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.
©2013 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
I THINK I WILL NAME YOU MEAT.
These are Dragons worth reading about. These Dragons have complex personalities, yet their character stays within the bounds set in previous literature on dragons. They are arrogant, lack empathy, believe humans are either meant to serve them or be food, and you will love them. You could not substitute any other animal in their place, they are distinctly Dragons.
She got MADDER, BECAUSE SHE DID NOT KNOW WHY SHE WAS MAD.
Robin Hobb has uncanny insight into the human psyche. She knows all the complex and simple thoughts that go through our heads. She understands how we feel as we interact with others, how words or actions can affect us, based on our personalities. I love it when she touches on those things we often think about, but never vocalize. She offers advice through her characters with out being preachy and you may not even realize she is doing it. She is not overly dramatic, nor does she skip over what makes us real. Most of all she is entertaining, never boring.
This being the fourth and finally book of the series, you should start with at least book one of this series. I suggest that you start with The Liveship Traders Trilogy. It is the series just before this series and both series share some characters. This series is a stand alone series, but will make even better sense if you read Ship of Magic and it's two sequels first.
I love Anne Flosnik for Robin Hobb's Fantasies. Her voice has a very unique quality, that puts you into Hobb's world of Dragons, right from page one. She does not do a whole lot of voices, but Hobb's writing is so good, you will never get your characters mixed up and she does it without the he says, she says scenario. She is sort of the female version of John Lee.
HIS WORDS DANCE ALL THROUGH THE TRUTH NEVER THOUCHING THEM.
YES!! Ann Flosnik is a wonderful narrator!!! She is a pro at doing males, females, dragons, different accents and her voice is so beautiful!
The characters! I love the way Robin Hobb creates her villians! I also like that each character has inner conflicts that seem real and natural within fantastical settings. I love her descriptive abilities and her attention to detail.
Her beautiful voice! Her inflections, her mastery of story telling! She's one of the best up there with Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble.
NO FILM!!! My head does better imaginings than any movie would do this story justice.
I am so happy to have audible.com. I have had around 3 (maybe 4 ) platinum memberships. Audible has the very best narrators and the easiest and fastest site to downloading books. I would forgo restaurants, new clothes and the like just to have my audible.com platinum membership.
and for a change not a bad ending like Robin Hobb
loved the characters development , loved that every one of them gets a share in the story
I really like the fact that for a change the people are the lesser participants
I really like this series. My only problem with Robin Hobb's characters is that sometimes the time it takes for them to mature and stop being so childish seems a little too prolonged for me, but I guess that may be no different than reality. I like seeing them mature and grow, but...
However I really like the world that Robin Hobb has created and discovering it is definitely what keeps me coming back to this series and I am excited to find out what happens next.
The Rain Wilds Chronicle finishes with this book bringing the entire life cycle of dragons into context. At times, as was true in Hobb's other tales, the coincidental encounters of characters is very predictable, and the end of the story wraps up a little suddenly. Even so, the conclusion is very satisfying without loose ends to leave the reader waiting for the next book. Anne Flosnik does a terrific performance!
I have been following this series with hope. This installment reminds me of why I love Hobb's books. Excellent writing- great resolutions, significant progress in the story.
If you have enjoyed other series by Hobb, you will like this installment. In my opinion, it accomplished a lot more than earlier installments.
the last chapter of this book felt like it was rushed, I'd have preferred to have the characters finish their stories earlier in the book than to have them all ended quickly. thimara's final phrase was confusing, nothing had led to that sentiment earlier. loved the series, the characters were rich and the environment and situations believable.
Only if they would be willing to start at book one of the series...otherwise they wouldn't have the full context of the story and be fumbling around the story.
Yes, I have started a few other books in different series of hers so I would finish them out--mostly to say that I'd reached the conclusion in each of them.
Since the narrator did all of the books, with the finish of this one, I had resigned myself to her style of speaking. She did a decent job of differing the voices of the female & males characters although the speech patterns still grated even after four books.
I guess having a different narrator would have been the best thing to do.
In each of the books, I felt that there was a bit too much fluff going on...as if the reader needed the proverbial hand-holding (but in word form)---that the reader couldn't imagine it on their own. Many times, I felt myself drifting when that happened...in the this book, I did fast-forward it through one part that I felt was unnecessarily shoved at me....I got the meaning within the first few sentences but the scene was dragged out enough that I just couldn't take it anymore.
Actually, I am glad that it's the end of the series....it didn't pan out as I thought it might....although the battle scene ending was as I hoped.
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