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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

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THAT'S JEALOUSY NOT LOVE

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.

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  • Diana
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 09-27-13

I loved this series!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood of Dragons to be better than the print version?

YES!! Ann Flosnik is a wonderful narrator!!! She is a pro at doing males, females, dragons, different accents and her voice is so beautiful!

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her beautiful voice! Her inflections, her mastery of story telling! She's one of the best up there with Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

NO FILM!!! My head does better imaginings than any movie would do this story justice.

Any additional comments?

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.

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great ending for good series

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


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Meets Expectations - still want more

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.

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  • AJ
  • 05-22-13

An excellent wrap up to a great story

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!

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  • Joe
  • Modesto, CA
  • 04-18-13

This is the Robin Hobb whose writing I've loved

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.

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Too soon!

I just felt like the end wrapped up way too quickly and I still have so many unanswered questions.

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Not for everyone

Robin writes unudual stories that are vibrant with detail as well as being exciting. You just need to accept thay in her world some ships can talk and dragons breath acid not fire.

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Don't Mess with Dragons!

What a way to conclude this series, albeit a quick ending. The story moved along at a great pace and kept the reader engaged throughout the various events. I would recommend this book to all fans of epic fantasy.

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Several redeeming qualities, but also many flaws

The series more than any other I've read has this reoccurring theme that women secretely enjoy rape and that women enjoy being chased. It tries to balance anti rape sentiment but its just way too much for a series.