I thought Fire & Blood was going to be a prequel to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, but actually it is the first volume of the history of the Targaryen kings of Westeros. It is written more like a history book than a novel, hitting on the things history books cover, which in this case is one battle after another. It is this kind of study of history that made me hate history class in school even though I am interested in history. In no time, we are overwhelmed with a huge number of names with no context except titles and no true characterization.
I gave this book two shots. I put it away for months and then restarted it. The second time, I found it a little more interesting but not enough to continue. I’m sure it’s the type of thing that Game of Thrones fanatics would love, but I just wish Martin would stop fooling around with things like this and finish the series. There are a lot of people who believe that because of the TV show, he will not. If so, that’s unfortunate.