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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
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!
Epic Fantasy Book Review by Mulluane
♦ 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.
Series Summary ~ Book One ~ Book Two ~ Book Three
Librarything Rating 3.98/5
Amazon Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
(403 Customer Reviews)
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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: of 5 Stars