That night, Dunk dreams about burying his horse Chestnut in Dorne.
More and more people of Standfast appear, and eventually Egg is buried alive underneath the sands of the Dornish dessert. The next morning, Eustace witnesses a training, which does not go well. Eustace compares Bennis and Dunk training the men to the time his sons trained their fathers before marching to war in the First Blackfyre Rebellion.
Still mindfull of his dream from the previous night, Dunk asks Eustace if there truly is no other way, and the knight suggests a bloodprice, an ancient form of wergeld. Eustace refuses to break a vow he had taken decades before, never to set foot on Coldmoat's grounds again, and so Dunk offers to go in Eustace's stead. Dunk arrives at Coldmoat, where he realizes that the terrible stories he has been told about Rohanne are not completely true. Rohanne is an pretty young woman, to whom he is attracted, instead of an old widow.
Dunk and Egg also learn that the lady has to remarry within a short time or lose her lands to a cousin as stated in her father's testament. Her father also tasked Ser Lucas 'Longinch' to protect her against unworthy suitors. Ser Lucas has interpreted this to shield her against all suitors and tries to get her to marry him.
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The meeting does not end well. Lady Rohanne refuses to break up the dam or take the bloodprice.
She demands that Ser Bennis will be turned over to her or else she will take him herself. Shocked and angered by all the revelations Ser Duncan wants to leave Osgrey's service. However, as he realizes that the villagers will not stand a chance against Lady Rohanne's well-armed soldiers, he decides to stay. Ser Duncan asks and is granted a private parley with Lady Webber. He shows her Egg's ring, proving Egg is a prince of the blood. He cuts his own cheeks to make up for the wounding of her man. Lady Rohanne is impressed but still demands an apology from Ser Eustace, who refuses.
The parties decide to settle the matter in a fight between their champions. Duncan fights Ser Lucas and is able to kill him but almost drowns in the process. When he wakes up Ser Eustace and Lady Rohanne have settled their differences and have married.
Duncan is asked to remain at Standfast as their captain of the guard but refuses. Barely recovered he prepares to leave.
Lady Rohanne meets him at the stables and offers her finest horse and her apologies. Dunk refuses both, but Rohanne demands that he take something of her. They kiss passionately and Duncan cuts her braid so that he will have something to remember her. Both editions contain the exact same eleven stories in all. Aug 20, Kavita rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. The second in the Dunk and Egg series, The Sworn Sword sees our hero in the middle of a draught and a feud. He has taken on service for a Lord and soon encounters his rival, the woman known as the Red Spider.
The book is set a couple of years after The Mystery Knight but the world has changed a lot. This book lacks the humour and pace of the first book. The first half of the book is very slow and drags in some places. There is way too much talking and reminiscing of the past, which didn't really The second in the Dunk and Egg series, The Sworn Sword sees our hero in the middle of a draught and a feud. There is way too much talking and reminiscing of the past, which didn't really add to the story.
Action picks up in the second half and it gets more interesting. The end was rather predictable and I did not really like it at all. I was hoping for a Dunk win, but no, the poor Virgin Knight is condemned to a cold bed again. I was rather disappointed as this book was not fun most of the time.
Compared with the first book, this was a feeble effort. So again and again and again it's the dialogue, the brilliant and so live dialogue is what mostly distinguish G. Martin's writing style. I really enjoyed this novella as i enjoyed the previous one and as i did with the Novel. I enjoyed the twist in the contradictory point of view about Daeron and Daemon and the Blackfyre rebellion with the mentioned details about it. It's so sad that the next one to read maybe the last connection with the world of Ice and Fire till the so long waited part 6 comes So again and again and again it's the dialogue, the brilliant and so live dialogue is what mostly distinguish G.
It's so sad that the next one to read maybe the last connection with the world of Ice and Fire till the so long waited part 6 comes to Light! Jan 20, Faizan rated it it was ok Recommended to Faizan by: Poonam. Shelves: jan Again same problem.. That ending says that I'd probably love the third book :O view spoiler [The Wall! Jun 18, Giota rated it really liked it Shelves: short-books , high-fantasy , george-martin.
Oh Ser Duncan the Tall, I love you more and more with each tale! Apr 29, Laurence rated it it was ok. I don't mind that it was a story of to lesser lords and ladies, actually I think that is very worthy of a book in the world of fire and ice. It just didn't really work. The reversal of oh now that you've fought and killed my man I'll marry your lord? Did I miss the logic of how all these quarrels were suddenly resolved while Dunk was out cold?
I liked that the lady was rumored to be an Elizabeth Bathory type character given the death of her husband and young son oh man how well would that I don't mind that it was a story of to lesser lords and ladies, actually I think that is very worthy of a book in the world of fire and ice. I liked that the lady was rumored to be an Elizabeth Bathory type character given the death of her husband and young son oh man how well would that myth be appropriated for GRRM's purposes , but also fine with that the story didn't go far down that lane given its small scope.
Apr 02, Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Nothing grand happens. Here we simply have a simple story that gets straight to the point, a problematic conflict a young knight and his squire face and hopefully learn from. Dunk and Egg together make a compelling argument to have the most dynamic relationship in Westeros. Jan 16, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , violent-and-epic , treasure-and-adventure. Egg is still squiring for Dunk, hiding his distinctive Targaryen lineage by shaving his head. Dunk has temporarily sworn his services to a landed knight named Ser Eustace, whose family the Osgreys used to have wealth and lands, but now have neither.
Ser Eustace is the last Osgrey, his wife long dead, his daughter taken as hostage by king and now dead , and his three sons dead in the Blackfyre Rebellion over ten years past. This is potentitally disastrous, as there is a drought on. When Bennis and Dunk find the dam, Bennis attacks one of her knights and they hightail it out of there.
Dunk knows this means trouble. From there, Dunk has to help Eustace train some truly pathetic smallfolk to defend their tower and lands against the widow, who will surely come seeking vengeance, and when one horrible thing leads to another, Dunk wonders if he should even be fighting for Ser Eustace at all. As always, what makes reading stories in Westeros so satisfying is what Martin does with the inner lives of his characters. Ser Eustace is a washed-up knight whose family used to be nobility, and is suitably bitter about everything he has lost including his family, a king, and his legacy.
The Red Widow is even more interesting. Martin takes what could have been the role of a straightforward villainess and makes her one of the most interesting parts of the story. Dec 26, Elena Yurievna rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories , fantasy. This is a review of two novellas by George R. The novellas take us to the times when Targaryens ruled. The possible purpose of writing these novels is to show the readers the world before the game of thrones began when the Targaryens were at the peak.
All the information we receive from a standpoint of hedge knight — possibly nobody, unimportant person who travels and works from time to time on different master. These works perfectly fit into fantasy category showing us knights. The thoughts, the colors in which he sees everything, naivety — narration is just brilliant.
In the novellas we can clearly see that the author intended to show — book is a book and life is a life. Both treat each other very well, almost like friends. Generally I like these novels. They are not bad. Feb 12, Dalon Koubek rated it it was amazing. Whats the good thing to do and what's the right thing to do? Thats the question that the plot is based around. That question has quite a few grey areas. Doing what was right could potentially get you killed. This is a tale of Duncan the hedge knight who pledges his loyalty to the old lesser lord Ser.
Eustace Osgray of Steadfast.