Can't Wait Wednesday: Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, originally hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Since Jill is no longer hosting it, I'm joining Can’t Wait Wednesday movement over at Wishful Endings.

Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Expected publication: November 20, 2018 by Bantam

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 bestselling 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.

No, it's not The Winds of Winter - my 6-year-old will likely have started reading and caught up with the series before that's released - but it is something (relatively) new in A Song of Ice and Fire. Plus. as Martin points out on his blog, "Oh, and there are dragons too. Lots of dragons."


  1. This sounds interesting. But seriously, finish GoT!!!!

  2. I'm curious about this one because I love dragons. I like the HBO series a lot and bought several of the books after watching the first season but I refuse to start them until he releases the next one. If he had time to do this, didn't he have time to finish Winds of Winter?

  3. Gotta admit, I had the same thought as Barb when I first learned of this book. I still might take a look, but I really wish he'd focus on the series.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  4. I have just started watching the Game of Thrones, it was only 2 days ago my hubby said it'd be great to know more about the Targaryens.

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess


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