Fire and Blood by George RR Martin book reviewMartin published his last proper fantasy novel. Now this decade has almost passed with no release date for part 6. The new book circles back three centuries pre-Arya, story-spinning a macrohistorical generational saga about various dudes named Aegon and their various sisters they marry. And as Raymond Chandler used to almost say: When in doubt, a door can open and a dragon can walk in. Like any good fictional historian, Gyldayn hat-tips toward his fictional research material.
Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin - Conquer Books Review
Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones (a Targaryen History)
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As annoyed as I am and as annoyed as many of you are , I urge you to read and enjoy this for what it is. That's all we can do. And I surprised myself by writing these words because I honestly expected to write a review lamenting over the fact that we are still waiting for the sixth book in the series, and we will probably be waiting for a few more years to come. But instead I was enthralled by the richness of the history and the lore associated with the Targaryen dynasty. In a way, it has reminded me why I love the series so much. These are heroes and tyrants, these are noble lords and evil psychopaths. Every time a new Targaryen is born, he said, the gods toss the coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land.
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A s the world waits expectantly for the eighth and final series of the fantasy epic Game of Thrones to appear on TV next April, its creator George RR Martin has finally released a new book. But rather than the oft-delayed sixth Thrones novel, The Winds of Winter — which will itself be preceded by the finale of the show — he has produced the first in a separate two-part saga. To understand the disappointment with which Fire and Blood will inevitably be greeted by all but the most committed Martin aficionados, imagine Tolkien choosing to follow The Two Towers with an almost decade-long wait for a sequel, and releasing The Silmarillion in between. However, Fire and Blood must be judged on its own merits — that is, as a carefully conceived and exhaustive to say nothing of exhausting examination of a fantastical historical world. It is partly inspired by British medieval history; many of the main characters are analogous to real-life kings, with Aegon the Conqueror not a million miles away from near namesake William, and the heroic Daenerys owing much to Henry II. The narrative drive and bold characterisation of the other Game of Thrones books thus gives way to something more discursive.