George R. R. Martin – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Audiobook
In the universe of the Throne of Iron, a wandering knight is an often poor knight, who offers his services to rich and powerful nobles in exchange for compensation.
I took great pleasure in reading these three short stories: the story takes place 90 years before the main Throne of Iron saga, staging a young wandering knight, Dunk, and a boy named Oeuf who wants to follow him everywhere . George R. R. Martin – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Audiobook . We quickly understand that the knight is perhaps not knighted, but he is a simple and just man, judging himself imbalance, to which we attach very quickly … and who will end up with an extraordinary squire . The connoisseur of the universe created by the author indeed knows that the young boy is promised a great destiny … in which he will lead the knight.
The story is lighter than the main saga, and it immerses us in the world of penniless people, confronted at regular intervals with noblials and lords … even the ruling family of Targaryens.
We are witnessing tournaments, conflicts between nobles, and of course conspiracies, at a time more peaceful than that of the main saga, even if during the last news we guess that this calm is only front.
I have a little crush on the first short story where we discover Dunk and the Egg, but in the three stories the author knows how to present us with extremely interesting secondary characters and he takes the opportunity to develop his universe even more. We understand that each of the three adventures will have consequences either for the future of the Seven Crowns, or for that of our two heroes. George R. R. Martin – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Audiobook . A dozen short stories starring Dunk and The Egg are expected, I can’t wait to read more when it is published!
A must to learn many things about this universe! Here too, George R.R. Martin likes to leave clues in the text about the fate of the protagonists …
An aside on translation: these three short stories were translated by three different people, including the old and the new translator of the saga. The fundamental importance of translation for reading pleasure is obvious! The second short story was translated by Jean Sola, the former translator of the Iron Throne (integrals 1 to 4), and whose work has often been criticized: overinterpretations (“she whispered” for “she says”), and above all a style that wants to be medieval but that is very heavy, opposite to the original text! In fact, the French version of this second short story is a bit indigestible. While the third short story, translated by Patrick Marcel who is also the translator of Integrale 5, is much more fluid. I start to dream of a new translation of the saga, but in the meantime I have the project to read it again in VO (the digital version is really not expensive).
Three stories are gathered here in a single volume: The Wandering Knight, The Lige Sword, and The Dragon Egg.
G.R.R. Martin tells us what happened 90 years before the Iron Throne began, through the eyes of Dunk and his squire, the Egg (who turns out to be Aegon Targaryen, a prince of royal blood ).
This book has been lying around in my Reading Pile since July 2016. Why I haven’t read it before, no idea, especially since I love this universe, because it is so rich that I can only appreciate to immerse myself in it. Reading this book will at least have had the merit of making me want to immerse myself in the magnificent universe of the Throne of Iron. The whole volume 5 is almost 1200 pages, but who cares. This book has also been around in my PAL since time immemorial!
I still love these stories of knights, wars, and lords. George Martin has a particular writing, which immerses us directly in history and makes us live it as if we were there. He created a complex universe, hundreds of characters, a whole chronology over thousands of years and a complete cartography. It is sometimes hard to imagine that this is all fiction.
Like Lord of the Rings, Tolkien’s masterful work (which I am not trying to compare here!), George Martin has created something exceptional. I can’t wait to read the end of it, when Martin finally writes it (!), Because in my opinion, it hasn’t stopped putting our eyes on it and surprising us.