Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin
Series: A Targaryen History Book 1
Length: 736 pages
Audiobook Length: 26 hours and 124 minutes
First Published: 2018
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.
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 & 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 Cruel’s 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.
Quotes from Fire & Blood
The vilest of men and the wickedest of women likewise may do good from time to time, for love and compassion and pity may be found in even the blackest of hearts.
The seeds of war are oft planted during times of peace.
The Iron Throne will go to the man who has the strength to seize it.
Thrones are won with swords, not quills. Spill blood, not ink.
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About George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin is the author of the bestselling A Game of Thrones series. He has a BS and MS in Journalism from Northwestern University and worked as a story editor and producer for televesion shows in the late 1980s. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit the author’s website →