Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #4)” as Want to Read:
Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles #4)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  13,038 Ratings  ·  777 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by Harper Voyager (first published March 2013)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Blood of Dragons, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Blood of Dragons

The Republic of Thieves by Scott LynchA Memory of Light by Robert JordanEmperor of Thorns by Mark  LawrenceThe Daylight War by Peter V. BrettThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Can't Wait Sci-Fi/Fantasy of 2013
19th out of 620 books — 3,275 voters
Allegiant by Veronica RothClockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareLover at Last by J.R. WardRequiem by Lauren OliverThe Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Can't Wait Books of 2013
219th out of 2,457 books — 12,414 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Oct 07, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This is the conclusion to the Rain Wild books which means I have almost caught up to the current series, crazy! I really loved both this and the previous book because they were so action-packed and made me just want to read, read, read. I couldn't stop myself from being lost in their world of Dragons and Elderlings, magic and wonder, it was just too enticing.

I think that this was a pretty satisfactory (if rushed) ending. Overall I liked the character threads and there were some great endings of
Brandon Zarzyczny
May 10, 2013 Brandon Zarzyczny rated it really liked it
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
S.E. Berrow
Mar 27, 2013 S.E. Berrow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Franco  Santos
Things can be broken, or lost. All a man can keep for certain are the things in his mind and heart.

Apasionante final de serie. Tiene partes que me parecieron insustanciales, algunas que son bastante aburridas, no obstante, hay otras que son muy buenas. Afortunadamente, estas últimas son las que conforman la mayor parte del libro. Satisfactorio cierre para esta saga de transición. ¡Ahora a reencontrarme con Fitz!
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
David Sven
Jan 17, 2014 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Executive Summary: A good but not perfect ending, to a good but not perfect series.

Full Review
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
helen the bookowl
This was a great conclusion to a grand series about dragons and humans. Especially in this book, I became closely attached to the characters, and I felt like I knew them very well. The book was entertaining like the other books in the series, but most of all I think this series is more about the characters (including the dragons) than it is about the plot. The plot is interesting, but it's Alise, Sedric, Hest etc. who caught my attention throughout.
While I've rated all of this series 3 stars th
Nov 16, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing
This was a great end to a wonderful series! This series is definitely lighter than Hobb's other series, but I love how she weaves all the separate story lines together. Hobb's books are all about the characters, and I loved that she gave the reader so many points of view, including that of some of the dragons. I was also more satisfied by the ending than I usually am with Hobb's stories. If you are a fan of hers and are looking to read something a little more happy (but still with plenty of conf ...more
In my opinion this was definitely the best of all 4 books. The story moved at a fairly swift pace and I loved finding out more about Kelsingra and all of its hidden secrets. The angst was heavy as is always the case with a Robin Hobb book and the sections with poor Seldon were almost unbearable at times. However, there was plenty of adventure and I thought the ending was fantastic, especially the battle to kill the Duke of Chalced.
Jeanette Heidenberg
Apr 16, 2013 Jeanette Heidenberg rated it it was amazing
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
Jean Menzies
This book was a wonderful conclusion to the Rain Wild Chronicles. Although ideally read along side the 3rd in the series to get the feeling of a full story arch from beginning to end plenty happened in this book alone. Since the beginning of the series a few more perspectives had been added, some of which were appreciated, others which I just wanted to get through every time they popped up (I'm thinking of one character in particular). But this did aid Hobb in wrapping up everyone's story lines ...more
Alex Ristea
Jan 19, 2014 Alex Ristea rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 16, 2013 Hayley rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Emil Söderman
Apr 13, 2013 Emil Söderman rated it really liked it
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
Another Hobb series finished and again another loved and enjoyed! This book in particular was great, the characters and events where still very readable but I had some annoyances too, namely the quick killing of off certain characters and the abrupt cut off with the ending just as things where hotting up or rather, melting down haha. Overall a great series BUT I still feel that the Liveship series is the best so far still, that 150 - 200 page suspenseful battle ending will take some beating ;)
May 15, 2013 Bryan rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 11, 2014 Shari Mulluane rated it it was amazing
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 exp
Nov 02, 2015 Silvana rated it liked it
Shelves: fyeahfantasy
I definitely prefer the first two books - the quest part - than the last two.

Robin Hobb still enchanted me with her storytelling. The words just... flow. Her books do not feel like they're more than 500 pages.
I love dragon stories and the ones presented here are amazing to imagine about. The long metamorphosis from sea serpents, going through the acidic river, cocoons, then becoming dragons. But not that easy. When they hatched, they were malformed and pathetic. They couldn't even fly. I love t
Jan 21, 2014 Hanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Aug 08, 2014 Hazel rated it it was ok
Shelves: epic-fantasy, lgbtq
I started this series with the highest hopes. I love xenofic, I really enjoyed the first Liveships trilogy, and of course, I have this thing with dragons.

When I got to the final book, I was a little disenchanted. Mainly, I was hoping for a solid resolution to the main plot revolving around the city of Kelsingra, and the development of the relationship between Sintara and Thymara. Despite disliking the love triangle surrounding Thymara, I wasn't in particular holding out for a non-romantic resol
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 06, 2015 Casey rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, 2010s
Ultimately the story wasn't as exciting as I wanted it to be, but I really enjoyed the characters. Blood of Dragons concludes the Rain Wild Chronicles.

The dragons, humans, and Elderlings begin to unlock the mysteries of Kelsingra. Overall, they have an enjoyable time exploring the city and experiencing the lives of other Elderlings through the use of memory stones.

Hest is still a threat to Alise and Sedric, and he does confront them in the book. Thymara is still torn between Tats and Rapskal. R
Chris Schaeffer
Apr 12, 2013 Chris Schaeffer rated it it was amazing
I am increasingly convinced that Robin Hobb tells the most extraordinary stories I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
Niki Hawkes
Oct 03, 2016 Niki Hawkes rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about Robin Hobb. If she's not my favorite author, she's at least in my top three. Blood of Dragons concludes her Rain Wild Chronicles, a series which takes place on the periphery of her FitzChivalry books. My favorite thing about these "spinoffs" is the expansion of the world I love and the most excellent portrayal of dragons. Many authors write dragons with human personalities, desires, and motives. Hobb's dragons are bestial and almost alien in their behaviors a ...more
Duffy Pratt
Jun 06, 2014 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 really liked it
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
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

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
Joe Kendall
Oct 05, 2015 Joe Kendall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So I don't know what it is about the Bingtown and Rain Wilds books. There is just something that they lack that the Six Dutchy novels have in spades. Robin Hobbs is a fantastic writer. I never wanted to put the book down. But at the same time the books always seem to just be meandering around. There was a plot, but it was kind of background to the story. And the story was very predictable. There were no real plot twists in the story. Rapskal got drowned in memories, Tats got the girl, the dragon ...more
Leah Bayer
Sep 07, 2016 Leah Bayer rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this, but it's probably my least favorite Robin Hobb book. It lacked the emotional wallop of her other finales, and felt oddly rushed-large chunks of time and important events were skipped over.

I was also pretty unhappy with the entire love triangle situation. I didn't like the resolution, or what happened with Rapskal's character. Not a lot of good development for anyone though really. And I felt like core characters from the first 3 books took a backseat for new additions w
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • The Reindeer People (Reindeer People, #1)
  • Casket of Souls (Nightrunner, #6)
  • Traitors' Gate (Crossroads, #3)
  • Gilfeather (Isles of Glory, #2)
  • Stormed Fortress (Wars of Light and Shadow, #8; Arc 3 - Alliance of Light, #5)
  • Forged in Blood I (The Emperor's Edge, #6)
  • Magician's End (The Chaoswar Saga, #3)
  • River of Stars (Under Heaven #2)
  • Legacy of Kings (The Magister Trilogy, #3)
  • The Palace of Impossible Dreams (Tide Lords, #3)
  • The Rogue (Traitor Spy Trilogy, #2)
  • The Silver Mage (Deverry, #15; The Dragon Mage, #7)
  • Spellbound (Spellwright, #2)
  • Watcher of the Dead (Sword of Shadows, #4)
  • Oath of Fealty (Paladin's Legacy, #1)
** 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
More about Robin Hobb...

Other Books in the Series

Rain Wild Chronicles (4 books)
  • The Dragon Keeper (Rain Wild Chronicles, #1)
  • Dragon Haven (Rain Wild Chronicles, #2)
  • City of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #3)

Share This Book

“Perhaps once one realised how deeply one could bond with a creature as foreign as a dragon, all forms of human love seemed more acceptable.” 12 likes
“Axes bit wood into pieces and hammers nailed it back together. Humans could never accept the world as it was and live in it. They were always breaking it and living amongst the shattered pieces.” 7 likes
More quotes…