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Summary

Centuries before A Game of Thrones, an even greater game began, one that set the skies alight with dragon flame and saw the Seven Kingdoms turned to ash.  

So began the Targaryens’ bloody rule, with fire and blood. Setting brother against brother, mother against daughter, and dragon against dragon. Chronicled by a learned maester of the Citadel, this thrilling and bloody history of Westeros tells the story of where the battle for the Iron Throne began....

This audio edition now includes an exclusive interview between George R.R. Martin and historian Dan Jones.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 George R.R. Martin (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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pretty bad actually

Needlessly complicated, lazy and thoroughly unentertaining.
I loved a song of Ice and fire, so this book was a bit of a disappointment unfortunately.
I really didn't enjoy the third person style of writing, I found that it took away all immersion.
it almost seems like the author was being paid per character that he creates to then kill off three paragraphs later, in this book characters died before you even fully comprehend who they are.
please don't get this book thinking that you will get anywhere near the same amount of entertainment value that you may have got out of a song of Ice and fire.

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The epic story of house Targaryen

This is not a novel so it might not be for everyone but I loved it. It covers the House Targaryen from Aegon the Conqueror to the end of the regency of Aegon iii it shows both sides of the Targaryen coin the greatness and the madness. from the hideous tyranny of maegor to the genius of Jaehaerys I found myself really caring about the characters and being moved by the tragedy that was the dance of the dragons. excellent narration by Simon Vance also made this an enjoyable listen I would highly recommend.

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Dull! Avoid

performance is excellent! That's where the praise ends.

The book is essentially cliff notes and a wireframe. it's bloody dull and has practically no story and adds little to nothing to the intrigue to the main story.

With quotes directly from the lord of the rings, it is clear that Martin is attempting to flesh out his world in the same manor as Tolkien, and it comes across forced, boring and disingenuous.

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Truly Excellent

Although I was initially disappointed to hear about the announcement of Fire and Blood, wanting George R.R. Martin to focus on the Winds of Winter, I could not be more satisfied with this release. This is an excellent account of the history of the Targaryen reign, that isn't just a plain recounting of events. Told through the perspective of a maester and the use of different and often unreliable sources makes that world feel far more alive and engrossing. Introducing new favourite characters to me, from King Jaehaerys and Corlys Velaryon, I can't wait for the next book to come out!

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Hard Work compared to the game of thrones

Found this to be confusing and hard work compared to the game of thrones and can't really say it adds to the books. He should have spent the time finishing the Game of Thrones first!!

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History in George RR Martins own style

I know a number of people have not enjoyed this. It is true that it lays out the family history. I am not one who generally likes being given historical facts whether they be real or fiction. But this has the same sense and feel that was given to The Game of Throne series and each individual has been given his or her own personality. I like the 'evidence' or 'non evidence' for how things came to be, giving the book it's own sense of reality. I loved listening to Roy Dotrice telling the Game of Thrones and Simon Vance is also an excellent narrator. Would like the other books to be finally published and narrated!! Come on George! Love the TV series but there is so much more colour in the books and would love for those who can't see to be able to hear it all!

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Lists of names

Purchased this as I enjoyed The Song of Ice and Fire books and have read all of them.
Sadly I don’t think that this ‘history’ ever really gets going and all too often reverts to filling the pages by listing hundreds of fictional characters who are irrelevant to the story.
Personally I think that it compares very badly with the Silmarillion despite sharing the same goal of wishing to provide historical context to the stories. Completing the primary story would have been a better undertaking

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A struggle

Struggling with this one. Thought it would be a ripping yarn like GoT - NO

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Feels like a very long history lesson

Although there's no denying the splendid imagination of the story, I really feels like work listening to this book. I struggled to get to the end (which was pretty abrupt and didn't tie into anything).

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Excellent excellent excellent

Excellent!!!! If you are familiar with GRRM Novellus such as The Princess and the Queen, The Rouge Prince and The Book of Swords then you will be able to dive into this books utter brilliance and complete detail without looking back. If you are only familiar with the works of Game of Thrones rather than the whole ASOIAF world then I would 100% recommend you read the “World Book” before you read this or at least have it to hand so you can reference maps, family tree and facts as it can get rather confusing
(I have been a complete geek and I have the beautiful hard copy with the maps, illustrations and family tree and I have downloaded it on Audible as Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Smith do a wonderful job of narrating)
In fact having the Targaryen family tree to hand is incredibly useful while reading this regardless to how familiar you are of any of GRRM works because it’s just so damned confusing which makes for all the better reading! Thank you so much Mr Martin this was completely amazing!

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  • 27-03-19

Very good , well read and detailed

Its written very well and positioned from the perspective of a narrator - historian . Nice fresh approach that makes you wonder how much is true. It puts a lot of perspective to the original Ice and fire saga.
Very amusing and never dull.

One downside : it ends closely after the civil war: Dance of Dragons events. Thus its a bit misleading because you expect the whole story until Aerys II.

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  • 16-01-19

More of a chore than a pleasure!

I'm a big fan of George R R Martin, but found this book heavy going. Despite the excellent narration, I was left feeling I needed a pen and paper in order to take notes in an effort to track character, dates and events!

I was relieved when the book finished and hope I never hear Mushroom quoted again!

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  • 16-01-19

OK for pseudo-history buffs ...

... but not so good if you were wanting a story like the GoT series. No one can fault Mr Martin when it comes to the depth and scale of his universe, but I really prefer his story-telling prowse. Nevertheless, it's well narrated and structured.

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  • Erik
  • 30-07-22

Fantastic!

If you often find yourself looking up the lore and history of and behind obscure details as well as major events in whatever media you are consuming this book was made for you. I loved every chapter of this fictional history and was sad to have it end so far before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire.

The exploration of different sources and unreliable narrators made the story feel fresh and immersive, made all the better by the excellent narration by Simon Vance. His voice was made for this book.

If you have zero interest in the history before A Song of Ice and Fire you might find ths book dull and skip it, I would strongly recommend to give it a chance anyway since it’s truly fantastic.

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  • Tyler
  • 17-04-22

country specific?

why are so many books specific to a country? I've found a lot of these books that I've wanted to listen to, most of these are a part of popular book or TV series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-21

AWESOME! Can hardly wait for part 2

If you love History and Fantasy, you'll love "Fire & Blood"!
But if you're not into History and/or Fantasy, this book is not for you.
This isn't an ordinary novel. In fact, it's not a novel at all. It's a fantastic fictional History.
Which is to say: it reads like a History book.
If you're not into that, stay away.
This isn't Historical Fiction either.
It's a fictional History book, about imaginary events in an unreal world, with dragons and other Fantasy elements.

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  • seamus
  • 18-12-20

Return to form.

I feel like main series has gotten steadily waffly as it has gone on, but this book 100% gold. All the little threads and backstories give so muich depth to the rest of the world & inhabitants of Westeros. It really pulls things together. Its like the main books are full of jokes and this one has all the punchlines.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-20

Must ready for Ice and Fire fans

Amazing book. great Narration. it was a pleasure to read. loved it. must read for all fans.

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  • JustGotWicked
  • 01-07-20

More wonderful works building from GRRM

Fire and Blood is a very unique book giving long time ASOIAF fans a great depth of back story to our main plot in the series.
This book stands on it's own in terms of story, but it ads later upon later to GRRM's other works in the series.
Can't wait for part 2, and the tv series that will be made from this.
Also looking forward to The Winds of Winter more than any other book in my life.
5 stars. Give it a chance and you will not regret it at all....

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  • Hadas
  • 11-11-19

i loved it

however, it is not a story.
it is just like a measter book, telling the interesting tells of the first few Targeariens! very fun. if u enjoy learning about song of ice and fire history you would love it!