The Graphic Novel (Game of Thrones) - The Hedge Knight

By George R. R. Martin

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★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kay cooke
I like Martin's Game of Thrones and this is a derivative of that thought-stream, although much less complex and really more juvenile in substance, tone and characterization. But, hey, it is easy and fun for a quick read….
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
chris hart
Good story, as with the original Hedge Knight tale, but the art is weak. Everyone looks like a picture perfect model and they should be far from it. The only decent thing is that the art isn't as bad as the Game of Thrones graphic novels.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenessa maudal
The artwork is rendered in colorful detail on a grand scale. The story is human, full of human aspirations and frailties. And the words and pictures work together well to tell it. There is unexpected depth, here.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heather rutowicz
I didn't read this story in the orginal, but the graphic novel version was excellent. The artwork was superb and the story-telling pure Martin. A treat for fans of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
brooke boman
The medium didnt really bring anything to the experience of this story. It also lost some of the depth and detail of the novel. As comics go, i suppose its not the worst, but I found myself asking 'why does this even exist?'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david brierley
Bought for wife as a gift. Paper was cut correctly, so there was none of that jaggedness you see on clearance books. No spine damage and no damage from shipping, but that's just my luck of the draw.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
farhana
I am a big fantasy fan and all the time I try to induce my five year old daughter to read and this book is perfect. I can tell her the wonderful adventures of Dunk and Egg and teach her to read and she looks at the images. It's just great
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
blou4432
Not a graphic novel fan but if you're looking for something to stop the GOT withdrawals, before TWOW release, then this is what you're looking for. Its not a bad story either. The hedge knight could stand on its own but its really just for the true "thronies".
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jane ward
Great story!! Very good drawing and tale. I like very much this story. It's interesting to know more about the seven kingdoms story line. You can see and read about some very special character s that later are mentioned in got spotty line
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rodney conley
This has been one of my favorite purchases for the kindle fire. Great story coupled with fantastic illustrations. A must if you enjoy fantasy plots and graphic novels. I have no technical complaints, all panes and texts were readable in pane viewing mode.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
clorissa rene hurst
The book is beautifully drawn and a more than adequate graphic representation of the original Martin story. Unfortunately, like most books published these days, it suffers a little from bad proofreading / editing though the errors are not as many nor as glaring as some I have come across.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
marcilia the plot bunny
I love the ASOIF series as much as the next guy, but let's be honest...even that more grown up, senior epic has a fairy tale sensibility in many aspects(albeit a very bloody one). This novel (it's more of a short story) reads like a toddler's bed time story w/black and white villains and heroes with none of the shades of grey that make ASOIF's characters so compelling. Also, apparently knights had access to HGH and special ab training machines back in the day...translation: the characters all look like anime characters dressed up in medieval armor that looks a little too technologically advanced. However, I did not factor that into my review at all. Bottom line, I'm surprised GRRM would even want this material to be republished as a graphic novel as it reads like something an 8th grader wrote.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
ankur
Not what i expeted at all and does not go along with the main book series well. I also only use a Kindle Touch and the comics do not look good on the screen. If you are a fan of the series you will not be happy with this book.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
kezza loudoun
This may be great. However, it is small to see. And, if I increase the size, it is too unwieldy to go back and forth. It is just too much effort for the Kindle. A waste of effort and money for me.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
angeli
More than a little disappointed. I expected a fourth book basd upon on the Fame of Thrones but to my surprise it was a collection of plate photos and no story. If you like photos and prints of knights you will like this one. If not ....?!?!?.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
mike g
I loved the original comic but haven't managed to finish it on my tablet.
Not all the pages are bad they are easy enough to read and great art. The problem I have found is that the original had a page set for landscape and has been shrunk to fit a portrait page for this. That has made some pictures small and the text very hard to nearly impossible to read and I haven't been able to enlarge or rotate this page.
Having to have had to skip that page has made it a bit of a frustrating to read
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dani guerrato
GRR Martin is the author that inspired me to read fiction once more, after decades long of reading non-fiction only. And it did take me three tries to get used to Martins style in the "ASOIAF" series, even though I;d seen the show first. But once I got in the groove, i read and re-read all 5 books, getting a little more out of them each time. The show really does do the books justice, and vice versa . So maybe I was being unfair when I read this since the GOT books are what I half-expected, and not what you actually get.

"hedge knight" is a prequel type spin-off of "Thrones", though, and because of that I was expecting a lot more. But I couldn't really get interested in this one though I tried. Read about half before I stopped reading since that ought to be enough pages to get the story started. The pacing is too slow, not enough characters or monumental events happening, just the Knight and his newly-minted squire about to take part in a tourney. Couldn't care enough about the characters to find out what happened to them.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
alvin
Not being a big fan of prequels or spin-offs, but a huge fan of the Song of Fire and Ice I thought a graphic novel was not a painful way to give Hedge Knight a go.

Present is Grr Martin's chaotic violence and unique ability to weave a tale complete with twists and adventure and heroism, without somehow seeming far-fetched or cheesy fantasy fiction. The Hedge Knight is however a more traditional approach to fantasy, a story following a single hero rising from poverty to get mixed up with kings and 'dragons.' Also present was Martin's confusing and thorough approach to lineage and family, which will be familiar to readers attempting to keep up with Westeros' elaborate family trees.

The story itself is strong but not awe inspiring, much like the artwork which while technically brilliant I felt simply did the job of telling the story nothing more (nothing less though so still 4 star)
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
maryjo
I actually have no idea whether this book is good or not, simply because it's impossible to read on a kindle.

This book should not be available as an option to buy in Kindle format. Not even the kindle reader on my computer is sufficient.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
simon marcus
I have been a little burnt out on the Game of Thrones thing for a while now, and after getting bogged down midway through the third book, A Storm of Swords (really long, overly descriptive battle scenes are just not my thing, I found), I had almost given up on the series until much later, and was going to stick with the HBO series until I could face Martin's series again.

But luckily, I don't have to give up Westros entirely. This graphic rendition on the prequel story to A Song of Fire and Ice has renewed my interest and faith in the beautifully elaborate epic that has captured so man people's attentions.

Read the full review here:
https://ermareads.wordpress.com/graphically-graphic/the-hedge-knight-the-graphic-novel/
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
jocke
Not only did I not expect this to be a comic book( sorry I was unaware a graphic novel was a comic book. I thought by graphic it was more detailed) there was not much of a story. I wish I returned it when I had the chance. Is there a way to sell it?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarabeth
I have enjoyed the chapters in this graphic novel slowly, one at a time. The story and characters are as good as you would expect from our real-life hero, George R. R. Martin. There are a few surprises, some amusing and some downright disturbing (violence related to jousting tournaments.) The illustrations and colors are just gorgeous, as you can tell from the cover. I could easily see many of them framed. I am not a big fan of comics, but this is a must-have for any "Game of Thrones" fan. It is a glorious piece of Westeros mythos, and Ser Duncan the Tall is a legend that I've heard mentioned at least twice in the television series. If you are not sure what makes a knight a "true knight," you will surely know after reading this novel! *Definitely not for young children.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
shara
First, I would like to start off with a short summary of the story, so just to be sure I’ll give you a warning, *SPOILERS*. However before I go into the summary, I would just like to say that if you were going to get this because you thought that it was going to add more to the original short story, it does not, it is the same story only now in comic book form. So if you were going to get this version of the book hoping for some more adventures featuring “Dunk” and “Egg”, you will be disappointed and will not want this version. So again, just to be clear, it is the same exact story nothing more, nothing less.
The story starts off following a man called “Dunk” who has just finished burying the hedge knight he had squired for for most of his life. He decides to take the man’s arms and horses. looking to become a knight himself. He enlists in a nearby tourney, picking up a squire along the way, and nearly barred from competition. He grows fond of a female puppet master who performs many shows about the Targaryen’s. One of these upsets a prince at the tourney and he begins to harm the girl, “Dunk” rushes to her aid and lays his hands on the prince, this gets him arrested and put in jail. He chooses to have trial by combat, gathering six other knights to help him fight the accusers and their knights for his life. “Dunk” is able to succeed and is given the opportunity to continue to squire “Egg”, who is revealed to be a prince a little bit earlier, towards the middle of the story, and the two set of for the land of Dorne in search of the puppet master.
Overall I really enjoyed the book, the characters were interesting and relatable through their struggles, and it was interesting seeing things set many years before A Game of Thrones. After reading the Song of Ice and Fire series I will admit that I was a little bit let down by the actual writing of the story, but it was not bad at all, and I thought the art was done very well. I would definitely recommend this and the other two stories in this little series following the knight and his squire to anybody who is a fan of the fantasy genre, a fan of Martin, or a fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
audrey monke
*** In 2004, The Hedge Knight was published. A year after that, this Second Edition was published, which contains a few new pages of artwork for some of the individual characters as the only difference. A year after that Hedge Knight Volume 1 Premiere HC (Book Market Edition) (Hedge Knight) was published, which is hardcover, a little higher quality, and contains a few pages of artwork on the house sigils. The Hardcover edition is superior to both of those and should be purchased instead of this second edition. There is minimal difference in price. ***

"The Hedge Knight" is a novella based on the "Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin, and takes place 100 years before the events depicted in A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1). This is the first book regarding Martin's "Tales of Dunk and Egg" stories, and follow the exploits of a Hedge Knight (basically a knight who is not employed) named Dunk and his squire named Egg. THIS IS A GRAPHIC NOVEL (comic book) based on the story that was originally published in Legends: Short Novels By The Masters of Modern Fantasy, and follows Ser Dunk as he enters a jousting tournament only to find he is soon fighting for more than just recognition.

For anyone who has read the Song of Ice and Fire series, "The Hedge Knight" follows the same writing style. Although the characters are new, most of the names have been mentioned by Martin in his previous books. I found that I had to do a little research after I read it to understand the families and who exactly the characters were as they relate to present events, but once I did I was pretty impressed with how well Martin had tied the stories together, as this novella focuses on the Targaryen family, who is only mentioned according to their past exploits in A Game of Thrones. That being said, no knowledge of the later books is necessary to enjoy the story, and fantasy, medieval, and comic fans should enjoy "A Hedge Knight" as a standalone graphic novel. It definitely makes it more enjoyable to have read the other series going into it though.

Although I am familiar with comics, this is the first graphic novel I have ever purchased. The adaptation is written by Ben Avery, who does a fantastic job of accurately translating the novella to this medium. The artwork is by Mike S. Miller and is even more exceptional. The characters in "The Hedge Knight" are not as developed as those from Martin's other books and this story doesn't have as much suspense or the plot twists we've come to expect, but as a short story it certainly entertains and provides another look at the world Martin has created, as well as giving insight into some of the names Martin has only touched upon in previous books. Given the choice, I am also glad I read it for the first time in the graphic novel, rather than the short story that was printed in the Legends anthology.

The Dunk and Egg stories are continued in the short story, "The Sworn Sword," which can be found in Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King and will be out as a comic book in the Summer of 2007.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jess roth
I have to say that comic books, which are sometimes called graphic novels now, have become more sophisticated. Writers like Moore, Gaiman and Miller, among others, have brought complex and dark realism.

THE HEDGE KNIGHT is more of a medieval knight's tale with a great deal of enriched history to a fantasy world of great complexity.

In this tale, a knight with no lord to follow joins a tourney in the hopes of securing fame and fortune (i.e. winners in medieval tourneys sometimes got to keep the armor and horses of opponents which would be the value of a house today). He falls for a female woman who is being beat up by a man and his hirelings. After defeating them, he discovers him to be the grandson of the high king and in these regions it's death to touch such royalty.

His only hope is a trial by combat, and, in the tradition of their seven gods, there will be 7 on each side. The hedge knight must then find 6 others to fight in his name when he has absolutely no repuation.

If you have read neither, I would recommend the novelette first and then compare it to the comic.

Enjoy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rebecca sullivan
Having not read or seen any of the other parts of the Song of Ice and Fire series this is nice story to start out with. In some ways this story reminded me of the movie A Knight's Tale with Heath Ledger but then it is different.

Instead of having funny sidekicks there is just Egg, Duncan the Tall's new squire, a young boy who does not listen well and talks back a little and has something mysterious about him. Duncan who has yet to make a name for himself as a knight struggles with being the kind that someone could look up to.

This first part of the graphic novel ends on a cliff hanger so as to what happens. Alas I do not know because my library does not have the second part yet. The first part is light-hearted and amusing. Other reviews hint at Duncan's tale not going so well in the end. So my curiosity is peaked and I will probably try harder to find the second part and read on.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kari blackmoore
Very solid fantasy story that expands the Game of Thrones universe.

For those of you that are fans (who isn't) of the show, the siblings of Aemon Targaryen (the maester in the Night's Watch) loom large in this book. It takes place about 80 years before GOT begins. Rooting for the hero and his sidekick is instinctive.

The art is nicely done and helps tell the tale.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rick friedberg
The Hedge Knight is a wonderful little entry in George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series.

It tells the story of "Dunk the Lunk," a squire who, much like Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale, looks to overcome his humble origins and make good as a knight. Dunk, renaming himself Ser Duncan, sets his sight on a tournament, but the story really gets going as he gets embroiled in the political machinations of the land.

Those who haven't read A Game of Thrones might be slightly confused, but I think that the story is very accessable, as this tale is told in the past of Westeros and thus doesn't rely on knowledge of the events of the novels. (Though certain thematic elements, such as Dunk's taking a shooting star on his sigil, will be lost.)

In general, this is a fun story and the artwork is magnificent. I would recommend it to any fan of fantasy fiction or graphic novels, and trebly so to the many fans that Martin already has. A Song of Ice and Fire is a marvelous creation thus far, and The Hedge Knight is a short and sweet stand-alone thread in that vast weave. Five stars.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
caterina
I bought this as a gift, but paid the 99 cents to get the ecopy for myself. I liked the book well enough... but once I received the physical copy in the mail... boy was I impressed! The pictures are a beautiful quality, the book is actually bigger than I thought, and the printing is top-notch. I can't wait to give this to my brother for Christmas.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nitish
This is the first graphic novel I've seen from this publisher, or by the adaptors, Ben Avery and Mike Miller. They certainly do justice to Martin's story, set a century or so before the events of A Song of Fire and Ice, when Baratheon is just another House and the Targaryens are firmly in control. "Dunk," tall and strong and not too stupid, is squire to an elderly itinerant knight who inherits the man's horse, longsword, and armor when he dies on the roadside. He seeks out a tourney, hoping to make some money by defeating a lordling and ransoming him, and perhaps by finding a place in some lord's guard. Of course, nothing goes as planned, and he finds himself hip-deep in trouble when he defends a puppeteer girl and assaults an arrogant young prince in the process. But he has acquired a squire of his own, who has secrets, too. As always with Martin's fiction, politics among the great families plays an important part in the plot. There's also a short story, "Battle on Redgrass Field," which doesn't have much of an individual plot; it's really more of a rumination on the nature of battle. The artwork in this volume is excellent and suits the story admirably. And there's a four-page "Roll of Arms" at the end depicting the blazons of many of the houses that figure in Martin's fantasy epic (but the story is set in the south, so you won't find Stark or any of the northern families represented).
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katie borne
This was a fantastic Story from the TOR Legends, and is now been expertly adapted into this comic. The Art is beyond beautiful. Dunk and Egg look better than can be imagined. The Colours of G.R.R. Martin's world truly comes alive. So rare is the combination of perfect story and perfect art mixed as one. The Jet Li movie "Hero" is a close as i can think of something that captures the feeling of imagery and story as one - and even it falls short of this masterpiece. The whole time i was reading this i could not help but think was an amazing movie this would make. Be warned however, if you buy this comic you will find yourself buying all of G.R.R. Martin's other works as well -you will be hooked - it will be expensive - and you will love it!

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrea gebler
I picked this up issue by issue at the comics store, and it is so good that I purchased both it and it's sequel, Hedge Knight 2, in hardcover.
It has the great elements of an adult comic: solid charaterization, beautiful artwork and fine story telling. This is not a cliched knight/swords tale.
When I looked up the author, George R. R. Martin, I found that these stories are based on two short stories which are themselves stories from Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. I am finished with the first 3 books of that series now, and they are just about the best fantasy around. Again, I could say, "solid charaterization and fine story telling. These are not cliched knight/swords novels."

If you like the graphic, I believe you'll like the novels. And vice versa.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jacqui
The content was entertaining and a good filler between the release of new novels.
Reading a comic on the kindle was new to me (Fire 7HD). The portrait pages were fine but the landscape pages usually had to be read in the zoom in mode which I thought broke up what is intended to be a grand visual. This was an experiment but I think I'll will stick to reading printed comics
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
todd holdridge
To begin with, I have enjoyed the Song of Fire and Ice from the beginning, and I have been itching for the new book for some time. When I heard there was a graphic novel, I was both interested and disappointed. The first because it was another tale in a very interesting setting. The second because A Feast of Crows had been running late and would rather have had the book instead of the graphic novel. Upon reading the graphic novel, I found all of my fears allayed and that the book does more than just add to the setting of the Song of Fire and Ice.

I was pleased to find that the novel used figures that had been mentioned in previous book. It allowed me not just to hear about them through other character's accounts and histories, but I was able to 'see' them for myself. The book added further depth to the already expansive world.

I also discovered that the novel was based on a short story previously published in an anthology in LEGENDS, edited by Robert Silverburg. The story had been adapted to the comic book format later. Knowledge that the novel was based on a previously published story allayed any frustration I was feeling about Feast.

Most importantly though, beyond my obsession with the Song of Fire and Ice, the story was an excellent display of chivalry and character. How the virtues of knighthood of protecting the innocent and poor combat with the corruption that grows among the nobility who make up this same order. The character is taught as a Hedge Knight he is the truest form of a knight, with no other allegiance than to his vows.

I highly recommend this book not just for fantasy enthusiasts, but it is also a good moral tale, which is not necessarily straight forward.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
joel hamill
*** My rating is for THIS edition. I give the actual book 5 stars. This is the first edition graphic novel of "The Hedge Knight." A year after this The Hedge Knight - Second Edition [Graphic Novel] was published, which contained a few new pages of artwork for some of the individual characters. A year after that Hedge Knight Volume 1 Premiere HC (Book Market Edition) (Hedge Knight) was published, which is hardcover, a little higher quality, and contains a few pages of artwork on the house sigils. The Hardcover edition is superior to both of those and should be purchased instead of this edition. There is minimal difference in price. ***

"The Hedge Knight" is a novella based on the "Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin, and takes place 100 years before the events depicted in A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1). This is the first book regarding Martin's "Tales of Dunk and Egg" stories, and follow the exploits of a Hedge Knight (basically a knight who is not employed) named Dunk and his squire named Egg. THIS IS A GRAPHIC NOVEL (comic book) based on the story that was originally published in Legends: Short Novels By The Masters of Modern Fantasy, and follows Ser Dunk as he enters a jousting tournament only to find he is soon fighting for more than just recognition.

For anyone who has read the Song of Ice and Fire series, "The Hedge Knight" follows the same writing style. Although the characters are new, most of the names have been mentioned by Martin in his previous books. I found that I had to do a little research after I read it to understand the families and who exactly the characters were as they relate to present events, but once I did I was pretty impressed with how well Martin had tied the stories together, as this novella focuses on the Targaryen family, who is only mentioned according to their past exploits in A Game of Thrones. That being said, no knowledge of the later books is necessary to enjoy the story, and fantasy, medieval, and comic fans should enjoy "A Hedge Knight" as a standalone graphic novel. It definitely makes it more enjoyable to have read the other series going into it though.

Although I am familiar with comics, this is the first graphic novel I have ever purchased. The adaptation is written by Ben Avery, who does a fantastic job of accurately translating the novella to this medium. The artwork is by Mike S. Miller and is even more exceptional. The characters in "The Hedge Knight" are not as developed as those from Martin's other books and this story doesn't have as much suspense or the plot twists we've come to expect, but as a short story it certainly entertains and provides another look at the world Martin has created, as well as giving insight into some of the names Martin has only touched upon in previous books. Given the choice, I am also glad I read it for the first time in the graphic novel, rather than the short story that was printed in the Legends anthology.

The Dunk and Egg stories are continued in the short story, "The Sworn Sword," which can be found in Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King and will be out as a comic book in the Summer of 2007.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
stephanie dalphin
Man, I just love King George! I really couldn't tell you how many times I could read and re-read his Song of Fire and Ice series. This is a great filler while you are painfully waiting for the Feast. The artwork is so well down in this "extended comic book." Characters are introduced that are prequels to the future series. The names wIll definitely ring a bell, if you are familiar to the series. This was just a well done short story, full of sacrifice, back-stabbing, characters that are more than they appear. Basically, everything you would expect from Mr. Martin, just in condensed form. A MUST READ FOR MARTIN FANS!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lindsey pettengill
This isn't the version that I read. It was the older version released awhile back. My understanding is that the words are the same. It's a good story, kind of short, but written in true Martin fashion. If your a fan of Martin you'll love this book. It feels much more akin to his early writings than his later. My only quip is that I wish it was longer. 160+ pages doesn't feel right when you are used to 1000+ pages from the same author.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
terri fl
I'm sorry, but the storyline is just lame. I got the print version some time back and was bored to death. I confess I didn't finish the print version so maybe it redeems itself in the end but Dunk and Egg just don't grab me as anything but cliche characters engaged in cliche actions.

The graphic novel format is well suited for the simplistic plot which you've read a thousand times elsewhere. My rating of 3 stars averages out how I feel about it: Okay as graphic novel but for those who actually like to read it's a weak substitute for real writing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
stefanie
This is the first graphic novel that I've read and I was thoroughly impressed. Martin's short story of Dunk the hedge knight and his first tournament experience is well told and fun to read. The art in this book is really great and gives the story a more intimate feel by allowing the reader a visualization of the events as they unfold. The story is definitely enhanced by the detailed art work and makes for a very enjoyable read. I look forward to reading some of the other stories from Legends in this graphic format.

A very enjoyable one/two day read and worth the price.

Highly recommended.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tegan stanton
I first the discovered "The Hedge Knight" when reading the "Legends" short-stories collection -- it was my first introduction GRRM's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series and immediately led me to pick up "A Game of Thrones," which I had owned for nearly a year without reading. The great thing about this graphic novel is that is does a great job of bringing a visual aspect to Martin's written words. In many ways, the artists just "got" the feeling of the short story and Martin's series down to a tee. This a great addition for any collector of Martin's work and a must-read for fans of the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
christian crowley
It started a little slow for me, but soon the story had me turning pages quickly to see what was going to happen next. The art is fantastic, and the presentation is the best I've seen in a graphic novel. I would love more stories like this.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
robin weinberg
the negative reviews gave me pause and concern that this would not be a good effort. it felt a bit long given the story arc and what was covered, but I appreciated having the graphic novelization of this work. it left me wanting more, and ultimately that is the mark of a good book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
natalie jahnke
If you are a fan of George RR Martin, and have read everything he has managed to finish of The Song of Ice and Fire series, this graphic novel will be an enjoyable different perspective of a world you are already familiar with.

The Hedge Knight lacks the complexities of the novels, but story of Egg and Donk is more a comedy then that of typical fantasy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
prince kumar
There's not much that could go wrong here and it didn't. I read graphic novels (trade collectioncs of comics for the uniniated), love Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, which is one of the five best ongoing series and the artist here does a stupendous job, with very modern and splendid art. Five well-deserved stars. Pick this up if you like Fantasy and/or graphic novels.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
madhav
Yes, GRAPHIC NOVEL and not a traditional George RR Martin book. I accidentally purchased The Hedge Knight paired with A Feast For Crows thinking that it was a 'prequel' to the Song of Ice and Fire series. It arrived and I thought that I'd give it a once-over to see if I should keep it or simply send it back. (This is the first graphic novel I have ever bought.)

The Hedge Knight is actually a very, very good read. The plot line follows George RR Martin's writing style and the world he created very well - the twists, turns and surprise ending were all in there. If you read the SOng of Ice and Fire series, then you will recognize many of the characters and their family lines. The graphics of the book were also top-notch.

Rumor has it that Dabel Brothers, The Hedge Knight's publisher, is looking to adapt the entire Song of Ice and Fire series into graphic novel format. This will be a real challenge due to the multiple character perspectives - my hope is that these books will match The Hedge Knight's high quality.
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rachel teng
I tend to avoid most graphic novels as a general rule. They have honestly never been my thing. In this case I will make an exception "The Hedge Knight" in this case is the only visual representation of the Seven Kingdoms that exists. Very beautiful and I'm not just saying that because I consider "The Hedge Knight" to be the finest short story that GRRM ever wrote.
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shivali
I'm a fan of Martin's series, "A Song of Ice and Fire", as well as his Dunk & Egg stories, and so I was understandably pleased to see that a graphic novel adaptation of the first Dunk & Egg tale had been collected. While no artist will fully capture the images and experience conjured by reading the story itself, the authors here have done a nice job. I was surprised (and pleased) at how the story was paced, and some of the interpretations of arms and armor, heraldry, characters, etc. was creatively done. Keep in mind, fans of fantasy, that there is very little of the fantastical in this story; only a dream sequence dealing with dragons, and a flashback, contain what could be considered fantasty elements, really. The rest is good old-fashioned knights and swashbuckling. Can't wait to see the next story.
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aryeh
Reading The Hedge knight is like selecting a small sample from a buffet. If you like the taste you can go back and heap your plate full of "A Song of Ice and Fire".

Martin sure likes names. Such a short book and there are so many names. Ser Humfrey Hardyng from the Vale of Arryn, Ser Donnel of Duskendale, Ser Ryam Redywne, Ser Steffon Fossoway, Ser Arlan of Pennytree... Dozens and dozens of names and places and the main character (The Hedge Knight) is called "Dunk". It adds an element of confusion to an otherwise simple little story.

It's an entertaining story that should be sampled by first time Martin readers before signing up for the phone book series (that has hundreds and hundreds of character names), or simply enjoyed by die hard Martin followers.
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caitlan
There are few adaptations that are absolutely true to their source material. This is definitely the exception as opposed to the rule.

The stunning artwork is a perfect compliment to George R.R. Martin's already exquisite short story. It seems as though nothing is left out and the graphic novel medium seems a perfect fit for the story.

This title is equally accessible to first time reader's of Dunk's exploits as it is to those who have already read and loved the story.

The second edition, however, offers little in terms of new content. Some additional pieces of artwork at the end of the book and new cover art are all that is really offered. If, however, you are new to The Hedge Knight in the graphic novel format, this is defintely the edition to go with.
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travis lawrence
I watched Game of Thrones before reading it. I am currently reading A Storm of Swords. The illustrations are wonderful though it is hard to tell apart the different Targaryens. There is not much of the introgue present in the books and HBO series. But this is about a hedge knight rather than a spymaster or merchant.
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andie
The Hedge Knight is a wonderful sample of the quality and depth of Martin's larger series. It was wonderful to see some of the people and locations that are also mentioned in his larger works. The addition of all the heraldry was a nice touch. I highly recommend this as either a wonderful stand alone graphic novel, or as an introduction to his bigger Clash of Kings series or as an item to complete your George R.R. Martin collection. The art was great, the writing was right on, and it was concise which many of his readers wish was more of the case with some of his other works. For myself, I enjoy the time he takes with the Song of Ice and Fire books and don't mind their length - he is a gifted writer.
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mitebsyco
Let The Buyer Beware (If You Use Mac Instead Of Kindle Fire)
What gives, the store? Are you now focusing on ripping off your Mac customers? After purchasing more than 200 books in the Kindle format on my Mac, I thought I would enjoy reading these graphic novels as well. I have not encountered any book available in the Kindle store that did not work on my Mac. After purchasing 5 new titles, I discover they will not download on my Mac Kindle reader. NOT EVEN DOWNLOAD!!! Guess I missed the warning on your sales page that these work on all formats EXCEPT Mac. Wait- there wasn't a warning! I guess that the store's Kindle Fire must be bombing so badly in the market that they feel they must resort to these type of discriminatory tactics to increase sales. You guessed wrong. You will find that most Mac users would not lower themselves to use a terrible operating system. This is the only review that I have ever written and sadly enough it has to do with the company selling the book instead of the book itself. But since I am unable to download the book, this is all I have to review. This is incredibly unbelievable from you fine folks at the store! I wish someone else had written this before I wasted my $50.
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paul samael
So much more than a comic, it's a graphic novel. Well in this case a graphic short story. Near the end of "A Storm OF Swords" Jamie Lannister(The Kingslayer) is reading the white book of the Kingsguard and pondering his legacy, and the Great men who came before him. One of the great names is SIR DUNCAN THE TALL. So here we can see the begining of basic knightly virtues that make Dunk the Lunk, a man with the potential to rise as high as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Dunk's a great guy. So is his squire Egg...or His Magesty Aegon Targaryen(the Unlikely) 5th of his name. Hopefully there will more Dunk and Egg stories after the Sworn Sword(legends vol2). In the White Book, it mentions that Dunk wins a tourney or two...so he gets some skills as a Knight!!
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nathan b
I was a little skeptical when I read that a story of George R.R's had been turned into a graphic novel, since I am a huge fan of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. I was pleasantly suprised when I recieved the book, because the story has been excellently rendered into a graphic novel with fantastic artwork that has a very distinctive look. Some may think it looks a little 'toony', but I guess it depends on your tastes.

I only dropped one star off of a 5 star score because it's pretty short... Depending on how long you take to appreciate the art, you'll read it in a 30 minutes to an hour. But what a sweet hour...
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conna
the Hedge Knight is not a traditional novel. It is instead a graphic novel written in the comic book style. If you enjoy the G.R.R. Martin novels, this story is a must have. Its set about 90 years before the books and provides a great back story to some of the people and places that appear later in the books. The illustrations also serve to bring the world of Westeros to vivid life and the last part displays the sigil's of each House. The Hedge Knoght is a quick read but a good one.
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pam alexander
I really have nothing but good things to say about this comic. I think its a worthy sequel to its predecessor and though the story is in a world of pseudo medieval fantasy it's not really about that. It delves deep into character in a way that brings the world to life. The story is so good that I am glad that there is artwork here to do it justice and that seems to 'fit' with a fantasy world that feels grounded in reality.
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oolookitty
Every book I have read by this man has ruined the one I read after his. There are so few writers who can reach the level on which this author writes. If you are a fantasy lover and have never read any of his novels you are missing out.
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aviva seiden
I love George R R Martin, and am in awe of the Fantasy series for which this was billed as a prequel. I was expecting more substance. His novels are brilliant with complex plots and characters. The characters are not developed. And I didn't realize this was a comic book. And it just sorted of stopped. It never really came to any conclusion. Really disappointing.
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margaret blasi
This is a really well done story. I shied away from it at first, since I am not a huge fan of the graphic novel format (I don't like spending $20 on something that takes 15 minutes to read). But it is a really good story. Through the seemingly meaningless story (at first) of Dunk the hedge knight, and Egg, a young boy who wants to be his squire, there is some great background to the novels, as well as some interesting information on the overall world, the Targyn family, and the history. Over all, if you are a fan of the novels, this is more than an item to read just to be a completist, it is a great read on its own, too.
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zuzka
Definitely not worth $8. I'd consider paying that much for all three but it's a rip off for each of these 100 & some odd page stories to be sold for so much. One really doesn't gain that much knowledge from the info within either.
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jessica steffes
I blame myself, really. I should have looked closer at the page and read the reviews. Then, I might have noticed that this is a comic book. Forget the label "graphic novel". They only use that label to get the price up over $13. The plot is bare and predictable. The art is adequate comic book art. The story is poorly constructed and the characters lack the depth needed to keep my interest. If this was written to entice teenagers to develop an interest in the genre, then it might have some value; it had none for me. I was starting to really enjoy Martin's work, but between this and his wimpish political mutterings, I've just about given up on him. I'll spend my money on Jordan and Goodkind and leave this behind.
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ayman zead
My mistake was that I did not realise that this was a comic book.
But, after buying it I will say this.
Comic books should NEVER be offered on Kindle. They are impossible to read on the device.
I feel that I was ripped off.
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ashley herbkersman
This was not what I was looking for and I found it so bad I did not read it. On a Kindle it is painful and I would not have bought it if I had realised it was a comic. I was looking for a novel by GRR Martin as I thoroughly enjoyed the Game of Thrones series. I would not recommend it.
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zombie
Sorry I made a big mistake. Firstly it took for ever to down load. Secondly I had no idea it was a comic type thing.
I had enjoyed The Game of Thrones so much I thought this was the story of one of the knights but it didn't make a lot of sense to me I guess I am to old for this sort of reading!
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gemma collins
This so called book was a huge disappointment. I did not realize that this was going to be written in comic book form. The writing is so small I can barely read it. Next time I see the words graphic novel, I'll say 'no thank you'.
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meghna
While being enthousiastic about the first installements of teh song of ice and fire saga , this book is just an attempt to milk the cow while it's still there .
GRMM has not been able/willing to advance SOIF since 2000 and it has been 10 years now with no end in sight .
What he did instead was to pull out of his drawers sub par pieces that would have never been accepted for publication by somebody whose name is not GRMM .
I have read (a kind word , more accurate would be overflown) this book in a library and suggest that if you come on the strange idea to read this thing to do likewise .
It is full of cliches , no originality and little consistence .
It is already a waste of trees so avoid to waste money on top .
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alex mclean
I guess I really didn't pay attention to the word "graphic" in graphic novel. I thought it was a deeper look into the story prior to the 5 book set. I get ready to jump in and it's a comic book. Not my thing.
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