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Fire and Blood: A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III as scribed by Archmaester Gyldayn - A Song of Ice and Fire (Hardback)
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Fire and Blood: A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III as scribed by Archmaester Gyldayn - A Song of Ice and Fire (Hardback)

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The first in a two-volume history like no other, stunningly illustrated throughout by Doug Wheatley. Welcome to the furious power of the last dragonlords and the bloodied chronicles of the Targaryens.

300 years before A Game of Thrones, dragons ruled Westeros.

From the masterly imagination behind A Game of Thrones - one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time and an unmissable HBO hit series - comes a definitive history of Westeros’s past as told by Archmaester Gyldayn.

Unravelling events that led to A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros. Revealing long-buried secrets and untold lasting enmity, it sets the scene for the next heart-stopping title in the series, The Winds of Winter.

300 years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, long before the schism that set the houses of Westeros at each other’s throats, one house ruled supreme and indomitable. House Targaryen, the house of the last remaining dragonlords.

After surviving the Doom of Valyria the Targaryen’s established themselves on Dragonstone. This volume traces their legendary lineage from Aegon the Conqueror to the bloody Dance of Dragons; a civil war that pitted Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra in a bitter conflict for the throne of their father, nearly wiping out the Targaryen dynasty forever.

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.

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 guide to Westeros’s past. Featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley this is an essential volume for any Game of Thrones fan’s library. For the first time the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008307738
Number of pages: 736
Weight: 1020 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 60 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Fire and Blood is a brilliant book...It is a masterpiece of popular history form... Despite its hundreds of characters and its 150-year time span it is vivid, memorable and personal.' - The Sunday Times

'(A) gore soaked, 300 year history of dragons and royalty, courtiers and commoners.' - The Daily Mail

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“Good back story but....”

I will confess I haven’t read the Game of Thrones series of books and have only watched the TV series but purchased this as I thought it would be a compelling read. It is interesting but instead of being a ‘story’ it... More

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“My book of the year!”

I utterly adored this book, could not put it down, and ended up reading it in about two days. The illustrations are beautiful, and the detail in the book is just so impressive. GRRM definitely still has the talent for... More

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“Illuminating”

Followers of A Game of Thrones whether the films or the books will know more or less what to expect; non-Westrosians will wonder what it's all about, for you I would say read the Game of Thrones books first. For... More

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