This is another short novella by George R R Martin, first published in 2010.
Set in the same world as the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ books, this story is a sort of prequel, taking place well before the events of the main series.
This little book continues to tell of the adventures of Ser Duncan and his trusty squire Egg as they wander the seven kingdoms as hedge knights.
Ser Duncan still can’t joust, but he still won’t admit it, and enters himself into a jousting tournament and ends up having to forfeit both horse and armor. In the process of recovering them Duncan and Egg stumble into an evil plot that might plunge the kingdoms into war.
This book continues in the same lighthearted vein (for Martin) as the previous novellas, and is an entertaining read. The character of Ser Duncan is further developed in this book as he faces a challenge more serious than a honor duel.
This book can be read as a stand alone novel. Knowing about the lore of the setting helps, but not strictly necessary.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy an afternoons fun reading, even if you are not a fan of fantasy.