brings together for the first time 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 the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory.

©2015 George R. R. Martin (P)2015 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic reviews

Praise for A Song of Ice and Fire: "In the grand epic fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best...tense, surging, insomnia-inflicting." ( Time Magazine)
"An absorbing, exciting read...Martin's style is so vivid that you will be hooked within a few pages." ( The Times)
"The sheer mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads.... Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." ( Guardian)
"Colossal, staggering.... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world.... The writing is always powerful...." ( SFX)

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Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!

Wasn't expecting a "new" George RR Martin book to come out. Therefore, was intrigued when this appeared just as I was finishing the 5th Games of Thrones book! Expecting rants of "why doesn't he concentrate on final installment" (which I've seen for other "epic" novelists who divert temporarily!). However, it appears that these were written as 3 short novellas well before the "real" Game of Thrones.

Therefore, for fans, they're something new to get a short fix of Westeros. For newbies, it's a great intro to Westeros from 2 character perspective... especially if the huge Game of Thrones book set seems too daunting. This is a great was to "put a foot in the water"... see if you like it.

I was surprised how "fully formed" the world is in George's mind at such an early stage. The history is all there... the houses.... it's an exact world, just a 100 years earlier. Had expected to find a more "primitive" back story to the world with some major differences.

So, great self contained book which gives a good view of what to expect from the main set of books!

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Superb...

Wasn't sure what to expect, having been a big fan of the Game of Thrones series, but this just really surprised and really impressed. Written in the typical George R. R. Martin way, the story of Dunk and Egg is another epic adventure, which holds true the history of the various houses which made their names in GOT. This slots in around 100 years prior to A Game of Thrones, and I enjoyed learning about how many of the main characters in the main series came to pass. This book is perfectly interwoven into the history and legend of the Seven Kingdoms. Wonderful narration from Harry Lloyd.

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The Lunk shows spunk

Would you consider the audio edition of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms to be better than the print version?

Just as good - it'd be nice to see it in print and learn how the names and places are spelled, for example, but the characterisation here is wonderful (I do not greatly enjoy Roy Dotrice, sadly, and long for another actor to re-record the Ice and Fire books) and it's great to be able to listen to these stories back to back while relaxing or doing other things, as I think it'd take me too long to read them in print. I did find myself googling certain characters to find out more biographical information and learn more about the battles, because this universe George Martin has created is so vast and rich in its histories i.e. events are referred to in both these stories and Game of Thrones, and they all tally, and it's really nice to immerse yourself in this alternative history; you pick up new details every time you engage with the novels.

What other book might you compare A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms to, and why?

Obviously the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books because they take place in the same world and have many overlapping characters, settings and so on. It enriches the action of Game of Thrones.

What about Harry Lloyd’s performance did you like?

It was consistent, he really gets into the skin of Dunk the Tall, and knows his way around this world very well having acted in the Game of Thrones series so knows how everything works/how every role works, which comes across in the performance. Funny where it should be; dark and violent at other times - he marks out the internal dialogue from the external dialogue very clearly, it's just a very solid and enjoyable reading.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Hedge Knight who wasn't...

Any additional comments?

Makes you appreciate George R. R. Martin's immense achievement - we may marvel at how well J.K. Rowling knows her wizarding world, but this is arguably even more impressive, stretching back thousands of years, with every reign fully accounted for: magnificent (and beautifully well written).

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Super little story & great narration

A great side story to game of thrones. Thoroughly recommended. Narrator is different to the one for game of thrones, but that works well and he's very good.

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Great supliment to the SOIAF series

This book is a great listen, fantastic for those who are dying for a taste of Westoros while we wait for the following books in the main story line

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  • 21-10-16

A must for any Game of Thrones fan

Would you consider the audio edition of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms to be better than the print version?

Yes, Harry Lloyd brings it to life wonderfully.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dunk the lunk, thick as a castle wall.

What does Harry Lloyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He does amazing voices, a really great narrator - if Roy Dotrice doesn't carry on - then I'd love harry to do the future books.

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Words are wind

When I first saw this book was released, I kind of thought: come on George this is not getting the next ice and fire story out. Why are you getting distracted with this?

But I really enjoyed it and it was a nice distraction from Game of Thrones, as I'm sure it was for George. Lot's of the usual kinds of
intrigue, plots and villains. Castles, feasts and fights- and like all GoT books-, it always makes me hungry. Buttered capons and a flaggon of wine- Don't mind if I do!

So thanks George, but please finish Winds of Winter now.

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Worth the wait

What made the experience of listening to A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms the most enjoyable?

So happy for these novellas to be complied into one audiobook. Fantastic back story to A Song of Ice and fire, bonus points for Harry Lloyd narrating

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One second this guy is screaming, the next he is whispering so quiet I can barely make our a word. I constantly have to change my volume. The story is awesome though, I should've read.

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Good

The story is pretty decent. But the.narrator.needs.to.learn how.to.use.different.voices.for.different.characters.in.the.book. Same squeeky.voice.seems.to.be.used for the character.Very poor reading

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  • LN13
  • 07-05-18

Great Book

Great stories, very well put together with a nice flow. I would love a continuation of the series to the point of him becoming Sir Duncan the Tall of the Kingsguard

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  • Vusi
  • 17-11-18

Egg reminds me so much of Arya!!!

This book is absolutely amazing, George R. R. Martin did once again what he does best, if you wanna know Ser Duncan the Tall’s(mentioned a few times in TGOT TV show) childhood as well as that of King Aegon V Targaryen, this is the book for you... Enjoy😘

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  • S DORMEHL
  • 28-06-18

The reading is a bit childlike for the material.

The reading is too innocent and more fitting to a teen adventure. There are free readings online if this series that I enjoyed slightly more.

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  • Tasman
  • 26-04-16

okay but nothing compared to the series of books

keep with the orginal series, this book is okay but pretty dry compared with all 5 other books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-20

Loved it

Great story and Harry Lloyd does all its characters justice with his varied accents. A worthy successor to the late Roy Dotrice, who narrated the main books.

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  • JustGotWicked
  • 04-06-20

Fairly good all round

Fantastic book. Not quite on the same level as Roy Dotrice but Harry Lloyd does an okay job at most of the characters. Egg is great. Blood Raven is great. But the voice of Dunk just sounds off to me. The way he delivers the lines just doesn't sound right some of the time. That's about the only criticism for this series of novellas wrapped up in this Audiobook. George R. R. Martin is firing on all cylinders, filling out Westeros on every page. The way he can draw you in to a book world and keep you there while playing you like Rhaegar plays his harp is mesmerizing. Best author of our time. Perhaps all time. Simply can not wait for this whole ASOIAF series, Dunk & Egg and Fire & Blood books to be completed so everyone can experience all of the mysteries of Westeros, Essos and hopefully more of Planetos at large. Keep up the AMAZING work George. We love and appreciate you, and support you while you continue to pour your heart and soul into this collection of books that brings joy to SO MANY people, the world over.

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  • khalil
  • 07-02-20

Fantastic

Anyone who is familiar with the song of ice and fire series will absolutely love this book

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  • Kathryn Coish
  • 28-08-19

The fast paced action

Lovely voice and characterisation, but just too fast! For fast past bits and all those lists of gallant knights I’m compelled to run at .75x otherwise I lose track.

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  • Matthew Bayley
  • 25-03-19

Wish it was longer!

The only problem with this book was that it was not long enough! Great read!!

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  • Ami
  • 03-12-18

10 stars

One of the best audio books i have ever listened, the story keeps getting and better and better as time passes.