A Song of Ice and Fire

10 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 2,951 ratings

Fire & Blood Publisher's Summary

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 & 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 was it so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What were Maegor the Cruel’s worst crimes? What was it like in Westeros when dragons ruled the skies? 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 80 all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Listeners 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 & Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving listeners a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 George R. R. Martin (P)2018 Random House Audio
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    • Fire & Blood

    • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)
    • Written by: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
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      4 out of 5 stars 124

    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 & 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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great narrator, lethally boring

    • By nikko on 2018-11-28
    • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)
    • Written by: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 2018-11-20
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 136 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 52.63

    • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • Written by: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lacking performance supported by Martin's captivat

    • By Anonymous User on 2018-07-20

    Price: CDN$ 37.05

    • The World of Ice & Fire

    • The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
    • Written by: George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Audio Book only.

    • By Enelra on 2018-09-15

    Price: CDN$ 55.58

    • The Book of Swords

    • Written by: Gardner Dozois - editor, George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, and others
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Julia Whelan, Mark Deakins, and others
    • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    In The Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and best-selling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters - many of them set in their authors' best-loved worlds. Join today's finest tellers of fantastic tales, including George R. R. Martin, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, C. J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do.

    Price: CDN$ 56.45

    • Dangerous Women

    • Written by: George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, and others
    • Length: 32 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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    All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not recommended by me

    • By Larry on 2018-02-13

    Price: CDN$ 60.21

  • Book 1

    • A Game of Thrones

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
    • Written by: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 973
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 887
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 884

    Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love it!

    • By Amazon Customer on 2017-10-10

    Price: CDN$ 42.34

  • Book 2

    • A Clash of Kings

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
    • Written by: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 563
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 505
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 507

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So good

    • By Stephen on 2018-06-11

    Price: CDN$ 67.42

  • Book 3

    • A Storm of Swords

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
    • Written by: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 47 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 423
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 379
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 378

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The chapters are out of order

    • By Colleen on 2018-10-23

    Price: CDN$ 78.95

  • Book 4

    • A Feast for Crows

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
    • Written by: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 331
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Bad Despite Character Voice Inconsistencies

    • By StealthATK on 2018-09-19

    Price: CDN$ 69.47

  • Book 5

    • A Dance with Dragons

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
    • Written by: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 261

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I've loved all of the books in this series however

    • By John Priest on 2018-04-09

    Price: CDN$ 64.84