The Hedge Knight is the first in a trio of prequel novellas to the Song of Ice and Fire series. This first story introduces us to "Dunk", Ser Duncan the Tall, and his mysterious squire, Egg, as they travel to a joust. While a bit slow of the middle, with what devolved simply into a list of knights and arms, the lead up to the trial by seven is as good as anything Martin has ever written. The aftermath is not for the faint of heart or stomach, but that is a mark of good writing as well. I can't wait to pick up the rest of the series. I don't know how I waited so long.