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Blood of Dragons: Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles Kindle Edition
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The dragons' survival hangs in the balance in the thrilling climax of New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb's acclaimed Rain Wilds Chronicles saga
The legendary dragon city of Kelsingra has been discovered. But most of the dragons now lack the strength for the final hazardous river crossing, and the mythical silver wells they need to survive are nowhere to be found. In a desperate attempt to unlock the whereabouts of the wells, the keepers risk memory walking--immersing themselves in the drug-like memories of long deceased Elderlings. The magic of the city and the final secret it conceals present their only chance of survival, not just for the queen dragon Tintaglia but for Malta and Reyn's infant Elderling son as well.
To make matters worse, time is of the utmost importance. The Duke of Chalced has dispatched his forces to the Rain Wilds with a compelling mission: slaughter a dragon 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.--Las Vegas Review Journal on CITY OF DRAGONS --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0089LOD6Y
- Publisher : Harper Voyager; Reissue edition (April 9, 2013)
- Publication date : April 9, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1146 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 545 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,163 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The shadow of the other Elderlings hovering over Rapskal and Thymara was confusing at best...but in the end, Boom! She can figure out the mystery of the silver suddenly. The whole deal with her having wings and then to come out on the last page with, 'oh, I almost flew' as the outcome...what? It would have been a surprise if she couldn't have flown...but the way it happened was so not satisfying.
And of course, as a continuation from the first three books, the insane amount of editing errors is mind boggling to me. Misspelled words. The whole thing...for someone with such a following and the amount of work she's has put out...and apparently a rather good support...I was less than impressed. I have to add...this is the harshest review I have ever done for an author. I write, so I know what it's like to receive critiques on my work and how it can affect you, which is why I tend to go for the positive and see the good in the books I review...this one just ....well, I just had to be honest about my disappointment in this series. Sorry...
Never-the-less, I see there is a "Fitz and the Fool Trilogy" and am going to get that (from the library) after I reread "The Tawny Man Trilogy."
While I can’t say too much as to not let go of the ending I will say that reading this book was like watching “All My Children”. There were so many things that just kept pulling me forward and had me on the end of my seat. What happens to Tintaglia? Will the baby survive? How will it end with Hest and Alise? Will Thymara make a decision already? What is happening to Rapskal and will he snap out of it? The Dragons…. Will they get the silver they need, and at what cost? There are so many intricate details regarding the city that it’s hard to not be lost in the pages of Kelsingra.
There was really only one ending that would have been satisfactory for me and it was delivered. Hobbs really does immerse you in a whole new world with so much to explore.
The journey there is priceless and I for one hope that there is much more to come.
Noticing the apparent importance of the word "chronicles" in the series title might help temper expectations.This series doesn't present itself as say, Rivers of Acid, Torrents of Misery or Short Scaly Tales for Midnight Reading. Transformations: A Case Study? Not that either. Leisurely Character Studies Along A River, maybe?
The problem, I think, is that when the first book in this series came out, it was believed to be the first of two. As a fan of Robin Hobbs books in general, it seemed odd to me that a story paced that way COULD be part of a two-book tale, and sure enough, the story kept going, and going, and going. The pace she set at the start, is the pace she continues with, pretty much.
Right near the end, the author does indulge in a bit of paraphrase, but since I was more interested in the stuff she put in than the stuff she truncated, and was ready for her to wrap things up, I'm happy with it. I really didn't need to read every bit of every scene from the perspective of every character we've met along the way, even if it might have been kind of satisfying to know the particulars.
In retrospect, and after having re-read the rest of the series in anticipation of this new title, overall, the pacing in the series is a bit slow, the author clearly could have condensed some of it quite a lot, and I wish that the general tone of the books were a bit less tortured, but over all, I've realized that I'm happy with the story she tells. It's a long, leisurely character based ramble along a river. The villains and the war? Part of the story, but not the goal. If you're looking for lots of fights, or something to translate into a movie, maybe read something else. (Though I do think this world would make for a great video game. Lots of fabulous locations, treasure to find, villains to foil, skills to develop, etc. Plus, the acidic river? what a great obstacle.)
Mercedes Lackey's Chronicles of Valdemar has the same problem of pacing, I think, but I do wonder if Lackey even HAS an overarching story to tell. (I get the feeling that she's just churning out Valdemar stories for the sake of selling books, not because she's got anything especially interesting to say about Valdemar, the Companions or the people of Velgarth)
Robin Hobb clearly does have stories to tell here, slow as they might be, and she does a remarkable job keeping track of the details.
For those who haven't read anything else of hers, give the rest a try. Starting at the beginning is kind of logical, (i.e., Assassin's Apprentice) but I really do think that as long as you begin a series at the start, you shouldn't have any trouble figuring out what's going on. The Soldier's Son series is set elsewhere, and has a somewhat darker, creepier tone.
As for newbies to this author, there are elements of this series that would probably be more interesting to those who've always wondered what's going on in the mysterious Rain Wilds, which kind of implies that you have to KNOW the Rain Wilds exist in order to build up any wonderment, but if you're in the mood for a leisurely read, this might fit the bill. Definitely start this series at the beginning.
I look forward to her next series, no matter where it's set. She's one of my favorite authors (I think Lois McMaster Bujold tops the list.).
Top reviews from other countries
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!!!!