Book Review: Fire and Blood

We have covered the Witcher book series on our blog and we will continue the fantasy theme with the next series; Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin. Today, we will be covering the stand alone novel in the Game of Thrones series.

Fire and Blood focuses on the history of the Targaryen family from 300 years before the setting of the first GOT book. They are the first family after Westeros was united and brought under one ruler. We follow the rise and the fall of the family that set up the foundation for the rest of Westeros. Martin goes in depth with legendary battles and famous Targaryen figures we have heard about but not in detail.

What makes Fire and Blood interesting is that it has a lot of focus on dragons. The Targaryen family owned and rode dragons. Their rule was violent and the power and fear of dragons was their triumph card. I personally loved all the dragons introduced in the book and it finally felt like we got a book about dragons from Martin.

Originally, Fire & Blood was supposed to be included in A Song of Ice and Fire. But the manuscript was removed and instead made into a stand alone book. I think that was the best decision because this book is a long read that feels like a history book. The pace would have been slow if it was within another novel. What is crazy is how much Martin wrote and how big the Fire and Ice book would have been if they didn’t remove the original manuscript.

While the book has received a lot of criticism, it was a great read. I loved it and finally got to read about the Targaryen family that is revered and feared in the Game of Thrones world novel. If you have seen the show but have not read the books, then I recommend you do so. You can read this book first if you want because it is a stand alone novel. Also, If you love fantasy books and complex world building, then this book is definitely for you.

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