Fire and Blood is George RR Martin’s book, which tells the story before his A Song of Ice and Fire series. The series begins with A Game of Thrones, seeing various houses fighting to conquer the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Now, a prequel series will reveal the background of the House of Targaryen and their conquest of Westeros – but where is it all set?
Where does Fire and Blood take place?
WARNING: Contains Fire and Blood spoilers which could feature in House of the Dragon
Fire and Blood is a fantasy book unlike the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Instead of a novel, Fire and Blood serves almost as a historical account of the time before A Game of Thrones, telling how the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros were conquered by Aegon I of the House Targaryen, and the subsequent history which followed.
The first section is named The Targaryen Conquest, after which The Peace of the Dragon describes Aegon I’s reign.
After this, the book focuses on the lives of Aegon I’s sons, Aenys I and Maegor I of the House Targaryen in The Sons of the Dragon.
Here, Maegor’s death sees Aenys’ son Jaehaerys I rise up and ascend to the throne, but his reign is filled with crises following the death of his sons, which puts the line of succession in question.
His section, Heirs of the Dragon, is one of the longest chapters before The Dying of the Dragons begins tells of the great civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Aftermath — The Boy King and His Regents is the final section, which covers the beginnings of the reign of Rhaenyra’s son Aegon III, when the realm was ruled by Aegon’s regents.
House Targaryen ruled over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros for 300 years, which are described in the book, which also takes place 315 years before the events of A Game of Thrones.
By the time of A Game of Thrones, Robert Baratheon has deposed the House Targaryen and is on the throne, forcing Daenerys and Viserys to flee to the continent of Essos, from where the Targaryens hail.
In terms of the setting for Fire and Blood, it is a fairly mixed bag.
The Targaryens originally came from Valyria on the continent of Essos, but Valyria was destroyed in the Doom, which takes place a century before Aegon I’s conquest of Westeros.
Before Valyria was destroyed, the Targaryens left for Dragonstone, and the house used dragons to conquer six of the seven kingdoms, after which they won the seventh through a political marriage.
As a result, at the beginning of the book, the Targaryens were in Dragonstone, after which they set up their royal court in King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros and its Seven Kingdoms, situated near the Blackwater River.
While details are being confirmed, it is likely the prequel will begin in Dragonstone before Aegon I’s conquest, before heading to the familiar climes of Westeros and King’s Landing.