The Sworn Sword
This second graphic novel in the series was released in 2008 and became one of Martin’s best-selling stories, because of the success of the first novella, The Hedge Knight.
The story begins close to the time the last novella left off, telling more adventures of Dunk and Egg.
The Story (Spoilers!)
Dunk had picked up the mantle of the hedge knight he was squire for and the young boy Egg, through sheer perseverance, eventually became squire to Dunk. Dunk has now become the hedge knight Duncan. The background is simple and to the point, telling of the time Dunk and Egg had spent in Dorne, Oldtown and the southern kingdoms, as well as the plague that had killed off many.
As for Egg, Dunk has attempted to impress the role of a hedge knight’s squire on him, but little success has been made at this point, but Dunk still holds out hope. Dunk is not the naive new hedge knight that we saw in the first novella. He has matured a lot since his first adventures.
Dunk, and his squire Egg, have decided to take some service with an old knight named Sir Eustace Ostrey. Ostrey’s family is diminishing and has a meager estate that the old knight oversees. The main part of the stories surrounds the conflict between Ostrey and a neighbor by the name of Lady Webber.
For a short story, Martin does another good job of creating his characters and making them believable. This second story of The Tales of Dunk and Egg does not have as much action in it as the first one. However, fans of Martin’s will find it enjoyable to read. Martin does a good job of making the reader sympathize with Ostrey by the end of the tale. The story does not lack the humor you see surface in Martin’s writing with his telling about the draftees militia, which also happens to be foolish, and Septon Sefton, who happens to be plagued by flatulence.
The story’s plot is easy enough to follow, but avoids being predictable. This is Martin at his best, when he can develop a story as simple as this, but still throw in enough unpredictability to keep you reading and wanting more.