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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms enjoys powerhouse debut

Westeros’ past becomes a blockbuster present as A Knight of Seven Kingdoms lands on the New York Times bestseller list. Here’s what George R. R. Martin had to say on the subject on his Not A Blog (note Martin’s little nod at author Bernard Cornwell, who recently called the A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones series “very, very dull”):

Cool news from both sides of the Atlantic. The new illustrated hardcover of A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS has debuted on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list as #2 in hardcover fiction. Over in the UK, the British edition has landed as #3 on the TIMES list (Bernard Cornwell’s new Uhtred novel is number 1, of course) … Pretty good for a collection of three previously published novellas.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a collection of Martin’s three “Dunk and Egg” novellas: The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight, spiced up this time around by Gary Gianni’s brilliant illustrations. In addition to its #2 spot on the Hardcover Fiction list, the book also claimed the #3 spot on the Combined Print & E-Book fiction list. So yes, not bad for a collection of three previously published novellas, indeed.

The slow build-up of accolades for the Song of Ice and Fire series reached its fever pitch with Martin’s fourth installment, A Feast for Crows, which instantly hit number one on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List when it came out in November of 2005. That was the first time a Song of Ice and Fire book went to the top spot right out of the gate, although A Dance with Dragons also landed at #1 upon its release in July of 2011.

The success of the Martin’s following novels and derived works has continued unabated. For example, Martin’s novella, The Princess and the Queen, or, the Blacks and the Greens, another Song of Ice and Fire prequel, was nominated for a Locus Award after its release in Tor Books’ Dangerous Women anthology in 2013. With interest in Game of Thrones higher than ever, we can expect The Winds of Winter to tear the charts up when it’s released…eventually.

14 Comments

  • When asked to address fans’ concern about the winds if winter release date, Martin said “what concerns? I can’t hear them because all this money from these three previously published novellas is plugging my ears.”

      • Uh – my guess here is that Damian is a talented satirist. GRRM doesn’t have the self awareness to acknowledge he’s creatively spent when it comes to ASIOF, and now too rich to care. But what the heck – he gave HBO a wonderful beginning, and middle of a story to finish telling

          • no – just making the point that Damian made up that quote to be funny and point out a sad truth at the same time – a reasonable definition of satire.

          • Not sure why I am following up on this – but did you read what Cornwell said? It was in reference to the HBO series, and for a non reader of the main series – yeah it can be dull if you’re not paying much attention and just want to be entertained. If you’re not invested in the characters – and there are lots of them – it’s hard to care much for intimate dialogue which there is a TON of in the show. GRRM is a big enough guy to realize Cornwell wasn’t criticizing his prose, and too classy to engage regardless.

            That’s not to say that the last two installments of the series weren’t enormously disappointing on a relative basis. The first three books are unsurpassed in epic fantasy. Truly the best ever for sheer imagination, character development, plot, world building. It’s just magnificent as a trilogy. But the man got greedy, and his moon shot missed with the last two books. I don’t expect much different from the final one, WOW. And yes, I mean final. He won’t write ADOS. Bless him…

        • Saying GRRM is creatively spent is not “just making a point that Damian made up the quote to be funny”.
          try again.

          • I extrapolated a bit. Damian may not agree with that part, but his joke is clearly a joke, and OBVIOUSLY not a GRRM quote. I think I’ll disengage now. Cheers friend!

      • For sure it was snarky. Question is how it would rate without ASOIAF’s coat tails to bounce along on. And the fact it’s not #1 is telling given all the hype. Children’s bedtime stories and no more than that. Cornwell was outta order, uncalled for, but GRRM seems to value the fruits of his labour over the labour itself which results in them both inhabiting different leagues. He’s verging a hobbyist!

  • The Internet has many unhappy people, shocked to see so many gathered here venting their personal misery. Quite unseemly. The world is a better place because of GRRM, these bitter screen slaves do the opposite. I hope he makes even more vast mountains of cash from TWoW, because I’m glad when any talented artist does so while most do not.

  • Who is Cornwall? GRRM is writing the greatest fantasy ever and some dude is jealous. Why stoop to that level.