Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles #4)

Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles #4)

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by Robin Hobb
     
 

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The dragons' survival hangs in the balance in the thrilling climax of New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb's acclaimed Rain Wilds Chronicles saga

The legendary dragon city of Kelsingra has been discovered. But most of the dragons now lack the strength for the final hazardous river crossing, and the mythical silver wells they need to survive are

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The dragons' survival hangs in the balance in the thrilling climax of New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb's acclaimed Rain Wilds Chronicles saga

The legendary dragon city of Kelsingra has been discovered. But most of the dragons now lack the strength for the final hazardous river crossing, and the mythical silver wells they need to survive are nowhere to be found. In a desperate attempt to unlock the whereabouts of the wells, the keepers risk "memory walking"—immersing themselves in the drug-like memories of long deceased Elderlings. The magic of the city and the final secret it conceals present their only chance of survival, not just for the queen dragon Tintaglia but for Malta and Reyn's infant Elderling son as well.

To make matters worse, time is of the utmost importance. The Duke of Chalced has dispatched his forces to the Rain Wilds with a compelling mission: slaughter a dragon to stave off his own demise. The tide of history is about to turn on a life-and-death battle that will ultimately decide the dragons' fate. If they win, the regal serpents will rule the world once more. And if they lose, they will vanish from the world forever.

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Editorial Reviews

The dragons have successfully returned to the the lost city of Kelsingra, but terrible new problems emerge and fester for them and their human keepers. The mythical silver wells are nowhere to be found; without them, the dragons will wither and die. The final volume of Robin Hobb's dragon ego Rain Wilds Chronicles brings plot surprises and reading pleasure.

Publishers Weekly
The fourth Rain Wilds Chronicles epic (after City of Dragons), Hobb’s 13th novel set in the world of the Elderlings, wraps up the current set of storylines involving a new generation of dragons and the Elderlings (human-dragon hybrids) who serve and protect them. As most of the dragons and their keepers repopulate and reinvigorate the lost city of Kelsingra, the ailing Duke of Chalced sends people to hunt dragons for their life-extending and transformative properties, and the ancient dragon queen Tintaglia fights for her life. With a wide scope of coverage and a narrative that jumps among members of the sprawling cast, this tale feels both leisurely and unfocused, and knowledge of previous installments is essential to full comprehension. Hobb makes up for this breadth with a wealth of detail and language bordering on poetic. (Apr.)
The News-Star (Monroe)
"A satisfying story"
Las Vegas Review Journal
“[A]n engaging tale with fully realized characters that already feel like friends.”
The News-Star (Monroe))
"A satisfying story"
Library Journal
Hobb wraps up her "Rain Wilds Chronicles" fantasy series, intriguing because the dragons featured aren't trouble but in trouble—they will sicken and die if they don't reach the lost city of Kelsingra. Finally, they've made it with their keepers, who are beginning to exhibit markings that link them to their dragons. But the silver wells the dragons really need still can't be found, so the keepers must do a bit of risky memory walking.
Kirkus Reviews
Hobb (City of Dragons, 2012, etc.) returns to the Elderling city of Kelsingra for the fourth and final installment of the Rain Wilds Chronicles. In the first three books of Hobb's series, a dozen dragons hatched, centuries after they had been believed to be extinct. Each dragon was paired to an outcast teenager as its dedicated keeper. Through their contact with their dragons, the teenagers began to metamorphose into Elderlings, increasing their lifespans while also giving them dragonlike physical characteristics. Accompanied by the crew of the Tarman, a sentient ship similar to those in Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy, dragons and humans set out to find the lost Elderling city of Kelsingra. This book finds them settled into the old city, but now searching for hidden wells of magical silver, which the dragons need to survive and the keepers need to revive the crumbling city to its former glory. To do so, the keepers must immerse themselves in the ancient memories still living within the city--possibly at the risk of losing their own identities. At the same time, they find themselves in danger of imminent attack by the henchmen of a decrepit duke looking to obtain dragons' blood to restore his vitality. While the previous book in this series was slow-paced and relatively uneventful, Hobb makes up for lost time here. The final third in particular is packed with action, culminating in a thrilling dragon raid on a castle with a daring midair rescue. But for all her skill with action scenes, Hobb's greatest talent remains rendering very thoughtful, fleshed-out characters, male and female alike. For example, when childhood friends Alise and Sedric stand up to Hest Finbok, the man who bedded and betrayed them, it's clear how much each character has grown since the beginning of the series. A satisfying conclusion to a superb fantasy tale.
The News-Star (Monroe
“A satisfying story”
London Times
“A deservedly popular author, an accomplished storyteller with an engaging and readable style.”
Kansas City Star
“A master fantasist.”
Las Vegas Review Journal on CITY OF DRAGONS
“[A]n engaging tale with fully realized characters that already feel like friends.”
Booklist
“Dragons, magic, and intrigue combine to make this book a fascinating read”
SFRevu on BLOOD OF DRAGONS
“Hobb excels at world building, wonderful prose, and the ability to endow her creatures with humanity...The novel has many threads skillfully interwoven, to create an exciting tale of growth, change, and stubborn survival.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062116857
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Series:
Rain Wilds Chronicles, #4
Pages:
425
Sales rank:
671,252
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska. It was there that she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of five critically acclaimed fantasy series: The Rain Wilds Chronicles (Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, Blood of Dragons), The Soldier Son Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, and The Farseer Trilogy. Under the name Megan Lindholm she is the author of The Wizard of the Pigeons, Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves. The Inheritance, a collection of stories, was published under both names. Her short fiction has won the Asimov's Readers' Award and she has been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.

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Blood of Dragons: Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
epow50 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this one. I love to visit the strange, wonderful world Robin Hobb creates.  Why are trash ratings being allowed? I often use ratings to decide on a book. These silly anonymous ratings distort the system.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Robin Hobb's books and I thoroughly enjoyed her latest series Rain Wild Chronicles. BLOOD OF DRAGONS is the exciting conclusion in this series and it is a riveting and engrossing book. The story follows the arduous journey of Tingalia, the oldest queen dragon, as she tries to reach the magical city of Kelsingra. She has been wounded and needs the elusive Silver to heal herself. The young dragons have grown and their Elderlings learn what it really means to be tied to these unpredictable creatures. The hunt is on to unlock the secrets of the magical city and the desperate search for a new vein of Silver.  There are a lot of characters in this story and Ms. Hobb handles each of their story arcs well. Alise has to figure who she is now that she's living in Kelsingra and not the wife of vindictive trader Hest. My favorite characters are Thymara and Tats, the young Elderlings, and their journey to young adults. But by far, the best part of the story is of course the dragons. Arrogant queen Santara, drakes Mercor and Kelo plus the other dragons make this story come alive. I loved their perspectives as they regard their Elderling keepers and their role in this new world - a world where dragons rule once again. I have one minor complaint and that is the dragon war was way too short. I would have loved to see more detail about that, but even that doesn't take away the enjoyment of this books. Fans of Ms. Hobb and dragon stories will definitely enjoy this series. Highly Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second reading.  I just had me knee replaced and while I am waiting to be dancing a jig I decided to get into the books again.  I missed some things the first time around.
PeazyMonellon More than 1 year ago
Robin Hobb has created an amazing world in this series.  I love each and every character.  I race to finish her books and then I am sad that they are done.  I've read nearly every single series she's written, and they're all fantastic!
Deb1951 More than 1 year ago
I've read all of ths series by Robin Hobb and have thoroughly enjoyed the amazing worlds and complex characters she created.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like so many others who love Robin Hobb I was left feeling extremely disappointed by the first two books in this series. Don't give up! The third was pure Hobb. Maybe one of my all time favourites, and I have read everyone of her books.
Petunia1 More than 1 year ago
I love dragons and dragon stories and this one does not disappoint. Great story development.
Yoshiluvr More than 1 year ago
Great character development. Great adventure. I will be reading more by Robin Hobb
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Ronnie293 More than 1 year ago
The final book in The Rain Wild Chronicles didn't leave me disappointed. The story moved along swiftly and there were no parts in the story that got bogged down tempting you to skip a few pages just to get on with the story. It was told mainly in two or three different parts but switched back and forward enough to remember what was happening in the other part. Just when you were about to give up hope there would be another twist and your faith would be restored. I think Robin Hobb is conscious of what her readers want to happen and I would have been disappointed if things didn't go the way that they did. Loved this book and didn't want it to finish while on the other hand I couldn't wait to read the final chapter.
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Even tho this had some pretty gross parts, its a super series I didn't want to end.
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