The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.
With all of the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling writer 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 live on the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, writer of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all of the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
What in point of fact happened all the way through the Dance of the Dragons? Why was once it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was once it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? These are but among 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 of 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, ceaselessly bloody, and at all times fascinating history of Westeros.