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
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
This series had a great setup but the execution felt distracted. There were a far too many points where the author belabored points of questionable value and let interesting plot centric opportunities pass because it would take to much effort to think through the nuances of the plot as the book series/world moved forward.
I hope this was the result of a bad editor and not an indication of the author losing interest and burning out ( George RR Martin style)
If you like any of Robin Hobbs series, you will love this one also. I think this is one of her best!
Much of the times was spent whining about love triangles and teenage-level angst. The narration was annoying and the voices she attempted to act always sounded so ridiculous that it was like she was making fun of the characters. Her choices to make one person sound like a shy little girl, or another person with a phony accent seemed completely random and not related to the characters' descriptions. Several hours in, I started using the 30 second skip generously to spare myself so suffering. I wish this had no cost money. Then I would have just turned it off and found the paper copy.
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