Fire and Blood
By George R.R. Martin & Doug Wheatley
- Release Date: 2018-11-20
- Genre: Epic
Fire and Blood George R.R. Martin & Doug Wheatley Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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.
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A fantasy that’s welcome ,hbo are you paying attention?
By david haight
What’s there to say that hasn’t been said already. I just hope hbo does this “prequel” justice unlike the massacre that was the final season of g.o.t. , the Targaryen bloodline is fascinating and the clever politics that are displayed in martins writings hold a parallel to any modern societal family in power,wether that be politics,entertainment,economically powerful groups.
I like millions of others ,I will cherish the fantasy world that Martin has created...a little of us can relate and even see characteristics of ourselves in every character. This is an excellent tale that breaks the monotony of our robotic society. I just wish I had a fantasy time machine to see it all unfold. Thank you George for giving me over a decade of enjoyment.
Not a shining literary moment
Could not Finnish this book... So dry and uninspired, just the facts. Flat disappointing.
Don’t waste your money or time. Book is boring. I
stopped half way through to read the reviews and see if I was missing something. I wasn’t it’s just lame.
Fire and Blood.
Huge disappointment! This book reads like the book of Numbers in the Bible. Endless trail of names and mayhaps, unrelated rabbit holes. It is a maddening mess with only brief interludes of coherent consistent story line.
Very long and dry. A book presented more like a long list of characters than a story. Reminiscent of the part of the Bible with all the begats lol
As a fan of the GoT series I absolutely love this book, I realize a lot of people don’t like this because it’s written more as a history book instead of going in detail with each character. But while it doesn’t go j to as much detail with each character it still tells the beginning of Targaryen rule wonderfully. It has lore, story, twists and turns everywhere. It gets you to feel love and hatred and sympathy for characters in such a small amount of time. If you want to learn more of the history of the history behind our favorite series this is definitely a must. If you’re not into history books so much maybe just sample it and buy it if you you like it, otherwise just wait for the next book/season to come out.
By Strange Highways
More of a history book than a novel but, was hard to put down once I got started.
By Dead Carl
Terrible book. I was expecting an action-packed thriller, instead I got a boring, fictional history of Westeros. Admittedly I only read 100 or so pages, but it was like reading the Old Testament.
Way better than I expected it to be. Can’t wait for the second book!!!!!
I’ve read all of sweet George’s books. He is so talented. But have to say, why let HBO tell your story before u can?!! FIRE AND BLOOD was decent but why not finish the SONG OF ICE AND FIRE first?!!
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