Friday, March 14, 2014

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book Four)

Mulluane | 2:00 PM | 1 Comment so far

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.

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| Author: Robin Hobb
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming-of-Age
| ISBN-10: 0062116851
| ISBN-13: 9780062116857
| Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition,
 1st Printing edition (April 9, 2013)
| Hardcover: 448 pages
| Cover Art by Jackie Morris
| Source: Personal Copy / Kindle
| Rating: 5 Stars
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Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #4)

♥ Mini Review ♥
Don't you love it when a book leaves you smiling after you've finished the last page? So few seem to do that these days. Oh the ending may be satisfactory but does it warm your heart? Well this one warmed mine!

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♦ My Thoughts. Action, adventure, danger, romance and some awesome poetic justice, all provide a nonstop ride in this concluding book of the Rain Wilds Chronicles.

I'll have to admit, I didn't think it was possible to tie up ALL of the various storylines. Especially the ones that did not come into sharp focus until volume three. I am happy to say that I was wrong. They all got tied up, or close enough, and the entire story concluded at a momentous time. It was as close to perfect as I've ever experienced in a series. What a joy!

♦ What I Liked. Oh my, where do I start. Most, not all mind you, but most of the "bad" people got what was coming to them and in spades. Some of them in ways that made me snicker. The "good" folks for the most part, got a happy ending or atleast found themselves better off than when they started this journey. And the dragons. Those poor crippled, deformed, pitiful dragons...

Waiting for me to drop a spoiler aren't you. Nope. Not happening. You are just going to have to read the books. I'm evil like that yanno.

♦ What I didn't like. I want to use this space to touch on something I completely left out of my last three reviews. There is a separate storyline threaded throughout all four books. At the end of each chapter there are a couple of pages devoted to personal messages between the messenger bird keepers of Bingtown and the Rain Wilds. Now at first they did not make much sense to me. They didn't seem to have much to do with the main story. But I kept reading them and slowly it dawned on me that they were providing cameo shots of what was going on "at home."

Eventually, aside from giving me a glimpse of what was going on abroad, these asides took on a life of their own. Not enough for me to really care about the bird keepers but enough for me to be curious about what would happen next. They also ended up being the only storyline I was dissatisfied with. I would have loved to see some poetic justice there too but that is what I get for being greedy I guess.

♦ Conclusion. This series may have gotten off to a slow start but it sure didn't end that way. If anything it came close to ending too fast. Of all of the books in the series this is the one that sent me to bed late and got me up early. But I have to admit. The rush was smooth as silk. There were some scenes that ended rather abruptly but that was just the author cutting out unneeded fluff and moving on to more important stuff. Considering everything that was going on, at no time was I confused or even overwhelmed. And that last chapter? Well it was everything I could have hoped for and more.

What more can I say? Dragons! Character driven! Robin Hobb! Did I mention... Dragons! Throw in politics, romance, evil, danger, adventure, (deep breath) betrayal, war, justice, mystery, vividly unique personalities and you have a recipe for yet another priceless Robin Hobb classic.

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Epic Fantasy Book Review of Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book Four) - Reviewed by Mulluane - on April 07, 2014 - Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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1 comment :

  1. Wow. I really am going to have to track this down, even if that means tracking down the earlier trilogy first. {Smile}


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