Fire and Blood

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.

Fire and Blood - George R.R. Martin & Doug Wheatley Summary

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Fire and Blood - George R.R. Martin & Doug Wheatley Book Reviews (219)


Fire and Blood-but no MEAT2 star

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. 25


Horrible time waster1 star

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. 15


Waste of time1 star

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 15


Oof...this hurts.2 star

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. 25

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Disappointing1 star

There is no story or character development. It could have been interesting, but if I’m going to read an extended appendix it might as well be from LOTR. 15



At no point did I feel drawn in to this book... For a fake-history book, It goes into excruciating detail on ridiculous things like; a character’s facial expression, design of boat/castle, and character’s personality. This book felt like fan fiction cloaked in history. In fact, it was painfully obvious that this book was written over years compiled of material patched together by GRRM. The narrator would digress mid paragraph and begin his 10-page explanation of something not related to the current story, leaving the reader thinking they may have accidentally flipped ahead. There were times I thought I was reading fan fiction from Elio and Linda. I would have been happier reading the U.S. Tax Code, than wasting time with GRRM’s desperate attempt to still be considered an author. Go pick up a Bible and leave this book where it be. 15


Mostly another rip-off1 star

Don’t buy this book. Find a way to get it some other way. Half of the content is already published in other novellas. The rest is uninspired. If you don’t read it you’re not missing much. GEORGE HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE? You have no kids. You’re a bajillionaire allready. Finish the [email protected]@@ series. Or let someone else write it for you. OR JUST BE HONEST with the folks who made you a bajillionaire allready, and admit what you’ve known for years now: you have no intention of finishing. Because it would shut off the TV money. I’m not buying another GRRM product. 15


It’s a nice read, but...5 star

Winds of Winter would be better, but beggers can’t be choosers. 55


Loved it.5 star

Can’t wait to read the next one. 55


History Book5 star

Brilliant, brilliant book. Written as a history book. If you don’t like books like the nature of Alexander by Mary Renault, you will not like this one. Wealth of information in this tome. Wish he had not cut it off for a second volume. Author is rather sadistic in that sense. The book is dense, I can’t believe he wrote this. I understand why it would take him so long. Sad I’ll have to wait forever for the second volume. 55

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