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Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword TPB: Sworn Sword v. 2 Paperback – 7 Jan 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (7 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785126511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785126515
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a charming knightly tale. Although set in the existing world of Westeros you don't need to be familiar with any other books to read this. If you are then you will see small details, scattered sparingly, that will hold resonance for you.

It is based on a short story and looks to be copied word for word. As such it can get a bit wordy and text led in places but not enough to spoil things. It has excellent pacing with a luxuriously slow start and you are grateful that nothing feels abridged as it might have if it were a screenplay.

You could easily mistake this for a Victorian tale of knightly virtue and heroism. It does feel like Arthur Conan Doyle's Sir Nigel books. You have a wonderful character that through great writing you truly care about who is promised a simple and familiar story-arc. Then things change and a masterful sense of dread and foreboding builds to palpable levels that really grips you. Although you are pretty sure the good guys are supposed to win you aren't sure if they will, or if they do, at what cost.

The art is excellent with lavish details, sumptuous colours and meticulous backgrounds. You can tell this doesn't suffer from monthly deadlines. Although mostly traditional square panels there are a lot of small tricks in the layout to make this a fresh and dynamic read. There are some smashing double page spreads right at the key moments that really hit home.

There are a couple of pages of heraldry which isn't necessary for the story but looks pretty and a seven page short story which has a tenuous connection but can't compete with the masterpiece you have just read. An absolute guaranteed Thumbs Up!
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Format: Hardcover
I would like to say this is a great 'book' but I can't. Why? Because it is a comic, a very good comic, but even so be warned. Though it says it is a prequel to 'a song of ice and fire' it is not presented in the same way. Not a book, comic = lots of pictures and speech bubbles, very different!! (wished to clarify this for future buyers who expected a book as I did, Amazon does not make it clear).
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Format: Paperback
First of all - this is a graphic novel. Its major focus is on the frames contained within it, and as such the narrative is more confined into what can fit in effectively less space. As such some characters are less well explored than in a purely written format. That being said it was a good view/read. Everybody is of course either ludicrously good looking or seedy and malevolent. In parts it is gritty, realistic and shocking like the rendition of the major conflict at the end or in explaining the fate of unarmed boy squires during a battle told in flash-back. Overall I enjoyed it. But I hope the next one in literary form.
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Format: Hardcover
I didn't pick up that this was a graphic novel from the info provided by Amazon.
I've miss-bought before. Sometimes important facts aren't well signposted. Twice it's been pamphlets at book prices; once a novel in German.
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