Blood of Dragons

Blood of Dragons❰PDF❯ ✎ Blood of Dragons Author Robin Hobb – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk The dragons survival hangs in the balance in the thrilling final volume in the acclaimed River Wilds Chronicles fantasy seriesThe dragons and their dedicated band of keepers have at last found the los The dragons survival hangs in the balance in the thrilling final volume in the acclaimed River Wilds Chronicles fantasy seriesThe dragons and their dedicated band of keepers have at last found the lost city of Kelsingra The magical creatures have learned to use their wings and are growing into their regal Blood of eBook ☆ inheritance Their humans, too, are changing As the mystical bonds with their dragons deepen, Thymara, Tats, Rapskal, and even Sedric, the unlikeliest of keepers, have begun transforming into beautiful Elderlings raked with exquisite features that complement and reflect the dragons they serveBut while the humans have scoured the empty streets and enormous buildings of Kelsingra, they cannot find the mythical silver wells the dragons need to stay health and survive With enemies encroaching, the keepers must risk memory walking immersing themselves in the dangerously addictive memories of long deceased Elderlings to uncover clues necessary to their survivalAnd time is of the essence, for the legendary Tintaglia, long feared dead, has returned, wounded in a battle with humans hunting dragon blood and scales She is weakening and only the hidden silver can revive her If Tintaglia dies, so, too, will the ancient memories she carries a devastating loss that will ensure the dragons extinction. Highly recommended for anyone who loved reading love triangle relationship The question is who does I don t want to spend anyof my time on this series, I ve spent way too many precious times on this mediocre series already so I ll try to keep it short The plot line has become super predictable, heck Big Hero 6 hastwist than this series Not only that, most of the plot sits in the background while the two dimensional new characters focusing on love, sex, and who cheated on who I m Highly recommended for anyone who loved reading love triangle relationship The question is who does I don t want to spend anyof my time on this series, I ve spent way too many precious times on this mediocre series already so I ll try to keep it short The plot line has become super predictable, heck Big Hero 6 hastwist than this series Not only that, most of the plot sits in the background while the two dimensional new characters focusing on love, sex, and who cheated on who I m looking at you, Thymarra, Rapskal, and Tats I hope there will be a payoff for reading this quartet in The Fitz and the Fool trilogy because believe me, if anyone asks me whether to read this quartet or not I will immediately tell them to stay away This is one of the lowest ratings I ve ever rated for a series I mean it, it s not often that I found a series with each installment rating 3 stars and below I certainly didn t expect it to be coming from Robin Hobb.There are actually a lot of important things happening for the world of the Elderlings that Hobb has created here, especially regarding the dragons and Elderlings However, they were once again heavily overshadowed by forgettable new characters and love triangles In fact, I think of this series overall as a chick flick with Adam Sandler as the main character Don t even get me started on the one dimensional Chalcedean villains Disney animation villains havecharacterizations and tension than them The buildup towards the last battle in the series was long and then boom, it happened off screen Robin Hobb is not a great action scenes writer, she never was and I m fine with that However, it s still not advisable to build towards something and then telling it happened off the screen without the readers being able to see it.Finally, I did some research and as it turns out, this quartet was actually two books divided by four because it was too long Look, instead of dividing it into four books that made the quality of each book diminish, maybe you know Edit it properly into aefficient two books.I m just glad I m finally done with this quartet Not only it s easily Hobb s worst series, it s also one of the worst series I ve ever read in my life Regardless of what I feel on the last trilogy and the previous series, I will never reread this quartet again I will recommend this quartet only for anyone who loved reading poorly written love triangles with the plot, world building, and pretty much everything else sits in the background In the end, the only redeeming factors of this quartet are the pretty covers.Picture My copies of Rainwild Chronicles quartetSeries review Dragon Keeper 3.5 5 stars Dragon Haven 1 5 stars City of Dragons 3 5 stars Blood of Dragons 2 5 stars Rainwild Chronicles quartet 9.5 20 stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest It s over and that s what matters the most for me Can t wait to meet Fitz and Fool. Oh God it pains me deeply to be awarding a 1 star rating to a book written by my favourite author, but I have to be honest, I just couldn t be getting along with this book at all Characters that had previously seemed so fleshed out and three dimensional Sedric, Relpda and Malta for example suddenly became flat and boring, mere shadows of their former selves the threads of storylines that had been building up in City Of Dragons felt either abandoned the traitors amongst the Traders Cou Oh God it pains me deeply to be awarding a 1 star rating to a book written by my favourite author, but I have to be honest, I just couldn t be getting along with this book at all Characters that had previously seemed so fleshed out and three dimensional Sedric, Relpda and Malta for example suddenly became flat and boring, mere shadows of their former selves the threads of storylines that had been building up in City Of Dragons felt either abandoned the traitors amongst the Traders Council in Cassarick , unresolved Rapskal and Tellator or completely rushed pretty much everything that happens in Chalced and everything to do with Selden some passages were so badly written that they actually made me cringe some of the messages that Hobb tries to convey, a weird combination of slut shaming and prude shaming all at once really rubbed me up the wrong way even as she continues to defy convention with the inclusion of several prominent gay characters none of them female, mind and I generally was not gripped by anything that happened in this book view spoiler Also Hest s death was ridiculous Why did Kalo do it Why did no one notice that he had done it, particularly Davvie It was all way too tidy, and if you ask me, rather Disney villain esque Hest as a character himself also became rather ridiculous to the point it became hard to take him seriously He was truly terrifying in Dragon Keeper Dragon Haven What happened It really bothered me hide spoiler My least favourite book by Robin Hobb, sadly I still look forward to her next one though because I love her Another beautiful series by Robin Hobb The dragons their fight to become real dragons again A combination of new and old characters All very alive and quickly to love throughout the series Its an adventurous tale of growth and finding a home Lots of emotional struggle and the hardships of traveling to new grounds When it comes to my slow reading I read through these 4 books quickly, and now Im so sad This is the conclusion to the Rain Wild books which means I have almost caught up to the current series, crazy I really loved both this and the previous book because they were so action packed and made me just want to read, read, read I couldn t stop myself from being lost in their world of Dragons and Elderlings, magic and wonder, it was just too enticing.I think that this was a pretty satisfactory if rushed ending Overall I liked the character threads and there were some great endings of This is the conclusion to the Rain Wild books which means I have almost caught up to the current series, crazy I really loved both this and the previous book because they were so action packed and made me just want to read, read, read I couldn t stop myself from being lost in their world of Dragons and Elderlings, magic and wonder, it was just too enticing.I think that this was a pretty satisfactory if rushed ending Overall I liked the character threads and there were some great endings of certain character s plotlines, some I laughed at, some I was saddened by and some made me smile and get all warm, fuzzy and emotional always the end of Hobb s series seem to do this to me I didn t feel like any of the storylines were unresolved, and although I did think that there could have been and might still beon the characters and world, I felt it all worked well as a complete story.In terms of pacing and narrative this picks up straight after the ending of book 3 which is great for me as I read them one after the other and gets straight back to the problems of the day We get to see that Hobb manages to juggle various threads, people and places nicely, and weaves together a complete story in the end I found myself easily able to fly through the pages.On the whole I would say that the second two books in this series are far superior to the first two, and although I liked the first these arerepresentative of the magic Hobb s writing can evoke We learn a lot about the history and complexity of the Elderlings and the world with some long feuds being rattled and tested I really enjoyed this, and was certainly invested in the characters and their world and passions, a worthy 4.5 rating indeed although still not my favourite of the whole series or of Hobb s previous books I would NOT recommend starting with this series as it will spoil a LOT of Hobb s other books, but if you ve read her previous series Farseer, Liveships and Tawny Man in that order then definitely dive into this if you re ready for some depressing stuff An expressive, fitting goodbye and satisfying ending to this 4 part series, four books that I d spread out over a roughly ten month reading span This ending doesn t really feel like a goodbye though, and maybe that s because it has filled in so many gaps and occurrences from the Liveship Traders all the way to the finale of the Fitz and the Fool series, while touching on past reading memories that are just slightly out of reach on the tip of my tongue as is said Neither the Fitz nor the Fo An expressive, fitting goodbye and satisfying ending to this 4 part series, four books that I d spread out over a roughly ten month reading span This ending doesn t really feel like a goodbye though, and maybe that s because it has filled in so many gaps and occurrences from the Liveship Traders all the way to the finale of the Fitz and the Fool series, while touching on past reading memories that are just slightly out of reach on the tip of my tongue as is said Neither the Fitz nor the Fool were in here, but some of the places they touched played a big part And that only serves as a push to return to the very beginning once again to touch base with FitzChivilry Farseer as a child In time I will do that I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but once it was done I just found it to be a bit underwhelming, which is something I d never say about any of Robin Hobb s other trilogy endings The writing is classic Hobb, where it is incredibly enjoyable to read and all of the characters are completely unique and entertaining There s also a bit of character torture going on here, but it s really only one character, as all of the other good main characters have it pretty easy in Blood of Dra I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but once it was done I just found it to be a bit underwhelming, which is something I d never say about any of Robin Hobb s other trilogy endings The writing is classic Hobb, where it is incredibly enjoyable to read and all of the characters are completely unique and entertaining There s also a bit of character torture going on here, but it s really only one character, as all of the other good main characters have it pretty easy in Blood of Dragons which is surprising considering Hobb s track record The one thing I didn t love about the character development everything else was great was that Hobb had a strong tendency in this book to pair up all of the human and dragon characters together like a matchmaker I m sure that it s bound to happen when a group of young people and dragons go on an adventure and start a new settlement, but it felt a little forced at times The story for Blood of Dragons is pretty basic, where the dragons and new elderlings continue to grow change and they have to deal with the threat to all dragonkind from Chalced That s basically it beyond all of the different character interactions and development I expected a bigger climax from the confrontation with Chalced, but because of the chosen viewpoints and the style of storytelling for this section, which mostly occurs with a character recollecting what happened at a later date, it was just a bit of a letdown Still, the events in this book have really changed the world, and the future books by Robin Hobb could be very interesting If you ve read the previous books in The Rain Wilds Series, you should definitely read The Blood of Dragons, as it does pretty nicely tie all of the different plotlines in a knot However, I d defintely advise a new reader to start with Hobb s Farseer or Liveship Trilogies 3.5 starsI rather enjoyed the finale to Hobb s Rain Wild Chronicles, but I think it s unanimously accepted that this series just does not reach the same standards as her other trilogies But over the four books I ve come to really enjoy reading about the clan of dragons, watching them grow and become sassy and powerful.Apart from the dragons and some recurring characters who shall remain nameless for fear of spoilers, I was a tiny bit disappointed in some of them In Book 1 I LOVED Thymara and 3.5 starsI rather enjoyed the finale to Hobb s Rain Wild Chronicles, but I think it s unanimously accepted that this series just does not reach the same standards as her other trilogies But over the four books I ve come to really enjoy reading about the clan of dragons, watching them grow and become sassy and powerful.Apart from the dragons and some recurring characters who shall remain nameless for fear of spoilers, I was a tiny bit disappointed in some of them In Book 1 I LOVED Thymara and I looked forward to watching her progress, but for the whole series she s just stuck in a love triangle I think Hobb tried to show her as a young girl transforming into a young woman, while forgetting that s there s so muchto that than just deciding what guy you like better, which I felt it always came back to in endless, circular discussions that drove me crazy .BUT Hobb will never not write excellent villains So many characters I just loved to hate in this one, but especially Hest and the Duke two truly vile human beings I was very happy with one of their fates but I felt the other could have beendeveloped off page events just didn t feel good enough for this character.Overall though it was an action packed finale with an ending that I was fairly happy with onwards to the final trilogy This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Let me begin this review with a few sentiments approximating the noises in my head upon finishing this EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.ajskasuaiuwuioeuqw8euasIULXBaskmBNAKJSJHAKWEHAKJSHAklsjaKSHAkjsjaLKSHJklshA.HHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNHHHHHHHHHHHHGRRAAAAAARGAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.AIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAI.woooooooooooohoooooooooooooyeeeeeeeeeehiiiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyaaaaaaaaaa.Aaaaah, that s better flails Obviously, this was masterful an Let me begin this review with a few sentiments approximating the noises in my head upon finishing this EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.ajskasuaiuwuioeuqw8euasIULXBaskmBNAKJSJHAKWEHAKJSHAklsjaKSHAkjsjaLKSHJklshA.HHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNHHHHHHHHHHHHGRRAAAAAARGAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.AIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAI.woooooooooooohoooooooooooooyeeeeeeeeeehiiiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyaaaaaaaaaa.Aaaaah, that s better flails Obviously, this was masterful and I adored it Thoughts in no particular order First of all, I still wish it had been possible to publish this series as a duology it s rather noticeable how the story was set up to be that way The momentum didn t really develop properly until Dragon Haven, as it would in the second half of a single novel, and most of City of Dragons was build up for the events of this final volume I m really looking forward to rereading the series in one go sometime and seeing whether how affects the pacing.Anyway, this is about Blood of Dragons SO MANY FEELS So much nail biting So much bouncing glee The dragons THE DRAGONS ARE FLYING FLYING AND HUNTING AND GROWING AND KILLING PEOPLE It makes your heart swell No, really, when this all started out and they were all stunted little miserable lizard things crawling about in the mud, I never thought they d get to this point, and it s been such a long and hard and magical journey To see them finally flying and in charge of their own destiny yeah, not gonna lie, there were sniffles involved It s brilliant and entertaining how most of the dragons found keepers that have similar personality traits Thymara and Sintara with their prickly natures, Sedric and Relpda with their craving for luxury NO MUD , Mercor and Sylve with their level headedness All those relationships were so well developed, even theperfunctory arrangements like Carson and Spit Tarman with his gentle nudge at Leftrin and his assertion of I m the best, obviously totally melted my heart, btw YES, YOU ARE Thoroughly enjoyed all the news between the bird keepers it was such an odd little sideplot to start with but it, too, has come such a long way, and it s ridiculous how close Robin makes you feel to characters you never even meet in the flesh Good to know that bastard Kim finally got exposed for the traitorous little shit he was And and and the letters from the Vestrits, Wintrow in particular, were such a wonderful addition It was like hearing from old friends Tintaglia broke my heart into tiny tiny pieces I honestly wasn t sure if she was going to make it and it was sheer torture It feels funny now to remember her when she was still in her cocoon and glamouring Reyn she seemed like such a sinister influence back then and at first I was so annoyed with her snooty dismissive ways, but now Compared to some of the other dragons ahem, Sintara , she is downright mature and mellow cuddles her I love Malta and Reyn, and although I wasn t huuuugely involved in their babyplot she kinda lost me last book with that whole secretly giving birth under her skirts with the two assassins two feet away from her not noticing , but I m glad it all worked out for them, they ve been through so much already It all fell together so neatly with the discovery of the Silver, and then OH MY GOD, THE MENTION OF THE MARKS ON MALTA S NECK AMBER GAVE HER THOSE THE DAY THAT PARAGON LAUNCHED IN THE MAD SHIP I went and looked it up because I only vaguely remembered it and god, it gave me shivers Amber s prophecy, and then Malta fainting and the unassuming little side mention of Amber having touched her neck with her bare skill covered fingertips It s crazy how wonderfully plotted it all is, and I can t express how much I love it when stories tie so beautifully into previously explored worlds plots like this Sidebar It s been bugging me that Malta has gold hair now I think there was something in City of Dragons about that being a dragon induced Elderling change But she definitely was described as dark haired all through the Liveship Trader books Even if it was an Elderling change, it s kind of odd SELDEN OMG His parts were the hardest to read CCCCCCC What a horrid ordeal For the record, if no Vestrit family member ever gets raped again, that would be good It s like they re magnets for sexually violent creeps I felt a bit removed from him in the earlier parts of the series simply because there was so much of his story that wasn t covered, but I was definitely deeply invested in him in this final instalment I was so glad he made it out of there, although oh god, he s going to be so broken And his shared prison time with Chassim and the conversations they had were just devastating When they made the pact that they d both die on the same day HEARTBREAK I hope the Duke got acid eaten sloooooowly As ever, Robin Hobb does the best despicable villains not clich d storybook villains, just people who are horrid for various reasons And the best thing is when you meet a character who s just a completely awful human being, you never know whether she s going to somehow completely turn them around hi Malta or reveal some horridly twisted back story that makes you feel for them despite their awfulness ack, Kennit , or whether they re just going to pretty much stay repulsive and hopefully get their come uppance someday ugh, Kyle Haven screw you, Duke of Chalced DIE, PRINCE REGAL, DIE DIE Hest Finbok falls into the latter category no substantial change of heart mind, he s just your genuine douchebag article He goes through some shit in this book, of course, and I was actually prepared to feel sorry for him at various points, but then he just goes and keeps on blaming everybody else and being horrid to people and yeah, there goes the sympathy I loved Alise and Sedric both putting Hest in his place Sedric s big denunciation speech in front of everyone complete with public snoggage and applause could have been cringily on the nose, but it worked because he did it for Alise and I love that they ve managed to retain and strengthen their friendship and close ranks against Hest Could ve done without Carson crying a Single Tear, though, to be honest And aaaaargh, then he goes and puts his rapey hands on Davvie Grrrrrrr I was so relieved Davvie didn t go for it, and that he and Sedric both punched him Wheeeeeee AND THEN KALO GOES AND EATS HIM KALO IS MY HERO Well, again, I flinched a bit and was ready to almost feel sorry for the bloody arse again, because okay, that is a nasty way to die But then his last thought his LAST thought is how everyone will mock him if he s a cripple, and uhm, wow No, dude, you will be dead and everyone will forget you and your shitty boyfriend abusing delusional little tiny insignificant life Now I just hope Kalo puked out his memories somewhere, because Hest does not deserve to continue in any shape or form It was a fitting touch for no one to figure out what had happened to him, and no one caring Bit peeved off at some characters, particularly Carson, at their continued dismissal of some relationships Davvie and Lecter s, mostly, but also Tats Thymara Rapskal as immature, impermanent and therefore somehow not worthwhile Carson, you are usually so lovely, don t be a judgemental arse to your nephew ward son figure C I mean yeah, most teenage romances are usually considered impermanent, that s fine but that s no reason to utterly dismiss the feelings of the teenagers involved as silly or not legitimate, or to rub the transient nature of most teen relationships into the teen s face I was pretty pissed at him last book when he basically told Tats that his feelings weren t real while flaunting his own perfect relationship with Sedric, no less , and he s been rubbish at being supportive to Davvie, essentially dismissing him and his problems with Lecter just because they re young It s not like Sedric is heaps older than the teens, I wonder how Carson would feel if someone told him, pft, your boyfriend is only sticking around until someone better comes along Don t get me wrong, it made for great, believable character based conflict, it was a very authentic portrayal of how many adults do treat teenage relationships, and if Carson was the perfect father in addition to being the perfect partner and perfect leader hunter provider figure, it would probably have been too much Just needed to get that off my chest Also HELLO, MALTA IS RIGHT THERE, HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER HUSBAND STARTED WHEN SHE WAS, LIKE, THIRTEEN Again, it was neat to see the teens in question proving him wrong, with Davvie noticeably coming into his own, and Tats and Thymara working things out.Speaking off, gaaaah, Rapskal s disappearance into Tellator and Thymara trying to keep him from losing himself was heart wrenching She s never been one of my favourite characters but I probably felt most strongly for her in this book Again, the development was masterful.What else oh, Alise It was wonderful to see her make her own place in the world and finding that she has things to offer even if she isn t an Elderling You go, girl She s come such a long way I want to read all her scrolls Also, I want to live in Kelsingra, but that s a no brainer Hot baths Shiny clothes Beds that mould to your shape Rooms that always stay warm An entire magical city to explore and bring back to life I m so there It was so good to see Paragon again he s still my favourite liveship, although I adore Tarman as well , along with Althea and Brashen Co I whooped out loud when Paragon was handing out breeding advice to Alise and Leftrin Tactless ship is tactless The ending was perfect Tintaglia picking a mate who suits her better than IceFyre, everyone being pretty much agreed that the future will need to bring changes, fucking Chalced finally put in its place go Chassim She s going to do great things with it , and NEW DRAGON EGGS ABOUT TO BE LAID There were tears The good kind I want to go straight back to the Farseer trilogy now and reread them all chronologically ahahahahah, that would almost be the same number of books as the entirety of Wheel of Time Robin Hobb is still magic There was a lot of build up in this series and this book ended it a bit too quick for me Still a great read and an amazing series.In Hobb s writing, it is usually the characters that make the stories but the strengths of this series were the themes and the relationship building The characters were well developed and I was invested in them on a whole but I didn t feel a particular affinity for anyone I didn t fall in love with anyone There was no Althea or Paragon or Fitz in this series for m There was a lot of build up in this series and this book ended it a bit too quick for me Still a great read and an amazing series.In Hobb s writing, it is usually the characters that make the stories but the strengths of this series were the themes and the relationship building The characters were well developed and I was invested in them on a whole but I didn t feel a particular affinity for anyone I didn t fall in love with anyone There was no Althea or Paragon or Fitz in this series for me As usual, Hobb s command of the English language is mind boggling These books are shorter than her others and if you are not interested in ever reading the Farseer Trilogy or the Tawny Man it would be possible and still very enjoyable to read only LiveShips and then Rain Wilds Of course, if you change your mind you will do yourself a disservice The Farseer books are greatly strengthened by the Rainwild ones I recommend reading all of her books and in the order of publication but that s a hell of a lot of reading for some people If you want to experience Hobb without a massive commitment I d go for LiveShips awesome on it s own and then Rain Wilds If you get hookedwhich you will

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    Blood of Dragons PDF/EPUB ´ Blood of eBook ☆ legendary Tintaglia, long feared dead, has returned, wounded in a battle with humans hunting dragon blood and scales She is weakening and only the hidden silver can revive her If Tintaglia dies, so, too, will the ancient memories she carries a devastating loss that will ensure the dragons extinction. Highly recommended for anyone who loved reading love triangle relationship The question is who does I don t want to spend anyof my time on this series, I ve spent way too many precious times on this mediocre series already so I ll try to keep it short The plot line has become super predictable, heck Big Hero 6 hastwist than this series Not only that, most of the plot sits in the background while the two dimensional new characters focusing on love, sex, and who cheated on who I m Highly recommended for anyone who loved reading love triangle relationship The question is who does I don t want to spend anyof my time on this series, I ve spent way too many precious times on this mediocre series already so I ll try to keep it short The plot line has become super predictable, heck Big Hero 6 hastwist than this series Not only that, most of the plot sits in the background while the two dimensional new characters focusing on love, sex, and who cheated on who I m looking at you, Thymarra, Rapskal, and Tats I hope there will be a payoff for reading this quartet in The Fitz and the Fool trilogy because believe me, if anyone asks me whether to read this quartet or not I will immediately tell them to stay away This is one of the lowest ratings I ve ever rated for a series I mean it, it s not often that I found a series with each installment rating 3 stars and below I certainly didn t expect it to be coming from Robin Hobb.There are actually a lot of important things happening for the world of the Elderlings that Hobb has created here, especially regarding the dragons and Elderlings However, they were once again heavily overshadowed by forgettable new characters and love triangles In fact, I think of this series overall as a chick flick with Adam Sandler as the main character Don t even get me started on the one dimensional Chalcedean villains Disney animation villains havecharacterizations and tension than them The buildup towards the last battle in the series was long and then boom, it happened off screen Robin Hobb is not a great action scenes writer, she never was and I m fine with that However, it s still not advisable to build towards something and then telling it happened off the screen without the readers being able to see it.Finally, I did some research and as it turns out, this quartet was actually two books divided by four because it was too long Look, instead of dividing it into four books that made the quality of each book diminish, maybe you know Edit it properly into aefficient two books.I m just glad I m finally done with this quartet Not only it s easily Hobb s worst series, it s also one of the worst series I ve ever read in my life Regardless of what I feel on the last trilogy and the previous series, I will never reread this quartet again I will recommend this quartet only for anyone who loved reading poorly written love triangles with the plot, world building, and pretty much everything else sits in the background In the end, the only redeeming factors of this quartet are the pretty covers.Picture My copies of Rainwild Chronicles quartetSeries review Dragon Keeper 3.5 5 stars Dragon Haven 1 5 stars City of Dragons 3 5 stars Blood of Dragons 2 5 stars Rainwild Chronicles quartet 9.5 20 stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest It s over and that s what matters the most for me Can t wait to meet Fitz and Fool. Oh God it pains me deeply to be awarding a 1 star rating to a book written by my favourite author, but I have to be honest, I just couldn t be getting along with this book at all Characters that had previously seemed so fleshed out and three dimensional Sedric, Relpda and Malta for example suddenly became flat and boring, mere shadows of their former selves the threads of storylines that had been building up in City Of Dragons felt either abandoned the traitors amongst the Traders Cou Oh God it pains me deeply to be awarding a 1 star rating to a book written by my favourite author, but I have to be honest, I just couldn t be getting along with this book at all Characters that had previously seemed so fleshed out and three dimensional Sedric, Relpda and Malta for example suddenly became flat and boring, mere shadows of their former selves the threads of storylines that had been building up in City Of Dragons felt either abandoned the traitors amongst the Traders Council in Cassarick , unresolved Rapskal and Tellator or completely rushed pretty much everything that happens in Chalced and everything to do with Selden some passages were so badly written that they actually made me cringe some of the messages that Hobb tries to convey, a weird combination of slut shaming and prude shaming all at once really rubbed me up the wrong way even as she continues to defy convention with the inclusion of several prominent gay characters none of them female, mind and I generally was not gripped by anything that happened in this book view spoiler Also Hest s death was ridiculous Why did Kalo do it Why did no one notice that he had done it, particularly Davvie It was all way too tidy, and if you ask me, rather Disney villain esque Hest as a character himself also became rather ridiculous to the point it became hard to take him seriously He was truly terrifying in Dragon Keeper Dragon Haven What happened It really bothered me hide spoiler My least favourite book by Robin Hobb, sadly I still look forward to her next one though because I love her Another beautiful series by Robin Hobb The dragons their fight to become real dragons again A combination of new and old characters All very alive and quickly to love throughout the series Its an adventurous tale of growth and finding a home Lots of emotional struggle and the hardships of traveling to new grounds When it comes to my slow reading I read through these 4 books quickly, and now Im so sad This is the conclusion to the Rain Wild books which means I have almost caught up to the current series, crazy I really loved both this and the previous book because they were so action packed and made me just want to read, read, read I couldn t stop myself from being lost in their world of Dragons and Elderlings, magic and wonder, it was just too enticing.I think that this was a pretty satisfactory if rushed ending Overall I liked the character threads and there were some great endings of This is the conclusion to the Rain Wild books which means I have almost caught up to the current series, crazy I really loved both this and the previous book because they were so action packed and made me just want to read, read, read I couldn t stop myself from being lost in their world of Dragons and Elderlings, magic and wonder, it was just too enticing.I think that this was a pretty satisfactory if rushed ending Overall I liked the character threads and there were some great endings of certain character s plotlines, some I laughed at, some I was saddened by and some made me smile and get all warm, fuzzy and emotional always the end of Hobb s series seem to do this to me I didn t feel like any of the storylines were unresolved, and although I did think that there could have been and might still beon the characters and world, I felt it all worked well as a complete story.In terms of pacing and narrative this picks up straight after the ending of book 3 which is great for me as I read them one after the other and gets straight back to the problems of the day We get to see that Hobb manages to juggle various threads, people and places nicely, and weaves together a complete story in the end I found myself easily able to fly through the pages.On the whole I would say that the second two books in this series are far superior to the first two, and although I liked the first these arerepresentative of the magic Hobb s writing can evoke We learn a lot about the history and complexity of the Elderlings and the world with some long feuds being rattled and tested I really enjoyed this, and was certainly invested in the characters and their world and passions, a worthy 4.5 rating indeed although still not my favourite of the whole series or of Hobb s previous books I would NOT recommend starting with this series as it will spoil a LOT of Hobb s other books, but if you ve read her previous series Farseer, Liveships and Tawny Man in that order then definitely dive into this if you re ready for some depressing stuff An expressive, fitting goodbye and satisfying ending to this 4 part series, four books that I d spread out over a roughly ten month reading span This ending doesn t really feel like a goodbye though, and maybe that s because it has filled in so many gaps and occurrences from the Liveship Traders all the way to the finale of the Fitz and the Fool series, while touching on past reading memories that are just slightly out of reach on the tip of my tongue as is said Neither the Fitz nor the Fo An expressive, fitting goodbye and satisfying ending to this 4 part series, four books that I d spread out over a roughly ten month reading span This ending doesn t really feel like a goodbye though, and maybe that s because it has filled in so many gaps and occurrences from the Liveship Traders all the way to the finale of the Fitz and the Fool series, while touching on past reading memories that are just slightly out of reach on the tip of my tongue as is said Neither the Fitz nor the Fool were in here, but some of the places they touched played a big part And that only serves as a push to return to the very beginning once again to touch base with FitzChivilry Farseer as a child In time I will do that I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but once it was done I just found it to be a bit underwhelming, which is something I d never say about any of Robin Hobb s other trilogy endings The writing is classic Hobb, where it is incredibly enjoyable to read and all of the characters are completely unique and entertaining There s also a bit of character torture going on here, but it s really only one character, as all of the other good main characters have it pretty easy in Blood of Dra I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but once it was done I just found it to be a bit underwhelming, which is something I d never say about any of Robin Hobb s other trilogy endings The writing is classic Hobb, where it is incredibly enjoyable to read and all of the characters are completely unique and entertaining There s also a bit of character torture going on here, but it s really only one character, as all of the other good main characters have it pretty easy in Blood of Dragons which is surprising considering Hobb s track record The one thing I didn t love about the character development everything else was great was that Hobb had a strong tendency in this book to pair up all of the human and dragon characters together like a matchmaker I m sure that it s bound to happen when a group of young people and dragons go on an adventure and start a new settlement, but it felt a little forced at times The story for Blood of Dragons is pretty basic, where the dragons and new elderlings continue to grow change and they have to deal with the threat to all dragonkind from Chalced That s basically it beyond all of the different character interactions and development I expected a bigger climax from the confrontation with Chalced, but because of the chosen viewpoints and the style of storytelling for this section, which mostly occurs with a character recollecting what happened at a later date, it was just a bit of a letdown Still, the events in this book have really changed the world, and the future books by Robin Hobb could be very interesting If you ve read the previous books in The Rain Wilds Series, you should definitely read The Blood of Dragons, as it does pretty nicely tie all of the different plotlines in a knot However, I d defintely advise a new reader to start with Hobb s Farseer or Liveship Trilogies 3.5 starsI rather enjoyed the finale to Hobb s Rain Wild Chronicles, but I think it s unanimously accepted that this series just does not reach the same standards as her other trilogies But over the four books I ve come to really enjoy reading about the clan of dragons, watching them grow and become sassy and powerful.Apart from the dragons and some recurring characters who shall remain nameless for fear of spoilers, I was a tiny bit disappointed in some of them In Book 1 I LOVED Thymara and 3.5 starsI rather enjoyed the finale to Hobb s Rain Wild Chronicles, but I think it s unanimously accepted that this series just does not reach the same standards as her other trilogies But over the four books I ve come to really enjoy reading about the clan of dragons, watching them grow and become sassy and powerful.Apart from the dragons and some recurring characters who shall remain nameless for fear of spoilers, I was a tiny bit disappointed in some of them In Book 1 I LOVED Thymara and I looked forward to watching her progress, but for the whole series she s just stuck in a love triangle I think Hobb tried to show her as a young girl transforming into a young woman, while forgetting that s there s so muchto that than just deciding what guy you like better, which I felt it always came back to in endless, circular discussions that drove me crazy .BUT Hobb will never not write excellent villains So many characters I just loved to hate in this one, but especially Hest and the Duke two truly vile human beings I was very happy with one of their fates but I felt the other could have beendeveloped off page events just didn t feel good enough for this character.Overall though it was an action packed finale with an ending that I was fairly happy with onwards to the final trilogy This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Let me begin this review with a few sentiments approximating the noises in my head upon finishing this EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.ajskasuaiuwuioeuqw8euasIULXBaskmBNAKJSJHAKWEHAKJSHAklsjaKSHAkjsjaLKSHJklshA.HHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNHHHHHHHHHHHHGRRAAAAAARGAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.AIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAI.woooooooooooohoooooooooooooyeeeeeeeeeehiiiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyaaaaaaaaaa.Aaaaah, that s better flails Obviously, this was masterful an Let me begin this review with a few sentiments approximating the noises in my head upon finishing this EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.ajskasuaiuwuioeuqw8euasIULXBaskmBNAKJSJHAKWEHAKJSHAklsjaKSHAkjsjaLKSHJklshA.HHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNHHHHHHHHHHHHGRRAAAAAARGAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.AIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAIAI.woooooooooooohoooooooooooooyeeeeeeeeeehiiiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyaaaaaaaaaa.Aaaaah, that s better flails Obviously, this was masterful and I adored it Thoughts in no particular order First of all, I still wish it had been possible to publish this series as a duology it s rather noticeable how the story was set up to be that way The momentum didn t really develop properly until Dragon Haven, as it would in the second half of a single novel, and most of City of Dragons was build up for the events of this final volume I m really looking forward to rereading the series in one go sometime and seeing whether how affects the pacing.Anyway, this is about Blood of Dragons SO MANY FEELS So much nail biting So much bouncing glee The dragons THE DRAGONS ARE FLYING FLYING AND HUNTING AND GROWING AND KILLING PEOPLE It makes your heart swell No, really, when this all started out and they were all stunted little miserable lizard things crawling about in the mud, I never thought they d get to this point, and it s been such a long and hard and magical journey To see them finally flying and in charge of their own destiny yeah, not gonna lie, there were sniffles involved It s brilliant and entertaining how most of the dragons found keepers that have similar personality traits Thymara and Sintara with their prickly natures, Sedric and Relpda with their craving for luxury NO MUD , Mercor and Sylve with their level headedness All those relationships were so well developed, even theperfunctory arrangements like Carson and Spit Tarman with his gentle nudge at Leftrin and his assertion of I m the best, obviously totally melted my heart, btw YES, YOU ARE Thoroughly enjoyed all the news between the bird keepers it was such an odd little sideplot to start with but it, too, has come such a long way, and it s ridiculous how close Robin makes you feel to characters you never even meet in the flesh Good to know that bastard Kim finally got exposed for the traitorous little shit he was And and and the letters from the Vestrits, Wintrow in particular, were such a wonderful addition It was like hearing from old friends Tintaglia broke my heart into tiny tiny pieces I honestly wasn t sure if she was going to make it and it was sheer torture It feels funny now to remember her when she was still in her cocoon and glamouring Reyn she seemed like such a sinister influence back then and at first I was so annoyed with her snooty dismissive ways, but now Compared to some of the other dragons ahem, Sintara , she is downright mature and mellow cuddles her I love Malta and Reyn, and although I wasn t huuuugely involved in their babyplot she kinda lost me last book with that whole secretly giving birth under her skirts with the two assassins two feet away from her not noticing , but I m glad it all worked out for them, they ve been through so much already It all fell together so neatly with the discovery of the Silver, and then OH MY GOD, THE MENTION OF THE MARKS ON MALTA S NECK AMBER GAVE HER THOSE THE DAY THAT PARAGON LAUNCHED IN THE MAD SHIP I went and looked it up because I only vaguely remembered it and god, it gave me shivers Amber s prophecy, and then Malta fainting and the unassuming little side mention of Amber having touched her neck with her bare skill covered fingertips It s crazy how wonderfully plotted it all is, and I can t express how much I love it when stories tie so beautifully into previously explored worlds plots like this Sidebar It s been bugging me that Malta has gold hair now I think there was something in City of Dragons about that being a dragon induced Elderling change But she definitely was described as dark haired all through the Liveship Trader books Even if it was an Elderling change, it s kind of odd SELDEN OMG His parts were the hardest to read CCCCCCC What a horrid ordeal For the record, if no Vestrit family member ever gets raped again, that would be good It s like they re magnets for sexually violent creeps I felt a bit removed from him in the earlier parts of the series simply because there was so much of his story that wasn t covered, but I was definitely deeply invested in him in this final instalment I was so glad he made it out of there, although oh god, he s going to be so broken And his shared prison time with Chassim and the conversations they had were just devastating When they made the pact that they d both die on the same day HEARTBREAK I hope the Duke got acid eaten sloooooowly As ever, Robin Hobb does the best despicable villains not clich d storybook villains, just people who are horrid for various reasons And the best thing is when you meet a character who s just a completely awful human being, you never know whether she s going to somehow completely turn them around hi Malta or reveal some horridly twisted back story that makes you feel for them despite their awfulness ack, Kennit , or whether they re just going to pretty much stay repulsive and hopefully get their come uppance someday ugh, Kyle Haven screw you, Duke of Chalced DIE, PRINCE REGAL, DIE DIE Hest Finbok falls into the latter category no substantial change of heart mind, he s just your genuine douchebag article He goes through some shit in this book, of course, and I was actually prepared to feel sorry for him at various points, but then he just goes and keeps on blaming everybody else and being horrid to people and yeah, there goes the sympathy I loved Alise and Sedric both putting Hest in his place Sedric s big denunciation speech in front of everyone complete with public snoggage and applause could have been cringily on the nose, but it worked because he did it for Alise and I love that they ve managed to retain and strengthen their friendship and close ranks against Hest Could ve done without Carson crying a Single Tear, though, to be honest And aaaaargh, then he goes and puts his rapey hands on Davvie Grrrrrrr I was so relieved Davvie didn t go for it, and that he and Sedric both punched him Wheeeeeee AND THEN KALO GOES AND EATS HIM KALO IS MY HERO Well, again, I flinched a bit and was ready to almost feel sorry for the bloody arse again, because okay, that is a nasty way to die But then his last thought his LAST thought is how everyone will mock him if he s a cripple, and uhm, wow No, dude, you will be dead and everyone will forget you and your shitty boyfriend abusing delusional little tiny insignificant life Now I just hope Kalo puked out his memories somewhere, because Hest does not deserve to continue in any shape or form It was a fitting touch for no one to figure out what had happened to him, and no one caring Bit peeved off at some characters, particularly Carson, at their continued dismissal of some relationships Davvie and Lecter s, mostly, but also Tats Thymara Rapskal as immature, impermanent and therefore somehow not worthwhile Carson, you are usually so lovely, don t be a judgemental arse to your nephew ward son figure C I mean yeah, most teenage romances are usually considered impermanent, that s fine but that s no reason to utterly dismiss the feelings of the teenagers involved as silly or not legitimate, or to rub the transient nature of most teen relationships into the teen s face I was pretty pissed at him last book when he basically told Tats that his feelings weren t real while flaunting his own perfect relationship with Sedric, no less , and he s been rubbish at being supportive to Davvie, essentially dismissing him and his problems with Lecter just because they re young It s not like Sedric is heaps older than the teens, I wonder how Carson would feel if someone told him, pft, your boyfriend is only sticking around until someone better comes along Don t get me wrong, it made for great, believable character based conflict, it was a very authentic portrayal of how many adults do treat teenage relationships, and if Carson was the perfect father in addition to being the perfect partner and perfect leader hunter provider figure, it would probably have been too much Just needed to get that off my chest Also HELLO, MALTA IS RIGHT THERE, HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER HUSBAND STARTED WHEN SHE WAS, LIKE, THIRTEEN Again, it was neat to see the teens in question proving him wrong, with Davvie noticeably coming into his own, and Tats and Thymara working things out.Speaking off, gaaaah, Rapskal s disappearance into Tellator and Thymara trying to keep him from losing himself was heart wrenching She s never been one of my favourite characters but I probably felt most strongly for her in this book Again, the development was masterful.What else oh, Alise It was wonderful to see her make her own place in the world and finding that she has things to offer even if she isn t an Elderling You go, girl She s come such a long way I want to read all her scrolls Also, I want to live in Kelsingra, but that s a no brainer Hot baths Shiny clothes Beds that mould to your shape Rooms that always stay warm An entire magical city to explore and bring back to life I m so there It was so good to see Paragon again he s still my favourite liveship, although I adore Tarman as well , along with Althea and Brashen Co I whooped out loud when Paragon was handing out breeding advice to Alise and Leftrin Tactless ship is tactless The ending was perfect Tintaglia picking a mate who suits her better than IceFyre, everyone being pretty much agreed that the future will need to bring changes, fucking Chalced finally put in its place go Chassim She s going to do great things with it , and NEW DRAGON EGGS ABOUT TO BE LAID There were tears The good kind I want to go straight back to the Farseer trilogy now and reread them all chronologically ahahahahah, that would almost be the same number of books as the entirety of Wheel of Time Robin Hobb is still magic There was a lot of build up in this series and this book ended it a bit too quick for me Still a great read and an amazing series.In Hobb s writing, it is usually the characters that make the stories but the strengths of this series were the themes and the relationship building The characters were well developed and I was invested in them on a whole but I didn t feel a particular affinity for anyone I didn t fall in love with anyone There was no Althea or Paragon or Fitz in this series for m There was a lot of build up in this series and this book ended it a bit too quick for me Still a great read and an amazing series.In Hobb s writing, it is usually the characters that make the stories but the strengths of this series were the themes and the relationship building The characters were well developed and I was invested in them on a whole but I didn t feel a particular affinity for anyone I didn t fall in love with anyone There was no Althea or Paragon or Fitz in this series for me As usual, Hobb s command of the English language is mind boggling These books are shorter than her others and if you are not interested in ever reading the Farseer Trilogy or the Tawny Man it would be possible and still very enjoyable to read only LiveShips and then Rain Wilds Of course, if you change your mind you will do yourself a disservice The Farseer books are greatly strengthened by the Rainwild ones I recommend reading all of her books and in the order of publication but that s a hell of a lot of reading for some people If you want to experience Hobb without a massive commitment I d go for LiveShips awesome on it s own and then Rain Wilds If you get hookedwhich you will "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Blood of Dragons
  • Robin Hobb
  • English
  • 25 October 2017
  • 0062116851