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Dunk & Egg Are HERE

Big day, big excitement. It's publication day for A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, with simultaneous hardcover releases scheduled for the US (Bantam Spectra) and the UK (Harper Collins Voyager).

This will be the first collection of the three Dunk & Egg novellas that I have published to date: "The Hedge Knight" (originally published in Robert Silverberg's anthology LEGENDS), "The Sworn Sword" (from LEGENDS II), and "The Mystery Knight" (from the anthology WARRIORS, edited by Gardner Dozois and yours truly). All together in one place for the first time, so you no longer need to track down three separate (and in some cases, out of print) books.

British edition

Depending (of course) on which side of the pond you find yourself, one or the other of the two editions should be available today from your favorite local bookstore or online bookseller.

The American edition is on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Knight-Seven-Kingdoms-Song-Fire/dp/0345533488/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444154684&sr=1-1

The British edition can be found on Amazon UK at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Knight-Seven-Kingdoms-Song-Prequel/dp/0007507674/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444154759&sr=1-1&keywords=a+knight+of+the+seven+kingdoms

For those of you who have yet to make the acquaintance of Dunk & Egg... these are stories set in Westeros about ninety years before the opening of A GAME OF THRONES, when the Targaryens still sat the Iron Throne.. They chronicle the adventures of the hedge knight called Ser Duncan the Tall and his young squire Egg as they travel across the Seven Kingdoms.

And yes, before those of you from other lands across the sea speak up, it is true that the book has already been published in a dozen other languages. That's because we wanted to do something rather special with the English-language editions, but many of my foreign publishers were not willing to wait.

For those who did wait, however, the "extra" is ART. Gorgeous, stunning, evocative, lovely illustration. We asked the amazing GARY GIANNI to illustrate the book, and Gary was so taken with the stories that he said he declined to do just the half-dozen pieces we originally asked for, insisting instead that he be allowed to illustrate the entire book. Needless to say, we LOVED the idea. I grew up and was weaned on the illustrated classics of my childhood with art by the likes of Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth, and the prospect of having one of my own books done the same way thrilled me no end.

And here it is, and believe me, it's everything I could have dreamed of. Here's just a sample, to whet your appetites:



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Oct. 6th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
I need to finish my reread of A Storm of Swords first, dammit
Oct. 6th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
I've been waiting for this! Hope I can get it this month at least! And gift it when the appropriate translation comes.
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Oct. 6th, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Alan Lee is a god.

Long past time he was nominated for a Hugo.

(John Howe too. How fandom overlooks these two, year after year, is beyond me).
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Oct. 6th, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Signed Copies
George, I love these stories almost as much and maybe more that ASOIAF. When will you have signed copies available at your book store?

Oct. 6th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 6th, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Just ordered from Amazon UK, can't wait to read it, and the illustrations look great! Love a good book with pretty illustrations, my favourite is probably The Lord of the Rings illustrated by Alan Lee, his art is just so wonderful.
Rai Cruz
Oct. 6th, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These are awesome! The artwork is beautiful. While we are patiently waiting for some other work, these should definitely keep us busy. Wish we could see you at NY Comic Con but we know there's much work to be done.

Take care, My Lord!

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Oct. 6th, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
I love Gary Gianni's work, and I was not aware of these stories until now! Can't wait to get this!
Oct. 6th, 2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
Any Other Compilations in the Works?
Hi George,

Are there any plans to do something similar with "The Princess and the Queen" and "The Rogue Prince"?

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Oct. 6th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Any Other Compilations in the Works?
The versions of both of those currently in print (in DANGEROUS WOMEN and ROGUES, respectively) are severely abridged.

The full versions will eventually be published in FIRE & BLOOD, the Targaryen history I want to finish at some point. Whether that will be illustrated remains to be seen.

But first I need to finish WINDS OF WINTER and DREAM OF SPRING, and maybe some more Dunk & Egg as well.
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Oct. 6th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
Dunk & Egg :)
Have had this on pre-order from Amazon for a few months ... and I got my shipping confirm today! *does the happy dance* I am a late-comer to your fabulous world (I admit the TV series got me hooked) but have appreciated your amazing world-building thoroughly! Very much looking forward to some back-story with the adventures of Dunk & Egg ... thanks for getting them put together in one place!
Oct. 6th, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
Dunk & Egg
Any update on the next dunk & egg novella?
Oct. 6th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
Will possible future stories also be published alone?

Also, that artwork is beautiful.

Oct. 6th, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thrilled to finally be reading these (my copy arrives next Monday or Tuesday.) Wondering though, what's the tentative extent of the Dunk and Egg novellas? I know ASOIAF is projected for seven books. Do you have a similar plan for these or is it entirely by ear at the moment?
Vera de Ferran
Oct. 6th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Beautiful artwork!! Unfortunately the Brazilian publisher didn't wait =/
Do you plan writing more about Dunk and Egg in the future? I really loved their stories ^^
Oct. 6th, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
I think I like the Dunk and Egg stories almost as much as the main series. So I'm very happy to have all of the currently available novellas in one place. And if that wasn't good enough there's also all of the amazing artwork too.

Between this and the world book last year, it's never been a better time to be a fan of ASOIAF!
Oct. 6th, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)

Got my entire ASoIaF collection in English, and it was getting hard to justify *not* buying the Dunk & Egg novella collection in my native language.
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