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)
"Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination" (Conn Iggulden)
"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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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.
"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.
"Why Anne Flosnik"
I would recommend the story and the other audible books but not this one the Narrator is rubbish
A different narrator one that puts feeling into the book
I am absolutely devastated was loving the stories and can't wait to listen to the rest of the books, but i physically can't bring myself to listen to her robotic voice. The other Narrators made it interesting and i didn't want to stop listening but when i listen to Anne's voice i don't take anything in its like she's a robot not impressed at all. I am in love with the stories and want to listening to them, think i'm going to have buy read the 4th book myself :(
"Nice continuation of series"
Compared to other audiobooks this seemed quite average it never really gripped me at any point. The story was ok not the best ending and performance seemed a little too dramatic for me.
I've not read too many books with dragons, only the inheritance cycle and that is much better than this.
Like I mentioned above it seemed a bit too dramatic for me.
No, it didnt really draw me in as a lot of audiobooks previously have.
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