As the cover of the book says, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms takes place about one hundred years before the events in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The three short stories in A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms follow Ser Duncan the Tall or “Dunk” the hedgeknight and Aegon Targaryen V (Alias of Egg, brother to Maester Aemon and Daenerys’ grandfather). If any of that meant anything to you then you might be interested in this story collection.
If you haven’t read the books or watched the HBO show based on George R. R. Martin’s series you won’t get as much out of this collection, but you will probably still enjoy the stories themselves. My one complaint is that some of Dunk’s thoughts and sayings got repetitive when I read the stories back to back, but it wasn’t enough to bother me too much. The stories do contain some information dumps of places and names that might bore readers unfamiliar or uninterested in the politics of the world. But there are also plenty of fight scenes and tournaments with armor-clad knights and underhanded lords. The information dumps do not take up too much space in the stories if they aren’t your thing so do not let that deter you. Basically, if you like the main series, you’ll like these stories. That said, even though these take place chronologically before the series you do not need (and perhaps should not) read these first.
It is great to see his world expanded on even further and see another period in Westeros’ history. It amazes me how real and developed his world feels. I love seeing some of the old heroes that are mentioned in the main series in action. The characters of Dunk and Egg are a lot of fun and many of the supporting cast are memorable. It is amazing that George R. R. Martin can make side characters in a 100 page short story feel more life-like than most authors can make their main characters feel in a 400 page per book trilogy.
Obviously, I love this book and I want more. These stories offer some further insight to the events in the A Song of Ice and Fire series and add information that is great for Winds of Winter speculation.