Monday, June 16, 2014

The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin

The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin, 85 pages

The Hedge Knight is a short story by George R.R. Martin set in the world of his Song of Ice and Fire, but roughly 100 years before the events of "A Game of Thrones," the first in its series.  The novella tells the story of Dunk of Fleabottom, or more properly Ser Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight of Westeros and his freshly obtained squire, Egg.  Being a short story, there's not a whole lot to tell without spoilers, so yeah.  Dunk, in an effort to make a name for himself and a little coinage enters in a tournament, but events quickly turn sour as he becomes accused of assaulting a knight of royal blood,  and ends up in a trial by combat.

The story was about what one would expect from Martin, with the exception of less than 5 deaths and a happy ending.  Being a short story, it was (or should have been) a quick read for me.  I would recommend it to anyone familiar with the series.

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