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The Return of Dunk and Egg

March 16 is the official publication date for WARRIORS, the big crossgenre anthology that I edited with Gardner Dozois.

A few early reviews are already starting to pop up on the internet. Check 'em out:




There's all kinds of great stuff in WARRIORS: an all-star lineup of writers from half a dozen different genres, wonderful stories by Joe Lansdale, Diana Gabaldon, Howard Waldrop, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, and many more... and even a Seven Kingdoms novella from yours truly. For those who enjoyed "The Hedge Knight" and "The Sworn Sword," WARRIORS will feature "The Mystery Knight," the third tale of Dunk & Egg.

And just to whet your appetites, Patrick St. Denis (benighted Dallas Cowboys fan though he is) has just posted a short excerpt to Pat's Fantasy Hotlist, which you can sample here:


For the rest of the story, of course, you'll need to buy WARRIORS.


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Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
that's a sweet st. patricks day eve gift!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Oh, that was fun to read, and definitely leaves us wanting more. Nice to see another nod to Mervyn Peake, too... *goes and updates the heraldry*
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to the next Dunk & Egg story. Very exciting!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
A new Dunk & Egg on my birthday! What a great gift!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Will this be released in audio book format?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
Aw, I love Dunk and Egg. Looking forward to the rest of the book as well.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
Will Marvel be doing a comic adaptation? I really loved the previous two.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Re: Marvel
I believe there's a two-year exclusivity contract on WARRIORS, so Marvel won't be able to do the adaptation until early 2012. Presumably it would make sense for them to continue doing the adaptations as the first two seem to have been selling pretty well, and will likely sell even more when the TV show comes out.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Will it be released at the same time on Amazon Kindle's library?

For your fan on the other side of the ocean that is the best option to avoid waiting. Moreover, for your fan from not-anglophone countries to read in eBook (with automatic quick translation of unusual words) is really the only option to read it without breaking the tension searching in a different media.

Since I belong to both samples I'd love to have it on my Kindle from March :)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Is there any hope it will be available for Kindle?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Here's a little question about the very start of the excerpt, which I don't think is really a spoiler since the details are incidental to the main plot. So...

"The Hedge Knight" starts with Dunk burying a body. "The Sworn Sword" starts with Dunk and Egg looking at the body of a criminal, and wondering about what crime he commited. And now "The Mystery Knight" opens with Dunk and Egg observing a body, in circumstances similar to that in TSS.

Are these opening scenes, the jumping-off point into the story, deliberately echoing one another?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Who Wha?
I guess I'm missing out on Dunk and Egg. I've seen them mentioned before, but not sure where. Where does one first find Dunk and Egg? Is there a story progression or do they just do cameo appearances and bury people? I have plenty to read atm, but I'm kinda curious.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Who Wha?
Dunk is a common-born hedge knight living in the time of King Daeron the Good when we first meet him (that'd be approximately 90 years before the start of A Game of Thrones), and Egg is the boy who becomes his squire in the first novella. They are the central characters of the stories, but they play witness to some significant events in history, or provide insights into some of the unjust and unpleasant everyday happenings, in the Seven Kingdoms.

If you've read the series, you'll have read about Dunk and Egg. See Jon's first chapter in ACoK, or Jaime's chapter in ASoS where he reads Barristan's entry in the White Book, or in AFfC when Maester Aemon describes his send-off to the Wall to Sam.

The first novella, "The Hedge Knight", was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. It's filled with tourney champions, jousts, Targaryen princes, and a good old bit of ultra-violence. Amazon has used copies and new copies from third-party sellers available. There's also a graphic novel published by Marvel, very faithful to the text, here.

The second novella, "The Sworn Sword", continues their adventures in a lower-key story that fits pretty well, theme-wise, with A Feast for Crows. Amazon has it as part of a paperback volume of the original Legends II anthology. There's a comic book adaption of it as well, here, by the same team as the first.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
awesome. Can't wait to read more about the Dunk and Egg saga. I will be nice to pass the time whilst I await Dance ;)
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Signed Copy
I would buy this book twice if I could get a copy that is signed, at least by you. Is there any way to set something like that up?
Jan. 23rd, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
Been really looking forward to this one. Especially pleased to find that Lawrence Block's story is (apparently) does not feature any of his established characters. I guess I'm weird that way - I actually prefer something new.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
Is that excerpt the very beginning of the story? As a spoilerphobe, I'd rather wait for the book to come out if the excerpt begins somewhere in the middle.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Starts right at the beginning. :)
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