- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (June 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785126503
- ISBN-13: 978-0785126508
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sworn Sword (Hedge Knight II) (v. 2) Hardcover – June 18, 2008
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That said, Martin's two short stories - Tales of Dunk and Egg - are brilliantly written and thoroughly enjoyable romps through Westeros. The plotting isn't as Machiavellian, owing to the slow pace, but it's a vastly entertaining window into the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, and is a good primer to get someone who is unfamiliar to the books an idea of how the world works (although they may be slightly lost amidst the backstory.)
The Sword Sword is the second Tale of Dunk and Egg, and arguably contains more of the signature scheming, plotting and carefully paced reveals of the main novels. However, I enjoyed The Hedge Knight (the first short story) more, if only because I enjoy the entire tourney 'scene' in Westeros, and Martin writes it exceptionally well.
Even though this is the short story presented in graphic novel format, I believe there is no real loss of the detail or depth when compared to the written version. In fact, certain scenes benefit from the graphical medium.
The art is uniformly well done and serves the story well.
All in all, a must have for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire - especially if you like graphic novels!
Luckily, my husband (who I bought them for) is a fan of graphic novels in addition to being a fan of the author. So, it turned out to be OK.
I just wanted to say for anyone not already aware, these are GRAPHIC novels. :)
Husband enjoyed them, and is looking forward to the third installment (if it ever gets published...) :P
Whether you are a fan of the Fire and Ice novels or not, this graphic novel is a good read. The artwork is clean and easy to follow and the story moves at a good pace.
Reading both books, reader will be introduced to the magic world that was beautifully portrayed in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series.
"Sworn Sword" is continuation of the previous book about events that happened almost hundred years before the events pictured in Martin's famous book - "A Game of Thrones".
After Lord Ashford's great tourney, Sir Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight seeking for fame and fortune and his unusual boy squire, Egg will travel the land in search of the puppeteer girl named Tanselle. They will enter the service of Ser Eustace, an older knight and Dunk will have lot of troubles with one of the others Ser Eustace's knights. When this knight will attack a peasant and provoke conflict with Lady Rohanne Webber, some unpleasant truths from the past about Ser Eustace will emerge...
This graphic novel published by the Marvel Enterprises comes in same nice hardcover version like the previous one and was beautifully illustrated by Mike S. Miller. Due to the nice pictures it wouldn't be strange that reader after she/he quickly read the book for the first time, when will read it for the next time spend a lot of time in front of each picture, enjoying the sight of the countless details.
The same drawback as I said for the previous one, mainly for those readers unfamiliar with George R. R. Martin work is level of details related to characters names, houses, their relationships and events from the past. For someone who would just like to enjoy reading a comic book it would probably be frustrating to see how many characters and relationships between them are present.Read more ›
It's not a bad story as such, but there's so much extraneous narration, so many dozens of offstage characters who never become more than names -- even if you've recently read the first volume -- that you're likely to wonder if you've missed something. It's almost as if this were the third volume in a series, not the second, and that the middle volume was never published -- maybe never written. If you *bleep* over that half of the book, the remaining half makes a passably interesting episode, and that's about all.
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As a 60 year old reader, I was not expecting a graphic novel. This book is more for kids than older adults who need Large Print to read books published in this manner. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Irene Byrd
My boyfriend loves GOT, and this is the perfect addition to the collection. Kinda hard to find, but this is to perfect to pass upPublished 23 months ago by Terri
Can't wait to read the third one. Loving both the art and story of these. Gives a nice back story of some important characters mentioned in the Song of Fire and Ice Series.Published 24 months ago by Andrew
George Martin got us used to great political plots, huge background, smart and ruthless characters, bloody encounters. In short: the perilous fight in the Game of thrones. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Anibal Madeira
I enjoyed reading this and knew full well it was like a comic book from having read part one. Not sure how someone would not know this if they read part one and if you didn't read... Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by D. Ha
I really enjoyed this book, even in the comic book genre. I found it easy to follow as I have read all the King of Thrones series, even the last book #5 Dance of the Dragons. Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by R. Masek