Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #4)
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Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles #4)

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The dragons' survival hangs in the balance in the thrilling final volume in the acclaimed River Wilds chronicles fantasy series

The dragons and their dedicated band of keepers have at last found the lost city of Kelsingra. The magical creatures have learned to use their wings and are growing into their regal inheritance. Their humans, too, are changing. As the mystical bond...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by Harper Voyager
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Brandon Zarzyczny
I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but once it was done I just found it to be a bit underwhelming, which is something I'd never say about any of Robin Hobb's other trilogy endings. The writing is classic Hobb, where it is incredibly enjoyable to read and all of the characters are completely unique and entertaining. There's also a bit of character torture going on here, but it's really only one character, as all of the other good main characters have it pretty easy in Blood of Dra...more
David Sven
A really nice finish to the Rain Wild Chronicles. I particularly like that the dragons see a lot of action this book as the Chalcadeans step up their efforts to try and get dragon blood and parts for consumption. We also get the dying Duke of Chalced's POV and Seldon is a fairly major POV this book as well. I liked the climax at the end of the book. A lot of the time Hobb does the climax early and then spends a lot of time winding down the story - and we do sort of get that as well with a lot of...more
Rob
Executive Summary: A good but not perfect ending, to a good but not perfect series.

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I was only introduced to Robin Hobb in summer of 2012, but she's quickly become one of my favorite authors. While I think this is probably the weakest of her Elderling series books, I still greatly enjoyed it.

Ms. Hobb once again has a way with writing characters that feel real, especially in the way they can frustrate your and make you down right furious.

She has a way of making me just enjoy following...more
Aldi
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Lady
Oh God it pains me -- deeply -- to be awarding a 1 star rating to a book written by my favourite author, but I have to be honest, I just couldn't be getting along with this book at all. Characters that had previously seemed so fleshed out and three-dimensional (Sedric, Relpda and Malta for example) suddenly became flat and boring, mere shadows of their former selves; the threads of storylines that had been building up in City Of Dragons felt either abandoned (the traitors amongst the Traders Cou...more
Emil Söderman
So, the final book in the Rain Wilds Chronicles.

The worts part about it is probably that it feels abit like a transportation stretch, things set in motion in the earlier books lead to their natural conclusions but there are pretty much no twists, turns or even serous obstacles. Things just kind of rumble on, sorts themselves out, and then the end: Compared to the fantastic ending of Farseer, or the tension-filled climaxes of her earlier series... This is pretty weaksuace.

On the bright side, Hob...more
Jeanette Heidenberg
Robin Hobb is one of my favourite fantasy authors and I was delighted to finally get the concluding book of the Rain Wilds series. While all the other series set in the realm of the Elderlings are trilogies, the Rain Wilds series consists, as I found to my great surprise when finishing the third book, of four books. The Blood of Dragons has the challenging task of not only closing the series to which it belongs, but it also ties up all the loose ends of the previous series in this realm. For tho...more
Alex Ristea
Robin Hobb writes with poise and confidence, asserting her position—yet again—as one of the grandmistresses of Fantasy. No, better yet, as one of the masters of the craft, period.

Blood of Dragons is satisfying on too many levels to recount here. It is not only a conclusion of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, but also ties into her previous Farseer and Liveship trilogies.

This is a book centered around characters, both human and dragon, and having it all catch up emotionally in the final chapters gave m...more
Hayley
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Bryan
This was a great book, which surprised me a bit, as The Rain Wild Chronicles was not, on the whole, my favourite Robin Hobb series. Okay, maybe the book being great didn't surprise me THAT much. This is Robin Hobb we're talking about here. I'm simply trying to illustrate the fact that although I enjoyed it on the whole, this was no Liveship Traders or Soldier's Son. The whole quartet had a bit of a YA feel to it(mostly teenage protagonists dealing with growing up, love triangles, ect.). I was al...more
Shari  Mulluane
My Thoughts. Action, adventure, danger, romance and some awesome poetic justice, all provide a nonstop ride in this concluding book of the Rain Wilds Chronicles.

I'll have to admit, I didn't think it was possible to tie up ALL of the various storylines. Especially the ones that did not come into sharp focus until volume three. I am happy to say that I was wrong. They all got tied up, or close enough, and the entire story concluded at a momentous time. It was as close to perfect as I've ever ex...more
Hanne
And just like that, yet another series in this world is over. And even if I have to admit that this is perhaps not her strongest series, it was still a very satisfying read.

There are two things about this series that is outstanding: the first, the chapter introductions that are messages between the bird keepers in various cities. In the previous series i sometimes stopped reading the chapter introductions, but in this one it was something to look forward to instead. Their parts are short and si...more
Chris Schaeffer
I am increasingly convinced that Robin Hobb tells the most extraordinary stories I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
Duffy Pratt
A good ending to a very solid series. I enjoyed this series quite a bit, but feel that it stands below Hobb's previous three series in this world, and just a hair below the Soldier's Son series. Overall, these books focus on the struggles of people to free themselves from an old way of life, a way that was never suited for them in the first place, and to adapt to new circumstances while trying to build a world for themselves. On this level, I think all of the stories work very well with each oth...more
Robert Beveridge
May 01, 2013 Robert Beveridge rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Robin Hobb, Blood of Dragons (Harper, 2012)

Full disclosure: this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.

For the first time, Robin Hobb has extended past the trilogy and given us a quartet. I admit, I was a little apprehensive—especially given the brevity of the third novel in the series (really, she could have easily combined the two)—but she pulled through, and Blood of Dragons, while not packing as much of a punch as concluding-trilogy volumes like Ship of Destiny or Fool's Fate...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Voyager for giving me this book to review.

The young dragons and their misfit keepers are finally settling into Kelsingra, along with Alise and her lover, Captain Leftrin. Reyn and Malta are traveling down river with their sickly baby to see if the Dragons can help, whilst worrying about the welfare of Malta’s brother Selden who has not been seen since setting off on a voyage. Tintagli...more
Bellish
It pains me to give this book 4 stars (not least as it means risking Aldi's wrath twice in one week) because the good aspects were, as I expect from Robin Hobb, superlative. Her writing is effortlessly compelling and she manages a rather large cast very well. None of the secondary or even tertiary characters felt like caricatures*. The continued development of her world was fascinating: she has taken her mature fantasy setting and, with the rebirth of dragons and Elderlings and the discovery of...more
Lanica
I think this is the best of the four Rain Wilds books. This series was a bit of a meander...I was not sure where it was going or if we were headed in the right direction, but I trusted my guide (Hobb) to get us to somewhere worthwhile.

She did. But it was a lot of work for a little reward. There were a lot of characters that were mentioned in passing but never fully developed, and there were main characters that seemed to have nothing to do with the conclusion. I expected more from Selden, more...more
Belinda Sheehan
Really, I blame a lot of the faults with the previous books in this series on Hobb's publishers. They put a lot of pressure on her with this series, and I wonder if City of Dragons and this book were something she even wanted to write. The fact that, like the first two in the series, they were originally only meant to be one book, probably didn't help either. That said, this book actually addresses a few problems with the previous books, patching up a couple of plot holes and adding elements to...more
Aaron Eriksson
The Rain Wild Chronicles ended with the same heartfelt levity the rest of four-book series employed, less a novel about epic happenings, and more a novel where you hang out with some awesome people. I have been spoiled by GRRM's tendency toward grand conspiracies and wicked plot threads, but he still doesn't have the knack that Robin Hobb for making fantastic, fascinating characters. While the conclusion of her latest epic lacks of the punch of one of Martin's works, it doesn't need to, since th...more
Stella Atrium
When Blood of Dragons was made available in April 2013, I had mixed emotions. I didn’t want the long-enjoyed world that leads to exploration of the fabled city of Kelsingra to end, so I actually put off the reading to savor the anticipation.

The first three books of this storyline presented stunted dragons and their malformed keepers who were young people just exploring girl-boy friendships. I liked that Hobb included hard choices for the girls, and provided the girl characters with the presence...more
Cecily
This book was a pretty good wrap up to what started out as a stellar series though it didn't live up to Robin Hobb's usual standard for series enders. Honestly, NO ONE can end a series like Robin Hobb can. (See Ship of Destiny, Assassin's Quest, and Fool's Fate. Holy MOLY!) I live for the way Ms. Hobb eases us into the tying up of her many deftly woven strands and then the way she indulges us with a luxurious ending. She always takes the time and the pages she needs to end a series the way it sh...more
Spindrift
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Alytha
Fitting ending to the series, in my opinion. It would be really interesting though to revisit Kelsingra 20 years later or so, to see how things have evolved, and the people's relationships with eachother.

Strangely, this is the only one of the Realms of the Elderlings series that I really liked. In all the others I've started, there were too many characters who were just too anviliciously evil or childish, without any further character development, so I just wanted to strangle them. Here, thankfu...more
Jennifer
Hard to review this without spoilers, but I will try :)

I enjoyed this series a lot, until this final one. A lot of intense build up and nothing really happens :/ Very anti-climatic. The best part of the whole series is of course the dragons, arrogant yes, but dragons should be. There were many times you forget they are dragons talking until they start complaining about being hungry :p

Every time the love triangle reared its head with the younger characters, I wanted to put the books down. The ch...more
Andrea
While this fourth installment of the Rain Wild Chronicles is entertaining, I give it three out of five stars for an unbalanced plot tempo, more repetition than is necessary in a book series, and the highly predictable ending. I’m a fan of happily ever after but the plot and sub plots were predictable with each one boxed into a crescendo finish or disaster.

What I liked about the book:
1) I’ve enjoyed how the city of Kilsingra has been almost a character itself. It is such a cool idea to see the n...more
Donna
This was a satisfying conclusion, if one that didn't hold many surprises. It was very plot-driven compared to earlier books in the series. I liked the dragons, and the author did a good job of making them feel like a distinct species and culture rather than lizard-shaped humans.

I don't reread series novels as often as I used to and this book has a fairly large cast, so plenty of the names sent me into "who is that again?" mode. Thankfully, there was a character index that kept me mostly in the l...more
Pedro Amaral
I liked the end of this series, but it just didn't really strike me. That said, I couldn't lay it off until I finished it. I guess it might be my annoyance with City of Dragons that prevents me from giving it 4 stars.

The book tells the story of how the new Elderlings appropriate of the City of Dragons Kelsingra, and how they struggle to find out their way in this new wondrous place. Meanwhile, they still have to deal with the threat of Duke of Chalced's desire for dragon's parts.

No new importan...more
Antebar
Credo di poter dire una cosa di questo libro: lo adorerete.

Non parlo di chi vi si accosterà con sufficienza, magari col semplice intento di finire la serie in attesa di storie migliori. Io parlo di chi, come me, ha amato e ama il magnifico universo di Robin Hobb; di chi, come me, non può fare a meno di soffrire insieme ai suoi personaggi, e illuminarsi di pura gioia al minimo riferimento ad altre pagine, adorate e sofferte già molto tempo fa.

Perché Blood of Dragons è soprattutto questo: soffer...more
Brenda Cobbs
Long term fans of Hobb will love this book. Especially those of us who love recognizing elements from previous books and shout to the characters in this book about what it's from. But even readers who just started with this "quadoly" will enjoy it without knowing the extra bits. Although there were some points I had to explain to my mother who just started with this series. I can't wait until she goes back to read the Assassin series and then the other two, just so I can hear her "HEY!" when she...more
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** I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star 'I liked it' rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It's a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 st...more
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