The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones) - The Sworn Sword

ByGeorge R. R. Martin

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This graphic novel is fantastic. I've read ASOIAF multiple times, but these are my favorite parts of the story. It's all there for me. Good plot, good characters, good art. It's just fantastic. The only bad part of this whole experience was the Comixology app. It's hot garbage, but I won't hold that against the actual graphic novel.

If you like the novels, you'll probably love this.
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katie savacool taylor
This is the second short story in this miniseries that takes place in the same world as A Song of Ice and Fire, about 100yrs before the start of A Game of Thrones. I haven't read the actual short story, but just reading the graphic novel it does not appear anything has been left out via talking with other asoiaf fans. Therefore the graphic novel appears true to the story, and pretty good graphics! I took one star off because some of the artwork gets clunky for the faces and distracts from the story a bit. Awesome story though! Definitely a must read if you're an asoiaf fan, I also think getting the graphic novel version really just adds to the asoiaf experience because you can see the environment.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
As any ASoIaF reader will tell you, G.R.R. Martin delights in creating interesting and complex characters and then s***ting all over them. But with The Hedge Knight stories that doesn't seem to be the case. The exploits of Sir Duncan the Tall and his squire Egg are an intriguing back story to Westorosi lore that don't incite an erge to launch the book into the fire place. The adaptation into graphic novels is a nice way to enjoy this fantasy world and feels very fresh. The artwork is great and action satisfies on all fronts even though there are a lot of internal dialog boxes. Over all I recommend these to anyone who is at least interested in this type of fiction.
Warriors (Lord John Grey) :: The Illustrated Edition - A Song of Ice and Fire :: Tuf Voyaging: A Novel :: Predicting Trump's Actions and Presidency - An FBI Profile of Donald Trump :: Winter's King (The Wings of War Book 3)
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Enjoyable and exciting! I hope that Martin writes more about Sir Duncan the Tall (though of course I'm eager to read The Winds of Winter!). The story was good and you get a good look at Westeros about a hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones.
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janet stella
This book is so well done. I am a fan of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones, both the books and the films. He is absolutely amazing! This little book did not disappoint. The art is beautiful and the story, though simple, is a very fun read...
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alyssa kierkegaard
Because it was a graphic novel I couldn't resize the print without it going off the size of the page and the default size was so small that even though I don't need reading glasses I couldn't read it. Waste of money didn't even read one page.
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peter swanson
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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I was going to try to cancel this order and the Hedge Knight both after I received the Hedge Knight. They are worthless on a kindle, the screen is much too small to read the cartoon strip reading style it offers.

I do NOT recommend it for kindle
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
The rating I gave is low not because the story was weak or that I didn't enjoy it but because it is not a good book to read on a kindle. This is a comic book not a novel and not suited to thle kindle format
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This is the comic book version of the second Dunk and Egg novella by George RR Martin. Transcribed by Benjamin Avery and drawn by Mike Miller. With the exception of a few scenes, virtually every line of dialogue from the original story is included in the book. My main reason for purchasing the book was due to my love of the original written text published in the book “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”.
This is my favourite story out of the three (thus far) published Dunk and Egg tales. Primarily because I find it more quiet and intimate. And the story seems to focus a bit more on Dunk himself. As opposed to just throwing Dunk in the middle of the tale. Despite Dunk’s frequent berating himself “that he is thick as castle wall’. He is in fact just the opposite. Dunk is what I call a prince on the way to being ‘a king’. In short a former side kick who is on his way to being his own man.
This story has Dunk serving as Hedge Knight (ie. Free lance fighter/guardsman) for Ser Eustace Osgray, an aged former knight who has hired Dunk to protect his land from maurauders, but namely to protect his lands from his neighbor, also known as the mysterious (and beautiful) Red Widow.
As the story progresses we find that Ser Eustace is a former land owner who was stripped of most of his holdings because he came out on the losing end of a civil war between the ruling family of Westeros, the Targaryen’s. Dunk acts as in intermediary between Ser Eustace and his neighbor with whom he has a dispute.
As the story progresses mysteries are revealed and things are not as they seem.

Ser Eustace is a man who is stuck in the past, his head focused on honour and heroism and mis placed nationalism. Not to mention a ton of guilt in the fall of his family.
Whereas the Red Widow is a woman who is very much grounded in the present. She’s shrewd practical and is ready to make hard decisions needed to retain her holdings. Even going so far to embrace the besmirching of her name, “The Red Widow”, because it will keep her enemies who covet her holding at bay.
I liked this story for three reasons
1. It is more intimate than the other two stories, The Hedge Knight and in that it involves Dunk using his brains to negotiate a dispute not just fighting. Dunk is your classic underdog or more to the point, a diamond in the rough. Westeros history has him becoming the head of the Kingsguard, the elite body guards who protect the Targaryen family. But this story shows him in the raw and his formation on his way to being who he eventually will be.
2. I liked Lady Rohanne. I tend to like the ‘queen archetype’ in stories and she very much fits into this. Despite her title and family name, I very much realized that Rohanne is first and foremost a business woman. Her father has died two years on as did her last husband. And she is now left running the family estates. She does not merely live off her families inheritance but personally runs it, even going so far as running the horse breeding operation herself. Reading the story I was very much struck by her, and could not think of any of the heroines in any of Martin’s ASOIF books who fit into the archetype of the Queen. Sure there is Danearys who is a young Queen in the making. As opposed to Rohanne who has been forged into a formidable woman from hardships, pride and wisdom. I really hope that Martin brings her back one day in a future Dunk and Egg tale
3. And I would not be remise to say that I really enjoyed reading the off charts scorching hot chemistry between Dunk and Rohanne. I have seen it portrayed in many comics books, tv and film. But I have never seen it portrayed on the pages of a written text (and not a romance). And Miller captures it equally as well in the book. It is especially more potent in the last scene between Dunk and Rohanne. Avery is able to convey something that Martin was never able to show in writing the story. And that was the deep attraction that Dunk and Rohanne feel for each other, which went far beyond just lust. On the final panels Avery manages to portray the longing for each other and the sadness of the fact that they can’t be together because of their stations.

Anyway it's an enjoyable story.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
monika satyajati
Excellent follow-up to "The Hedge Knight." The first trade was good; this one is outstanding. The art, pacing, dialogue and overall story are wonderful. It's wordy for a comic (meaning: if you are tired of trades that you can read in 30 minutes, this is for you).

The story takes place about 80 years before the events of "Game of Thrones." It deals with the fall-out of a brief Targaryen civil war about a dozen years after it happened. The main character is Dunk, the Hedge Knight, and his squire, Egg. Both are good characters, but Egg is particularly interesting (based partly on who he is but especially on who he becomes).

To enjoy this, you must read the first trade. If you like "Game of Thrones" and comics, you will love this.

Final thought: what is the best way to prepare someone to rule one day? Think on it.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
veronica juarez
Great story and art, but the kindle fire edition is WORTHLESS unless you use a magnifying glass. I had assumed I could just flick and enlarge, but not so. Get the paper edition of this. Don't bother with the kindle
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victoria taveras
I read "The Hedge Knight" on my Kindle Fire and loved it. Bought this one. Only the title page would display on my Kindle. All other pages were white. I reported the issue, and was told it would be fixed in 3 business days. I called back a week later and heard the same story. 1 month later, issue not resolved. Up till now, I've had no issue with my Kindle Fire, only this title. Buyer beware!
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sheona hurd
A fun addition to the Game of Thrones story! Well-done graphics, and an engaging story. I am not a graphic novel reader, but I've enjoyed both novels in this series. That said, I am not sure I enjoyed this more than I would have liked a regular short story.
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What a shame such talent has gone to waste on a man who would rather write comic books than finish a best-selling series (A Song of Ice and Fire). I guess he is expecting HBO to finish the series for him. I was POd when Robert Jordan died before finishing the Wheel of Time series, although Brandon Sanderson did an outstanding job wrapping it up. But for GRRM to just QUIT WRITING his series to focus on these lame comic book versions is despicable. Fame is wasted on him. I won't spend another nickel on his stuff until he finishes what he started.
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Purchased this HOPING it was a novel and finding out it was a comic book, apparently now known as a "graphic novel". Surely the store knows that "graphic" in today's world means "adults only" more than "comic book cartoon" - especially when dealing with the "Game of Thrones" story. NOT funny. Of course, the store is great about returns and it was no problem to return accept the waste of time. I did wonder how many people got this thinking it was something else and then just kept it - smart marketing? Tricky I say. Unclear at best.
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