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A full-color graphic novel edition of The Mystery Knight, one of the thrilling Dunk and Egg novellas from George R. R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and a prequel of sorts to A Game of Thrones Every wedding needs a singer, and every tourney needs a mystery knight. Westeros is eerily peaceful. King Aerys I sits on the Iron Throne. A ravaging plague has abated. Yet A full-color graphic novel edition of The Mystery Knight, one of the thrilling Dunk and Egg novellas from George R. R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and a prequel of sorts to A Game of Thrones Every wedding needs a singer, and every tourney needs a mystery knight. Westeros is eerily peaceful. King Aerys I sits on the Iron Throne. A ravaging plague has abated. Yet beneath the surface, tensions linger sixteen years after a failed rebellion. In these restless times, noble hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall ("Dunk" to his friends) and his precocious boy squire, Egg, travel the Seven Kingdoms performing chivalrous deeds, though Egg's bloodline must be concealed at all costs. After heading north for Winterfell, Dunk and Egg are lured off the kingsroad by a wedding feast and an unusually lucrative tournament. The champion jouster will claim a rare trophy indeed: a dragon's egg. Dunk, always better in a melee, would be satisfied with a hot meal, a cup of wine, and a purse full of coins. But a treasonous plot is more likely to hatch before another dragon ever stretches its wings. Someone's onto Egg. And a mystery knight with designs on an even bigger prize soon throws the entire affair into chaos.


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A full-color graphic novel edition of The Mystery Knight, one of the thrilling Dunk and Egg novellas from George R. R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and a prequel of sorts to A Game of Thrones Every wedding needs a singer, and every tourney needs a mystery knight. Westeros is eerily peaceful. King Aerys I sits on the Iron Throne. A ravaging plague has abated. Yet A full-color graphic novel edition of The Mystery Knight, one of the thrilling Dunk and Egg novellas from George R. R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and a prequel of sorts to A Game of Thrones Every wedding needs a singer, and every tourney needs a mystery knight. Westeros is eerily peaceful. King Aerys I sits on the Iron Throne. A ravaging plague has abated. Yet beneath the surface, tensions linger sixteen years after a failed rebellion. In these restless times, noble hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall ("Dunk" to his friends) and his precocious boy squire, Egg, travel the Seven Kingdoms performing chivalrous deeds, though Egg's bloodline must be concealed at all costs. After heading north for Winterfell, Dunk and Egg are lured off the kingsroad by a wedding feast and an unusually lucrative tournament. The champion jouster will claim a rare trophy indeed: a dragon's egg. Dunk, always better in a melee, would be satisfied with a hot meal, a cup of wine, and a purse full of coins. But a treasonous plot is more likely to hatch before another dragon ever stretches its wings. Someone's onto Egg. And a mystery knight with designs on an even bigger prize soon throws the entire affair into chaos.

30 review for The Mystery Knight: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    I’m finding myself growing so terribly bored with Westeros, which is a sentence I never thought I’d write. Perhaps it’s all the hype surrounding the television show or perhaps it’s the ridiculous popularity and cult status that now goes with the brand. It’s literally everywhere now. There are comic book adaptations of prequel stories. Isn’t that a little, well, overkill? The crux of my annoyance is derived from one thing: impatience. Many readers have been waiting for The Winds of Winter for a te I’m finding myself growing so terribly bored with Westeros, which is a sentence I never thought I’d write. Perhaps it’s all the hype surrounding the television show or perhaps it’s the ridiculous popularity and cult status that now goes with the brand. It’s literally everywhere now. There are comic book adaptations of prequel stories. Isn’t that a little, well, overkill? The crux of my annoyance is derived from one thing: impatience. Many readers have been waiting for The Winds of Winter for a terribly long time. I have nothing new to say about that, but I’m starting to find the absolute torrent of books (and side projects) released in the interim a little annoying. They don’t make up for anything and it feels a little cheeky; it feels like my money is being stolen time and time again. I hate what A Game of Thrones has become; it now feels cheap and somehow reduced from its former glory. And this comic book here is just another example of a book that didn’t really need to be created; it adds nothing to the story and gives readers absolutely nothing original. At this rate I will be too full of venom to even read The Winds of Winter.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The art work is really bad, and kept throwing me out of the story. Also didn’t feel that bothered about the story in the first place!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marquise

    3.5 stars for this adaptation of the third Dunk & Egg novella by George R. R. Martin, averaged from 4 stars for the plot and 3 for the art. This is the most "knightly" of the three, maybe only surpassed by the 1st novella in the series, and the adaptor did respect GRRM's original text well enough, as this is largely a word-for-word text to illustration version, with few omissions mostly for fluidity and demands of the visual medium. It's the artwork that is lacking, in my opinion, because the gr 3.5 stars for this adaptation of the third Dunk & Egg novella by George R. R. Martin, averaged from 4 stars for the plot and 3 for the art. This is the most "knightly" of the three, maybe only surpassed by the 1st novella in the series, and the adaptor did respect GRRM's original text well enough, as this is largely a word-for-word text to illustration version, with few omissions mostly for fluidity and demands of the visual medium. It's the artwork that is lacking, in my opinion, because the graphic novels for the two previous novellas was fine and the art by Ben Avery isn't quite on par. It's more comic-y, if that's a good description, with a lot of scenes that are dealt with in illustrations barely above stick figure doodles, the facial expressions are wooden, which makes everyone sport faces like those one-expression Botox faces you see these days. Do look at the eyes, especially, and how the artist focuses (rather fixedly, it appears to me) on teeth, and you'll see what I mean. It's mostly a book for "completists" who don't like to miss a volume in a series and fans of GRRM, not for the general public. For the latter, I'd recommend they pick up A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms for a start, it's the edition collecting all 3 novellas to date with illustrations by Gary Gianni (much, much better than the art for any of the existing graphic novels), and if they do like the visual medium, then they could continue with the graphic novels.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    These are all really enjoyable so far.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Avinash

    Tales of Dunk and Egg are always a treat for aSoIaF fans. I have read the first 2 graphic novels of the series and they were absolutely brilliant. That was the reason I was really looking forward to the release of this and I must say it was worth waiting. The best thing about these graphic novels is that being the adaptation of novellas they cover the story fairly well. You don't get the feeling of being rush through the story as it often happens in case of a proper novel's graphical adaptation. Tales of Dunk and Egg are always a treat for aSoIaF fans. I have read the first 2 graphic novels of the series and they were absolutely brilliant. That was the reason I was really looking forward to the release of this and I must say it was worth waiting. The best thing about these graphic novels is that being the adaptation of novellas they cover the story fairly well. You don't get the feeling of being rush through the story as it often happens in case of a proper novel's graphical adaptation. Obviously you won't like it just because of that until the story itself is interesting enough. Writing a novella is a different kind of challenge but I must say that "SER GEORGE" of House Martin is as good with knives as he is with swords. I have said this before but it is often happens that the extended stories of a famous series are not as impressive as the actual series; I am glad that this is not the case with Tales of Dunk and Egg. In fact I will say that if the first 2 stories were very good then it is even better, certainly the best of the series. The beauty about this series is that you already know so much about the seven kingdoms, their people, life-style and traditions that you can read any of the 3 stories individually (though it is always better to read them as a series). This time the story started with Dunk and Egg heading towards Winterfell as lord stark was in need of some more swords. During the journey they came to know about a nearby lord's marriage and related tourney so they decided to join. The winning prize of the tourney was a Dragon's egg but things were not as simple as they seem from far. There is a bigger plot behind all this which goes deep within the politics of seven kingdoms. Obviously Dunk and Egg got involved in all this and it turned out a real fun. The artwork is as good as it was in previous issues. The colors this time are even better. I love the new characters as well but I was hoping the end to be a bit different as it's presumably the last part of the tales of Dunk and Egg. Surprisingly it was just like last 2 stories. Though this particular story is complete but there is a scope for more stories because Dunk and Egg's journey is not finished yet. I would like to read few more of them. Specially SER Duncan's quest/dream to be a kingsguard is really intriguing. Come-on George! we demand for some more of your knife-skill. Nonetheless a well deserved 5 Star for this

  6. 4 out of 5

    Václav

    (3,8 of 5 for the best story from Tales of Dunk and Egg, even if it still rather average comics) I liked The Mystery Knight. The story is quite good, interesting, it unwinds nicely, even if it is still sometimes confusing with all those names and relations it's not that heavy in unnecessary text. I'm convinced this one is the best of the three stories. The art is average, with that familiar quite common style for many adaptations. They usually fall to the "generic" one or goes overboard with some (3,8 of 5 for the best story from Tales of Dunk and Egg, even if it still rather average comics) I liked The Mystery Knight. The story is quite good, interesting, it unwinds nicely, even if it is still sometimes confusing with all those names and relations it's not that heavy in unnecessary text. I'm convinced this one is the best of the three stories. The art is average, with that familiar quite common style for many adaptations. They usually fall to the "generic" one or goes overboard with something way too artistic. I'm trying to recall any "mandatory" (in meaning there is successful/famous game/book/movie/tv series so we need to milk it little more) direct comics adaptation with outstanding art, but none comes to my mind. Anyway, whole Dunk & Egg series is mostly for ASOIAF/GoT fans and as that it is good, with this third book maybe best of them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Richter

    The long awaited graphic edition of the third Dunk & Egg story. Nice to have a Hardback edition, perhaps the previous two stories will get the same treatment. The story was adapted by Ben Avery and the art by Mark S. Miller. The long awaited graphic edition of the third Dunk & Egg story. Nice to have a Hardback edition, perhaps the previous two stories will get the same treatment. The story was adapted by Ben Avery and the art by Mark S. Miller.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Lynn Kramer

    Enjoyable but not as impactful as the first two volumes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joana Veríssimo

    This is such a nice graphic novel, Dunk and Egg are still so GOOD!! And the story does work really well on it's own, each volume of the "Tales of Dunk and Egg" is a full story by itself I really LIKE their relationship and partnership, this balance between who has the power; and it was really interesting to see the conflict in Egg concerning some of the things he listened to on the road This was really GOOD!! Definitely recommend to any fans of A Song of Ice and Fire :) Also while the translation i This is such a nice graphic novel, Dunk and Egg are still so GOOD!! And the story does work really well on it's own, each volume of the "Tales of Dunk and Egg" is a full story by itself I really LIKE their relationship and partnership, this balance between who has the power; and it was really interesting to see the conflict in Egg concerning some of the things he listened to on the road This was really GOOD!! Definitely recommend to any fans of A Song of Ice and Fire :) Also while the translation is really good :) The translations of the name of places and people's nicknames always confuses me so much, since I only know them in English. It took me way too long to recognize the name Bloodraven as "Corvo de Sangue", only got there through the description

  10. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Alright before I begin I want to point out this is my first GoT related book so as far as easter eggs and if it's a good addition to the world of GoT I have no freaking clue however I will say I may have been slightly wrong for calling it Dungeons and Dragons porn in the past, anyway, here's my review. What's it about? This is a tale of a knight and his squire who are in the GoT world but it's 100 years before all that. That's all I can really say without giving spoilers and/or sounding like an id Alright before I begin I want to point out this is my first GoT related book so as far as easter eggs and if it's a good addition to the world of GoT I have no freaking clue however I will say I may have been slightly wrong for calling it Dungeons and Dragons porn in the past, anyway, here's my review. What's it about? This is a tale of a knight and his squire who are in the GoT world but it's 100 years before all that. That's all I can really say without giving spoilers and/or sounding like an idiot for not knowing much about this series. Pros: The art is really well done. This story is unpredictable. The story gets interesting in the final half of the book. The action scenes are really good but brief. Cons: The characters. This book doesn't tell you much about them. It's just 'Hey, look, knight, yay!' and it gives a bit of info about the squire. Maybe it's because there's 2 other prequel books or something (the lore is already getting to be too confusing for me and that's saying something considering how much I love East of West) so this may just be because I haven't read them so maybe there's more background somewhere in there. It's boring. Yeah, the story gets to being interesting eventually and there are a few good action scenes (emphasis on few) but gosh, it takes so long for anything to happen and let's not forget the first quarter of the book is pretty much about people at a wedding or eating salt beef. Because if that don't excite you, what will? For some reason I wasn't a fan of the dialogue. Overall: I didn't enjoy this nor do I plan to read more GoT. I saw several people compare it to Berserk and East of West, as a fan of those 2 things, I have no idea why (well, okay, I could maybe see the Berserk comparison but Berserk is a lot cooler). If you're already a fan of George R. R. Martin and his big successful franchise than you will probably like this as somebody who only knows a few things about it (mostly quotes people reference online) I wouldn't say it's horrible but it's not something I enjoyed. Winter is coming... but you will not find me reading more Thrones on any of those snowy days. 2/5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Tremblay

    A really fun graphic novel, both gory and entertaining. I really felt like I was in the Game of Thrones world. Some confusing parts of figuring out who is who but overall that was OK. This is book 3 of Dunk & Egg novellas turned into a graphic novel. I don’t know if it is the last because the end is not really an end. I would read more for sure. A really fun graphic novel, both gory and entertaining. I really felt like I was in the Game of Thrones world. Some confusing parts of figuring out who is who but overall that was OK. This is book 3 of Dunk & Egg novellas turned into a graphic novel. I don’t know if it is the last because the end is not really an end. I would read more for sure.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    The final of the three Dunk and Egg stories. I really enjoy the simplicity and beautiful skill of the artwork in this series done by Miller- everything is vibrant without being overwhelming. (A bit of a relief coming straight from the color-heavy Harley Quinns I've been reading.) Duncan is a great hero and even though we already know his general (good) fate from already revealed Westeros "history," I would still love to hear more stories of how he got there.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Silvana

    A very worthy collectible item, the graphic novels of Dunk and Egg. I hope they will continue publishing the stories in this format because the artwork and adaptation are equally marvelous. Also, Bloodraven.

  14. 4 out of 5

    أحمد

    As usual, my favorite bits were the "historical" ones. Uh.. and this Bloodraven cameo.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I never read the novella this is adapted from, but the artwork and story were fantastic. A great thing to read while waiting for the next episode of Game of Thrones to come on!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Manisha

    It’s such a crime that this is the last story we have of Dunk and Egg. Really, it’s awful. Their adventures are fun and dramatic (the good kind), and I was ecstatic when I could extend that adventure by reading the comics. Alas, the time has come for me to say goodbye and I really don’t want to. Dear George R. R. Martin, The world you have created is vast with a million note-worthy characters who have had a million note-worthy adventures. Please write more. I sincerely hope that you will, one day It’s such a crime that this is the last story we have of Dunk and Egg. Really, it’s awful. Their adventures are fun and dramatic (the good kind), and I was ecstatic when I could extend that adventure by reading the comics. Alas, the time has come for me to say goodbye and I really don’t want to. Dear George R. R. Martin, The world you have created is vast with a million note-worthy characters who have had a million note-worthy adventures. Please write more. I sincerely hope that you will, one day, give us more adventures of noble knights like Ser Duncan the Tall. I sincerely hope that one day I can read how Egg becomes King and see his life with Aemon. I sincerely hope that one day I will find out if Bran’s vision of a tall knight kissing a maiden under a tree was indeed Dunk. Sincerely, A reader who is patiently waiting (total lies, I’m impatient and we all know it) for the next book. (I will be remiss not to mention how absolutely amazing the artwork is. And completely gruesome where it needs to be)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monsour

    Its slightly better than the last two I'm a big fan of Dunk and Egg, In fact I'm more hype waiting for the fourth installment rather than Winds of Winter. The Graphic Novel covers the story really well just like the previews ones and the art is also much better compare to the previews two but compare to Gary Gianni's work on Dunk & Egg Illustration this is pretty much an average comicbook art. On to the story Itself. Its a weeding tourney that becomes a government conspiracy and end up as a anti- Its slightly better than the last two I'm a big fan of Dunk and Egg, In fact I'm more hype waiting for the fourth installment rather than Winds of Winter. The Graphic Novel covers the story really well just like the previews ones and the art is also much better compare to the previews two but compare to Gary Gianni's work on Dunk & Egg Illustration this is pretty much an average comicbook art. On to the story Itself. Its a weeding tourney that becomes a government conspiracy and end up as a anti-climactic rebellion against the Red's(the legitimate Targaryen dynasty). The Mystery Knight is my least favorite of the three but as any George RR Martin works its a worth reading material. 3.5/5 Lemon Cakes

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carla Cameron

    Great addition to the GoT series and beautiful graphics. I only wish there was more of it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Wilson

    Hmmm was ok. Maybe more for Game of thrones die hard fans, where as I am more of just a fan.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stefan

    This the first of the Dunk and Egg stories I have read. I actually enjoyed it more than some of the books in the main series. I’ll be adding the rest to my reading list.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Seanbob Kelly

    Love the art work. As much as I would like to read more Dunc and Egg novellas I would rather GRRM wraps up ASOIAF. I have read this story multiple time but the magic of the graphic novel format and Ben Avery's adaptation is a great fit.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ankit

    GRRM's writing along with some truly beautiful art!. It was a treat to read the 3rd chapter of Adventures of Dunk & Egg. GRRM's writing along with some truly beautiful art!. It was a treat to read the 3rd chapter of Adventures of Dunk & Egg.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca (StayingUpTillMorning)

    I read The Mystery Knight all in one sitting and...I was not impressed. At all. The story is set in the Game of Thrones world and is about Dunk and his squire, Egg. Dunk decides to take part in a tournament where the champion jouster will win a rare dragon's egg. All the while a treasonous plot is slowly unfolding. Sounds good right? And it's Game of Thrones so what's not to like? Everything, it would seem! I found the plot slow and the dialogue boring. And worst of all I really disliked the art I read The Mystery Knight all in one sitting and...I was not impressed. At all. The story is set in the Game of Thrones world and is about Dunk and his squire, Egg. Dunk decides to take part in a tournament where the champion jouster will win a rare dragon's egg. All the while a treasonous plot is slowly unfolding. Sounds good right? And it's Game of Thrones so what's not to like? Everything, it would seem! I found the plot slow and the dialogue boring. And worst of all I really disliked the art style. Which is really simple and what I can only describe as ugly. The facial expressions are weird and I always seemed to notice the characters' teeth. Overall, not a fan. I will though, at some point, pick up the novella by George R R Martin that this graphic novel was based on.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lee-Kearns

    This was such an amazing way to read one of my favourite stories and this marks my first ever graphic novel. I loved how beautifully everything was drawn but it was still realistic - the pimples, scars and birthmarks (shout out Bloodraven, my Targaryen guilty pleasure). Nothing was whitewashed or enhanced to make the pictures more pleasant - everyone looked how they were supposed to and I loved it. Even though this was my third reading of the story, it was still just as exciting as when I first re This was such an amazing way to read one of my favourite stories and this marks my first ever graphic novel. I loved how beautifully everything was drawn but it was still realistic - the pimples, scars and birthmarks (shout out Bloodraven, my Targaryen guilty pleasure). Nothing was whitewashed or enhanced to make the pictures more pleasant - everyone looked how they were supposed to and I loved it. Even though this was my third reading of the story, it was still just as exciting as when I first read it. The characters practically leapt off the page (even without looking at the images). Their characters were so distinct and developed, I can't believe how much George R.R. Martin manages to flesh out characters in a hundred pages. Dunk was wonderfully gallant as always, so noble and kind despite his humble birth and hard life. Egg was even better than he has been in previous stories, he was a real dragon in this story - temper and all. He finally came into his own and I can't wait to see how much he grows in future stories (and I really hope they come soon, either them or The Winds of Winter - I'm not fussy). All of the supporting characters were also so well crafted - all of the hedge knights were awesome, the lords were suitably pompous and John the Fiddler (cough cough) was so strangely appealing even though I'm not a fan of his family or who he turned out to be. Martin loves to confuse us. I just can't wait to get more of these graphic novel editions and for more stories about the adventures of Dunk and Egg!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    The story is great, but the art is sub-par at best, awful at worst.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Controversial, but true: I like Dunk & Egg so much more than Game of Thrones. The limited cast of characters allows you to really connect to the characters in a way that the constantly shifting and massive cast of the main series just doesn't. You're invested in Duncan the Tall and Little Aegon. You care about how what happens to them and each little thing is significant. What I appreciate about this series and this title specifically is that it realistically depicts the pettiness of humanity, esp Controversial, but true: I like Dunk & Egg so much more than Game of Thrones. The limited cast of characters allows you to really connect to the characters in a way that the constantly shifting and massive cast of the main series just doesn't. You're invested in Duncan the Tall and Little Aegon. You care about how what happens to them and each little thing is significant. What I appreciate about this series and this title specifically is that it realistically depicts the pettiness of humanity, especially around the Red/Black Dragons sides. The Blackfyre rebellion is over, but there are still festering wounds, pretenders, and many more Targaryens than we meet later in GoT. Dunk & Egg feel like real people with dumb human problems like being headstrong, dealing with their own privilege/poverty, etc. Their relative insignificance to strangers allows them to slip inside this interesting plot. We take a step back from lords and arguably main characters with these two and see the way the working class --hedgeknights --live by scraping along between tourneys. Dunk & Egg seem like they aren't important within the story. Obviously, Egg is a prince and that slaps him in the face in the end, but in general they don't feel like main characters. Dunk isn't particularly clever or very strong. He's no Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister --he's a regular guy with a fairly poor education. Egg is smart, but also not particularly clever and is a little too small for his age --he's kind of a shrimpy prince and not great at squiring or pretending to be low born. They complement each other really well and their combination allows us to really explore each of them more by their proximity. Also, this story line shows us more about Bloodraven and how he operated at his peak power. You can see the resentment toward the Targaryens (Bloodraven in particular) growing in this book. There is outright treason, but regular, non-treason affiliated people also hate him. They have plenty to say about the Targaryens, kinslaying, etc. There is a degradation of their favor with the small folk and lords here that we will see fester quite easily in a few years to become Robert's Rebellion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Johnston (dragonarmybooks)

    I have a BookTube channel where I review books, give reading suggestions, and more! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/dragonarmybooks --- Nooooooooo! No! No! No! And a big fat NO to top it all of! If you've read my reviews for the first two graphic novels in the series, The Hedge Knight & The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword, you'll notice that I have high regards for the series. Knowing very little of the ASOIAF universe, I fell in love with the characters, the artwork, and the rising story I have a BookTube channel where I review books, give reading suggestions, and more! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/dragonarmybooks --- Nooooooooo! No! No! No! And a big fat NO to top it all of! If you've read my reviews for the first two graphic novels in the series, The Hedge Knight & The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword, you'll notice that I have high regards for the series. Knowing very little of the ASOIAF universe, I fell in love with the characters, the artwork, and the rising story of Dunk the Lunk and his faithful squire, Egg. To "end" the series with this lackluster entry is a major downer. Now, I get that the series is incomplete. From what I gather, Martin plans on continuing the prequel series of novellas that serve as the basis of these graphic novels. As long as the series does continue (hopefully sooner rather than later), I won't be too disappointed. To be honest, the only thing that I didn't like here was all of the politics. I got lost early on and only got more and more lost as layer upon layer of names and families and history got piled on the narrative. I followed as best I could and still enjoyed the beautiful artwork, found the new cast of characters to be somewhat intriguing, and felt the story was okay. It just didn't feel as "standalone-ish" as the other two that came before. As I read, I felt like I needed to know more about the world than I currently did to actually "get it". All in all, it was still an enjoyable read and I'll be looking forward to reading future entries in the series when they (hopefully) come out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andreas Sekeris

    I liked Game of Thrones the TV show, and even though I'm a book reader hearing about the dense descriptions of the world and people has scared me off reading his books and made me not enjoy this story. Didn't enjoy all the exposition on who had what emblems and what they meant. Didn't enjoy the exposition of the previous war and what had previously happened to these characters, hammering home that there were prequels, but not making the characters motivations any clearer. I was comparing this unf I liked Game of Thrones the TV show, and even though I'm a book reader hearing about the dense descriptions of the world and people has scared me off reading his books and made me not enjoy this story. Didn't enjoy all the exposition on who had what emblems and what they meant. Didn't enjoy the exposition of the previous war and what had previously happened to these characters, hammering home that there were prequels, but not making the characters motivations any clearer. I was comparing this unfavourably with Usaji Yojimbo. Usaji is a ronin, similar to a hedgesword. In Usagi's stories he wanders into situations, but he takes action. His character is clear in the way he reacts to situations and is interesting. Here Duncan keeps showing us that he's been shown to keep his nose out of trouble, and he tries to teach his squire to stay quiet and not make trouble. They stumble into a situation, but don't really discover anything through their actions, only through who they know and where they happen to be sitting. Then in the end the staying out of trouble is thrown out. Fine for dramatic effect, but makes for an unclear character. Also just took to long to tell the story in this book, introducing some interesting elements and side-characters but doing very little with them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paolo Macri

    Great third tale of Dunk and Egg in their traveling adventures. In this graphic novel volume of the third story of Dunk and Egg finds both characters traveling north to Winterfell in the hopes of finding work with decent pay and a roof to put over their heads. On the road the young Prince and tale hedge knight run into a group of lords heading to a tourney, which they decide to enter into in order to make enough gold for Dunk and Egg to have money for food and board of the next year. *SPOILERS* U Great third tale of Dunk and Egg in their traveling adventures. In this graphic novel volume of the third story of Dunk and Egg finds both characters traveling north to Winterfell in the hopes of finding work with decent pay and a roof to put over their heads. On the road the young Prince and tale hedge knight run into a group of lords heading to a tourney, which they decide to enter into in order to make enough gold for Dunk and Egg to have money for food and board of the next year. *SPOILERS* Unfortunately for our two main characters they stumble into a short lived second rebellion of the Blackfyre's in their half hearted and very poor planned attempt to take back the crown for Daemon Blackfyre's grandson with the same namesake. Luckily our hero's through some trial and error figure out the plot and help to foil it. great third story in the traveling tales of Dunk and Egg and while I have only read the graphic novel adaptations of the novellas, I will be purchasing the book version of the next set of novellas as I cannot wait to read more of their adventures.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I will always be a fan of George RR Martin's writing. At this point, I think he could write a nutrient label on a soup can and I would enjoy reading it! lol So with that said, I am not sure I am a trustworthy reviewer of his work? Loved being back in Westeros and thought the story between Dunc and Aeg ( I know it is spelled Egg in the books but I spell it Aeg since we all know who he is...) is very sweet and enduring. They go on quite the adventure throughout the course of the 3 book series. I l I will always be a fan of George RR Martin's writing. At this point, I think he could write a nutrient label on a soup can and I would enjoy reading it! lol So with that said, I am not sure I am a trustworthy reviewer of his work? Loved being back in Westeros and thought the story between Dunc and Aeg ( I know it is spelled Egg in the books but I spell it Aeg since we all know who he is...) is very sweet and enduring. They go on quite the adventure throughout the course of the 3 book series. I listened to all of them on audio which was really done well, although it is no longer the originally reader of the series - RIP.- so sad. I do own the book just to see the art along with the story - worth the purchase! Recommended read for all GOT fans AND I feel like this would be a good start if you are just wanting to experience G. RR Martin's world and writing. You would not have to read other books before this because this is set 100 years prior than Game of Thrones. So really everyone could read this first. Happy reading :)

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