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[eBook] Fire and Blood: 300 Years before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) by George R.R. Martin $5.99 @ Amazon AU

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HBO are turning this book into a Game of Thrones prequel series called House of the Dragon, to premiere in 2022. Starring Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown).

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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 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 did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? 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’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

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  • I just checked the link again and its now showing as 'currently unavailable' which I've never seen for a Kindle Daily Deal… weird.
    EDIT - seems to be working again…. lol.

  • Just a fair warning, this book reads much more like a wikipedia article than a novel, but it's still very cool.

    • Yep and it tells the stories (in brief) of the next ASOIAF based TV show coming out from HBO next year, currently in production. House of the Dragon.

      • "HBO are turning this book into a Game of Thrones prequel series called House of the Dragon, to premiere in 2022. Starring Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One), Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown)." Right there in the description :)

  • Add Audible Narration to your purchase for just $3.49

    That's a good deal.

    It's $9.48 for both the ebook and 27hr audio book. Whispersync is enabled too.

        • No problem, we all often judge things at face value or based on the word of mouth of others. But I highly recommend the books, they're a great read. Despite the cruel world which is portrayed, it reflects our own world in its earlier feudal state. Some of those injustices and disgusting things you refer to happen to this day, but writing about them in a way that ultimately forces the reader to reflect on those situations is positive in my opinion.

          EDIT: Just to be clear, not this book above, if you are interested in reading the books, it begins with A Game of Thrones, the book.

          • @Fyrelor: Fair point
            I just don't really see why it's positive
            I worry it has a desensitising or normalising effect

            Sorry if I edited while you were typing
            I was just saying his points about war I have seen them before in other fiction

            • @bargain huntress: Yes I agree with some of what you say, but ultimately the points any writer wishes to tackle are likely themes that have been explored in the past. Each has their own unique way of tackling those themes. Some prefer the subtle references, others want those themes explored more deeply. The reaction of the reader is on them; a disgusting scene shouldn't result in a normalising effect, but if it does for some, then perhaps they need to reflect on their own thoughts. My criticism of the books would reside in how some mental illnesses are portrayed in the books, but there remains two books for that to be explored more deeply. On the one hand it is done very well, on the other it is portrayed very poorly thus far, but can easily be different in future books (I am being vague here as to not spoil which two plots I am referring to).

            • @bargain huntress: I have to admit, I've become completely desensitised to ice zombies and dragons.

  • Lost interest in anything GoT related ever since they butchered the final season :(

  • Last season being butchered should not effect this, it creates a whole to tv series and all the images of this book that I have created are still with me. Loved it.

  • This ebook is also $5.99 on Kobo if anyone is interested.