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Dunk & Egg Ride Again

Circle October 6 on your calendar.

My friends at Bantam have just informed me that will be the day that A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS in released in English, collecting all three of my "Dunk & Egg" novellas -- "The Hedge Knight," "The Sworn Sword," and "The Mystery Knight" -- between one set of covers for the first time.

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Many of you, of course, will have read the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg in their original appearances in LEGENDS, LEGENDS II, and WARRIORS. But A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS will have a lot more than the three stories. We wanted this to be an illustrated book, so we went to the amazing Gary Gianni and asked him to do some art for us, thinking perhaps we could include seven or eight interior illustrations. Gary turned us down. He loved the stories, he said, but he'd only do it if he could illustrate the entire book, with art on virtually every page.

We said yes, of course, and Gary has been drawing for the better part of two years. Most fantasy fans know Gianni's artwork from his work on PRINCE VALIANT, on the Wandering Star limited editions of SOLOMON KANE and BRAN MAK MORN, and of course for his stunning 2014 ICE & FIRE calendar, but we think A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS may be his best work to date.

This is going to be an amazing book, one I will be very happy to have my name on -- beside that of Gary Gianni, surely among the very best fantasy artists of all time. (And damn it, folks, it is LONG past time that he was nominated for a Hugo).

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dragonborngurl
Feb. 7th, 2015 03:44 am (UTC)
fantastic! when and where can I pre order mine?
tsgeisel
Feb. 7th, 2015 03:46 am (UTC)
Appropos of Dunk and Egg, I look forward to some of the stories hinted at in "The World of Ice and Fire". Especially the last one in the series.

I also look forward to this one.
CasterlyDuff
Feb. 7th, 2015 03:47 am (UTC)
This is wonderful news. I have just started reading A Dance With Dragons, so once I'm finished with that and A World of Ice and Fire, this'll make another great addition into the heart of this newly born Ice and Fire fan.
insurrbution
Feb. 7th, 2015 03:49 am (UTC)
Impressive Cover!
Diggin' the cover-art on this one, George!!

It may be too early (and as such, you may not be able to answer), but will the book feature Appendices like the 'main' books of the Ice and Fire series??

I will most likely place a pre-order this week coming sometime, even though it's coming a long ways off! [I would for Winds as well, if I could]
fifthdream
Feb. 7th, 2015 03:49 am (UTC)
Oh, i need this. A lot. Consider October 6 circled.
GeekFurious
Feb. 7th, 2015 03:59 am (UTC)
My money is already yours
Yessssssssssssssssssssssss.
branswift
Feb. 7th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
Already pre-ordered from Amazon! Not only have I not had the pleasure of reading these stories before (despite my love of ASoIaF), I also can't resist any illustrations related to the wonderful universe you've created, George. I already love browsing art of your characters that pull more from the books than the TV show (not to say that the TV casting and acting aren't superb, just that age and many other factors prevent all the actors from looking like their book counterparts, to varying degrees). It really makes re-reading the books all that more fun and vivid. So I can't wait to discover these new characters with the help of what I'm sure will be some superb illustrations!
Brooklyn Ann
Feb. 7th, 2015 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm now glad I haven't gotten around to reading the Dunk n' Egg stories because NOW I'll get all 3 WITH illustrations! (I'm a very fast reader so I tend to avoid short stories because it feels like eating only one potato chip)
Manuh Macedo
Feb. 7th, 2015 04:29 am (UTC)
Dunk and Egg
I'll have to buy this one. I have a brazilian edition with the three stories, but no arts.
cyberalien
Feb. 7th, 2015 04:30 am (UTC)
Excellent news! Although I already have 1st editions of each of these, I'm really looking forward to adding this version to my collection. Hopefully you will have some signed copies available through the Cocteau.
griffinsroost
Feb. 7th, 2015 04:53 am (UTC)
Yay!
Can't wait! I have yet to read the novellas and I'm looking forward to once again losing myself in the wonderful world of Westeros.
numb3r_5ev3n
Feb. 7th, 2015 05:26 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I can't wait!
tripleneck
Feb. 7th, 2015 05:41 am (UTC)
Two of my favorite things together. Very glad to hear this.

My man, you sure know how to ride in style.
aeoaepa
Feb. 7th, 2015 05:42 am (UTC)
will wait for this in South America
very excited by this illustrated book

Edited at 2015-02-07 05:44 am (UTC)
chibichang
Feb. 7th, 2015 07:35 am (UTC)
Yay! Though I bought on of the stories of Dunk & Egg in Brasil, it would be nice to have the complete stories.
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