One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!
‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ by George R.R. Martin compiles the first three novellas that take place nearly a century before the events of A Song of Fire and Ice. We follow the tales of Dunk and Egg, an unlikely duo. Dunk is a naive knight who blunders his way into finding a squire, Egg- who is more than he seems. Egg’s true name is hidden from all whom they encounter and he has to continually shave his head to conceal his blond hair and the fact that he is a prince. In this time the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last living dragon is not that far gone. The plots run deep and our heroes ultimately are the most courageous and honorable. It is an captivating story of royal intrigue, powerful foes and ultimately friendship.
Gone from A Song of Fire and Ice in this novel is the normal fare of gore, sex and adult language. There is some of all that to go around but not nearly on the same level. This fact and the styling of Gary Gianni’s illustrations which frequent the pages remind me of a children’s book from the 20’s. Don’t be fooled though, this is no book for children. It is an adventure story, very similar in feel as that of The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
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