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Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles, Book 4) Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The fourth book in the Dragon Series. I could not lay down the books until I had totally dried out my eyes from reading. Finished the four books in about 7 days. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Marjorie W.
I haven't been able to get into the story because I find the writing style is very different. Too many names of too many characters to keep up with. Read morePublished 11 days ago by MadeinUSA
It's the last in a very long series, or sets of trilogies anyway. You already know the writing style by the time you get to this book. Does not disappoint.Published 15 days ago by James Pykonen
I simply love the depth of her characters, the complex and intertwined relationships, and the pacing of all her novels. This book continues her excellent story telling.Published 20 days ago by Drux1039
A very creatively written story. This series can be enjoyed by many different age groups. Enjoy, I certainly did and hope you do also.Published 1 month ago by Lynne M. Lemay
great read and I just finished the series of 4 books..couldn't put them down till the last one..now I'm behind on everything else..Published 1 month ago by cjp
I have loved this series and this one is as good as the others. Interesting, with good writing, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story line.Published 2 months ago by SCE