Author: George R.R. Martin
Provided Synopsis: A novella originally published August 25, 1998 in the Legends anthology, edited by Robert Silverberg. Set in the world of the Song of Ice and Fire series eighty-nine years before the events of the main cycle, the story relates the adventures of Dunk (eponymously called Ser Duncan the Tall) and his squire, Egg.
Review: Desperate to return to the world of Westeros — and admittedly impatient for book six of the series — The Hedge Knight was exactly what I needed. Set eighty-nine years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place, this short story is the first of a series that follows a knight from Flea Bottom and his young squire. On their first adventure they meet, attend a tournament, and must fight for their lives.
Tournaments of the past are something that has long been mentioned within the series, so it was wonderful to be placed within one to witness the rules and traditions. Even more enlightening and enjoyable, however, was being able to be in the presence of members of the Targaryen royal family. George R.R. Martin is one of the most gifted writers I have ever encountered; the way he is able to form multiple characters in such a limited amount of pages amazed me. I leave this story with a greater appreciation for what could have been with the Targaryens had things been different in certain cases, along with being filled with anticipation to witness the further development of the two main characters as they embark of further adventure where they will hopefully meet more characters with eventual stakes in the series.
The Hedge Knight is a must-read for fans of this world.