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
Score: 4
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From 466 Ratings

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

  • Don’t bother reading

    1
    By Mark Serena
    Mainly a re-packaging of what was already written in his “The World of Ice & Fire”. Very little original material.
  • Fire and Blood

    5
    By Rudithecat
    From the beginning til the end this book kept me entertained as only a prequel to the Game of Thornes could do. Reading it again to see what I missed the first reading.
  • Fire and Blood

    3
    By TBarry300
    Interesting but not the storytelling we’re used to. This not a novel - it’s a history book
  • If you read world of ice and fire, you can skip this

    4
    By sts1987
    The book is a little too similar at times to world of ice and fire, but did flesh out the history.
  • Lazy and useless

    2
    By tc_sting
    So if you’ve read the actual series then this book will make sense, character, landscape, and general tone wise. That is where the good ends. This book is lazy and unnecessary. It reads like a Wikipedia, simple, non commitment to character development, plot intrigue, nor particular social analysis. The plot is emotionally void and forgettable. Most the elements seem to be stolen straight from Russian and English royalty history and simply re worded and renamed. The challenge with a product like this is it is a clear cash grab and makes one wonder if the author ever really wrote the actual series or did he stumble across novels of someone else’s work and simply stole that too. As a popular line says: shame. Shame. Shame.
  • Fire and Blood

    3
    By ErinBobaron
    Intriguing, but character development falls short of what I’ve come to expect from Martin. I would have rather read Winds of Winter.
  • Fire and Blood-but no MEAT

    2
    By cherylsgoodies
    I LOVE the original series of books, but this seems a non-fleshed out history book. It just retells what happened. While you may get why people do what they do, it’s in a basic sense- not the fully realized and emoted way the original series paints landscapes of lives. It’s just kind of FLAT. You know who is flying which dragon where, and a very basic why - but not the feelings involved. Feels like he gave this to the fans because he had to give them SOMETHING.
  • Horrible time waster

    1
    By Artinobil
    GRRM can’t finish the real saga he started, unlike true hall of fame fantasy writers like E Howard and Tolkien. He should step aside and let a professional like Sanderson finish it, GRRM just doesn’t want to admit he is a hack who can’t finish. His inability to write is threatening to destroy his legacy.
  • Waste of time

    1
    By zordacme
    Doubt if George Martin contributed much. Just a chronology of what happened before game of thrones. Doesn’t even get up to start of thrones saga. No reason to care about any character in the book. Don’t bother
  • Oof...this hurts.

    2
    By WestCoastIsBestCoast
    If you’re already into the books AND you are ASoIaF completist, you’ll most likely find some joy in reading this book. If you’re just a book reader who is into the main series and not all the tertiary short stories and novellas, I suggest checking it out in a library or B&N before buying. It is dry. Very dry. “The World of Ice and Fire” is more interesting. Wish this was Winds, and I understand the mob of readers with pitchforks in their hands about yet another book that isn’t advancing the core story. The hate George gets about not publishing Winds on time is counterproductive; does he owe us the story? How would you like to see fans of your work turn on you? If you didn’t need to write another sentence again and could retire comfortably, you might consider giving the people who think you’re their puppet the finger. Best to keep the moaning to a low grumble.