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Blood of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles, Book 4) Hardcover – April 9, 2013

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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

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“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)
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Product Details

  • Series: Rain Wilds Chronicles (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062116851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062116857
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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