Although A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS — hereafter to be abrivved (yes my own word!) to "AKOTSK" — is being marketed to somewhat molify the insatiable (of which I am one!) GAME OF THRONES throngs until the final books are written/published. The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight — three tales that make up this volume, although set in the world and a century before what we now know as "GOT," are nothing like the dark, treacherous,vicious and licentious story we have all perhaps guiltily come to love! "AKOTSK" is much lighter, gentler, and humorous than it's severe heir; think more Mark Twain and Alexandre Dumas. This not to say that these tales are in any way frivilous or less severly or cleverly worked out; they are simply lighter in tone. Almost as if the author himself needed a mental release from the incessant darkness and treachery present in his major work. Although I do not know the author, I have met him and observed him on more than a few occasions, and these tales to me seem closer to his soul. They are escape literature and let me stress "literature," at its finest . . . and let us not forget the Gary Gianni illustrations — 160 of them — which give the book its heart that G.R.R.M., breathed life into. The book is SIGNED by the artist who has remarqued it with a small dragon skull. Please see my own "FOTS NEWS!"