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

Fire and Blood

By George R.R. Martin & Doug Wheatley

  • Release Date: 2018-11-20
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4
From 1,418 Ratings


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.


  • GOT is the GOAT

    By Aoberes8
    Love GRRM books
  • Amazing

    By 3alyafff
    I love his writing :’) so beautiful
  • A great addition to the series we’ve come to love so much!

    By ThatGuy1966
    A fantastic read. I loved every page.
  • 700 pages of nonsense

    By OU_Goof
    I love Game of Thrones. This book took me nearly a year to finish. The first 100-150 pages are decent, about Aegon the Conquerer, and gives decent back story regarding things in the series. The rest is written like a giant run-on sentence with characters who don’t matter and have names so similar, that even if they did matter, you can’t keep them straight. I gave this two stars and I’m not mad that I read it, but this could have been much better.
  • Meh

    By Martell_Mania
    Tries to create a Silmarillion-like mythos. Fails. Doesn’t even broach the days leading to Robert’s Rebellion. Only successfully points out that Targaryen’s are fickle, freakish, incestous weirdos-whose only real power comes from the fact that for a time, they have a bigger gun.
  • Just and endless list of names with gruwsome deaths

    By Northernettle
    Nothing in this list sparks interest. Grrm is well known for finding intricate ways of getting rid of one’s competitors. In this book he forgot to build affection between the reader and the character to be killed before the stroke lands. Seems like an endless list of meaningless deaths.
  • A fantasy that’s welcome ,hbo are you paying attention?

    By david haight
    What’s there to say that hasn’t been said already. I just hope hbo does this “prequel” justice unlike the massacre that was the final season of g.o.t. , the Targaryen bloodline is fascinating and the clever politics that are displayed in martins writings hold a parallel to any modern societal family in power,wether that be politics,entertainment,economically powerful groups. I like millions of others ,I will cherish the fantasy world that Martin has created...a little of us can relate and even see characteristics of ourselves in every character. This is an excellent tale that breaks the monotony of our robotic society. I just wish I had a fantasy time machine to see it all unfold. Thank you George for giving me over a decade of enjoyment.
  • Not a shining literary moment

    By Bonaiglan
    Could not Finnish this book... So dry and uninspired, just the facts. Flat disappointing.
  • Boring

    By hunterj7
    Don’t waste your money or time. Book is boring. I stopped half way through to read the reviews and see if I was missing something. I wasn’t it’s just lame.
  • Fire and Blood.

    By Nuatatud
    Huge disappointment! This book reads like the book of Numbers in the Bible. Endless trail of names and mayhaps, unrelated rabbit holes. It is a maddening mess with only brief interludes of coherent consistent story line.