Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game Of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song Of Ice And Fire)

  • Publish Date: 2018-11-20
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: George R. R. Martin
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe 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 HBOsGame of Thrones.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryenthe only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyriatook up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & 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 was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruels worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? 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 Gibbons The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood is thethe first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

Praise for Fire & Blood

Ilove itsomuch.Fire & Bloodis Martin Unbound . . . and I couldnt put it down. . . . Theres anaddictive quality to the prose thats outright gossipy.. . . The obvious comparison here is J.R.R. TolkiensThe Silmarillion. . . . Writing centuries after the events hes describing, theGyldayn voice complicates this game of thrones with a clash of perspectives and a storm of debatable facts.. . . Heavy stuff, butFire & Bloodflies.Entertainment Weekly

A masterpiece of popular historical fiction.The Sunday Times

The saga is a rich and dark one, full of both the titles promised elements. . . . Its hard not to thrill to the descriptions of dragons engaging in airborne combat, or the dilemma of whether defeated rulers should bend the knee, take the black and join theNights Watch, or simply meet an inventive and horrible end.The Guardian

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