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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.

AKo7K comps 18 high

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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donoteatpoop
Feb. 9th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
Fantastic.
I can never seem to track down the third installment. Problem solved.
Timothy Williams
Feb. 9th, 2015 04:34 am (UTC)
Audiobook
Any chance of an audiobook version? Roy Dotrice?
marlowe1
Feb. 9th, 2015 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh sweet. I only read the third story. I think I checked out what happened in the first one and read a comic book adaptation of the second one. Very nice.
Ray Feighery
Feb. 9th, 2015 03:13 pm (UTC)
Love Gary's work! Super nice guy to!!! Here's hoping he'll have some previews at Comic-Con in July
David Incio
Feb. 9th, 2015 09:23 pm (UTC)
Portuguese version
Last August, i've bought a portuguese version of this book, or a compilation that the portuguese publisher did with the 3 tales of D&E. Untill then there was only one available in PT, in the Portuguese version of GRRM Restrospective.
I've loved the tales, i found the stories very amusing and entertaining, specialy the last one (i know its not a lot of people's favourite but i loved it). I'd only hope that this new book would bring a fourth tale, but we can wait for it! ;)
Once again Wonderful work by you Grand Meister George!
starkdad
Feb. 9th, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC)
Gary Gianni
Meet Mr. Gianni at Dragon Con the year he did the calender. He spotted my wife and I in our Ned & Catelyn Stark costumes. He called us over and we talked the "look" of Ice and Fire, his inspirations for the calender etc. His take was much closer to our take on the style and atmosphere of Ice and Fire than the art department of HBO.

Signed calenders for us and a very nice Prince Valiant complilation. (I've been reading Sunday paper version for years.)

His take is a tad earlier than our look (say 1400-50) but perfect for a story set roughly 100 years before the Song.

Even though I've read all the stories (and graphic novels) the art alone will be worth the price (and a great excuse to read again).

TomT
sir_caleb_stark
Feb. 10th, 2015 05:34 am (UTC)
Really enjoyed the Dunk and Egg novels
Thank you Mr. Martin for not only the dunk and egg novels but a song of ice and fire. I'm a retired disabled Iraq war vet. Discovered your books during my first tour in Iraq and got hooked. What little free time I had between patrols, raids, and quick reaction force i was escaping a bloody Iraq for a bloody westeros. I write music and songs of my horrible yet confusingly exciting 3 years in Iraq and have started to write stories. I can write stories about war especially modern warfare fairly well due to my knowledge of it but my passion is fantasy/ medieval stories. Ancient warfare, history, and culture is a passion of mine and so naturally your books have been amazing to me. Thank you for giving me westeros to escape Iraq even if for only a few minutes at a time. Sgt. Caleb Heagerty us army infantry retired
fitzochris
Feb. 10th, 2015 08:14 am (UTC)
Exciting
Ive not read anything Dunk and Egg related previously, but having read the World book, I am keen to read more Westeros literature away from the main books. I'll certainly pick this up.

Is it safe to assume Winds of Winter will not be released prior to this book?
blackeyedlily
Feb. 10th, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
The more we learn about your ASOIAF world the richer it becomes The World Book has added so much context to Dunk and Egg, who were already folk heroes. We all wait with great anticipation for this new edition, as well as future Dunk and Egg novellas.
Buddy Sanders
Feb. 10th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Long Time Fan Here
Hi George,

I will first say that it made my day seeing this news. It will be in my collection as soon as I can get my hands on it.

I want to ask a separate question on the slight chance it gets answered, though I understand if not. You've mentioned a kind of "see what happens" mentality behind the ASOIAF books and their lengths, including extending the series a few times already (which I must say I certainly have no complaints with). My question is now that you've spent a decent amount of time with The Winds of Winter, can you say if you've gotten more clarity on if the series will need to go beyond 7 books? Or are you not really far enough into the Winds of Winter to be able to tell at this point?

Answer or no, know that I greatly respect your work, and it has had a massive impact on my life, including helping me reel in the woman I am fortunate enough to call my wife.
grrm
Feb. 11th, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Long Time Fan Here
I am still planning for seven books.
Re: Long Time Fan Here - Buddy Sanders - Feb. 11th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Нина Никонова
Feb. 10th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much and looking forward of continuation
Dear George, thank you for all your really fascinating books and greate pleasure of reading them! I am looking forward so much for the next ones from The World of ice and fire. I've just read the Dance with dragons and very interested in continuation of their story and worry about lives of my favorite heroes.
missmatchedeyes
Feb. 10th, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
!!!!!!!!!
Looking forward to this!!!!!
gracht
Feb. 11th, 2015 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up, George.
Bought Rogues which you kindly signed for me last year. I loved Patrick Rothfuss's short story therein, just as much as your own GOT 'Rogue',which led me onto Mr Rothfuss's other books. Nearly as gripping as GOT. Now hooked on these too! Plus it fills the days 'til your next GOT foray.BTW you might remember my 17 yr old minion/sprog gave you two brooches depicting one black & one white Scottish corbie (crow) at the Edinburgh bookfest. You blew her away by giving her your very own 'faceless man' coin. She was high on happiness for days after meeting you. Said coin is now her 'precious'!

Edited at 2015-02-11 04:46 pm (UTC)
Hafa Ball
Feb. 11th, 2015 01:36 pm (UTC)
Will there be a comic too?
Great to here about the trilogy together. Also, I looked up Gary Gianni's work and it looked a lot like Frank Frazetta's pieces, which is amazing!

Will "The Mystery Knight" also come in comic form like the other two? thanks!
Steven Fader
Feb. 11th, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
I am glad it is finally all being released together. I haven't started reading any of them so it is going to be a real treat!
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