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Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)

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Simon Vance

26 Hours 25 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

November 2018

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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 & 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.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire & Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

Includes a bonus PDF of illustrations from the book

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  • Rob A.

    If you think (as I did) this will be written like the rest of the books, you will be disappointed. This is a history. There's not a lot of drama, suspense, or dialogue ... it's all from the perspective of people who recorded the events. Honestly, I think they could have given us a chart of the king's family from Aegon through his descendants, and it would have saved a lot of time. It was nice to hear a bit about the dragons when they were alive, but that was it. Also, if you (like me) are hoping to find out about the mysteries of Valyria (based on that summary above) - you will be sorely disappointed. There is one tale of a person (and a dragon) who "likely" went there and returned and what happened to their bodies ... that's it. If you loved Lord of the Rings and were disappointed when you read (or listened to) The Silmarillion, this will be the same. Sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    I loved the game. Only it would get stuck, pause (no sounds) for what seems like forever so I fast forwarded which meant I missed a lot. I really wish you all would check these audiobooks for mistakes. Thank you

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  • Ciara T.

    Great book TV series.

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  • Anonymous

    Can't listen to book. I used free credit and it doesn't work.

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  • Nicole T.

    Great addition to the world that George R. R. Martin has created; you get a thorough fleshing out of characters that have only been previously touched upon in other tellings. The only downside being that the book does focus too much on stories that have already been told in previous publications and it can often feel like a direct copy. While Roy Dotrice will be missed, it is refreshing to get a new "voice".

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