Short Story Review: “The Hedge Knight”

“The Hedge Knight”
A Song of Ice and Fire series
By George R. R. Martin
Collected in Legends
Edited by Robert Silverberg

“The Hedge Knight” is a prelude to George R. R. Martin’s acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire. Set a hundred years before the first novel in the series, “The Hedge Knight” follows the adventures of former squire Dunk and his quest to become a real knight.

Using his dead master’s horse and armor, Dunk travels to the tournament at Ashford Meadow in a hope to win glory and attach himself to one of the great lords. When he defends a peasant performer from an arrogant prince, Dunk gets more than he bargained for.

This story was very well written. I’ve considered reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series a couple of times, and this story only heightened my interest. I would recommend it to anyone looking to read good fantasy fiction.

This review originally appeared 1 December 2012 on

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