A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: Being The Adventures Of Ser Duncan The Tall, And His Squire, Egg by George R. R. MartinA Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: Being The Adventures Of Ser Duncan The Tall, And His Squire, Egg by George R. R. Martin

A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: Being The Adventures Of Ser Duncan The Tall, And His Squire, Egg

byGeorge R. R. MartinIllustratorGary Gianni

Hardcover | October 6, 2015

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LOS ANGELES TIMES AND BUZZFEED • Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.
 
Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true name is hidden from all he and Dunk encounter. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two . . . as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.
 
Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn’t dead—yet.

Praise for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

“Readers who already love Martin and his ability to bring visceral human drama out of any story will be thrilled to find this trilogy brought together and injected with extra life.”Booklist

“The real reason to check out this collection is that it’s simply great storytelling. Martin crafts a living, breathing world in a way few authors can. . . . [Gianni’s illustrations] really bring the events of the novellas to life in beautiful fashion.”Tech Times

“Stirring . . . As Tolkien has his Silmarillion, so [George R. R.] Martin has this trilogy of foundational tales. They succeed on their own, but in addition, they succeed in making fans want more.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Pure fantasy adventure, with two of the most likable protagonists George R. R. Martin has ever penned.”Bustle

“A must-read for Martin’s legion of fans . . . a rousing prelude to [his] bestselling Song of Ice and Fire saga . . . rich in human drama and the colorful worldbuilding that distinguishes other books in the series.”Publishers Weekly
George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tutt...
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Title:A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: Being The Adventures Of Ser Duncan The Tall, And His Squire, EggFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.54 × 6.4 × 1.32 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic for Anyone Charming, witty, adventurous. Unlike the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, this book has an innocence to it, illustrating how bravery and candor can never fail you. Frankly, I would recommend this to ages 12 and older, and to anyone looking for well-written fantasy without the gore of ASOIAF. The illustrations inside are beautiful, the early 20th century technique complementing the similarly forthright yet naive writing style of the Celtic Revival. All in all amazing and definitely a favourite!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish GRRM would write more of these stories I enjoyed the stories of these characters moreso than the main series. Just lots of fun
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals—in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg—whose true name is hidden from all he and Dunk encounter. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two ...as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible this book made me descorver feels i have never felt before
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from speechless Our son cant get enough and now has me hooked!!! Truly another wonderful one!!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Great book with a great story which most fans of George R. R. Martin have come to expect. One of my favorite things was the touches brought to it by the artist who complemented several really nicely drawn images to accompany the story. Helps to paint a really good picture of what the story is telling. My only small complaint was that it was a series of 3 short stories. Great short stories of course with the same likeable characters in each which continued more or less where the last one left off, and it does state this in the product description, after reading it i just found that it wasn't quite the intricate tale i was expecting it to be. It's a small gripe, but i still enjoyed the book and would recommend to any fan of his.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the same I'm a huge GoT fan so I was excited to read this, but it just didn't feel the same. It felt separate from the series, and I had built it up to be right on par, so I was let down
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great short stories I enjoyed the stories, I just wished there was an appendix to help keep all the lords and knights organized. Even the royal family was confusing, between the legit and illegit 'pretenders' were difficult to remember, and then who was loyal to who... But the writing was great, unsurprisingly!
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great way to dive back into westeros while your waiting for GoT to return. Great book.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Great book from a great series.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read As a big fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, I devoured these stories as I (im)patiently wait for George R R Martin to complete the next book(s) in the series! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good intro As an introduction into the world of The Song of Ice and Fire series, this was a fun book. Nothing really earthshaking here, but Martin did go against some of the standard fantasy tropes, so that was enjoyable. How much it will impact on the larger series, I have no idea. I am a complete Game of Thrones neophyte, having never read the books, nor seen the series. In fact, aside from reading some of the letters a very young fanboy Martin sent to Marvel superhero comics, the only novel I've read of his was The Armageddon Rag, way back in 1983. Nothing since. So, George, all I can say is, bring it. Onward and upward.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Series This is one of the best series I have ever read. I highly recommend them. Very action packed and intricate as all the characters eventually come together. I could not put them down
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it another example of GRRM ability to world build
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Love all the stories in this amazing world
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great story and very well written!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Absolutely loved it, the world is so rich and wonderful
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well received Bought this as a gift for a big fan of G.R.R. Martin. It was well received and the recipient highly enjoyed it. I may have to get myself a copy now!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it Great story and well written
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it & lessens the wait time Love the story and illustrations. And something to read to while waiting for next book in the serise #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a fantastic pre-Game of Thrones time story. Fans of ASOIAF should welcome this addition with open arms, and it lessens the sting of having to wait for Winds of Winter.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Good Book From George RR Martin It was a more straightforward/linear story than the books from the Song of Ice and Fire series. I found that part of what makes those books so good is that messy, complicated integration of multiple story lines weaving through one another with characters that often have goals that are in direct opposition to other characters. While this book was still a good read it only came from one point of view and so lacked that complexity and lifelike feel. It was more like a traditional story about a knight and his travels.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting addition I cannot get enough of Game of Thrones/Song of Fire and Ice so I enjoy these stories that flesh out more of the history. Such a rich world that I enjoy all additions to it
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting addition I cannot get enough of Game of Thrones/Song of Fire and Ice so I enjoy these stories that flesh out more of the history. Such a rich world that I enjoy all additions to it
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Three in one Three novellas disguised in one tome. I thought this was one, distinct novel, and didn't realize that it was just Martin's three previously published Dunk and Egg stories; one of which I read four years ago. Oh well. Of the three, my favorite was the second novella, "The Sworn Sword", in which Dunk & Egg blunder into a rivalry between two minor houses as they fight over a stream during a drought. It hays a number of twists and turns, and a great fight scene between Dunk and one Ser Longinch. The weakest of the three stories was the third one, "The Mystery Knight", as I felt it had too many moving parts, and far too many characters to try and keep track of. This was actually the story I had previously read, but it was so forgettable then, that I barely remembered it this time around. I did learn more about these two interesting characters, and do hope Martin furthers their stories, but ultimately want the author to complete the next volume of "A Song of Ice And Fire".
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Interesting Addition to George RR Martin's Universe It was a more straightforward/linear story than the books from the Song of Ice and Fire series. I found that part of what makes those books so good is that messy, complicated integration of multiple storylines weaving through one another with characters that often have goals that are in direct opposition to other characters. While this book was still a good read it only came from one point of view and so lacked that complexity and lifelike feel. It was more like a traditional story about a knight and his travels.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms While this is not as engrossing and fantastic as the main series, A Knight is a wonderful addition with an interesting pre-story.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent addition love the original books, great to add to the history. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent excellent drawings, very cool to see westoros under targaryen rule
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely love this book! If you like Game of Thrones and love the Targaryens, then you will love this book! The detail in this novel is amazing and since it takes place 100 years before the current GoT events, reading about the history is so intriguing. Each page kept me so interested, wondering what would happen next! Duncan and Egg are the cutest duo, love them! It's also a great read in between seasons of the show if you feel like your missing GoT and want some action to still keep you in touch with Westeros. :))
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid little book for fans. 3 short novellas packed into one book. A bit more lighthearted fare than the Song of fire and ice series. Probably a more entertaining book for fans of the main novels instead of a casual reader. Fairly short, finished it in about 1 day.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! I love anything and everything that George RR Martin writes, he is truly the best author on the planet.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Great pre-novel for the main GoT series! Loved it!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Fun, exciting read to help tide me over till Winds of Winter. Dunk and Egg are such a lovable duo
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Pretty good, but I didn't enjoy this as much as the series certainly.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great surprise! I didn't think Martin would be able to make me care about characters and stories that have no direct impact on the outcome of his current saga, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed these tales and the characters within. A great read whether you are into the main series or not!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Enjoyable This book contains three short stories which are all great. These stories are quite light when compared to the books in the main story, but this book is still a great way to read about the world of Westeros.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I'd never read the Tales of Dunk and Egg, so when I heard they were being combined into this novel, I was really excited. I love the asoiaf world, and these stories did a really good job of showing us the peasant side of everything, as well as expanding the world a little bit more. I absolutely love Dunk and Egg, and I can't wait to read more of them! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) Great little stories of Dunk and Egg :)
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Cool Needless to say, I didn't enjoy it as much as the series. However, it was a very interesting read and gave away a little more of Martin's world. I definitely recommend reading it for anyone who has already read the ASOIAF series.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A great little back story to game of thrones. Worth the read.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Book 6, but don't be put off.... First and foremost, this isn't the next Ice and Fire book. In fact, it takes place about 80 years before the series even begins. This book is a collection of 3 short stories that were originally published in 1998, 2003, and 2010. Now, they get their own book. So, that means that Martin wrote these between books 2 and 3, between books 3 and 4, and between books 4 and 5. They are quite great and worth reading. Hopefully more of these collections will come out, as I expect Martin will have worked on a story between books 5 and 6, between books 6 and 7, and more after that. Great stuff, even though it may not be what you were waiting for.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from doesn't work well on the Kobo Aura Very enjoyable read but my only complaint is that it freezes my Kobo Aura. Tried several times to reset and reload but the book still freezes the Kobo probably because of all the illustrations. Works well on my laptop though. Nice to have more Seven Kingdoms background to read while waiting for the next GoT book to come out.
Date published: 2015-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You need this Book ★★★★1/2 (only the next book in the series would get the extra half star) Full disclosure I am a GRRM apologist! I will defend his honor and put myself in front of any foe who wishes to challenge his creative process. A sort of Hedge knight if you will. This is not a new story but more of a fleshed out retelling of the adventures of The Hedge Knight Dunk and is intelligent beyond his years’ squire Egg. SPOILER ALERT….. NAH YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHO EGG IS. If you are like me, you will devour any short story/graphic novel/artists interpretation and play any game of The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) and this is no exception. It’s a 100 years before the events of The Game of Thrones when the Targaryens still hold the Iron Throne and Dunk and Egg begin a journey of friendship, dangerous exploits and don’t forget the royal intrigue that is the backbone of Westeros. Even if you have read these tales before in whatever format this is a must have to any GoT collection. Why are you not reading this book yet?
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AKnight of The Seven Kingdoms -George R.R. Martin A very good story of wanting to become a night and finding a way to become one , even with not much learning how to fight with sord and lance and the rest of wepons used by fighting Knights . Having a squire Related to the King and you need to keep the secret is a hard thing to do when you go about your busness at towns and torments.losing all you goods of a Knight , so your not one no gear no horse so are you a robber now or does better thing happen .
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay but want more Yep, i want more Camber style. Give it tome baby. 100 character review required? No problem amigo.
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A SOIAF Must If you're a fan of the series this is obviously a must. Pretty awesome that you can buy them in one spot-volume now. Looks like it's time for a reread for this guy.
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! Just, classic G.R.R. Martin. Westeros, on a smaller scale.
Date published: 2015-08-26

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THE HEDGE KNIGHT   The story offered here takes place about a hundred years prior to the events described in A Game of Thrones.   The spring rains had softened the ground, so Dunk had no trouble digging the grave. He chose a spot on the western slope of a low hill, for the old man had always loved to watch the sunset. “Another day done”—he would sigh—“and who knows what the morrow will bring us, eh, Dunk?”   Well, one morrow had brought rains that soaked them to the bones, and the one after had brought wet, gusty winds, and the next a chill. By the fourth day the old man was too weak to ride. And now he was gone. Only a few days past, he had been singing as they rode, the old song about going to Gulltown to see a fair maid, but instead of Gulltown he’d sung of Ashford. Off to Ashford to see the fair maid, heigh-ho, heigh-ho, Dunk thought miserably as he dug.   When the hole was deep enough, he lifted the old man’s body in his arms and carried him there. He had been a small man, and slim; stripped of hauberk, helm, and sword belt, he seemed to weigh no more than a bag of leaves. Dunk was hugely tall for his age, a shambling, shaggy, big-boned boy of sixteen or seventeen years (no one was quite certain which) who stood closer to seven feet than to six, and had only just begun to fill out his frame. The old man had often praised his strength. He had always been generous in his praise. It was all he had to give.   He laid him out in the bottom of the grave and stood over him for a time. The smell of rain was in the air again, and he knew he ought to fill the hole before it broke, but it was hard to throw dirt down on that tired old face. There ought to be a septon here, to say some prayers over him, but he only has me. The old man had taught Dunk all he knew of swords and shields and lances, but had never been much good at teaching him words.   “I’d leave your sword, but it would rust in the ground,” he said at last, apologetic. “The gods will give you a new one, I guess. I wish you didn’t die, ser.” He paused, uncertain what else needed to be said. He didn’t know any prayers, not all the way through; the old man had never been much for praying. “You were a true knight, and you never beat me when I didn’t deserve it,” he finally managed, “except that one time in Maidenpool. It was the inn boy who ate the widow woman’s pie, not me, I told you. It don’t matter now. The gods keep you, ser.” He kicked dirt in the hole, then began to fill it methodically, never looking at the thing at the bottom. He had a long life, Dunk thought. He must have been closer to sixty than to fifty, and how many men can say that? At least he had lived to see another spring.   The sun was westering as he fed the horses. There were three; his swaybacked stot, the old man’s palfrey, and Thunder, his warhorse, who was ridden only in tourney and battle. The big brown stallion was not as swift or strong as he had once been, but he still had his bright eye and fierce spirit, and he was more valuable than everything else Dunk owned. If I sold Thunder and old Chestnut, and the saddles and bridles too, I’d come away with enough silver to… Dunk frowned. The only life he knew was the life of a hedge knight, riding from keep to keep, taking service with this lord and that lord, fighting in their battles and eating in their halls until the war was done, then moving on. There were tourneys from time to time as well, though less often, and he knew that some hedge knights turned robber during lean winters, though the old man never had.   I could find another hedge knight in need of a squire to tend his animals and clean his mail, he thought, or might be I could go to some city, to Lannisport or King’s Landing, and join the City Watch. Or else…   He had piled the old man’s things under an oak. The cloth purse contained three silver stags, nineteen copper pennies, and a chipped garnet; like most hedge knights, the greatest part of his worldly wealth had been tied up in his horses and weapons. Dunk now owned a chain-mail hauberk that he had scoured the rust off a thousand times. An iron halfhelm with a broad nasal and a dent on the left temple. A sword belt of cracked brown leather, and a longsword in a wood-and-leather scabbard. A dagger, a razor, a whetstone. Greaves and gorget, an eight-foot war lance of turned ash topped by a cruel iron point, and an oaken shield with a scarred metal rim, bearing the sigil of Ser Arlan of Pennytree: a winged chalice, silver on brown.   Dunk looked at the shield, scooped up the sword belt, and looked at the shield again. The belt was made for the old man’s skinny hips, it would never do for him, no more than the hauberk would. He tied the scabbard to a length of hempen rope, knotted it around his waist, and drew the longsword.   The blade was straight and heavy, good castle-forged steel, the grip soft leather wrapped over wood, the pommel a smooth, polished, black stone. Plain as it was, the sword felt good in his hand, and Dunk knew how sharp it was, having worked it with whetstone and oil-cloth many a night before they went to sleep. It fits my grip as well as it ever fit his, he thought to himself, and there is a tourney at Ashford Meadow.   Sweetfoot had an easier gait than old Chestnut, but Dunk was still sore and tired when he spied the inn ahead, a tall, daub-and-timber building beside a stream. The warm yellow light spilling from its windows looked so inviting that he could not pass it by. I have three silvers, he told himself, enough for a good meal and as much ale as I care to drink.   As he dismounted, a naked boy emerged dripping from the stream and began to dry himself on a roughspun brown cloak. “Are you the stableboy?” Dunk asked him. The lad looked to be no more than eight or nine, a pasty-faced, skinny thing, his bare feet caked in mud up to the ankle. His hair was the queerest thing about him. He had none. “I’ll want my palfrey rubbed down. And oats for all three. Can you tend to them?”   The boy looked at him brazenly. “I could. If I wanted.”   Dunk frowned. “I’ll have none of that. I am a knight, I’ll have you know.”   “You don’t look to be a knight.”   “Do all knights look the same?”   “No, but they don’t look like you, either. Your sword belt’s made of rope.”   “So long as it holds my scabbard, it serves. Now see to my horses. You’ll get a copper if you do well, and a clout in the ear if you don’t.” He did not wait to see how the stableboy took that but turned away and shouldered through the door.   At this hour, he would have expected the inn to be crowded, but the common room was almost empty. A young lordling in a fine damask mantle was passed out at one table, snoring softly into a pool of spilled wine. Otherwise there was no one. Dunk looked around uncertainly until a stout, short, whey-faced woman emerged from the kitchens and said, “Sit where you like. Is it ale you want, or food?”   “Both.” Dunk took a chair by the window, well away from the sleeping man.   “There’s good lamb, roasted with a crust of herbs, and some ducks my son shot down. Which will you have?”   “He had not eaten at an inn in half a year or more. “Both.”   The woman laughed. “Well, you’re big enough for it.” She drew a tankard of ale and brought it to his table. “Will you be wanting a room for the night as well?”   “No.” Dunk would have liked nothing better than a soft straw mattress and a roof above his head, but he needed to be careful with his coin. The ground would serve. “Some food, some ale, and it’s on to Ashford for me. How much farther is it?”   “A day’s ride. Bear north when the road forks at the burned mill. Is my boy seeing to your horses, or has he run off again?”   “No, he’s there,” said Dunk. “You seem to have no custom.”   “Half the town’s gone to see the tourney. My own would as well, if I allowed it. They’ll have this inn when I go, but the boy would sooner swagger about with soldiers, and the girl turns to sighs and giggles every time a knight rides by. I swear I couldn’t tell you why. Knights are built the same as other men, and I never knew a joust to change the price of eggs.” She eyed Dunk curiously; his sword and shield told her one thing, his rope belt and roughspun tunic quite another. “You’re bound for the tourney yourself?”     He took a sip of the ale before he answered. A nut-brown color it was, and thick on the tongue, the way he liked it. “Aye,” he said. “I mean to be a champion.”   “Do you, now?” the innkeep answered, polite enough.   Across the room, the lordling raised his head from the wine puddle. His face had a sallow, unhealthy cast to it beneath a rat’s nest of sandy brown hair, and blond stubble crusted his chin. He rubbed his mouth, blinked at Dunk, and said, “I dreamed of you.” His hand trembled as he pointed a finger. “You stay away from me, do you hear? You stay well away.”  

Editorial Reviews

“Readers who already love [George R. R.] Martin and his ability to bring visceral human drama out of any story will be thrilled to find this trilogy brought together and injected with extra life.”—Booklist   “The real reason to check out this collection is that it’s simply great storytelling. Martin crafts a living, breathing world in a way few authors can. . . . [Gary Gianni’s illustrations] really bring the events of the novellas to life in beautiful fashion.”—Tech Times “Stirring . . . As Tolkien has his Silmarillion, so [George R. R.] Martin has this trilogy of foundational tales. They succeed on their own, but in addition, they succeed in making fans want more.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Pure fantasy adventure, with two of the most likable protagonists George R. R. Martin has ever penned.”—Bustle “A must-read for Martin’s legion of fans . . . a rousing prelude to [his] bestselling Song of Ice and Fire saga . . . rich in human drama and the colorful worldbuilding that distinguishes other books in the series.”—Publishers Weekly