Fire and Blood

A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III , #1

Hardcover, 719 pages

Published Nov. 20, 2018 by Harper Voyager Harper Collins Publishers.

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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 …

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reviewed Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin (A Targaryen History, #1)

First part of the history of the Targaryens

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This book tells half of the history of the Targaryens from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III. It's not written as a novel, but as a history book by one of the archmaesters of the Citadel in Oldtown. So it's very different from the novels of the main series, with no dialogues and characters' introspection. Nevertheless, it's a very interesting and entertaining reading, at least for a fan of the ASOIAF series. Sometimes all the names of lords, regents, kings and queens are a bit overwhelming and it's kind of challenging to remember who sides with whom and who's related to whom, in particular in the chapters about the Dance of the Dragons. For the Targaryens, the family tree at the end of the book was really helpful. Finally, the illustrations are very beautiful.

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