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Blood of Dragons

(The Rain Wild Chronicles #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  22,196 ratings  ·  1,220 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 1st 2013)
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Cassandra POVs included:

Maybe Carson? Can't remember.
+ the letters from the bird keepers, with a…more
POVs included:

Maybe Carson? Can't remember.
+ the letters from the bird keepers, with a few written by Keffria and Jani.

That's a lot of perspectives! And it is mostly non-draconic people.(less)

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Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Love triangle fans
Highly recommended for anyone who loved reading love triangle relationship. The question is: who does?

I don’t want to spend any more of my time on this series, I’ve spent way too many precious times on this mediocre series already so I’ll try to keep it short. The plot line has become super predictable, heck Big Hero 6 has more twist than this series. Not only that, most of the plot sits in the background while the two dimensional new characters focusing on love, sex, and who cheated on who. I’m
Em Lost In Books
It's over and that's what matters the most for me. Can't wait to meet Fitz and Fool.
S.E. Berrow
Mar 15, 2013 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
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another beautiful series by Robin Hobb! The dragons their fight to become 'real' dragons again. A combination of new and old characters. All very alive and quickly to love throughout the series. Its an adventurous tale of growth and finding a home. Lots of emotional struggle and the hardships of traveling to new grounds. When it comes to my slow reading I read through these 4 books quickly, and now Im so sad!
Sep 03, 2015 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
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fantasy, 2020
An expressive, fitting goodbye and satisfying ending to this 4-part series, four books that I’d spread out over a roughly ten-month reading span. This ending doesn't really feel like a goodbye though, and maybe that's because it has filled in so many gaps and occurrences from the Liveship Traders all the way to the finale of the Fitz and the Fool series, while touching on past reading memories that are just slightly out of reach (on the “tip of my tongue” as is said). Neither the Fitz nor the Fo ...more
Brandon Zarzyczny
Apr 14, 2013 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
Abbie | ab_reads
3.5 stars

I rather enjoyed the finale to Hobb’s Rain Wild Chronicles, but I think it’s unanimously accepted that this series just does not reach the same standards as her other trilogies. But over the four books I’ve come to really enjoy reading about the clan of dragons, watching them grow and become sassy and powerful!
Apart from the dragons and some recurring characters who shall remain nameless for fear of spoilers, I was a tiny bit disappointed in some of them. In Book 1 I LOVED Thymara and
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Shelly K
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
There was a lot of build up in this series and this book ended it a bit too quick for me. Still a great read and an amazing series.

In Hobb's writing, it is usually the characters that make the stories but the strengths of this series were the themes and the relationship building. The characters were well developed and I was invested in them on a whole but I didn't feel a particular affinity for anyone. I didn't fall in love with anyone. There was no Althea or Paragon or Fitz in this series for m
David Sven
Jan 07, 2014 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
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
It's over!


Despite 3* rating, I liked it. It's more 3,5* and a quite satisfactory ending to Rain Wild Chronicles series. But... I still feel that the tension you could slice with a sword in #2 was something that would helped #4 if it existed. If felt like an additional book when Frodo already destroyed the ring, Mermaid got married or home life chronicles of Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. It's still interesting, but there is no "hook" when the main goal is already achieved.

Somehow I lost character
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 followi
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
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With Blood of Dragons completed, I am finished with the Rain Wild Chronicles, and I have mixed feelings on this 4 book series. I believe that the publisher's decision to split this series up into 4 different books wasn't the best decision. I could tell from reading this series that some sections were almost a "oh btw, this is what is happening here," section. In the previous Hobb books we really didn't get a whole lot of these moments of reminding the reader about other characters and I feel tha ...more
Devran ikiz
Finally finished. Thank god. There is no other story that I could be less interested. I was biting my nails at the last 10 pages for it to finish already. The main character of the book, Thymara, has nothing to do with the story. Almost the whole series she was in between two boys. She was almost exactly the same character from anothet shitty book Twilight. When Thymara's chapters were coming I was losing even the little interest that I had. Mating dragons and mating teenagers are the whole purp ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-to-a-hobb, fantasy
Do you ever immerse yourself so deeply in a story that you’ll want to be a part of it?

That’s what this story did to me. All I can think now is that being an Elderling and living in Kelsingra among dragons is the perfect life anyone could have. Damn, I think Robin Hobb is a dragon herself, for she possesses the glamour which makes the reader bind to her words without escape.

*deep sigh* back to reality :)

If you love classic fantasy verging on fairytale, you wouldn’t want to miss this one and the o
Helene Jeppesen
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 11, 2014 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
steph // bookplaits
In three words: tense, exhilarating, neat.

"'Things can be broken, or lost. All a man can keep for certain are the things in his mind and heart.'"

When I think about how far the dragons and their keepers, and the crew of the liveship Tarman, have come since the first Rain Wild Chronicles book, I'm amazed. It's been such a treat to go on this journey with them, and Hobb mostly ends this series in a satisfying way.

As with all Hobb books I've read, her characters are what kept me reading. Whether i
Jeanette Heidenberg
Apr 16, 2013 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
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood of Dragons was the perfect conclusion to a series that, having heard so many negative things about, was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it!

This book gave me pretty much everything I wanted: certain characters were vindicated,  others got some well-deserved punishments, and there were so many scenes that made me grin from ear-to-ear and want to cheer, which doesn't often happen when I read Robin Hobb's books!

In addition, many of the issues I had with City of Dragons were resolved
Michelle Morrell
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, x-read-2017
The final book in the Rain Wilds "Trilogy" (because it totally should have been presented as three books, not four), this volume finds the dragons finally come into their own. Kelsingra is becoming a real city and the Elderlings are discovering who and what they really are, and what they can become.

My only complaint is the ending. Finally, after meandering through these hundreds of thousands of words, it builds, it builds, here comes the action and!! ... nothing. An epilogue. Where is my show, d
Mark Halse
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am now fully caught up on the world of the Elderlings and am fully prepared for the release of the final Fitz and the Fool book.

This book was excellent and a fulfilling ending to a masterful series. I still am a little disconcerted by the dragons as characters though. They are a lot like enormous house cats. Being a dog person, the cat personality has always been a bit off putting to me. So it's difficult for me to sympathize with characters that worship self-centered, egocentric beings that c
Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
Trigger warnings: Rape

4.5 stars! I LOVED that ending.
Shari (colourmeread)
My favourite book in the series, I couldn't put down Blood of Dragons once I started it! I'm once again in awe of Hobb's writing because of how she deals with multiple characters, invests enough in their storylines to make you care about them, and still manage to give a satisfying ending to their journeys.

As much as I enjoyed the book I did feel parts of it were rushed. While I liked how certain characters met their end, it felt too quick and easy. There was also a build up for a war that didn't
Apr 10, 2013 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
Emil Söderman
Apr 13, 2013 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
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. While I want more books that include the rain wilds cast of characters, I thought this was a great conclusion to the story Hobb masterfully weaved.
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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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