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Fire and Blood by George RR Martin review – not for the average fan
A s the world waits expectantly for the eighth and final series of the fantasy epic Game of Thrones to appear on TV next April, its creator George RR Martin has finally released a new book. But rather than the oft-delayed sixth Thrones novel, The Winds of Winter — which will itself be preceded by the finale of the show — he has produced the first in a separate two-part saga. To understand the disappointment with which Fire and Blood will inevitably be greeted by all but the most committed Martin aficionados, imagine Tolkien choosing to follow The Two Towers with an almost decade-long wait for a sequel, and releasing The Silmarillion in between. However, Fire and Blood must be judged on its own merits — that is, as a carefully conceived and exhaustive to say nothing of exhausting examination of a fantastical historical world. It is partly inspired by British medieval history; many of the main characters are analogous to real-life kings, with Aegon the Conqueror not a million miles away from near namesake William, and the heroic Daenerys owing much to Henry II. The narrative drive and bold characterisation of the other Game of Thrones books thus gives way to something more discursive.
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Let's start with the positive: The Sunday Times published a review in which it declared the book "a masterpiece of popular historical fiction. Writing for The Times , critic Hugo Rifkind wasn't quite as kind:. Fans hungry for the next Song of Ice and Fire novel will find this volume whets, but does not satisfy, their appetites. We're sure Martin's writing is on par with his previous books, but it's just the content that people don't want. All we can really hope for moving forward is that the author is motivated to continue writing The Winds of Winter. In the meantime, if you want to form your own opinion, Fire and Blood is out now.
The first volume was released on November 20, In February , Elio M. In April , when announcing the publication date, Martin revealed the manuscript to be pages long. The book contains more than seventy-five black and white illustrations by Doug Wheatley. Hugo Rifkind of The Times described it as "interminable, self-indulgent crap. Conversely, Dan Jones of The Sunday Times praised the book, calling it "a masterpiece of popular historical fiction".
Tolkien's The Silmarillion. These sections were written by Martin on his own; however, he wrote much more than at first intended, and in the end delivered , words on Targaryen history. They additionally provided a signup link for their mailing list giving access to a PDF of the family tree. Prince Valerion , originally Jaehaerys's and Alysanne's ninth child, and Princess Saera , originally their twelfth born child, have been switched in birth order, making Saera the ninth born and Valerion their twelfth born. Four other children have shifted in their birth orders as well. Princess Alyssa was changed from the secondborn to the fifthborn, Princess Daella subsequently from being the fifth born to the eigthborn child, and Princess Maegelle from eighthborn to the sixthborn. Lastly, Prince Aeryn , originally the sixthborn, has been exchanged for Princess Daenerys , who has become the secondborn child of the king and queen.