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The final volume in Robin Hobb's popular Rain Wilds fantasy series, Blood of Dragons completes the story of the dragons, their keepers, and their quest to find the lost city of Kelsingra--and the mythical silver wells that the dragons need to survive. Can Tintaglia and the Elderlings unlock the secrets of the ancient city? Or are they doomed to extinction? The world of Robin The final volume in Robin Hobb's popular Rain Wilds fantasy series, Blood of Dragons completes the story of the dragons, their keepers, and their quest to find the lost city of Kelsingra--and the mythical silver wells that the dragons need to survive. Can Tintaglia and the Elderlings unlock the secrets of the ancient city? Or are they doomed to extinction? The world of Robin Hobb's Rain Wilds series has been praised by Booklist as "one of the most gripping settings in modern fantasy," and Publishers Weekly called the Rain Wilds books "a meticulously realized fantasy tale" and "a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore."


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The final volume in Robin Hobb's popular Rain Wilds fantasy series, Blood of Dragons completes the story of the dragons, their keepers, and their quest to find the lost city of Kelsingra--and the mythical silver wells that the dragons need to survive. Can Tintaglia and the Elderlings unlock the secrets of the ancient city? Or are they doomed to extinction? The world of Robin The final volume in Robin Hobb's popular Rain Wilds fantasy series, Blood of Dragons completes the story of the dragons, their keepers, and their quest to find the lost city of Kelsingra--and the mythical silver wells that the dragons need to survive. Can Tintaglia and the Elderlings unlock the secrets of the ancient city? Or are they doomed to extinction? The world of Robin Hobb's Rain Wilds series has been praised by Booklist as "one of the most gripping settings in modern fantasy," and Publishers Weekly called the Rain Wilds books "a meticulously realized fantasy tale" and "a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore."

30 review for Blood of Dragons: Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

  1. 5 out of 5

    Muhtasin Oyshik

    Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicle,#4 Ream of the Elderlings,#13) by Robin Hobb A shadowy future awaits for the protagonists. Nothing is sure. After all, the dragons and their keepers managed to reach the mythical city of Kelsingra. But they have ended up in a world that echoes endlessly with a long history. Moreover, they need to search for specific medicine to heal dragons. And greedy humans are hunting the dragon's body part. The story is filled with full of dangers that lead to unbelievabl Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicle,#4 Ream of the Elderlings,#13) by Robin Hobb A shadowy future awaits for the protagonists. Nothing is sure. After all, the dragons and their keepers managed to reach the mythical city of Kelsingra. But they have ended up in a world that echoes endlessly with a long history. Moreover, they need to search for specific medicine to heal dragons. And greedy humans are hunting the dragon's body part. The story is filled with full of dangers that lead to unbelievable adventures. A lot of characters in this series and Hobb brilliantly handled them. This series is far better than I expected and has a satisfactory conclusion for the series. Humans could never accept the world as it was and live in it. They were always breaking it and living amongst the shattered pieces. Entertaining.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    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 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 looking at you, Thymarra, Rapskal, and Tats. I hope there will be a payoff for reading this quartet in The Fitz and the Fool trilogy because believe me, if anyone asks me whether to read this quartet or not I will immediately tell them to stay away. This is one of the lowest ratings I’ve ever rated for a series. I mean it, it’s not often that I found a series with each installment rating 3 stars and below; I certainly didn’t expect it to be coming from Robin Hobb. There are actually a lot of important things happening for the world of the Elderlings that Hobb has created here, especially regarding the dragons and Elderlings. However, they were once again heavily overshadowed by forgettable new characters and love triangles. In fact, I think of this series overall as a chick flick with Adam Sandler as the main character. Don’t even get me started on the one dimensional Chalcedean villains. Disney animation villains have more characterizations and tension than them. The buildup towards the last battle in the series was long and then boom, it happened off-screen. Robin Hobb is not a great action scenes writer, she never was and I'm fine with that. However, it’s still not advisable to build towards something and then telling it happened off the screen without the readers being able to see it. Finally, I did some research and as it turns out, this quartet was actually two books divided by four because it was too long. Look, instead of dividing it into four books that made the quality of each book diminish, maybe you know? Edit it properly into a more efficient two books. I’m just glad I’m finally done with this quartet. Not only it's easily Hobb’s worst series, it's also one of the worst series I’ve ever read in my life. Regardless of what I feel on the last trilogy and the previous series, I will never reread this quartet again. I will recommend this quartet only for anyone who loved reading poorly written love triangles with the plot, world-building, and pretty much everything else sits in the background. In the end, the only redeeming factors of this quartet are the pretty covers. Picture: My copies of Rainwild Chronicles quartet Series review: Dragon Keeper: 3.5/5 stars Dragon Haven: 1/5 stars City of Dragons: 3/5 stars Blood of Dragons: 2/5 stars Rainwild Chronicles quartet: 9.5/20 stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest

  3. 5 out of 5

    Em Lost In Books

    It's over and that's what matters the most for me. Can't wait to meet Fitz and Fool. It's over and that's what matters the most for me. Can't wait to meet Fitz and Fool.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    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 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 Council in Cassarick), unresolved (Rapskal and Tellator) or completely rushed (pretty much everything that happens in Chalced and everything to do with Selden); some passages were so badly written that they actually made me cringe; some of the messages that Hobb tries to convey, a weird combination of slut-shaming and prude-shaming all at once really rubbed me up the wrong way even as she continues to defy convention with the inclusion of several prominent gay characters (none of them female, mind); and I generally was not gripped by anything that happened in this book. (view spoiler)[Also Hest's death was ridiculous. Why did Kalo do it? Why did no one notice that he had done it, particularly Davvie? It was all way too tidy, and if you ask me, rather Disney villain-esque. Hest as a character himself also became rather ridiculous to the point it became hard to take him seriously. He was truly terrifying in Dragon Keeper/Dragon Haven. What happened? It really bothered me. (hide spoiler)] My least favourite book by Robin Hobb, sadly. I still look forward to her next one though because I love her.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mili

    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! 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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    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 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 certain character's plotlines, some I laughed at, some I was saddened by and some made me smile and get all warm, fuzzy and emotional (always the end of Hobb's series seem to do this to me!) I didn't feel like any of the storylines were unresolved, and although I did think that there could have been (and might still be) more on the characters and world, I felt it all worked well as a complete story. In terms of pacing and narrative this picks up straight after the ending of book #3 which is great for me (as I read them one after the other) and gets straight back to the problems of the day. We get to see that Hobb manages to juggle various threads, people and places nicely, and weaves together a complete story in the end. I found myself easily able to fly through the pages. On the whole I would say that the second two books in this series are far superior to the first two, and although I liked the first these are more representative of the magic Hobb's writing can evoke. We learn a lot about the history and complexity of the Elderlings and the world with some long feuds being rattled and tested. I really enjoyed this, and was certainly invested in the characters and their world and passions, a worthy 4.5* rating indeed (although still not my favourite of the whole series or of Hobb's previous books). I would NOT recommend starting with this series as it will spoil a LOT of Hobb's other books, but if you've read her previous series (Farseer, Liveships and Tawny Man [in that order]) then definitely dive into this if you're ready for some depressing stuff!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    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 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 Fool were in here, but some of the places they “touched” played a big part. And that only serves as a push to return to the very beginning once again – to touch base with FitzChivilry Farseer as a child. In time I will do that.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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 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 Dragons (which is surprising considering Hobb's track record). The one thing I didn't love about the character development (everything else was great) was that Hobb had a strong tendency in this book to pair up all of the human and dragon characters together like a matchmaker. I'm sure that it's bound to happen when a group of young people (and dragons) go on an adventure and start a new settlement, but it felt a little forced at times. The story for Blood of Dragons is pretty basic, where the dragons and new elderlings continue to grow/change and they have to deal with the threat to all dragonkind from Chalced. That's basically it beyond all of the different character interactions and development. I expected a bigger climax from the confrontation with Chalced, but because of the chosen viewpoints and the style of storytelling for this section, which mostly occurs with a character recollecting what happened at a later date, it was just a bit of a letdown. Still, the events in this book have really changed the world, and the future books by Robin Hobb could be very interesting. If you've read the previous books in The Rain Wilds Series, you should definitely read The Blood of Dragons, as it does pretty nicely tie all of the different plotlines in a knot. However, I'd defintely advise a new reader to start with Hobb's Farseer or Liveship Trilogies.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Obida

    Though this series is the least because to say worse is too harsh,written by Robin Hobb, I will actually miss the characters. The final book in the series was slightly underwhelming, even the huge dragon battle at the end. ‘It is hard for loneliness to gaze on happiness,’ The characters, including the dragons developed a lot, they all matured and were different from who they were in book one. Especially Sedric, Alise and Thymara, I say good riddance. I don't like how Hobb solve the love triang Though this series is the least because to say worse is too harsh,written by Robin Hobb, I will actually miss the characters. The final book in the series was slightly underwhelming, even the huge dragon battle at the end. ‘It is hard for loneliness to gaze on happiness,’ The characters, including the dragons developed a lot, they all matured and were different from who they were in book one. Especially Sedric, Alise and Thymara, I say good riddance. I don't like how Hobb solve the love triangle situation, I guess it deserved better. There is something about knowing that someone is taking pleasure in giving you incredible pain … with no remorse. It changes how you see yourself; it changes what you can believe of other people. It changes everything.’ Selden, Malta and Reyn were still here, their inclusion in the book improved it somewhat. I love the writing style, the multiple POV gave the reader different perspectives, the Chalceaden portrayal as villains was a disappointment, I expected more. The plot was actually great but the depiction not so much, this series would have been better if it stayed the duology Hobb planned. The infamous elderlings that all the series set in the Elderling world are about are back to this world, there is still much to learn about them and how they made all those magical jewels, clothing etc. I wish that was more explored instead of Chalceaden. A book mustn't have a villain.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aldi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Accidental reread May '21: Oh look, I fell sideways into my favourite magical queer-friendly dragon expat spa colony and I regret nothing. ******************************************************* Let me begin this review with a few sentiments approximating the noises in my head upon finishing this: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. ajskasuaiuwuioeuqw8euasIULXBaskmBNAKJSJHAKWEHAKJSHAklsjaKSHAkjsjaLKSHJklshA. HHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNHHHHHHHHHHHHGRRAAAAAARGAAAAAHHHHHHH Accidental reread May '21: Oh look, I fell sideways into my favourite magical queer-friendly dragon expat spa colony and I regret nothing. ******************************************************* Let me begin this review with a few sentiments approximating the noises in my head upon finishing this: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. ajskasuaiuwuioeuqw8euasIULXBaskmBNAKJSJHAKWEHAKJSHAklsjaKSHAkjsjaLKSHJklshA. HHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNHHHHHHHHHHHHGRRAAAAAARGAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH. AIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAI. woooooooooooohoooooooooooooyeeeeeeeeeehiiiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyaaaaaaaaaa. Aaaaah, that’s better *flails* Obviously, this was masterful and I adored it. Thoughts in no particular order: First of all, I still wish it had been possible to publish this series as a duology – it’s rather noticeable how the story was set up to be that way. The momentum didn’t really develop properly until Dragon Haven, as it would in the second half of a single novel, and most of City of Dragons was build-up for the events of this final volume. I’m really looking forward to rereading the series in one go sometime and seeing whether how affects the pacing. Anyway, this is about Blood of Dragons! SO MANY FEELS. So much nail-biting! So much bouncing glee! The dragons! THE DRAGONS ARE FLYING! FLYING AND HUNTING AND GROWING AND KILLING PEOPLE! It makes your heart swell. No, really, when this all started out and they were all stunted little miserable lizard things crawling about in the mud, I never thought they’d get to this point, and it’s been such a long and hard and magical journey. To see them finally flying and in charge of their own destiny – yeah, not gonna lie, there were sniffles involved. It’s brilliant and entertaining how most of the dragons found keepers that have similar personality traits – Thymara and Sintara with their prickly natures, Sedric and Relpda with their craving for luxury (“NO MUD!!”), Mercor and Sylve with their level-headedness. All those relationships were so well developed, even the more perfunctory arrangements like Carson and Spit. (Tarman with his gentle nudge at Leftrin and his assertion of “I’m the best, obviously” totally melted my heart, btw. YES, YOU ARE!) Thoroughly enjoyed all the news between the bird keepers – it was such an odd little sideplot to start with but it, too, has come such a long way, and it’s ridiculous how close Robin makes you feel to characters you never even meet in the flesh! Good to know that bastard Kim finally got exposed for the traitorous little shit he was. And and and the letters from the Vestrits, Wintrow in particular, were such a wonderful addition! It was like hearing from old friends. Tintaglia broke my heart into tiny tiny pieces. I honestly wasn’t sure if she was going to make it and it was sheer torture. It feels funny now to remember her when she was still in her cocoon and glamouring Reyn – she seemed like such a sinister influence back then and at first I was so annoyed with her snooty dismissive ways, but now? Compared to some of the other dragons (ahem, Sintara), she is downright mature and mellow *cuddles her* I love Malta and Reyn, and although I wasn’t huuuugely involved in their babyplot (she kinda lost me last book with that whole secretly giving birth under her skirts with the two assassins two feet away from her not noticing…), but I’m glad it all worked out for them, they’ve been through so much already. It all fell together so neatly with the discovery of the Silver, and then OH MY GOD, THE MENTION OF THE MARKS ON MALTA’S NECK! AMBER GAVE HER THOSE THE DAY THAT PARAGON LAUNCHED IN “THE MAD SHIP”!!! I went and looked it up because I only vaguely remembered it and god, it gave me shivers – Amber’s prophecy, and then Malta fainting and the unassuming little side mention of Amber having touched her neck with her bare (skill-covered) fingertips! It’s crazy how wonderfully plotted it all is, and I can’t express how much I love it when stories tie so beautifully into previously explored worlds/plots like this. (Sidebar: It’s been bugging me that Malta has gold hair now – I *think* there was something in City of Dragons about that being a dragon-induced Elderling change? But she definitely was described as dark-haired all through the Liveship Trader books. Even if it was an Elderling change, it’s kind of odd.) SELDEN OMG. His parts were the hardest to read :CCCCCCC What a horrid ordeal. (For the record, if no Vestrit family member ever gets raped again, that… would be good. It’s like they’re magnets for sexually violent creeps.) I felt a bit removed from him in the earlier parts of the series simply because there was so much of his story that wasn’t covered, but I was definitely deeply invested in him in this final instalment. I was so glad he made it out of there, although oh god, he’s going to be so broken. And his shared prison time with Chassim and the conversations they had were just devastating. When they made the pact that they’d both die on the same day… HEARTBREAK. I hope the Duke got acid-eaten sloooooowly. As ever, Robin Hobb does the best despicable villains – not clichéd storybook villains, just people who are horrid for various reasons. And the best thing is when you meet a character who’s just a completely awful human being, you never know whether she’s going to somehow completely turn them around (hi Malta!) or reveal some horridly twisted back-story that makes you feel for them despite their awfulness (ack, Kennit), or whether they’re just going to pretty much stay repulsive and hopefully get their come-uppance someday (ugh, Kyle Haven; screw you, Duke of Chalced; DIE, PRINCE REGAL, DIE DIE). Hest Finbok falls into the latter category – no substantial change of heart/mind, he’s just your genuine douchebag article. He goes through some shit in this book, of course, and I was actually prepared to feel sorry for him at various points, but then he just goes and keeps on blaming everybody else and being horrid to people and yeah, there goes the sympathy. I loved Alise and Sedric both putting Hest in his place – Sedric’s big denunciation speech in front of everyone (complete with public snoggage and applause) could have been cringily on the nose, but it worked because he did it for Alise and I love that they’ve managed to retain and strengthen their friendship and close ranks against Hest. (Could’ve done without Carson crying a Single Tear, though, to be honest!) And aaaaargh, then he goes and puts his rapey hands on Davvie! Grrrrrrr. I was so relieved Davvie didn’t go for it, and that he and Sedric both punched him. Wheeeeeee. AND THEN KALO GOES AND EATS HIM. KALO IS MY HERO. Well, again, I flinched a bit and was ready to almost feel sorry for the bloody arse again, because okay, that is a nasty way to die. But then his last thought – his LAST thought! – is how everyone will mock him if he’s a cripple, and uhm, wow. No, dude, you will be dead and everyone will forget you and your shitty boyfriend-abusing delusional little tiny insignificant life. Now I just hope Kalo puked out his memories somewhere, because Hest does not deserve to continue in any shape or form. It was a fitting touch for no one to figure out what had happened to him, and no one caring. Bit peeved off at some characters, particularly Carson, at their continued dismissal of some relationships (Davvie and Lecter’s, mostly, but also Tats/Thymara/Rapskal) as immature, impermanent and therefore somehow not worthwhile. Carson, you are usually so lovely, don’t be a judgemental arse to your nephew/ward/son figure! :C I mean yeah, most teenage romances are usually considered impermanent, that’s fine – but that’s no reason to utterly dismiss the feelings of the teenagers involved as silly or not legitimate, or to rub the transient nature of most teen relationships into the teen’s face. I was pretty pissed at him last book when he basically told Tats that his feelings weren’t real (while flaunting his own perfect relationship with Sedric, no less), and he’s been rubbish at being supportive to Davvie, essentially dismissing him and his problems with Lecter just because they’re young. It’s not like Sedric is heaps older than the teens, I wonder how Carson would feel if someone told him, “pft, your boyfriend is only sticking around until someone better comes along.” Don’t get me wrong, it made for great, believable character-based conflict, it was a very authentic portrayal of how many adults do treat teenage relationships, and if Carson was the perfect father in addition to being the perfect partner and perfect leader/hunter/provider figure, it would probably have been too much ;) Just needed to get that off my chest. (Also HELLO, MALTA IS RIGHT THERE, HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER HUSBAND STARTED WHEN SHE WAS, LIKE, THIRTEEN!) Again, it was neat to see the teens in question proving him wrong, with Davvie noticeably coming into his own, and Tats and Thymara working things out. Speaking off, gaaaah, Rapskal’s disappearance into Tellator and Thymara trying to keep him from losing himself was heart-wrenching. She’s never been one of my favourite characters but I probably felt most strongly for her in this book. Again, the development was masterful. What else – oh, Alise! It was wonderful to see her make her own place in the world and finding that she has things to offer even if she isn’t an Elderling. You go, girl. She’s come such a long way. (I want to read all her scrolls. Also, I want to live in Kelsingra, but that’s a no-brainer. Hot baths? Shiny clothes? Beds that mould to your shape? Rooms that always stay warm? An entire magical city to explore and bring back to life? I’m so there.) It was so good to see Paragon again (he’s still my favourite liveship, although I adore Tarman as well), along with Althea and Brashen & Co. I whooped out loud when Paragon was handing out breeding advice to Alise and Leftrin. Tactless ship is tactless! The ending was perfect – Tintaglia picking a mate who suits her better than IceFyre, everyone being pretty much agreed that the future will need to bring changes, fucking Chalced finally put in its place (go Chassim! She’s going to do great things with it!), and NEW DRAGON EGGS ABOUT TO BE LAID. There were tears. The good kind. I want to go straight back to the Farseer trilogy now and reread them all chronologically (ahahahahah, that would almost be the same number of books as the entirety of Wheel of Time!). Robin Hobb is still magic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)

    Happy to say that this last book in the quartet had that same epic "how can she possibly tie all this together but then she DOES and it's satisfying but not in a way that feels reductive or too neat" feel that I've come to expect from Robin Hobb. That being said, I'm relieved this part of the Realm of the Elderlings is behind me and that I can get back to Fitz. There was a romantic couple in here who were so incredibly dull. "My lady," "I've never given my body to another with this much love," " Happy to say that this last book in the quartet had that same epic "how can she possibly tie all this together but then she DOES and it's satisfying but not in a way that feels reductive or too neat" feel that I've come to expect from Robin Hobb. That being said, I'm relieved this part of the Realm of the Elderlings is behind me and that I can get back to Fitz. There was a romantic couple in here who were so incredibly dull. "My lady," "I've never given my body to another with this much love," "I feel manly protective urges" level of dull. Thankfully there were other relationships that were much more interesting, and as ever I appreciate that Hobb's books aren't heteronormative. Onwards and (hopefully) upwards.

  12. 5 out of 5

    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 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 I looked forward to watching her progress, but for the whole series she’s just stuck in a love triangle. I think Hobb tried to show her as a young girl transforming into a young woman, while forgetting that’s there’s so much more to that than just deciding what guy you like better, which I felt it always came back to in endless, circular discussions that drove me crazy 🤦‍♀️ . BUT Hobb will never not write excellent villains! So many characters I just loved to hate in this one, but especially Hest and the Duke - two truly vile human beings! I was very happy with one of their fates but I felt the other could have been more developed - off-page ~events just didn’t feel good enough for this character! . Overall though it was an action-packed finale with an ending that I was fairly happy with - onwards to the final trilogy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelly K

    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 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 me. As usual, Hobb's command of the English language is mind boggling. These books are shorter than her others and if you are not interested in ever reading the Farseer Trilogy or the Tawny Man it would be possible (and still very enjoyable) to read only LiveShips and then Rain Wilds. Of course, if you change your mind you will do yourself a disservice. The Farseer books are greatly strengthened by the Rainwild ones. I recommend reading all of her books and in the order of publication but that's a hell of a lot of reading for some people. If you want to experience Hobb without a massive commitment I'd go for LiveShips (awesome on it's own) and then Rain Wilds (If you get hooked...which you will).

  14. 5 out of 5

    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 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 mini climaxes to close off a lot of the story arcs - but we also get a nice finisher at the end. Fantastic stuff. I've really enjoyed reading the series as whole as part of a book club read. There's a lot of meat to the book and in typical Hobb style, most of the dramatic tension lies in the complexities of the relationships of the characters. All Hobb's books are very much character driven which is good if you connect with the characters. If you don't connect with the characters you probably won't enjoy these as much. But I have found most of Hobb's characters to be multi dimensional and she really takes the time to make sure the reader gets to delve into the very depths of the character's inner motivations. When her characters suffer, she makes sure we experience that suffering with them - leading to the common charge that Hobb is really cruel to her protagonists. But really, she's torturing us readers more than anything. On the other end of the scale, when her characters triumph I for one want to stand up and cheer. Likewise when the bad guy gets what's coming to him. One thing I do like is that Hobb spends a lot of time making sure that her ending aren't trite happily ever afters. The bad guy doesn't always get what he totally deserves - and the good guys still tend to walk with a limp if they make it out the other end. She writes good endings is what I'm trying to say. I can highly recommend this series to lovers of character driven fantasy though I would also highly recommend first reading Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy at the very least - and even better, why not get the full experience of this world and start with her Farseer Trilogy. I still prefer the Fitz and Fool books with the Tawny Man Trilogy still my favourite so far. But this book and series get's a very solid... 4 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    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 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 characters - they were changing into somebody else too fast and some turned to be so flat. Example - Malta. She was supposed to be this awesome queen but all I saw was a vain girl who cared only about her hair and clothes. Poor Rapskal was unrecognisable. What happened to him? Thymara went from being a heroine to being a bush in the background. Her choices and actions left me puzzled. The passion and charm of Captain Leftrin (*faints) and Alise vanished. And all that left my wondering why. And that often means I didn't get enough meaning and substantiation. I would have also loved to "meet" the dragons - to know more about them, about their characters, behaviour and etc. Many authors had their takes on dragons, and I think R.Hobb written them in a quite unique way that wavered towards the end. But I also think that many things were left unfinished, "hanging" in the air. I heard that some of the stories continue in other books of R.Hobb, but I still left unsatisfied. I would have loved that some evil dudes would have got a more evil end, and some of the awesome good guys would have got more rewarding (and more well written) end. All in all, it's a good series (and I sooo rarely read them).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    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 followi 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 her characters around as they go about their lives. I feel like not as much happened in these four books as have in her previous trilogies. Yet I don't mind. I don't need her to have epic battles, with spell slinging mages or dragons engaged in combat. This book has no mages, and the dragons do very little fighting. What it does have is complex characters dealing with the complexity that is life: love, hate, greed, courage in a fantastical setting. Somehow that's enough for me. It may not be enough for everyone. There are some complaints I could make, but not many and I won't really dwell on them. I would have liked to see some more time spent with characters from Liveship. Their cameos throughout the series, and in this book in particular were excellent though. The series ends by tying up many but not all of the loose ends I'd have liked. It leaves me wanting more, yet not upset as though the book just stopped. I would be happy to read more about these characters, especially a few years down the road to see how they made out. I think the best example of this might be the bird keepers. We only know a little of them from their correspondence in a few paragraphs between each chapter. Yet they feel just as real to me as the main characters of the book. They feel like friends. People I know and care about. Or they feel like rivals. People I would never want to meet. That's hard in writing, and Ms. Hobb always seems to do an excellent job of that for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Phee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's finally done! Any of you that have been following my updates for this series will know that I struggled to read these four books. It took me a long time to readjust to the third person perspective story telling. It took a long time for me to become interested in the story. It took a long time for me to warm up to the characters. Do you see the reoccurring theme here? By the end, the Hobb worked her magic when it came to the characters. I really came to care for some of the new characters th It's finally done! Any of you that have been following my updates for this series will know that I struggled to read these four books. It took me a long time to readjust to the third person perspective story telling. It took a long time for me to become interested in the story. It took a long time for me to warm up to the characters. Do you see the reoccurring theme here? By the end, the Hobb worked her magic when it came to the characters. I really came to care for some of the new characters that were introduced. Sedric, Carson, Alise and Leftrin to name them. I think Sedric changed the most and in the best ways. His plans at the beginning of the story (harvesting dragon parts for money) were brutal. I didn't think he would do it, I thought he'd have a change of heart. But he was made to feel an outcast, he didn't understand the dragons or the keepers, he was just a boy from Bingtown. When he harvested the blood and scales, I hated him. But boy, did he redeem himself. That night changed him and although what he did was horrific, it put him on the right course in the end. He became a man. When he realises that Hest didn't love him, that he'd been abused for all those years, been a victim both to Hest and his own ideals of what love is. My heart could have broke. Same for Alise. Abusive relationships take many forms, but they will always be wrong. I think Hobb did a terrific job in showing two seemly weak characters, get out of their abusive relationship. Also when Hest came to Kelsingra, both Alise and Sedric both stood up to him. Power to the people! I hated what happened to Selden. We got quite a few chapters from him in this book and all of them were difficult to read. He went through so much. In terms of story, I can see why this series is necessary. We needed to see the baby dragons grow and change. We needed to see the return of the Elderlings. Learn about them, how they are made and maintained. The Skill or as it is known in these books as Silver. Is a vital part of dragons. It's in their blood, it keeps them strong it keeps them alive. It keeps the Elderlings alive and able to build and provide for the Dragons. All very important stuff. Also I totally called it, I figured out the connection between Silver and Skill about 100 pages or so before it actually came to light. Go me. I loved the connections to the Farseer books, subtle hints and references. It satisfies my inner geek. This final book was a lot of fun. Why then, Phee are you giving it 3 stars? As I have said before 3 stars is in no way a bad rating. I read and enjoyed this book. But it did let me down, the conclusion was for me, anticlimactic. After all the dragons learning to fly, growing, becoming 'proper' dragons, saving Tintaglia. They went to get revenge on the Duke of Chalced. But we didn't even get to see the battle. We saw it start and Selden and Chassim got saved. Then we time hop to after all was finished. You cannot make me read a 4 book series about dragons and not let me see the epic fight at the end. Not happy at all at that. Sure the end was nice and things are wrapped up. But the climax was completely ruined and to be honest nonexistent. I am so very glad to be done with this series. I definitely didn't think it was on the same level as her other trilogies. The writing and characters were. But the storytelling was off the mark in my opinion. It's my least favourite part of her Realm of the Elderlings series. I'd give the Rain Wild Chronicles a 3 star rating overall. Onwards now back to Fitz and the Fool. I started reading this series over 2 years ago. I read the first trilogy and really enjoyed it. Then life happened and after I got through a rough time in my life I started to read this series again and fell utterly in love with it. I re-read the Farseer trilogy after I read the Liveship Traders as I wanted to reconnect with Fitz and the Fool before reading Tawny Man. Best decision I ever made. Now it all comes to a close, I'm excited and terrified but I'm ready for one last adventure with my two favourite characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    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 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 that because the books were split into 4 books instead of the 2, that this is much more prevalent. I much preferred the long, drawn out scenes, dealing with just a few characters, than chapters being split between multiple points of view. I also think that while The Rain Wild Chronicles started off focusing on the characters that it became more about the world building near the end of the series. As much as I loved learning about the Elderlings and the Dragons, I never connected to a character as much as I connected to Fitz, Burrich, Malta, or Althea. Thymara had the possibility to become that type of character for me but once she got to Kelsingra, she kind of fell away, and got too involved with love drama. I love that this 4 part tetralogy answered a lot of the big questions I've been having throughout this entire large series. Because of this, I think that the Rain Wild Chronicles is definitely required reading for the entire series. The answers really fill in the entire past of this world but if you aren't that interested in the origins of Elderings, Dragons, and more, and only want more Fitz, maybe you can skip this. I was disappointed in how this story ended. The ending seemed abrupt and a bit anti-climatic. I did not like Seldan's storyline and I wasn't the biggest fan of Malta and Reyne's more passive role in these books. Thymara and Tats were great characters and what happened with Rapskal was interesting, albeit underutilized. Hest was a great evil character that I absolutely hated but I was looking for a big moral or thematic problem to be the central problem in this tetralogy. Overall, I thought this 4 book interlude was good but probably my least favorite stories from The Realm of the Elderlings. I must admit that I am more excited about finishing this series to get back to Fitz and the Fool than I am excited that this series was amazing. I really like that I learned a ton about Elderlings in these books but the mystery was probably the best part of this series. I'm hoping there will be more amazing mysteries and reveals in the next series that made me as excited as I was when I first read the Farseer Trilogy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Rose

    I might have been a touch disappointed with the first three novels in this quartet - I found the characters less engaging than Hobb's usual fare, the plot was extremely slow moving, there was a love triangle of all things which just did not interest me, and there just generally didn't seem to be much going on. Luckily, I reckon this final installment was far more Hobb-y. Finally, there were lots of things happening, with a sense of drama and jeopardy which had been sorely lacking in the previous I might have been a touch disappointed with the first three novels in this quartet - I found the characters less engaging than Hobb's usual fare, the plot was extremely slow moving, there was a love triangle of all things which just did not interest me, and there just generally didn't seem to be much going on. Luckily, I reckon this final installment was far more Hobb-y. Finally, there were lots of things happening, with a sense of drama and jeopardy which had been sorely lacking in the previous books. For the first time in this series, I genuinely cared about what would happen to some of the characters. While I still don't feel close to this series' protagonists, like Thymaria or Alise, some of the secondary and returning characters (Selden and Chassim!) really had me on the edge of my seat. The ending is good - a nice classic Robin Hobb ending which I'm very happy about because I can't wait to see how the huge dramas that happened at the end of this novel will affect the last Hobb trilogy. Overall, Hobb saved the best for last with this series and while it not's quite on the same level as her previous works, it's still enjoyable and I love how the world is expanding and growing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    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 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 purpose of this book. I regret every second of my time. After the 3rd book I was expecting a good ebd story but failed to receive one. I think i am becoming too old to show tolerance to teenager stupidy. I read these series just for the sake of the wholeness of the entire universe of 16 books. Anyway now that it is over I can relax a bit. This is the 4th book of 2019 and I still haven't read a great story yet. This book doesn't seem to have a limit in creating unsympathetic characters or artifically created problems and their solutions. Even stupid and arrogant Malta from the previous The Liveship Trilogy is regarded as an Elderling Queen in these books because "she is very much" changed. I gave two points to this book because of the fact that I felt the peaceful atmosphere of the Elderling city Kelsingra. Now that all those moronic characters have settled there, no wonder that soon enough the city will lose its magical atmosphere. The idea of the book was to create a safe haven for socially unaccepted teenager and broken dragons but the process of the story fails so bad that it actually makes perfect sense to me that those characters are unaccepted. It is a huge talent to gather so many annoying and stupid characters together in a book. As if this is not enough, you make it a book of 500+ pages. No more, no more, no more..

  21. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    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 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 one which precedes it, the Liveship Traders trilogy, for this is a direct sequel to that one. Also, weaved of these lovely words, you’ll find a story with a social impact, one which shows that, no matter how you look or what your orientations are, you are still worthy to be loved and have a big contribution in the others life. What more can I say about it? Marvelous, sweet, exquisite. RH is a master storyteller.

  22. 5 out of 5

    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 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 throughout, I'm still very interested to pick up some of the other series by Robin Hobb. I hear they are phenomenal, and I long to read more of Robin Hobb's excellent story telling.

  23. 4 out of 5

    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 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 it was those I've grown to love, or those I continue to hate, Hobb just has a way of making me feel deeply about them. I do think these characters aren't quite at the same level as those in her previous series, and this was evidenced by the fact that one of my favourite parts of Blood of Dragons was when some characters I loved from the Liveship Traders trilogy popped up at the end. Plot-wise, things were certainly more exciting, given that the dragons had a lot more independence and freedom of movement compared with earlier books, and things were building up to a big battle. I was kind of disappointed though, as when the big event finally arrived, it felt like it was over a bit too quickly. Also, certain characters either met their end too neatly or were saved without too much drama. In my review for Dragon Haven, I mentioned that I wasn't a big fan of the romance and this is something that Hobb has continued with this series. Although there are some couples that I absolutely adore, other matches just felt a bit forced. Even though I guess hormones would be running rampant in a bunch of young people who are stuck (for want of a better word) on a journey together, I found it difficult to believe that pretty much everyone was pairing off. Despite all this, Hobb is still a solid fantasy writer, and one that I highly, highly recommend. I'm looking forward to starting the Fitz and the Fool trilogy soon! Recommended for: people who want to read a pretty satisfying conclusion to the Rain Wild Chronicles. I think this is Hobb's weakest series that I've read so far (having read Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man previously), but it's still great because Hobb is such an amazing author! ~~~~~ Review also posted here.

  24. 4 out of 5

    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 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 those of us who have followed the characters of this world ever since the Farseer trilogy, expectations were high and Hobb does not disappoint. We finally find out who the Elderlings were and what secrets the mysterious abandoned city that Fitz and The Fool visited hides. Character development is one of the strongest reasons why I have virtually devoured all books by Robin Hobb. The characters become friends who, just like real friends, have both lovable and irritating sides to them, but they are never shallow nor trivial. Whenever I find myself attached to a fictional character, I start to dread the ending. The final page of the final book is an irrevocable goodbye, which can leave me with a sense of disappointment. Hobb has a wonderfully graceful way of letting us say goodbye to the characters we've grown to love. I felt it in the previous series, just as I felt it here. Even though there is a sweet nostalgia to leaving the realm of the Elderlings, I am left with a feeling of closure, not disappointment.

  25. 5 out of 5

    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 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 to a satisfactory extent. Although everything wasn't idealised for the character's in the series' conclusion the finale was something I could completely get onboard with and smile to myself as I closed the final page on some of my favourite fictitious characters for now.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    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 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 conflict) then I would definitely recommend this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    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 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 in this book. For instance, since the disparate storylines started to converge, I got to spend more time with those characters I'd missed in the previous book. Throughout the series, each chapter was prefaced with a letter sent between bird keepers from Bingtown and different cities of the Rain Wilds. At first I thought these disconnected snippets were kind of pointless, but I ended up loving the story within a story. In fact, I think my only complaint about Blood of Dragons was that we never got to meet the bird keepers! Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this series. I was expecting the worst, but I should have known by now that even the weakest Hobb book is better than the the best book most other authors are capable of writing!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Morrell

    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 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, don't tell? Where is the payoff? Don't get me wrong, there is no one else I'd rather lead me through a massive meandering, I was totally engrossed and committed to these stories. BUT STILL. It says a lot that the weakest of the "trilogies" still is a very solid four stars. BUT STILL.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mark Halse

    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 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 could eat you if you displease them. It does make for some riveting reading though. Excellent through and through! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)

    Trigger warnings: Rape 4.5 stars! I LOVED that ending.

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