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Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (The Targaryen Dynasty:… (edition 2021)
by George R. R. Martin (Author)
Fire and Blood: A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III by George R. R. Martin
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A very impressive book. While I wished for a more character driven narrative hearing a maester of the citadel recount Westrosi history is quite a feast of tid bits and fun stories to think about and imagine. The narrator's bias is quite evident throughout which was a great detail to throw in and helped immerse me in the world.
A Song of Ice and Fire is one of my favorite fantasy series. But wow, this book was like reading an encyclopedia. You almost need a spreadsheet to keep straight who was aligned with who and who they were fighting against. But then you would have found out that would have been a waste of time because Martin would introduce characters, give a long introduction to them, their house, their history, and then in a page or two they were dead or completely forgotten as the story moved on.
This is primarily a history and reads like one, not so much as a novel. It is essential to understand the history of Westeros and the history behind Robert's Rebellion and the subsequent events of the books.
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A Song of Ice and Fire (prequel)
Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, FIRE AND BLOOD is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever. 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 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. 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.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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At this point, just cool to get more canon from GRRM.