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Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Robin Hobb
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Book Description

The final volume in Robin Hobb's popular Rain Wilds fantasy series, Blood of Dragons completes the story of the dragons, their keepers, and their quest to find the lost city of Kelsingra—and the mythical silver wells that the dragons need to survive.

Can Tintaglia and the Elderlings unlock the secrets of the ancient city? Or are they doomed to extinction?

The world of Robin Hobb’s Rain Wilds series has been praised by Booklist as "one of the most gripping settings in modern fantasy," and Publishers Weekly called the Rain Wilds books "a meticulously realized fantasy tale" and "a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore."

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From Booklist

In this, the fourth book of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, the excitement and intensity continue as Tintaglia, the legendary dragon, has returned, but wounded by the Chalcedeans. These people are still seeking dragon body parts, but especially dragon blood, in an effort to save their despotic duke. To heal the dragon, the new Elderlings must find the elusive silver wells. The younger dragons have matured further, and their dedicated keepers, the new Elderlings, are beginning to gain deeper understanding of their roles. For a reader who has followed the story from the beginning, this episode both fulfills and leaves the reader wanting more. The characters continue to evolve, drawing the reader ever more fully into the world they inhabit. For readers unfamiliar with the ongoing story, this book may be somewhat confusing, because the story and characters are built on the prior tales. However, for those who have read others of Hobb’s books set in the same world, dragons, magic, and intrigue combine to make this book a fascinating read. --Rebecca Gerber


“A satisfying story” (The News-Star (Monroe, LA) on DRAGON HAVEN)

“A deservedly popular author, an accomplished storyteller with an engaging and readable style.” (London Times)

“A master fantasist.” (Kansas City Star)

“[A]n engaging tale with fully realized characters that already feel like friends.” (Las Vegas Review Journal on CITY OF DRAGONS)

“Real-life resonance gives the story extra depth…Bring on the next installment.” (Kirkus Reviews on CITY OF DRAGONS)

“Dragons, magic, and intrigue combine to make this book a fascinating read” (Booklist)

“Hobb excels at telling big stories and juggling multiple story arcs. Fans of the author and of this series who eagerly await this installment will not be disappointed” (Library Journal (starred review))

“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.” (SFRevu on BLOOD OF DRAGONS)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1472 KB
  • Print Length: 545 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007444133
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reissue edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOD6Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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83 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars feels stretched out too long March 24, 2013
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Way back in a review of the second book (Dragon Haven) in Robin Hobb's RAIN WILDS series, I wrote "I've begun to wonder over the course of Hobb's recent books if she is exploring just how much plot she needs in her novels to actually have a `story.' It's almost as if she's feeling her way to as quiet and minimalist a style (in terms of action, not language) as possible." Now, two books later, with Blood of Dragons, the tetralogy has come to a close and I'd say the question still pertains. While normally a fan of Hobb's character-driven and slower-paced style, I have to confess that this series was a little uneven for me, and its finale a bit too slow with characters who didn't quite hold my interest enough.

Blood of Dragons picks up where its predecessors ends, with the Elderlings and dragons just outside the rediscovered city of Kelsingera, where the two once lived ages ago amidst wonders of magic. We left this group (made up of Alise, Tats, Thymara, and others) when only a few dragons had learned to fly, and in Blood, the rest quickly pick up the knack and soon everyone has moved into the city, raising a host of issues: the humans must deal with the effects of "memory stone"--the way one can become one with the past lives of the city's inhabitants, the dragons and their keepers have to readjust to more self-sufficient dragons, the city must be made livable for the long-term, and a search must be made for "Silver," the mysterious substance that was the lifeblood (literally) of the city and its human/dragon inhabitants. Meanwhile, the city is quickly losing its isolation, as Alise's vindictive husband Hest, a Chalcedean assassin seeking dragons for his Duke to feed off on, and a gravely wounded Tintaglia, Queen of Dragons, all slowly approach.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Ending to the Series March 2, 2013
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Blood of Dragons is the final volume in the Rain Wilds Chronicles, and I think it was a solid ending to a somewhat shaky series. Like the other books in the series, it starts a little slow, but it quickly picks up the pace. All the characters get some resolution to their plots, we learn more about the relationship between dragons and Elderlings, and there is quite a bit of action and excitement. In fact, I think the last 200 pages of the book are probably the best of the entire series (though not the best Hobb has ever written).

One thing that I didn't like about the series up until now was the seemingly disparate plot threads that never really seemed to create one cohesive story. In this book, I was pleased to see that the Malta/Reyn subplot and the Hest subplot were finally joined with the major story of the dragon keepers at Kelsingra. However, I was disappointed by the conclusion to Selden's story. I feel like he could have been left out of all the Rain Wild books completely and it would not have hurt the story at all.

The conclusion of Hest's story was shocking and not anything I would have expected out of Robin Hobb, but when I think about the character, it is definitely completely appropriate. It's good to know that after so many of her books, the author can still surprise me.

If you have read the first three Rain Wilds books and are wondering if it is worth reading the final installment, I would say yes. It definitely does justice to the story and adds insight into the world that Hobb first created in the Farseer trilogy. If you haven't read any of the books, but are a Hobb fan, then again I would encourage you to read the Rain Wilds Chronicles. I think the series as a whole is much better than the individual books standing alone. But, the Rain Wilds Chronicles is still not on par with the Farseer, Tawny Many, or Liveship Traders trilogies.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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I've been following the Rain Wilds Chronicles since the beginning. Well, actually I've been glued to the entire world that Robin Hobb created, which began in the Farseer Trilogy. Hobb is a superlative storyteller, with the ability to keep me turning pages well after my bedtime. As with the very best SF/F, the _world_ becomes a major player in the story, as we readers try to understand its physics (such as how magic works, or the life cycles of dragons). And, as with Pern and other such worlds-as-characters, in my heart of hearts I emotionally believe that Hobb's world really exists.

This is the fourth book in the fourth series set in this universe. You could conceivably start with the Liveship Traders series before embarking on the Rain Wilds Chronicles, though I love Assassin's Apprentice (from the original Farseer trilogy) so much that I think it would be a damned shame to miss out. In any case, you really DO have to start with Dragon Keeper here; there's no way to pick up this fourth book in the Rain Wilds series in this final volume. Don't even think of it. So I shall assume that you have read the earlier novels, or at least you have considered the first book in the series and (wisely) snuck ahead to see if Hobb can keep the energy going through all four books.

Don't worry. She can and does.

I know several reviewers who felt that this series got off to a slow start, and I can acknowledge the reasons they felt that way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the ending
I was able to read all 4 one after the other. I loved the ending. So fine to be able to trust an author to give you a good read, Robin never disappoints. She's a fine author.
Published 11 days ago by susan lord
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite author. Her books are the only ones I ...
My favorite author. Her books are the only ones I have reread multiple times. She helped me to enjoy the reread.
Published 19 days ago by Ladynightowl
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
I enjoyed this book. It is well written and the characters are convincing. It appears to be the last of this series which is disappointing. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Elizabeth Gornall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by sandylulynn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bingtown traders are meeting their fair fate and the Shipmaster...
The final story of The Dragons and their care-takers as they try to adapt to their new life in the magic town of the Elders. Read more
Published 1 month ago by anne moller-backlund
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall it was awesome! Sad it's over
Ending could have been more detailed. Overall it was awesome! Sad it's over
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Drenth
5.0 out of 5 stars one of THE best series!!
I will read the entire series again, starting with Assassin's quest. Well written, great story, amazing descrips of the world. Love these books!!
Published 1 month ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
As always Robin Hobb creates an amazing narrative. The characters were all compelling and the story moved right along without sacrificing depth of the individual character's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad I've finished the book
Probably one of the best writers I've ever experienced beside George RR Martin. I'll read anything Robin Hobbs writes. What a grand tale!
Published 1 month ago by Theresa Howard
2.0 out of 5 stars Great story, terrible ending
Sucky, Sucky, Sucky...Great story, terrible ending. I hate when you have a great protagonist and... it's oh a dragon ate him & no one knows what happened. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry
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Robin Hobb currently lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington, but that has not always been the case!
Born in Oakland, California, she sampled life in Berkeley and then in suburban San Rafael before her family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in the '60's. She graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks in 1969, and went on to attend College at the University of Denver in Denver Colorado. In 1970, she married Fred Ogden and moved with him to his home town of Kodiak Alaska. After a brief stint in Hawaii, they moved to Washington State. They live in Tacoma, with brief stints down to a pocket farm in Roy, Washington, where they raise chickens, ducks, geese, vegetables and random children.

Robin began her writing career as Megan Lindholm. Her stories under that name were finalists for both the Nebula and Hugo awards. Both "Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man" and "A Touch of Lavender" were Asimov's Reader Award winners. Perhaps her best known novel as Megan Lindholm is Wizard of the Pigeons, an urban fantasy set in Seattle Washington.

When she began writing in a different slice of the fantasy genre, she adopted the pen name of Robin Hobb. Robin is best known as the author of the Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest.) Other works include The Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, and the Soldier Son trilogy. The Rain Wilds Chronicles is a four part tale consisting of Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons. A story collection, The Inheritance, showcases her work as both Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm.

A short story, Words Like Coin, is available as an illustrated e-book from Subterranean Books. A Six Duchies novella, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, was also published by Subterranean Press.

In 2013, she announced that she would be returning to Buckkeep, and two of her favorite characters, Fitz and the Fool. The first volume of the new trilogy, The Fool's Assassin, is scheduled to be published in August 2014.


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