- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; Indian Subcontinent edition edition (20 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008312737
- ISBN-13: 978-0008312732
- Package Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fire and Blood: A History of the Targaryen Kings from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III as scribed by Archmaester Gyldayn Hardcover – 20 Nov 2018
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George R.R. Martin is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of many novels, including those of the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire – now adapted as the worldwide television phenomenon Game of thrones. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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This book is over 600 pages and is a part of two book series.
Since Ser RR Martin has an Avg speed of 300 pages(his words) in a year that means if we include the editing and other things, he most probaly spent 3 years on this and another 3 years on the other expected part.
My problem with that is although I enjoy the content but 'Winds of winters' is now 8 years in the making and its quite apparent why.
And it's makes me question my own self should I support Ser RR Martin or not.
I can understand that it might get a bit tedious working on something continuously for 25 years but 6 years should be termed as a longer break than necessary.
Nothing lost, if you give the book a miss.
First Round: *****
Aegon, Visenya, and Rhenys. A brother and two sisters and an awesome story to kick start the novel. Brilliant. The journey of 300 years of the Targareyan family started off flying on the dragons, and I added three more starts to it.
Second Round: ********
The story lacked a punch and the rivalry of the first generation of Targareyan's in its two flames lacked the fire and it was too predictable. So, chopped off a star, and it now stands at 7*s.
Third Round: *******
The shift of power between the two siblings and Maegor the cruel lacked the character development arc and I am now forced to take off three stars.
Fourth Round: ****
Too many characters start dropping in and it does not go anywhere, and reluctantly I take one more star out of it.
Fifth Round: ***
The reading too slackens a lot, and then Martin ropes in Jhaenrys and Ayasane Targareyan. Together the couple make it really beautiful and then add three more stars.
Sixth Round: ******
Too many generations after generations, and the old king Jhanerys has absolutely no plan B to deal with the circumstances. All of his son die one after another. The council of 101 or so lacks all the lustre and mediocrity creeps in.
Seventh Round: ****
The passing off the old king and queen and the tenure of King Viserys is such a drag that the reading becomes a serious pain. The winter has seriously set in long before. The stories are so very unconnected and there is no Martin magic at all.
Eighth Round: ***
Can Martin do any worse? The power struggle between Rhenrya and Aegon II is so painful that there is no point why the power fluctuates so often between them. Are you serious Martin? What happened to the GoT Magic? Rob never avenged Ned. Viserys/Daenrys could not avenge on Robert Baratheon. Martell could not kill the Mountain. And yet Rhenrya and Aegon II exchange power as often as the ball changes court in the ping-pong table tennis match. Yuck! It almost erased the joy of reading the ASOIF series. So callous writing and horrible writing that the entire novel of "Fire and Blood" is a pointless writing. I never though I will give 0 stars to a Martin book, and yet here it is.
Ninth Round: 0
Before the book was ordered and looking at the blurb, it was felt that 300 years of history will be covered. Yet, the novel/historical account has no sincereity. It actually covers only 150 years, and apparently Martin has the wicked idea of writing "Fire and Blood - 2". Please spare me.
Next, it was claimed that the book "Fire and Blood" is 90%+ original. Yet, more that 60% has already been published in other Martin works. So, "Fire and Blood" totally stinks and does worse than any, cough, cough, Twilight series book.
Tenth Round: Forgive me reader, don't buy this piece of meaningless book.
Content is as you would expect from GRRM.
Quality of the book is good.
Note should be taken that this is only Volume 1, Volume 2 will come out after the release of TWOW.