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Publisher's Summary

The final instalment 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 coexist. 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.

©2018 Robin Hobb (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Sam Martin
  • 09-22-18

Superb End to the saga!

While the narrator isnt as good as the previous book, the story is too good to let anything get in the way! A great end and a wonderful series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-18

Pronouncing

This performance is much better than the previous version of this book which was so bad that I had to return it. However I have to point out that they are LIVE ships not liv ships.

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  • Grant
  • 07-18-18

Lack of breaks spoils a good story!

A good story, well narrated, but spoiled due to the lack of breaks between chapters/sections, making continuity difficult at times. I am surprised at this, as modern editing ought to have picked this up.