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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.

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“A deservedly popular author, an accomplished storyteller with an engaging and readable style.” London Times

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“A master fantasist.” Kansas City Star

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“Dragons, magic, and intrigue combine to make this book a fascinating read.” Booklist

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“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.” Library Journal (starred review)

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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."

About the Author

Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska. It was there that she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of five critically acclaimed fantasy series: The Rain Wilds Chronicles (Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, Blood of Dragons), The Soldier Son Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, and The Farseer Trilogy. She also writes as Megan Lindholm, and under that name is the author of The Wizard of the Pigeons, Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves. The Inheritance, a collection of stories, was written under both names. Her short fiction has won the Asimov's Readers' Award and she has been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.

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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.
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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!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062116857
Subtitle:
Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
Author:
Hobb, Robin
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
Volume Four of the R
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.57 in 22.8 oz

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Product details 448 pages Harper Voyager - English 9780062116857 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A deservedly popular author, an accomplished storyteller with an engaging and readable style.”
"Review" by , “A master fantasist.”
"Review" by , “Dragons, magic, and intrigue combine to make this book a fascinating read.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Synopsis" by , 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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