A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms - The Sworn Sword

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms - The Sworn Sword

After a terrific start to George R.R. Martin’s prequel series, I immediately continued on to the second novella, The Sworn Sword. My excitement was churning at the prospect of another entertaining short story to add to my memory box, not to mention even more content from A Song of Ice and Fire series. I was ready.

And I was waiting, and waiting... and waiting... and... came to the conclusion that I wasn’t getting what I wanted.

The second story starts off about a year or two after the events of The Hedge Knight. So really, there was a fair bit to catch up on. What Dunk and Egg had been up to, not to mention the rest of the characters, especially Egg’s family. Throughout the first half of The Sworn Sword, information about events in the gap year were subtly mentioned, which only confused me.

This book has a huge difference in pace compared to the first novella. It is snail slow, I’m not kidding. But as this is a short story, it didn’t bother me all that much, because I knew a climax would be just around the corner.

Alomora64 blog book week the sworn sword romance scene
At least there were illustrations to accompany the poor romance scene.

What really bothered me was the fact that there had been a lack of shine in the new characters introduced. And even the main protagonist Dunk was disappointing. He seemed completely indifferent to his own feelings and ideations, ultimately acting like a Labrador puppy. This seemed like a complete 180 from his character growth in The Hedge Knight. Egg however was still the humorous boy that was initially introduced, offering only the same quaint personality already shown in the first novella.

It was obvious the main happenings were intentionally filler in a story that was meant to express upon important history (interesting history at least), that would surely set up the next book in the prequel series. There were very few action scenes, most of which were underwhelming, and even a short tacky romance scene. Honestly, what Martin was thinking when he wrote that, I have no idea. Felt sorry for Dunk getting no action perhaps?

Although The Sworn Sword was disappointing for me, I still enjoyed meeting new characters in Martin’s famous fantasy world, visiting new places, and learning history not told in his other novels. The novella also actually ended beautifully, with an atmosphere of light hearted adventure. I have high hopes for the last book in the prequel series, I’ve heard it leads back to exciting events revolving around Egg’s main plot.

 

We are now past the half way point of Book Week. Earlier in the week I posted my opinion of the first novella from The Tales of Dunk & Egg series, The Hedge Knight. Alex has also expressed her love for the Harry Potter books. Still to come: my final thoughts on the third novella from George R.R. Martin’s prequel series, The Mystery Knight.

14 Jan 2016 8:10 PMBrittany Mitchell