The final installment of Robin Hobb’s Sunday Times best-selling series The Rain Wild Chronicles.
Dragon blood and scales, dragon liver and eyes and teeth. All required ingredients for medicines with near-miraculous healing powers. The legendary blue dragon Tintaglia is dying of wounds inflicted by hunters sent by the Duke of Chalced, who meanwhile preserves his dwindling life by consuming the blood of the dragon’s poet Selden Vestrit.
If Tintaglia perishes, her ancestral memories will die with her. And the dragons in the ancient city of Kelsingra will lose the secret knowledge they need to survive. Their keepers immerse themselves in the dangerously addictive memory-stone records of the city in the hope of recovering the Elderling magic that once allowed humans and dragons to co-exist. In doing so they risk losing their own identities, even their lives. And danger threatens from beyond the city, too. For war is coming: war between dragonkind and those who would destroy them.
©2011 Robin Hobb (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"In today’s crowded fantasy market, Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)
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"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." (The Times)
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I Have read, or listened to, all the books by Robin Hobb uptil this one and she is one of my favorite fantasy writers. As an audiobook, this is a pain to get through. The narrator sounds like a newsreader on whiskey. With her voice all the characters sounds hoarse and angry and I believe this is not what Robin Hobb want to portrait. I recommend the book, but not as an audiobook.
Blood of Dragons finished the Rain Wild series in a most mediocre fashion. Dragons vs Chalced , hmm let me see whos gonna win...
Hess degenerated into a borderline retarded caricature of the character in the first book while all the reject keepers become cardboard placeholders.
Im sorry to give a Robin Hobb book such a poor score but this one is quite half arsed.
I was actually looking forward to see Thymara's fathers agricultural experiment in the trees but the author seems to have forgotten about the dude altogether.
This performance is bad! How can four books be narrated by 3 different people? Saskia Butler did best, the other 2 not so well. Changing narrators brings about different pronunciation of names which ruins continuity.
Maybe a comedy adaption so bad its good?
It hurts me to be so harsh on an author I grew up with. This series started off good but degenerated into half arsery.
If you have followed this Tangle since The Liveship Traders prepare yourself for some very happy listening. I have come to love all the keepers and their dragons over the previous three books and it was wonderful to spend time with them again. I felt like each of their victories were my own and to finally take flight with the dragons made me tear up with joy.
There is a new narrator, which is distracting, but give her time and you can get into the swing of it.
Love Robin Hobb, and the Rain Wild Chronicles.
Hated the narration by Anne Flosnik, had to listen to find out what happened as had invested in the others in this series. Frankly was glad when it ended.
"Blood of Dragons-A Fitting End"
Blood of Dragons is a fitting end for this further story on Robin Hobb's World of The Cursed Shores ,Venturing further inland to the city of Kelsingra and neatly rounding out the Rebirth of Kelsingra. It also leaves openings at the end for more series maybe a Story of Chalced or a Continuation of Kelsingra's Rebirth . Personally I found it the closest to my favourite of her Series -The Madship Trilogy,I would now say it equals this and hope that Robin Hobb lives and writes for many ,many years ..
"Blood of dragons"
What dreadful narration! Wonderful book so I thought I would try the audio, I wish I hadn't bothered, it's so mechanical
"Narrator is awful"
The story is okay, bit too much of a focus on Hes. The narrator is awful. I vow to never again buy a book narrated by Anne Flosnik. I hated her so much that after a mere couple of chapters I went and bought the kindle version just so I could finish the series without having to listen to her.
"Sorry Ms Flosnik"
Love Robin Hobb stories, and whilst the dragon keeper series isn't as strong as her others it's still good stuff.
But sadly Ms Flosnik sounds like a female dalek, at least she does on my iPhone. Such a distracting disappointment. I assume it's the recording settings of the production rather than her - but I won't be downloading other stories with this narrator- a pity as she is narrating other Robin Hobb books.
"Good book not best narrator"
Loved the book as all the others not happy with changes of narrator preferred Saskia
"Great book, very poor narration"
Im a huge fan of Hobb and her writing, but listening to this book was like swimming through treacle. The cadence is very formulaic and repetitive which meant that I was distracted from the story regularly. Also, why cant every narrator decide on a pronunciation for the terms in the book? Hearing Kal-sed, Tar-man and Ka-sar-ik felt unnatural and made me grate my teeth; some consistency would be nice. The story is however, fantastic.
"Good last book"
Loved this book ..left the best till last book although yet another narrator ignored for the story's sake good listen
"enjoyable but ..."
please try to keep to the same narrator for books that run in a series.
"A satisfying conclusion"
Exciting, dramatic and satisfying. It is such a pleasure to have a book with an actual ending with loose ends tied up, rather than a cliffhanger or ridiculous out of character twists for the sake of it. It was thrilling to have the dragons return to form, and they are such wonderful characters in their own right, rather than pantomime villains.
That would be difficult, as I am very new to the fantasy genre. I can say it compares favourably to the other books in this series, and I look forward to reading other works by Robin Hobb.
There have been a lot of complaints in other reviews, and I can understand why. It is very frustrating to have to work out yet another narrator and their particular style. I didn't dislike it particularly, but I did find it odd that the pronunciation was changed from earlier versions, as if she had not listened to them before starting this book.
As a mother, the plight of the baby really touched me. I found the whole subplot very difficult to listen to.
It was nice to see gay characters introduced throughout this series. They felt completely natural, not used for any sort of effect, just a part of the story.
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