A Song of Ice and Fire

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Fire and Blood Summary

Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

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 HBO's Game of Thrones.

With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally best-selling author 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 survive the Doom of Valyria, took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and 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 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. Listeners 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 and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving listeners a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody and always fascinating history of Westeros.

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    • Fire and Blood

    • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire)
    • By: George R.R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,082

    Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The epic story of house Targaryen

    • By michael Billington on 29-11-18
    • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire)
    • By: George R.R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 20-11-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196 ratings

    Regular price: £26.99

    • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,301
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041

    A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.... A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great intro to Westeros if u can't face the Epics!

    • By Mini on 04-11-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

    • By: George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 862
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 773
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 773

    The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin.If the past is prologue, then George R.R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Alex Goldsmith on 31-03-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 1

    • A Game of Thrones

    • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,833
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,725
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12,731

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, but...

    • By Thomas on 01-09-11

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 2

    • A Clash of Kings

    • Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,366
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,203
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6,185

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Clash of Kings. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Clash of Kings is the second volume in the series. Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Addictive

    • By Marcus on 01-01-12

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 3

    • A Storm of Swords

    • Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5,950
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,993
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4,984

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Storm of Swords. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Storm of Swords is the third volume in the series. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Odd narration

    • By Marianne on 05-05-12

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 4

    • A Feast for Crows

    • Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 33 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,574
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,896
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,885

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Feast for Crows. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Feast for Crows is the fourth volume in the series. The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Whats going on with the accents?

    • By Karen on 29-12-11

    Regular price: £26.99

  • Book 5

    • A Dance with Dragons

    • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Narrative a little disappointing 😕

    • By Anna on 06-05-15

    Regular price: £26.99