I absolutely loved this book!!!
If you think (as I did) this will be written like the rest of the books, you will be disappointed. This is a history. There's not a lot of drama, suspense, or dialogue ... it's all from the perspective of people who recorded the events. Honestly, I think they could have given us a chart of the king's family from Aegon through his descendants, and it would have saved a lot of time. It was nice to hear a bit about the dragons when they were alive, but that was it. Also, if you (like me) are hoping to find out about the mysteries of Valyria (based on that summary above) - you will be sorely disappointed. There is one tale of a person (and a dragon) who "likely" went there and returned and what happened to their bodies ... that's it. If you loved Lord of the Rings and were disappointed when you read (or listened to) The Silmarillion, this will be the same. Sorry.
This is a narrative of the history of the Targaryen’s. There is no dialogue between the characters. I wish it would have taken us a little closer to where GOT picks up.
ok, so I bought this book when it first came out but didnt read/listen to it as I was coming down off the GoT TV series high. I have some pros and cons of this book.
Pros: It brought me back into Westeros and allowed me to build that mental fantasy back. Like so many I'm so intrigued of how this world of dragons and wolves can Rope you and not release the hooks of intricacy and be so much of a segway into other series; Dragons Tameraire and Misfit series. Simon Vance is such an amazing narrator, I'm not sure about most but he keeps you engaged, shoutout to Mr. Vance bringing amazing to our ears and homes.
Cons: it got reeeeeeally dry after the dance of the dragons. To the point I wondered why was I reading this unfortunately. After the dragons were killed off it really killed the book, essentially it wipe the lore from the book. Without fantasy and things that can't happen it becomes....normal. I wish the adventures of Duncan and Egg were included as this could've ended the series with tragedy and further setup the TV series.
Overall great book..cant wait for winds of winter.....one day.
Great writer and reader
I enjoyed the stories, although not nearly as much as the original GoT stories because the details and character development are better. The narrator is excellent.
excellent book..we'll narrated.
I'll admit it. It is a great book, but n it is George R.R. Martin, so of course it is good. If you liked House of the Dragon, this is definitely worth a read. If you like A Song of Ice and Fire, this is worth picking up. However, unless you're already in love with Westeros, this might not be the story for you. It is very much like a history text, but that is also what makes it fun. Take that into account when you read this, and I'm sure you'll have a great time.
I love this book. I first read a song of ice and fire many years before the TV show game of thrones was even being considered. If you're a dork like me who wants to know more about the world, it's history and cultures I suspect you'll enjoy the book. It's written from the perspective of an in world maester from the citadel and is written as a history book of the targaryen dynasty using inworld often contradictory sources, which makes the book feel more grounded and real.
A history lesson of a non existing history
I loved the game. Only it would get stuck, pause (no sounds) for what seems like forever so I fast forwarded which meant I missed a lot. I really wish you all would check these audiobooks for mistakes. Thank you
Great book TV series.
Can't listen to book. I used free credit and it doesn't work.
Great addition to the world that George R. R. Martin has created; you get a thorough fleshing out of characters that have only been previously touched upon in other tellings. The only downside being that the book does focus too much on stories that have already been told in previous publications and it can often feel like a direct copy. While Roy Dotrice will be missed, it is refreshing to get a new "voice".
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