Audiobooks Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones (a Targaryen History) –

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work, the inspiration for HBO s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon The thrill of Fire Blood is the thrill of all Martin s fantasy work familiar myths debunked, the whole trope table flipped Entertainment Weekly 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 apartWhat 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 featuringthan 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 the first volume of the definitive two part history of the Targaryens, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros Praise for Fire Blood A masterpiece of popular historical fiction The Sunday Times The saga is a rich and dark one, full of both the title s promised elements It s hard not to thrill to the descriptions of dragons engaging in airborne combat, or the dilemma of whether defeated rulers should bend the knee, take the black and join the Night s Watch, or simply meet an inventive and horrible end The Guardian