Fire and Blood - George R.R. Martin & Doug Wheatley

Fire and Blood

By George R.R. Martin & Doug Wheatley

  • Release Date: 2018-11-20
  • Genre: Epic
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Description

The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.
 
With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.
 
Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
 
What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.
 
With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

Reviews

  • What happened?

    2
    By 1fenceman
    I read all of the GOT books in rapid succession and was glued to them, fantastic books. This was a chaotic mess to read, just staggered to an open end, without any cliffhanger or end of thought, it just stops. Very disappointing.
  • Great Book!

    5
    By MarkEden1793
    Great book about the early history of House Targaryen to the start of the reign of Aegon III.
  • Amazing

    5
    By Xzavier Robinson
    I don’t even read books and I can not put this one down.
  • Wishful thinking but…

    5
    By Demon Beastie
    I was hoping we’d get an official ending to GOT, and not the HBO version before any of the origin stories. 1.) Simply because reading origin stories just makes you want to go back and re-read, then watch the original again with the new information. IF the series is GOOD. Which needless to say, GOT is. That being said… I loved learning about the Dragon family and their original conquer. It’s odd how it doesn’t bother me when THEY marry brother to sister but when the Lannisters did it, it was weird. Here’s hoping Martin decides to write an origin story for the Starks, their north and the original story for The Wall. Someone told me once it was done by Ice Dragon, but I guess we’ll never know how true that is. The Wolves are just as magical, and interesting as The Dragons IMO. Wrapping it up, this is a MUST for any GOT fans!
  • Only for hardcore fans

    5
    By Misssssmerica
    This is a history book about the first Targaryen’s up until the end of the civil war that was their doom, the show “house of the dragon” is based on this book. If you want to know the truth of the show then read it, otherwise a waste of time. It’s written from the perspective of a maester writing a history book about the Targaryens. Which means it’s quite boring. They throw in enough sex and debauchery to keep people engaged but their is a serious lack or mystery or personality. It’s a history book remember. Dialogue is lacking and the endless names of lords and ladies is very boring. For hardcore fans like myself who prefer to read before watching shows it’s a great read. The civil war and tv show makes much more sense to me now. The redeeming quality: learning about the dragons of old and Aegon the conqueror. PS. After the civil war is over the book becomes useless but continues on for 100+ Pages
  • I could not put it down!

    5
    By J0282771
    I loved this book from start to end! You do have to really pay attention and sometimes even mark some names or note them to keep everyone in order but you start to get the order of things after a couple of chapters. I love the interconnected layers of story and characters that the author builds and creates and I love the unpredictability of his books! It’s a great read and hope we get a Vol II as George RR Martín has said he would likely do. Hopefully!! Bc i loved this book and would love a part 2!
  • Dazed and Confused.

    3
    By Epinay60
    Too long and confusing. It was repetitive.
  • Reads like an awful history book.

    1
    By jimmyg444
    This book is terrible. How many names can you list per page. Tried reading this twice, just couldn’t stomach it
  • Funnnny

    5
    By Kslate21
    This book without a doubt is fuuunnyyyy. I love MUSHROOM
  • Loved!

    5
    By Pigs&books
    Finished this in days, there are some differences from the hbo series but I really enjoyed reading and understanding the history of the targaryen dynasty!