A Song of Ice and Fire

18 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 317,288 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)
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 150 years of Westeros history

    • By Kingsley on 11-22-18

    Regular price: $42.00

    • Fire and Blood

    • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire)
    • By: George R.R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • It's like listening to a Discovery documentary!

    • By Paula on 12-09-18
    • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire)
    • By: George R.R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 11-20-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 23 ratings

    Regular price: $29.44

    • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    • A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,791
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,725

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Martin is a genius

    • By Celeste Albers on 04-26-16

    Regular price: $28.00

    • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    A century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros.... 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 courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By LN13 on 05-07-18

    Regular price: $16.35

    • The World of Ice & Fire

    • The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
    • 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 5,207
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,712
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717

    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
    • Masterpiece, as expected

    • By Lucie on 07-03-15

    Regular price: $42.00

    • The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

    • By: George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin.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 and Fire.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Must read for any GOT fan

    • By Conor on 03-22-16

    Regular price: $20.24

    • The Book of Swords

    • 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 211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 192

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Solid, but not amazing anthology

    • By AtomixIGN on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $42.00

    • Dangerous Women

    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars 1,129
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,044
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,047

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Joy of an Anthology

    • By Susan on 03-21-14

    Regular price: $45.50

  • Book 1

    • A Game of Thrones

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95,506
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82,432
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 82,372

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Review of First 5 Books

    • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

    Regular price: $31.50

    • A Game of Thrones

    • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story and performance.

    • By Darrell on 11-19-12

    Regular price: $32.71

  • Book 2

    • A Clash of Kings

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 59,790
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51,423
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 51,363

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I'm hooked, but narration...

    • By Peter on 04-02-13

    Regular price: $63.00

    • A Clash of Kings

    • Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 710
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 629
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 629

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Clash of Kings. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Clash of Kings is the second volume in the series. Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If you are up to this, you are hooked

    • By Michael on 02-11-13

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 3

    • A Storm of Swords

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 51,865
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44,635
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 44,609

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow.

    • By Magikarp Salad on 12-22-07

    Regular price: $63.00

    • A Storm of Swords

    • Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 583
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 535

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Storm of Swords. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Storm of Swords is the third volume in the series. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant.

    • By Lliam on 09-10-12

    Regular price: $28.77

  • Book 4

    • A Feast for Crows

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38,076
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34,415
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34,416

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

    • By Pi on 06-21-12

    Regular price: $52.50

    • A Feast for Crows

    • Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 33 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 483
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 446
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 442

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Feast for Crows. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Feast for Crows is the fourth volume in the series. The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Can't get past the narration

    • By Candice on 04-16-13

    Regular price: $32.71

  • Book 5

    • A Dance with Dragons

    • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41,916
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37,361
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37,334

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A tale of two publishers:

    • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

    Regular price: $49.00

    • A Dance with Dragons

    • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
    • By: George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
    • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 487
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 443
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 442

    The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I am getting sick of this narrator

    • By Sharon on 11-19-13

    Regular price: $28.77