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The Hedge Knight: The Graphic Novel (A Game of Thrones) [Kindle Edition]

George R. R. Martin , Ben Avery , Mike S. Miller
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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In this comic book/graphic novel adaptation set one hundred years before the events in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Hedge Knight chronicles a young squire as he travels the cruel and complex path to knighthood in the Seven Kingdoms.

Shouldering his fallen master’s sword and shield, Duncan (or “Dunk") is determined to reinvent himself as a knight in a nearby tournament. But first Dunk needs a sponsor, and that requirement sends him down a road studded with friends, foes, adventure, and hidden agendas. One such friend is Egg, who becomes Dunk’s squire, yet even he may hold secret motivations of his own.

In this gripping prequel, Dunk and Egg seek glory in a world both familiar and new to Game of Thrones fans. What the two fortune seekers encounter, however, is a world of distrust and political machinations. Chivalry is not lost while Dunk holds fast to his dreams of honor. But such outdated virtues make him a target—and they may even lead to his ruin. This vivid and elaborately wrought tale brings new dimension to George R. R. Martin’s beloved world.

This edition includes fifteen pages of new supplemental material: sketches, character designs, and original pages by Mike S. Miller, plus variant and original covers.

This graphic novel features panel-by-panel viewing to enhance small-screen reading. Kindle Panel View is available on Kindle devices and apps (on touchscreens, simply double-tap a panel). Be sure to read the easy-to-follow instructions when you first open the comic.

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George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

Ben Avery is a lead writer and editor with Kingstone Comics. His comic book career began when he was selected by George R.R. Martin to work as the script adaptor of the comic book fantasy miniseries The Hedge Knight, based on novellas by the New York Times best-selling author. After that, he went on to co-write/co-create the critically acclaimed Lullaby and The Imaginaries for Image Comics, co-create and write the children's literature inspired fantasy The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles, develop and write the historical epic Kingdoms for Zondervan, and the sequel miniseries The Hedge Knight II, published by Marvel Comics. Javier Saltares is a well-respected comic veteran with long creative stints at both Marvel and Dark Horse Comics with such projects as Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and Moon Knight. In The Book of God he delivers a masterful performance in illustrating a divinely historical process.

Mike S. Miller is a veteran comic book artist, working on comic books ranging from Superman to Wolverine. Mike is also the cofounder and art director for Alias Enterprises and Cross Culture Entertainment.

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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great comic of a great series 7 Aug. 2004
Hedge Knight is a prequel to George RR Martin's excellent book series Songs of Ice and Fire. Actually it does not have much to do with the series itself except that it's located in Westeros in the time when Targaryens were still in power, about a hundred years before the events of A Game Of Thrones.
The graphic novel starts with the death of Ser Arlan. His squire, Dunk, mourns. But after the burial he figures that he could become a knight as well, claiming that Ser Arlan gave him the knighthood before his death. So Dunk becomes Ser Duncan and he decides to join a tournament at Ashford Meadow, so that he could make a small fortune for himself with a few easy victories. Naturally events unfold and the book ends up being a journey into what the true essence of Knighthood means.
The illustration by Mike Miller and Mike Crowell is excellent throughout the book and the story gets you immediately hooked in a true GRR Martin fashion. All the familiar family names and locations make it an intriguing experience. It's a a must buy for any SOIAF-fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent graphic novel! 24 Sept. 2008
By Big Ben TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This excellent tale from the redoubtable George RR Martin is beautifully illustrated by Ben Avery. A mighty collaboration.

So why only 4 stars? Surely it rates 5? Well, maybe it does.

It might just be me, but I experienced some hesitation in following the text bubble sequence. Something did not flow easily for me - not as it would normally when reading this sort of book. And I do read a lot of books. Hopefully this will not reduce your enjoyment, but it did mine, a bit. Hence 4 stars.
Be interested if others find the text bubble arrangement problematic. Comments invited.

If you enjoy the works of Ben Avery or GRRM, this will probably suit you really well, since both do an excellent job here. I am waiting eagerly for the paperback edition of the next in the series:
Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight): 2

Of course, you could always go for the hardback version:
Sworn Sword (The Hedge Knight): 2

"Hedge Knight" is recommended for its beautifully detailed depiction of a story of knightly valour and human values.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"The Hedge Knight" is comic book/graphic adaptation of George R. R. Martin novel that bears the same name introducing reader to world beautifully pictured in his A Song of Ice and Fire" book series. Originally, George R. R. Martin published this novel as a part of Robert Silverberg's Legends anthology, back in the 1998.

The story takes place almost hundred years before the events pictured in first book - "A Game of Thrones". Lord Ashford had organized a great tourney, inviting warriors and knights from each and every of the Seven Kingdoms. One of them is Sir Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight seeking for a fame and fortune. Dunk's master, Sir Arlan, recently died and Dunk picked up his sword and shield, intending to carry on his former master's noble ways. Along the way, Dunk would be joined by an unusual boy wanting to become his squire, Egg. All of the Dunk's plans would need to be changed when he provoked the fury of Prince Aerion Targaryen, but after a series of events and some unusual discoveries Westeros future will begin to irreversibly change...

This graphic novel published by the Marvel Enterprises comes in a nice hardcover version and was beautifully illustrated by Mike S. Miller and Mike Crowell's, accompanied by Robert Silverberg, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson. Visually, this graphic adaptation looks excellent with a depth of detail that "forces" reader to look for a long time at each panel. As a bonus feature, at the book's end reader can found short part from the sequel "The Sworn Sword", picturing the Battle of the Redgrass Field.

The only drawback, mainly for those who are not familiar with George R. R. Martin work is level of details concerning names, houses, their relationships and events from the past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite gripping! 11 July 2014
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The Hedge Knight was the first graphic novel I ever read, for lack of any new full fledged novels set in Westeros from GRRM, I was not disappointed. Even though the comic takes place 100 years before the books there are still some characters avid readers will recognize, not to mention many of the great houses. As far as the comic adaptation goes I am no expert but I thought the artwork was pretty decent, in particular the scenes toward the end were quite gripping. As to be expected from the Song of Ice and Fire there is no lack of violence, though not much sex (maybe for the better).

All in all I thought it was an enjoyable read, even though the story is much cruder than the novels and this medium will never have the same depth as a book of a thousand pages.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best graphic novel I've ever read 26 April 2008
This is, in short, superb. I am a massive fan of GRRM's work and I definitely think that anybody who has read A Song of Ice and Fire will enjoy this as a wonderful addition to their experience of Westeros. Set about a century before the ASoIaF books, it tells the story of Ser Duncan the Tall, a Hedge Knight and his experience at a tourney during the Targaryens' reign. Filled with juicy little additions to flesh out the back story of the kingdom and especially of the Targaryen family, it will make you very excited about the whole world and since I've read it whilst waiting for A Dance with Dragons, it's a great way to fill time until then! And it's not just filling time, I have to say. It is worth every penny and I will definitely re-read it many times.
The illustrations are glorious, I cannot think of a single fault with them. The cover pictures (two for each of the six issues inside this book) are stunning. I could stare at them all day. But what's better is that all of the pictures have a similar effect. There is no skimping on detail and there is such well-chosen perspective and well thought out movement shots that you will really feel a part of the book.
Of course, I am speaking as a big fan of the ASoIaF series; if you haven't read this (although I'd highly recommend you do anyway) then you can still enjoy The Hedge Knight. Granted even for a fan some of the familial storylines can be confusing but it'll only intrigue you and make you want more and more of this world.
I genuinely can't think of any criticisms, which is rare for me. Read and enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy on kindle,text too small
Very short, can't zoom in to see text. Buy the hard copy or just give it a miss. 2 stars.
Published 1 month ago by Shane Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Trouble Reading it on the Kindle..
Published 1 month ago by Nigel
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked
I brought Hedge Knight & The Sworn Sword as soon as I finished A Song of Ice and Fire because I just hooked and need to know more about the history of Westeros and the people in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on this is great, wish there were more comics and stuff like ...
Come on this is great, wish there were more comics and stuff like this.
The storys awsome and I won't place spoilers, alas you meet some awsome characters to!
Published 1 month ago by mitchell taylor
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Published 1 month ago by Mr Purple
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't translate very well to kindle. The pains differ ...
Doesn't translate very well to kindle. The pains differ in size some are so small they are hard to read. Probably ok in paper form.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it! A nice quick read, with a very interesting story.
Published 2 months ago by Nick Jones
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iloved this book
Published 2 months ago by Vincent Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I enjoyed this a lot
Published 2 months ago by bellinigirl57
1.0 out of 5 stars Doint Bother
Complete waste of my money, you cant read this on a Kindle. Feel very ripped off.
Published 2 months ago by Charlie
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