Kaye, June 19, 2013 (view all comments by Kaye)
Tintaglia, dragon queen, forged an agreement with the inhabitants of the Rain Wilds to help protect her from dangerous invaders if they would protect an unhatched brood of dragons. When they actually hatched, and were misshapen, weak, not only could not feed themselves, but could not take care of themselves, keepers were chosen. One by one the dragons chose "their" keeper. As time went by, the people tired of hunting for the dragons, and they and their keepers were sent to search for their ancient homeland, Kelsingra. Against all odds, they not only found it, but became more beautiful, and capable and their keepers were changed into Elderlings, the race who cared for the dragons. Once they reach home there is much to learn if the dragons are going to continue to exist.
I love this series. I was not disappointed that I had to wait a year to read this final book in the series. I became involved with the characters, including the dragons, and felt like I had lost friends at the end of this book.
Holly Scudero, April 24, 2013 (view all comments by Holly Scudero)
The streets of Kelsingra are once again occupied with dragons and their keepers, who are beginning to transform into a new generation of Elderlings. The dragons themselves have taken to the skies, and are truly becoming a force to be reckoned with. But with the Duke of Chalced demanding dragon flesh to heal his weakened body, some humans have dared to attack dragons, and that simply cannot be tolerated. Can Kelsingra's residents locate the mysterious Silver wells needed for the dragons to thrive? How will they handle threats from their enemies?
Fans of Hobb's “Rain Wilds Chronicles” series will rejoice at the release of this epic conclusion, and then weep that the story is over. It's truly that good. As always, the characters, human and dragon, come across as very real; these are characters you can happily lose yourself in. There is intense action and just enough romance to make your heart swell. All is resolved by the end of this book; readers will be especially satisfied when Hest finally gets his comeuppance! If you've missed the other books in this series, pick them up before starting “Blood of Dragons.” You don't want to miss this one!
by London Times,
“A deservedly popular author, an accomplished storyteller with an engaging and readable style.”
by Kansas City Star,
“A master fantasist.”
“Dragons, magic, and intrigue combine to make this book a fascinating read.”
by Library Journal (starred review),
“Hobb excels at telling big stories and juggling multiple story arcs. Fans of the author and of this series who eagerly await this installment will not be disappointed.”
by Harper Collins,
The final volume in Robin Hobb's popular Rain Wilds fantasy series, Blood of Dragons completes the story of the dragons, their keepers, and their quest to find the lost city of Kelsingra — and the mythical silver wells that the dragons need to survive.
Can Tintaglia and the Elderlings unlock the secrets of the ancient city? Or are they doomed to extinction?
The world of Robin Hobbs Rain Wilds series has been praised by Booklist as "one of the most gripping settings in modern fantasy," and Publishers Weekly called the Rain Wilds books "a meticulously realized fantasy tale" and "a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore."
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