Fantasy, High Fantasy
George R.R. Martin
A Targaryen History, Book # 1
November 20th, 2018
August 29, 2019 September 26, 2019
From the masterly imagination behind A Game of Thrones - one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time and an unmissable HBO hit series - comes a definitive history of Westeros’s past as told by Archmaester Gyldayn.
Unravelling events that led to A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros. Revealing long-buried secrets and untold lasting enmity, it sets the scene for the heart-stopping series conclusion, The Winds of Winter.
300 years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, long before the schism that set the houses of Westeros at each other’s throats, one house ruled supreme and indomitable. House Targaryen, the house of the last remaining dragonlords.
After surviving the Doom of Valyria the Targaryen’s established themselves on Dragonstone. This volume traces their legendary lineage from Aegon the Conqueror to the bloody Dance of Dragons; a civil war that pitted Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra in a bitter conflict for the throne of their father, nearly wiping out the Targaryen dynasty forever.
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.
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 guide to Westeros’s past. Featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley this is an essential volume for any Game of Thrones fan’s library. For the first time the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.
About the book
Fire and Blood is a book that not all people would like. It seems an historic book in which kings and queens’ tales are narrated. And this is what I like about the book. I’ve always loved History especially ancient one, Romans, Greeks and all that ancient populations that inhabited Europe a long time ago, so reading about this fantasy world that I loved so much, it was just a good reading.
Yes, it took me a while to read it but I had only two hours or less in a day to dedicate to books.
There isn’t a lot to say about this book. It’s a book that talks about facts that we haven’t read about in the main series, but we know they happened in the past because there are references in the main books. It talks about my favourite family, the Targaryen, with their dragons and the conquest of Westeros by Aegon the Conqueror. And about his family that sometimes it’s crazy, but that’s what I like about them.
I recommend this book to those who really love this series, who read all Martin’s books (and not because they watched the TV series , yes I have a love/hate relationship with the TV series, which I didn’t finished) and those who like history, because that’s what it is. It seems like the book that Westeros kids use to study their history (if kids go to school in this world).
A small diversion waiting for the sixth book that Mr. Martin will never write…