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Fire & Blood
Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) | George R. R. Martin
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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 HBOs Game of Thrones. Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryenthe only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyriatook 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 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 Cruels 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. 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 Gibbons 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.
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kelli7990
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Mehso-so

This is my review for Fire And Blood. I found parts of this book interesting and other parts kind of boring so I would say that it‘s probably better to just skip this book and just read The World Of Ice And Fire. The next book I want to read is The World Of Ice And Fire because I heard that it‘s really good and I will probably like it more than Fire And Blood.

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Tianarose
Mehso-so

Ok, I made it through! Man I really doubt that I would have even given this a chance had I not already been a lover of game of throne, or had I attempted to read the physical book. I found it hard to follow, so many things and people to keep track of.

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kelli7990
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I ordered a 4 inch #ironthronereplica from #amazon with my gift card that I got for Christmas. It looks nice with the book #fireandblood that I just started reading and it came in a cool box that I can store it in when I bring out my Christmas decorations every year. This book was written like a history book but I already knew that it would be. I‘m currently reading the first chapter and it‘s interesting.

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Tianarose
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One week in and over halfway through. I need a family tree keep them all straight. Wowzers.

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Tianarose
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My new audiobook choice! 26hrs!!

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cerijones
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Bought this for myself at the end of last year but have been putting off reading it as its just sooo big! But tonight i finished my goodreads challenge so decided now would be the perfect time to tackle this in between challenges!

Velvetfur Oh, me too, it's just sitting there on the pile and I keep looking at it thinking, "what do we say to the god of chunksters? Not today!" ? 2mo
cerijones Haha yeah i have finally bit the bullet now and started it. Thought it was good timing really since ive achieved my goodreads goal for this year so this one will either take me over my goal or be the first one ticked off next years goal depending on how much time i get to read over the next few week haha! 2mo
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vivastory
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I have decidedly mixed feelings about HBO's recent announcement that they have ordered a full season for the prequel of one of their most #iconic shows, & axed the rumored prequel starring Naomi Watts. The version featuring Watts was based on original material & set a thousand years before the events of ASoIaF, very promising concept & I was excited to see Watts in this world. HBO has decided to go with "House of the Dragon," based on the tagged?

vivastory book. This one is set 300 years before the events of GoT & there's a second planned volume. I like the idea of being able to read the book before the show is released, & I'm sure inevitably waiting for years for the second volume. #MOvember @Cinfhen 3mo
Cinfhen Great choice!! Lots of “fans” are on the fence about the producers choice of scrapping original plans and what the hell happened to the Star Wars prequel?? 3mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I'm definitely in the unpopular opinion camp on this one, but I don't think the final season of GoT is as bad as pretty much everyone on the internet is claiming. Even if people are unhappy with the last few episodes, there's no disputing that audiences were happy with the first half of the season & it contained at least one of the best episodes of any tv series, ever. I suspect the cancelled Benioff & Weiss deal might have more to do 👇 3mo
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vivastory @Cinfhen with the fact that they signed a major deal with Netflix & now that Disney is about to launch their streaming service I think it's a competition thing more than anything else IMO 3mo
Cinfhen Yeah, that seems to add up!! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I strongly suspect Martin will die before at least one of his series is concluded. Or is it just the one series and the others are related stand alones? 3mo
vivastory @Hooked_on_books The Fire & Blood series is supposedly only going to have 1 other volume. He has another in the same world that he's said that he might add onto at some point, but you can safely read it now & it stands on its own 3mo
vivastory @Hooked_on_books He has said that he won't be involved with the prequel to the extent that he was with GoT, so he can focus on finishing Winds of Winter 3mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai I'd prefer the Naomi Watts one too. 3mo
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mikagatsby
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Rating: 10/5 stars.

George RR Martin is one of a kind. This book is extensive and really, really good. I'm of House Stark and Martell, but I do have a favorite Targaryen: Visenya.

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Nerdy_Bookworm
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How I'm spending my night!!!!

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Shamzi
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#7days7covers
DAY 6 - Kings, Queens, Betrayal, Bravery, Targaryens and Dragons!

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Mama_Wolf2015
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Ignored most of the things I "had" to do today, (except some light vacuuming, cooking dinner, feeding the baby and keeping the other 2 kids from killing each other #momlife ), and relaxed to get some reading done. Got a few chapters of Fire & Blood read and now going to do a little bedtime reading of Harry Potter. Good reading day!

azulaco Lol #momlife indeed. I‘m impressed you got to read at all during the day. My two make it nearly impossible! 4mo
azulaco PS I love the Harry Potter series so much. I read them all as an adult, but before I had kids. In fact, I then went out and bought the whole set to keep in my permanent library. They are really well done - and, once you read them, you will appreciate how well the movies are done, too. 4mo
Mama_Wolf2015 @azulaco it was definitely an anomaly to be able to read, but the kids played on their own and I snuck in some reading. Plus the husband was home, so he played with them a bit. And I ignores most all my to do list 🤣 sometimes ya just need some extra reading time! I've never even seen the Harry Potter movies, I plan on watching after I finish reading! 4mo
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Ddzmini
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I really like this quote... thinking about getting it on a book mark or a wall sticker 🙌🏽📖😋

CafeMom How is Hawaii? Have you found the local library or book store. 5mo
Ddzmini @CafeMom no to the library we are waiting on our place to be ready on the 8th then I‘ll be able to see where the library is and any bookstores 🙌🏽 5mo
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GypsyKat
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More birthday haul. I was so spoiled this year! 😂❤️

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kelli7990
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I bought this book when I went to Florida in June. The book store I bought it at was so cute. I haven‘t read this book. After I finish reading the #asongoficeandfire series, I would like to read this. This book has illustrations in it. It‘s the family history of the Targaryens. I‘m in the middle of reading #astormofswords right now so after this book, I have #afeastforcrows and #adancewithdragons to read. This book cover is so pretty.

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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"The prequel's title could be Martin's preference, The Long Night, or not: "I heard a suggestion that it could be called The Longest Night, which is a variant I wouldn't mind. That would be pretty good.""

BookwormM Can we call it The Longest Wait 🤣🤣 7mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @BookwormM 😂😂😂 that should really be the name of book 6 7mo
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HijackMe
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Nearly through the book and my biggest point of criticism so far is that GRRM seems to have no idea what children at certain ages act and look like? The descriptions and the illustration of Daenaera in “Under the Regents - Cattle shows” make me think of a girl who is at least 9+ not a girl of 6. Iirc, some Targaryen siblings under the age of 10 are having verbal slap-fights more fitting to teenagers. It‘s pretty jarring to read.

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azrield
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New week blossoming

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MidnightBookGirl
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Filling in the hole left by the show! #audiobooks #audiobookmonth

MidnightBookGirl @vivastory Nooooo! But I now want it! 7mo
vivastory Right?! It's awesome! 7mo
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azrield
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Just pass the halfway point
See more updates at lostinamillionpages.com

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watermelontaco13
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I take my fantasy history very seriously 🤓

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kindergartenkat
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I'm about 1/3 done. So far it is interesting to see the back story of the houses and who people are named after, but it reads like a history book and thus goes through like 20 years in a chapter. I'm rereading the Song of Ice and Fire right now so the switch from character POV to history book is odd for me. Also, I'm hoping to see what WINTER is! It gets hinted at, but we never actually see it!

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Lola
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Taking advantage of some beautiful outdoor reading weather, which we haven‘t had much of in Chicago this spring ☹️ Feeling very meta sipping this Dragon Drink while reading about the Targaryens and their dragons 🔥🐉 👑

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Lola
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I wasn‘t ready to leave this world behind when the series ended last week, so I picked up volume one of the 2-part Targaryens in Westeros history. I love the way GRRM just takes me into this world with his writing. The illustrations are gorgeous. And, along with the tale, definitely give context to things that happened in this last season 🔥 🐉

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LitLogophile
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Finished Fire & Blood before the GOT finale tonight ... I loved the first half of the Targaryen history and the tie-ins to ASOIAF. Must-read for ASOIAF enthusiasts. ⚔️

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ontheBL
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Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin is a testament to his genius. It takes an incredible mind to flesh out a fantastical history from nothing. That being said, it is very dry and boring. History textbooks are more entertaining.

Also I had a lot of fun dressing up in a burgundy ball gown at Glassell in Houston's museum district.

https://onthebl.org/2019/05/18/fire-and-blood/

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ontheBL

“...no plan made by man has ever withstood the whims of the gods above.”

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LitLogophile
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I‘m 550 pages into Fire & Blood and feeling a bit sad today because I think GOT is about to kill my favorite character. (The fact that this episode hits on Mother‘s Day is a harbinger of doom in my opinion.) I‘m caught up in this beautiful Targaryen history and will definitely be cheering for some #fireandblood tonight 🖤❤️

Christine Is it Daenerys you‘re scared about? 8mo
LitLogophile Yes, I am currently furious with the show/dreading her possible demise after a decade of obsession with the series/just want it to be over already @Christine 8mo
Christine Aww!! I want to see her live and be heroic, too. 🐉 8mo
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Between_The_Covers
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I'm a huge fan of GOT and my kids purchased all the books for me for Mother's day🙌🏾 #fireandblood #georgerrmartin #gameofthrones #blacklitsy

OrtizReads1 I randomly love Fire and Blood. It reads a little like a history book, but still has amazing stories. Different style from the Game of Thrones series, but I love it! 8mo
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BookishRedhead
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Some have said this reads like a textbook. I didn't have that feeling but omg I loved it so much. The pictures brought the history to life. Also can't go wrong with dragons 🐲
Now gotta wait 189 years for part 2 *sigh*

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Lexeegee
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I really enjoyed this history of the Targaryens. Until the end. Seems like after all the attention to detail and intrigue, the end just fell flat. Very disappointing.

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BookishRedhead
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But... I don't wanna go and serve humans!

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laurenduke300
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I got so lucky at the bookstore today!

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girlwiththeglasses
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-illustrated by simini blocker

rather_be_reading oh yes! 9mo
xxjenadanxx My life‘s motto. 9mo
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JazzFeathers
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Last week l managed to have the ltalian translator of GoT as a guest in the bookshop where l work. Not only he's a superb translator, he's also an expert of fantasy/SF literature and a university professor of comparative literature.
It was a brilliant presentation that touched upon the GoT and the philosophy behind it, the relationship between politics an these genres, Russian SF, the theory of translation and medieval literature 💚💙💜

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Sounds fascinating! 9mo
Daisey That sounds amazing! 9mo
JazzFeathers @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Daisey lt was indeed an absolutely amazing presentation. 9mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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IT‘S HAPPENING IT‘S FINALLY HAPPENING #itsbeen84years I‘m so excited even though I know this show is probably about to break my heart into a million pieces.

(If Ayra dies we riot)

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Lexeegee
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Love the illustrations!

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Lexeegee
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Since he is never going to release the last GOT, I will have to make do with this one. 😃

Melissa_J Ha ha! I‘ve given up on the final two books ever being published, too. 9mo
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Shamzi
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Finally completed this mamoth of a book.This is not a novel,it reads like a history research book with events,dates.The only difference is, it is filled with bloody wars,betrayals,sex and of course dragons.I love the GOT universe & it was great reading about the history.This is only the 1st half, the other one is yet to come.Since it's about history it can get tedious at times but it is a very enjoyable read. Dragons keep it interesting.

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JazzFeathers
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Prepared the shop window for Monday's presentation of the ltalian translation of GRR Martin's latest book.
It will be presented by the translator, who's also one of ltaly's more renown experts of Fantasy, Tolkien, Lewis... and all that despeakable company 😆

Can't wait!

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JessClark78
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This is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros. This book is richly detailed and full of gorgeous illustrations. A must read for fans of Games of Thrones and ASOIAF book series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Shamzi
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This is Aegon III Targaryen, became King after the Dance of Dragons. He was only 10 years old when he became King.

The first Targaryen to conquer, unite and rule seven kingdoms was also an Aegon.

Also, as per Game of Thrones, the TV series, Jon Snow's actual name is Aegon Targaryen, name given by his actual parents Rhaegar Targaryen & Lyanna Stark.

There are so many Aegons in the Targaryen blood line, it's hard to keep track.

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Owlizabeth
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I may have a #dragon theme going on right now...

Meeko93 Looks like a good theme! 😊 10mo
RealLifeReading 🐲🐉 10mo
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AnansiGirl
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And the March #24B4Monday ends on page 247. Finished two books, 1/4 way through F&B, did not get to Pride or Boy,Snow, Bird.

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid But you finished two books and you got an awesome time! Next month I bet you hit 20 hours or more. Congrats hun! 🙌💕🎉 10mo
AnansiGirl @TheReadingMermaid thank you! 🥰 10mo
wordzie 👍👏 10mo
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AnansiGirl @wordzie ☺️ 10mo
Andrew65 Fantastic, well done and thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏👏😍 10mo
AnansiGirl @Andrew65 see you and TheReadingMermaid again for next month‘s 24B4MONDAY ⏱📚📚📚 10mo
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Shamzi
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The Dance of the Dragons ended with the death of Aegon of House Targeryen, the Second of His Name, firstborn son of King Viserys and Queen Alicent, whose reign proved as brief as it was bitter. He had lived for 24 years and reigned for two.

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Shamzi
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Kings and Lords die and are replaced but dragons can't be replaced, they are unique.

I sat down today thinking i would finish this one today but Mr. Martin started killing off dragons one by one which made it difficult to go on. Vhagar,Vermithor,Tessaryon, Tyraxes,Morghul,Shrykos,Seasmoke,Sunfyre,Caraxes all died in spectacular manner. Their fights or "dances" were amazing but felt sad when they died. I had to put down the book to take it all in

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Shamzi
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Getting ready for the final season of Game of Thrones!!!🤗🤗🤗