Is 'House of the Dragon' based on a book? Fantasy series comes from wild mind of George RR Martin
As we know 'House of the Dragon' is a fantasy drama television series, a prequel to 'Game of Thrones' which aired in 2011 and ran till 2019 when it released its eighth and final season. 'House of the Dragon' sequel game was adapted from 'A Song of Ice and Fire' novels by George R R Martin. So is it same with 'House of the Dragon'? Ofcourse! It is based on parts of the novel 'Fire & Blood', the series is set about 200 years before the events of 'Game of Thrones' and 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen. It portrays the beginning of the end of House Targaryen, the events leading up to and covering the Targaryen war of succession, known as the 'Dance of the Dragons'.
The series premiered on August 21, 2022, and its first season will consist of ten episodes. The official synopsis of the series reads, "The story of the Targaryen civil war that took place about 200 years before events portrayed in 'Game of Thrones'." However, the series has broke bounds with its first episode and has again trapped its audience as they got them hooked and left them wanting more.
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'Fire & Blood' is a fantasy book by American writer George R R Martin. It tells the history of House Targaryen, a family from his series 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. Although originally planned for publication after the completion of the series, Martin has revealed his intent to publish the history in two volumes as the material had grown too large. The first volume was released on November 20, 2018.
On July 22, 2017, Martin revealed on his blog that the material for 'Fire & Blood' had grown so large that the decision had been made to publish the histories of the Targaryen kings in two volumes. The first volume, simply called 'Fire & Blood', is set to cover the history of Westeros from Aegon's Conquest up to and through the regency of the boy king, Aegon III Targaryen. While the first volume of 'Fire & Blood' has been published, the second volume was largely unwritten as of July 2017. In April 2018, when announcing the publication date, Martin revealed the manuscript to be 989 pages long. A section was revealed in October 2018.
'Fire & Blood' received mixed reviews from critics. Hugo Rifkind of The Times described it as "interminable, self-indulgent crap." Roisin O'Connor of The Independent faulted the book for its dry tone, and stated that reading it feels like "you've been assigned a mildly interesting, but often tedious, piece of homework." Publishers Weekly stated that "Martin’s evocative storytelling style and gift for gripping narrative are mostly absent from this dry history."
Conversely, Dan Jones of The Sunday Times praised the book, calling it "a masterpiece of popular historical fiction." Similarly, Chris Lough of Tor.com described the book as "the best 'Song of Ice and Fire' book in 18 years," a reference to 'A Storm of Swords'.