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Fire and Blood (Random House LCC US)

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#1  NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER  & #8226   The history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work, the inspiration for HBO& #8217 s upcoming  Game of Thrones  prequel series  House of the Dragon & #8220 The thrill of  Fire & Blood  is the thrill of all Martin& #8217 s fantasy work: familiar myths debunked, the whole trope table flipped.& #8221 & #8212 Entertainment Weekly Centuries before the events of  A Game of Thrones,  House Targaryen& #8212 the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria& #8212 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 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& #8217 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 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 Gibbon& #8217 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 & #8220 A masterpiece of popular historical fiction.& #8221   & #8212 The Sunday Times & #8220 The saga is a rich and dark one, full of both the title& #8217 s promised elements. . . . It& #8217 s hard not to thrill to the descriptions of dragons engaging in airborne combat, or the dilemma of whether defeated rulers should & #8216 bend the knee,& #8217 & #8216 take the black& #8217 and join the  Night& #8217 s Watch, or simply meet an inventive and horrible end.& #8221 & #8212 The Guardian

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