The Mystery Knight
The Mystery Knight is the third novella of fantasy writer George R. R. Martin from The Tales of Dunk and Egg series, released in 2010.
The story continues from the end of the second novella, The Sworn Sword, during the time Aery.
This third novella goes into more detail about the rebellion and many events in this short story surround this rebellion.
The Story (Spoilers!)
As the adventure begins, Dunk and Egg are headed north to join forces with Lord Beron Stark, because he is in need of knights to stop the coastal raids from the Greyjoy. On their way to Stark’s lands, Dunk and Egg encounter Lord Gorman Peake and two others, one claiming to be a hedge knight himself.
The hedge knight is courteous to Dunk, but the other two insult both Dunk and his young squire Egg. However, the hedge knight invites Dunk and Egg to the wedding of Lord Ambrose Butterwell. During the wedding, events occur that remind Egg of the Blackfyre Rebellion, which was introduced in The Sworn Sword.
At the same time as wedding festivities run, there is a jousting tournament which Dunk enters. Dunk is defeated in the first in his first tilt. As part of the loss, Dunk has to forfeit his armor and horse, so he is in a bad mood, because he cannot ransom it back. The knight that defeated Dunk informs him that he had been bribed to kill Dunk and informs Dunk that if they he would have been paid more, he would have accomplished killing Dunk.
As the jousting tournament begins to resume, everyone is informed that the grand prize that would go to the winner, a dragon egg, has been stolen by Sir Glendon Ball, who is placed in prison by Peake, the knight that had insulted and disliked Dunk earlier in the story.
GRRM does an excellent job of introducing new characters and getting you to like or dislike them in The Mystery Knight. The name already lets you know that there will be a jousting tournament somewhere within the story, which is always entertaining to read about. This third novella answers some of the questions about the Blackfyre Rebellion, which really did not need to be answered in the first place.
In the end, The Mystery Knight is not as entertaining as the two previous stories in this series. However, fans of Martin’s work will find this story worth a read, even if it is not his best. It does set up the next novella about Dunk and Egg, which may be better once Martin reads this article.