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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 B 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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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 B 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.

30 review for Fire & Blood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    okay cool BUT WHAT ABOUT WINDS OF WINTER

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bookdragon Sean

    I have chosen to cast aside my frustrations over the long overdue Winds of Winter and to not let it affect my rating of this book. As annoyed as I am (and as annoyed as many of you are), I urge you to read and enjoy this for what it is. That's all we can do. And I surprised myself by writing these words because I honestly expected to write a review lamenting over the fact that we are still waiting for the sixth book in the series, and we will probably be waiting for a few more years to come. But I have chosen to cast aside my frustrations over the long overdue Winds of Winter and to not let it affect my rating of this book. As annoyed as I am (and as annoyed as many of you are), I urge you to read and enjoy this for what it is. That's all we can do. And I surprised myself by writing these words because I honestly expected to write a review lamenting over the fact that we are still waiting for the sixth book in the series, and we will probably be waiting for a few more years to come. But instead I was enthralled by the richness of the history and the lore associated with the Targaryen dynasty. In a way, it has reminded me why I love the series so much. These are the histories of all the long dead and crazy Kings and Queens we’ve heard our favourite characters dream about and wish they were. These are heroes and tyrants, these are noble lords and evil psychopaths. As Ser Barristan tells Daenerys in A Dance With Dragons: "King Jaehaerys once told me that madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. Every time a new Targaryen is born, he said, the gods toss the coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land." So there’s a rather eclectic bunch of characters chronicled here. And I can’t fault it whatsoever. For the three days I spent reading this I forgot the outside world existed as I learnt more about my favourite house. I loved hearing about Maegor the cruel, how he got his name and how absolutely ruthless he was towards his own family. Buffs of Westeros lore will know how he met his end; it is referenced a few times in A Game of Thrones so I’ve not bothered with a spoiler warning. But as ever with Martin’s world nothing is quite simple. His death appears straight forward, he was found with his wrists slit having died from exsanguination after cutting himself on the throne. Though this seems exceedingly suspicious; the man was a renowned warrior and tactician, he would not have gone down so easily and stupidly. Someone murdered him, no doubt, because of his tyrannical ways. His history, and that of Aegon’s original conquest, were the most interesting sections for me. The only other work of fantasy that is this ambitious is The Silmarillion. And of course Tolkien’s world is much more developed and finely crafted, but it’s important to realise that many fantasy realms are not even big enough to have such a platform as this. I can’t think of another living writer of fantasy whose world is so extensive that a book like this could be written (and written well.) And that sort of says a lot about how big this book is and how big this world is. It’s a fantastic addition to the A Song of Ice and Fire cannon. And it's a real achievement. Don’t let your frustrations get in the way of you reading it. Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Insta | Academia

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Well, let's just go read about some history & fire & blood & s•••! I loved it! I had to switch from my hardback to the Audible because I couldn't get into it at first. Simon Vance is one of the great narrators so he pulled me right into the book. At first I wasn't going to buy this book because I feel like many that he needs to finish the other books. BUT, after cancer, I can't wait around for shit. Life is too short and I will read what I want when I can so there you have it! And if Well, let's just go read about some history & fire & blood & s•••! I loved it! I had to switch from my hardback to the Audible because I couldn't get into it at first. Simon Vance is one of the great narrators so he pulled me right into the book. At first I wasn't going to buy this book because I feel like many that he needs to finish the other books. BUT, after cancer, I can't wait around for shit. Life is too short and I will read what I want when I can so there you have it! And if you don't like it or me, I don't care. Once again, life is too short to not do what you can manage and worry about people liking you for what you can do for them and their book reviews 😉 Took me a minute to get in my head some of the characters I know weren't going to pop up. I still loved it - BECAUSE DRAGONS - and stuff. So happy reading! Read what you can! Who cares what people think! Life is shorter than we think! Have fun peeps! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 PS-I forgot to say I loved the graphics throughout the book!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Like their dragons the Targaryens answered to neither gods nor men. Aegon the Conqueror brought fire and blood to Westeros. Daemon Blackfyre loved the first Daenerys, and rose in rebellion when denied her. Prince Duncan met and became smitten with the mysterious woman known only as Jenny of Oldstones (a witch, some say), and took her for his wife in defiance of his father the king. I love him, I truly do, I love him as much as Queen Naerys loved Prince Aemon the Dragonknight. He put Like their dragons the Targaryens answered to neither gods nor men. Aegon the Conqueror brought fire and blood to Westeros. Daemon Blackfyre loved the first Daenerys, and rose in rebellion when denied her. Prince Duncan met and became smitten with the mysterious woman known only as Jenny of Oldstones (a witch, some say), and took her for his wife in defiance of his father the king. I love him, I truly do, I love him as much as Queen Naerys loved Prince Aemon the Dragonknight. He put away his lance the day your lady mother wed your father. Afterward he became most pious, and was heard to say that only the Maiden could replace Queen Rhaella in his heart. A queen stayed there for a night. Alysanne, the wife of King Jaehaerys the Conciliator … The king had matters to discuss with his Warden of the North, and Alysanne grew bored, so she mounted her dragon Silverwing and flew north to see the Wall. Bittersteel and Bloodraven both loved Shiera Seastar, and the Seven Kingdoms bled. All was well until Rhaegar and Lyanna got involved, and ruined everything for everyone. That's ok though. I still love them. Prince Rhaegar loved his Lady Lyanna and thousands died for it. Rubies flew like drops of blood from the chest of a dying prince, and he sank to his knees in the water and with his last breath murmured a woman's name. I AM HERE FOR THIS. Fire and blood, baby.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    You're killing me, Smalls. Seriously, how hard can it be to wrap up the existing ASOIAF series???? Spoiler alert:

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    George R.R. Martin will publish Fire & Blood, the 640-page Game of Thrones history book no one asked for, this fall. Oh, did you want to read The Winds of Winter? Too bad That's how a News site announced this annoying News..How accurate is that ! Source :Chaim Gartenberg - The Verge Mohammed Arabey

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    All these people bitching about the next Song of Fire and Ice book and how Fire & Blood is just terrible and how could Martin do this to us? Seriously? I am more than a bit outraged about all this ungratefulness and bitchiness from people.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Irna

    GRRM IS NOT YOUR BITCH.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I'm equal parts side-eyeing and fangirling. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ 10% WARNING: This book is NOT a novel. It is written like a history book with no dialogue, and everything is all tell and no show. You're welcome. If you look at the reviews for this book, most of the reviews aren't about the book at all. 90% of the ones I glanced at were fans literally fighting with each other over how entitled they are to take the piss out of George R. R. Martin for publishing Targaryen fanfiction instead of WINDS OF Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ 10% WARNING: This book is NOT a novel. It is written like a history book with no dialogue, and everything is all tell and no show. You're welcome. If you look at the reviews for this book, most of the reviews aren't about the book at all. 90% of the ones I glanced at were fans literally fighting with each other over how entitled they are to take the piss out of George R. R. Martin for publishing Targaryen fanfiction instead of WINDS OF WINTER. And as both an author and a reader, I get it. As a reader, I've spent years, years, waiting for sequels to books I have enjoyed, only to sometimes see that the sequels are cancelled or eternally postponed after the author loses interest or the publisher does because it was a bust. And as a writer, I've also felt the frustration of being told to write sequels for books I have no time or inspiration to write (although my fan base is in the thousands and his is in the millions, and I'm not a full-time author, nor can I afford to be). There are always two sides to every issue, but I can definitely understand how his fans might be annoyed and betrayed when, after waiting years for WINDS OF WINTER, Martin comes out with a 600-plus page tome that's mostly irrelevant to the main story, even though it's set in the same world. Yeah, I'd probably be mad, too. In fact, I am mad - but for different reasons. In terms of the Game of Thrones fandom, I am a dilettante at best and utterly disinterested at worst. I've read the first two books in the series and they were okay. The parallels to the War of the Roses and politics are probably the best thing about them, as I found the writing subpar, and it appears to degrade as the books go on. In my review of the first book, A GAME OF THRONES, I write about the similarities the series has to many historical bodice-rippers of the 70s and 80s, and talk about the irony of how some of the book's staunchest fans are the same people who also frequently condemn romance novels and the "females" who read them, despite the fact that many of the OG bodice-rippers featured brutal heroes, a morally ambiguous cast of characters, and all kinds of physical and sexual violence, usually for revenge or for a political coup, but sometimes just to be a d*ck. I continue on that theme in my review of A CLASH OF KINGS, and then I got bored with the series. Part of the reason I wanted to read FIRE & BLOOD was because Daenerys Targaryen was my favorite character in the series. She also gets to go on the coolest adventures and she has three flipping dragons that she rides around like a BAMF. For a fantasy series that really doesn't have that much magic in it, this was a huge draw for me, a fan of the OG swords and sorcery brand of fantasy. Did I want to read more of the Targaryens and their dragons? Of course. So as soon as this book popped up on my radar a while back, I added it to my to-read list despite being done with the series because I was curious to read about the crazy, power-mad Targaryens and their hotbed of dragons and incest that could make even a Lanister blush. They always seemed like the most interesting House. Now that I've tried to actually read FIRE & BLOOD, I am disappointed. This book basically does what the SILMARILLION did for the Lord of the Rings series. It isn't a novel. It's written as nonfiction, with a pretentious AF index in the front of timelines, divided into tedious accounts of marriages and battles. It is NOT a novel, as I stated in my disclaimer at the top - at least, not a novel in the traditional sense. No, this is a novel masquerading as that dry history textbook that cost you $500 in college. You know the one that was so old, it was fabric bound and smelled of mildew? Yeah. And while the concept is interesting and I found myself reading further than I wanted to, it isn't sustainable. Not for 600+ pages. It's such a boring book, I couldn't believe that it would continue on in this vein for 600+ pages. So I skimmed ahead, looking for normal dialogue and narrative descriptions and - nope. It literally continues on in this manner for the full book. And lest you be suckered in by the promise of ILLUSTRATIONS on the cover, those aren't that impressive either. The artist isn't bad... but his art style isn't exactly attractive. Considering Martin's immense popularity, you'd have thought that he could have found an artist to bring the characters to life in a way that the book might be worth buying for the art alone. But no. There's better artwork to be had in the Official Game of Thrones Adult Coloring Book. 1 star

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mayim de Vries

    Yes, I have it. And yes, I want to read it. But I will read it if and only when A Song of Ice and Fire is finished. Thank you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Greg Bates

    Well done, GRRM. You may be a lazy sack of shit, but your trolling game is god-tier.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I tried to like this book. I really did. I stopped reading it because it wasn't what I was expecting. Picked it up again with a clear mind. Nope. Not for me. If you're expecting a narrative that tells you a story like the one in the Game Of Thrones seriew, beware this is not what you'll find in this book. Here you are going to find a fully packed chronology with tons of names (let it be places or peoples) that will hold your interest when it gets more narrative-y (I know this isn't a word) but th I tried to like this book. I really did. I stopped reading it because it wasn't what I was expecting. Picked it up again with a clear mind. Nope. Not for me. If you're expecting a narrative that tells you a story like the one in the Game Of Thrones seriew, beware this is not what you'll find in this book. Here you are going to find a fully packed chronology with tons of names (let it be places or peoples) that will hold your interest when it gets more narrative-y (I know this isn't a word) but that will kill you with boredom when it wants to cram a thousant details, names, places in a single page. Sorry, not what I was expecting, more confusing than amusing and not a book I want to keep on reading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Where The Winds of Winter tho???

  15. 5 out of 5

    Junkie for the Written Word

    What the actual mother fooping coconut flinging monkey finger shit is this? Hoooo my god. I think I'm having an aneurysm. I. have. waited. for... You know what, nevermind, nevermind. This is fine. FINE. This is great and grand and fabulous. This is perfectly OKAY because obviously NO ONE gives a flying floop about my opinion on the matter. I'm just going to be over here being perfectly FINE with this. (PS: Dear Mister George Arr Arr Martin sir, please finish this fucking series while my ovaries What the actual mother fooping coconut flinging monkey finger shit is this? Hoooo my god. I think I'm having an aneurysm. I. have. waited. for... You know what, nevermind, nevermind. This is fine. FINE. This is great and grand and fabulous. This is perfectly OKAY because obviously NO ONE gives a flying floop about my opinion on the matter. I'm just going to be over here being perfectly FINE with this. (PS: Dear Mister George Arr Arr Martin sir, please finish this fucking series while my ovaries are still young enough to give a shit about things. You started this series exactly one year before I graduated high school and I'd like to read the conclusion to it before my grandchildren do.) PPS: Take your vitamins you drawing junk out as long as possible son of a biscuit eater. EVERY DAY. TAKE THEM.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marquise

    Since most reviews out there are only complaints about the lack of TWOW, I thought I'd review the actual book. Three stars is perhaps a generous rating for the rather disappointing quality of the story, but it's mostly owing to the art and some parts of the story that were entertaining. The book purports to tell the history of the early Targaryen kings, from Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters to Aegon III, in 23 chapters that narrate the first part of their history as follows: 1. The first half o Since most reviews out there are only complaints about the lack of TWOW, I thought I'd review the actual book. Three stars is perhaps a generous rating for the rather disappointing quality of the story, but it's mostly owing to the art and some parts of the story that were entertaining. The book purports to tell the history of the early Targaryen kings, from Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters to Aegon III, in 23 chapters that narrate the first part of their history as follows: 1. The first half of the book is about Aegon I, Visenya and Rhaenys, telling their invasion of Westeros and how they conquered the Seven Kingdoms in four chapters. This part isn't new at all, it was already known from the World of Ice and Fire encyclopaedia. 2. The middle of the book is about the 50-years-long reign of Jaehaerys I, from his ascendance to the throne at age 14 to his death, and comprises seven chapters that tell the entire history of the king, his Queen Alysanne and their thirteen children. This part is mostly new material, as only a fraction of it was known, and in my opinion it's the most interesting and enjoyable part. 3. The second half of the book is about the Dance of the Dragons, narrating in seven chapters the entirety of the civil war over succession between Princess Rhaenyra and Aegon II, the children of Viserys I by his two different queens. This part is also already old news and lacking in novelty, it can be found in the encyclopedia as well as the novellas "The Princess and the Queen" and "The Rogue Prince." 4. The last part of the book is about the Regency during the minority of Aegon III after the Dance, telling the story of the rule of Cregan Stark until the last regent of the Council of Regents and Aegon III becoming of age to rule alone. This part is the most tedious, uninteresting and mostly self-indulgent. Not new, either. Taking the book as a whole, I'd say this isn't worth buying. It's exclusively for completists and ASOIAF history buffs who'll happy dance at the irrelevant bits of new information this contains, and maybe for Targaryen fans. Martin is no Tolkien, and it shows. Not only is the writing dry and rather just barely adequate but the worldbuilding is also lazy, all lifted from English (and European) history and reworked in such recognisable ways that it's hard not to see it as merely changing names and adding dragons. It's so mediocre that the author has resorted to simply taking historical rumours, like the one about Catherine the Great having relations with a horse, and giving it to a ruler in this book with no attempt at dissimulation or making it fresh and new. The lazy writing shows in the names as well, such as Saera (Sara), Aemma (Emma), Helaena (Helena), Larra (Lara)... The anger of the fandom becomes more understandable seeing we're fed subpar bits like this that aren't worth it. Personally, I'm rating it higher than I would otherwise only for the illustrations, as Wheatley's art doesn't deserve to be castigated with low ratings for the writer's shortcomings, and for the Jaehaerys I & Alysanne portion, the only part I liked and from where I got an idea or two to chew on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mirta (secretlifeofapotterheadgirl)

    Me: News about “Winds of Winter”? GRRM: Do you want a new book in the series? Me: YES, totally! GRRM: No problem, a new book is scheduled for this autumn? Me: “Winds of Winter” will be released this autumn?!? GRRM: ahahah, no no poor child of summer! A book about Targaryen history! Me: And “Winds of Winter”? GRRM: This is about Targaryen. And dragons. Me: D R A G O N S GRRM:... well? Me: WINDS OF WINTER CAN WAIT GIVE ME THIS BOOK

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary Deacon

    I can sum up this book in just one word: Hellmotherfuckinyes!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    YES! YES!!!! Book-orgasm ova here!! (Book-gasm) Holy crap!!! So Excited!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Matthew

    Lord!! Have Mercy on my Soul!! A Whole Goddamn Story on the Targaryens!!I really like the cover:).I have no problem bending the knee for this one!!!LoL

  21. 4 out of 5

    leynes

    I know over half of the fandom is throwing a hissy fit over the fact that George decided to release Fire and Blood instead of working on/releasing Winds of Winter; but let's simply disregard these entitled fools with the wise words of Neil Gaiman: "George R.R. Martin is not your bitch." So you can rave all you want and waste your time by spreading negativity over a book you haven't even read, but I for my part cannot fucking relate. Fire and Blood is an amazing piece of work that does for the Wo I know over half of the fandom is throwing a hissy fit over the fact that George decided to release Fire and Blood instead of working on/releasing Winds of Winter; but let's simply disregard these entitled fools with the wise words of Neil Gaiman: "George R.R. Martin is not your bitch." So you can rave all you want and waste your time by spreading negativity over a book you haven't even read, but I for my part cannot fucking relate. Fire and Blood is an amazing piece of work that does for the World of Ice and Fire what The Silmarillion did for Tolkien's Arda. It is an incredibly rich and detailed account of the lore of the world, the wars that were fought and the kings that ascended the throne, whether they were worthy of it, cruel or mad. Fire and Blood details, as the title suggests, the history of the Targaryen Kings; this first volume spans the time from the reign of Aegon the Conqueror to his sixth successor Aegon III, who sat the Iron Throne 130 years after Aegon the Dragon and his sisters first set foot on Westerosi soil. The skeleton of this history was already written down by George in his The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros, but whereas this interesting chapter of Westerosi history only got the space of a mere 50 pages in said work, Fire and Blood gives us 700 of them. So even though there are some repetitions (and even whole passages) that were taken from the preceding work, Fire and Blood broadens the facts we already know to be true and ensnares them in a highly engaging epic. Many of the heroes whose songs are sung in this book will be familiar to attentive fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, as they are referenced there many a times. Those are the people whom our beloved characters aspire to be, to whom they look up to, even 300 years later. One of my favorite stories in Westerosi history will forever be the Conquest. I don't know why but Aegon, Visenya and Rhaenys seem so life-like to me, and all the battles they fought to subdue the Seven Kingdoms are pretty fucking epic. I like to call them the Triumvirate of Savageness. ;) When Aegon let Harren know that his "line shall end ... for dragons fly", I was quaking in my seat, and fly they did, indeed. I hope the GoT prequel will do them justice. But as much as I love the Conqueror, my true alliances (and my heart) lie with King Jaehaerys I and his wife, the Good Queen Alysanne. Prior to reading Fire and Blood, I paid both of them no mind, but now I'll never forget them. They are one of my all-time favorite characters. Jaehaerys ascended the throne in 48 AC at the age of fourteen to rule the Seven Kingdoms for the next fifty-five years until his death of natural causes in 103 AC. What a mood! Archmaester Umbert famously declared that Aegon the Dragon and his sisters conquered the Seven Kingdoms, but it was Jaehaerys the Conciliator who truly made them one. And all that I will say about Jaehaerys here is that he really was that bitch: when his court and own mother forbid him to wed his sister (for fear that the Faith would rise in rebellion against them, as they had in Aenys's time), Jaehaerys and Alysanne flew their dragons to Dragonstone to be secretly wed there, heeding neither counsel nor warning; J wanted A to rule beside him (“Aegon had no secrets from Rhaenys and Visenya, and I have none from Alysanne”), and many of the more progressive laws (especially in regards to the protection of women) sprung from her ideas. I love both of them more than life itself. So overall, Fire and Blood is a highly rewarding read if you're a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire and would like to deepen your knowledge of the world and its history. Despite its length, it's an incredibly easy and quick read that will keep you on the edge of your seat (or have you literally quaking in it). However, I couldn't give it five stars due to some silly repetitions that speak of lazy editing (e.g. the last three sentences of one chapter were repeated 1:1 at the beginning of the next chapter for no reason at all) and the fact that certain chapters were written with much less love than others. In my opinion, the whole Dance of the Dragons could have been written in a more engaging way, since it's one of Westeros's most interesting and bloody chapters, but it fell kind of flat in here. Oh well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Yes. This is what I want. Give me all the dry exposition about dead Targs

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Rapsodia

    So we are still waiting for Winds of winter. Probably will read it tough.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    It’s important to know that this is really for fans who want to know more about the history of Westeros, and all the many and tangled political intrigues of the various houses of the seven kingdoms. One part history, one part storytelling, and big dollop of gossip (Thanks to Mushroom) this is the most entertaining world building fan services I’ve ever read. But that’s all it is. There are no secret Easter eggs that hint at the ending of the main series or any substantial link to the characters o It’s important to know that this is really for fans who want to know more about the history of Westeros, and all the many and tangled political intrigues of the various houses of the seven kingdoms. One part history, one part storytelling, and big dollop of gossip (Thanks to Mushroom) this is the most entertaining world building fan services I’ve ever read. But that’s all it is. There are no secret Easter eggs that hint at the ending of the main series or any substantial link to the characters of that series. It’s fun and insightful peek behind the pretty curtain of history. Where legendary figures are shown to be people with flaws and depths. And yes, at times, striking similarities to their descendants and the events of the current series. If anything it serves to deepen the themes of the series that Martin seems to be driving at, interrogating the mythology of nobility, imperialism, and power structures that are founded on blood and fire. This was everything I wanted and more. My only complaint is I have to wait for the next volume. PS People saying this is just copied and pasted from The World of Ice and Fire are right and wrong. It covers events that are also chronicled in “the history of the known world,” but this book is focused on the reigns of the Targaryen royal family, significant events and all the players involved. This is heavily detailed and gives a great deal more depths to the characters. So while we know what happened, this book provides better insight into why and how. And takes away a lot of the glamor to show just how fucked up and horrifying the legendary battles and struggles for power were.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ian D

    Note to self: Don't hate this book just because it'll be published before Winds of Winter.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gumble's Yard

    What this book is: Proof that George Martin is capable of chronologically linear and single situation focused storylines – and even capable of walking away from plots Proof that George Martin has a good sense of humour including at his own expense – on a number of occasions a reference is made to some intriguing and developing story on Essos and the Free Cities only for the narrator of this history to say “this is not the time to tell that story” – if only a certain Mr Martin had heeded that advic What this book is: Proof that George Martin is capable of chronologically linear and single situation focused storylines – and even capable of walking away from plots Proof that George Martin has a good sense of humour including at his own expense – on a number of occasions a reference is made to some intriguing and developing story on Essos and the Free Cities only for the narrator of this history to say “this is not the time to tell that story” – if only a certain Mr Martin had heeded that advice, the Meereneese Knot may have been avoided and the books may not have been overtaken by the television series A very well written history book (albeit of course a fictional one). My main reading is dominated by literary fiction and history non-fiction – particular periods that interest me are the Wars of the Roses and late Republican/early imperial Rome (two periods whose overlap with the fictional world George Martin is creating attracted me to the ASoIaF series in the first place). One difficulty history books face is how to deal with their often contradictory and unreliable sources as well as the different interpretations given to those sources by previous historians (perhaps with their own biases). One approach is to sacrifice historical accuracy for readability and to simply pick an interpretation and reproduce it as being beyond dispute. Another approach sacrifices readability for accuracy and spends more time discussing the different sources and poins scoring against other historians and academics than actually describing the history. The best approaches mention the controversies – considers what may have motivated different sources to have provided their interpretations and looks for what the most likely real underlying historical story is that may have produced those different interpretations – all in an entertaining way which further engages and entertains rather than alienates and excludes the amateur reader. Martin has clearly read some well written historical non-fiction books and has reproduced those in his fictional history. What this book is not (and should have been) – Winds of Winter

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eirini Proikaki

    Φωτιά και αίμα λέγεται το έπος του Μάρτιν με την ιστορία των Ταργκάρυεν και πραγματικά μιλάμε για πολύ φωτιά κι ακόμα περισσότερο αίμα. Η ιστορία ξεκινάει με τον Aegon τον Κατακτητή και τελειώνει με τη βασιλεία του Aegon του τρίτου, περίπου 130 χρόνια μετά.Για την υπόλοιπη ιστορία ,μέχρι τη βασιλεία του Aerys του Τρελού,θα πρέπει να περιμένουμε τον δεύτερο τόμο(αν ζούμε μέχρι να κυκλοφορήσει,Μάρτιν είναι αυτός😂). Το χρονικό των Ταργκάρυεν δεν θα μπορούσε παρα να είναι ένα βιβλίο χορταστικό,γεμάτο Φωτιά και αίμα λέγεται το έπος του Μάρτιν με την ιστορία των Ταργκάρυεν και πραγματικά μιλάμε για πολύ φωτιά κι ακόμα περισσότερο αίμα. Η ιστορία ξεκινάει με τον Aegon τον Κατακτητή και τελειώνει με τη βασιλεία του Aegon του τρίτου, περίπου 130 χρόνια μετά.Για την υπόλοιπη ιστορία ,μέχρι τη βασιλεία του Aerys του Τρελού,θα πρέπει να περιμένουμε τον δεύτερο τόμο(αν ζούμε μέχρι να κυκλοφορήσει,Μάρτιν είναι αυτός😂). Το χρονικό των Ταργκάρυεν δεν θα μπορούσε παρα να είναι ένα βιβλίο χορταστικό,γεμάτο μάχες και ίντριγκες και φυσικά...δράκους! Δυσκολεύτηκα να μπω στον ρυθμό του στην αρχή γιατί πραγματικά οι πληροφορίες ,τα γεγονότα,τα πρόσωπα,πέφτουν βροχή και με έπιασε μια μικρή απελπισία. Το ξεπέρασα όμως γρήγορα και αφού σκέφτηκα οτι δεν πρόκειται να δώσω εξετάσεις,απόλαυσα το βιβλίο χωρίς να προσπαθώ να συγκρατήσω την κάθε λεπτομέρεια. Αγαπημένο μου κομμάτι του βιβλίου ,η βασιλεία του Jaehaerys I και της Alysanne.Πιο δύσκολα για να τα παρακολουθήσω ήταν η Κατάκτηση, και ο Χορός των Δράκων οπου απο ένα σημείο και μετά ζαλίστηκα με τις μάχες και τις αντιδικίες και δεν ήξερα ποιος ζει και ποιος πεθαίνει πια.Έχανε η μάνα το παιδί και το παιδί τη μάνα😂.Παρ'όλα αυτα το βιβλίο το ευχαριστήθηκα,δεν βαρέθηκα καθόλου παρά τον όγκο του ,και μόλις τελείωσε θα ήθελα πάρα πολύ να έχω και το επόμενο μέρος και να συνεχίσω το ταξίδι μου στο Westeros.

  28. 5 out of 5

    David

    I’m adding a new shelf just for this: “George RR Martin books that aren’t Winds of Winter.” Yes, I’m a bit salty. I get he owes us fans nothing. But I don’t owe him the time to read a 640 or something page prequel for an incomplete (and never to be complete) series. Call me when the series is done. At least we have the show!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bhavik (Semi Hiatus)

    Bitch release WOW first! Meanwhile fanboys at the fact there's more Targaryens story and moar dragons

  30. 4 out of 5

    Celise

    Yes, please.

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