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Blood of Dragons Hardcover – 9 April 2013
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"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
"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)
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Years ago, the magnificent dragon queen Tintaglia forged a bargain with the inhabitants of the treacherous Rain Wilds. In exchange for her protection against enemy invaders, the humans promised to protect an unhatched brood of dragons. But when the dragons emerged as weak and misshapen hatchlings unable to fend for themselves, dragonkind seemed doomed to extinction. When even Tintaglia deserted the crippled young dragons, the Rain Wilders abandoned the burden of caring for the destructive and ravenous creatures. They were banished to a dangerous and grueling journey in search of their ancient dragon homeland, the lost city of Kelsingra, accompanied by a band of young and inexperienced human keepers, also deemed damaged and disposable.
Against all odds they have found the fabled city, yet myriad challenges remain. Sintara, Mercor, Heeby, Relpda, and the rest of the dragons struggle to find their wings--and their independence. Their human escorts, too, must contend with unsettling upheaval: Thymara, Tats, Rapskal, Sedric, and the others are transforming into Elderlings--true dragon companions. As old rules give way to new alliances, secret fears, and adult desires, the keepers must redefine their lives as they attempt to reawaken Kelsingra to its former glory. But gaps in the dragons' memories leave them all struggling to recover the magic that once animated the great city.
As the young Elderlings risk "memory walking" in the city's hidden history, an outside threat is growing. The Duke of Chalced has dispatched his forces to the Rain Wilds with a compelling mission: slaughter the dragons in an attempt to stave off his own demise. The tide of history is about to turn on a life-and-death battle that will ultimately decide the dragons' fate. If they win, the regal serpents will rule the world once more. And if they lose, they will vanish from the world forever.
- Publisher : Harper Voyager (9 April 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 425 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062116851
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062116857
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.48 x 22.86 cm
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Some surprising twists, great linking into previous story lines from other books in the larger range of The Rainwilds series and story telling of vivid colour and fantastic lost world feel.
If you loved the other books in the series, you'll love this one too.
I have enjoyed the adventure up the Rain Wild River and the coming of age of the dragons, their keepers and all those surrounding them. At times the story did drag on, well that is how it felt for me, and found it surprising how quickly it was all concluded.
There were times when I felt that I may have been drowning in the story, or at least getting consumed by it, a little like how some of the characters found themselves being sucked into the memory stones.
A great read none the less, well worth the time and emotional input for all those who love fantasy.
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I read the complete Liveship Traders Trilogy and really enjoyed this and decided to read the Rain Wild Chronicles, when I started to read this I was a little disappointed at first because the characters I had grown to know and love in the Liveship Trilogy were no longer the central point of the books but I persevered and was pleased that I did. I could not put the books down.
Robin Hobb writes with real magic and once you start to read you quickly get caught up in the books and the characters. I found myself laughing and crying and cheering when one thing I was waiting to happen finally did.
I am now reading the Assassin Trilogy and I have to say she has done it again.
Don't know what I will do once I have read all the books. It is rare to find an author that weaves a plot so well with such imagination.
A total failure in the series, which saw an increasing declining from book 1 to book 4..
Many things I've wanted to see develop in book 4, hoping the series will recover, yet it was all a disappointment,
Instead of developing on stronger things that we have been told in the previous books, we are introduced to a new element, which none of the previous tales even alluded at, and it keeps on dragging on with a dizzying head-hopping until I wished I never started reading it.
Sedric could have taken a lead role in the plot, developing the one good element of book 3, the relation with his dragon, who he tried to kill.. instead he is happy to have found "new love" and all the rest does not even matter.
Other reviews spoke of the end of one particular character as if we're wrong, well it pleased me it was just a shame that it didn't get a bit more attention and therefore a reaction from the characters. We do however get a slight revisit to some old Bingtown characters that draws the story to a nice close and yet again the story is left open to come back to.
It is also good to see all the trilogies come together in a sort of understanding that takes your mind back to key points from other stories. I hope that next we can see all the characters come together for a final ending that sees everyone together so they can all understand everything because at the moment it seems like the rain winders need some six duchies understanding of things!
Overall I think it's brilliant it's just a shame that the ending seems rushed and we don't get a final story for all the characters that play a major part in all the books. I have to say though it does seem to have the happy endings that many readers expressed was missing from other trilogies. I hope that we get to return!!!!