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House Of The Dragon: 5 Reasons To Read Fire & Blood Before Watching The Series

HBO’s House of the Dragon is arriving soon, and what better way to prepare for the upcoming series than read the novel that inspired the show? George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood will provide fans in-depth knowledge of the story.

Set 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon tells the rise and fall of the House Targaryen and the battles that happened during the civil war. For devoted fans, Fire & Blood can be read before or after the main novels – it won’t affect anything since it is a prequel! Now, we give you five reasons why you should definitely buy yourself a copy!

Understand The Targaryen Lineage

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The House Targaryen has a family succession that may be difficult to follow. Reading the novel will let the fans know the hierarchy of the clan, who came first, and who were vying for the throne. Aegon I Targaryen was the first king of the dynasty.

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The book will also provide a clearer description of the dragons that will be featured in the show. The dragons are significant members of the clan, and for centuries, they have been the symbol of the Targaryens.

Easier Than Most Of The Main Novels

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It may be daunting to read a book as thick as a brick, but Fire & Blood is surprisingly easy to understand than most of the main books. The story is told in a completely different style; it is more like a historical account of the events that took place.


Since House of the Dragon is a prequel, one does not need to worry about having to read the other voluminous novels (although they are highly recommended) to understand the flow of the story. Fire & Blood is straightforward, and the language is not too difficult to understand.

Prove Fan Theories

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Game of Thrones elicited hundreds of fan theories all across the internet. Fans have postulated theories, made assumptions, and basically questioned everything about the show. This is indeed a great interactive discussion among the community.

Reading the book will help fans prove whether theories posted on sites like Reddit are true or not. Sometimes, the show creators would deviate from the original plot, and this will again draw fans’ curiosities and will make up new theories for House of the Dragon.

Know Minute Details That Won’t Get Featured

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There will always be details left out in every live-action adaptation. Whether the writers think they are unimportant or useless, fans who have read the book will have an advantage.

The book will provide all of the complete details that avid fans need to know. Sometimes these hints of information are crucial in creating hypotheses or theories about the next events in the show.

Have Knowledge About The Upcoming Series

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It’s okay to dive into a new series with zero knowledge about it if you are only there for entertainment. But for fans who want to have a grasp of the show to its very core, reading the novel is a must.


Plus, when you already know what is going to happen in House of the Dragon, you won’t be bothered when they decide to kill off your favorite characters.

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Written by Ariane

Ariane, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.