Book Review: Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #4) – Robin Hobb

Blood of Dragons

By: Robin Hobb
Published: March 14, 2013 by Harper Voyager
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
Genres: Fantasy, Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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Dragons will fly over Kelsingra once more

Attacked by hunters, Tintaglia is dying of her wounds. If she 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.

The dragon keepers immerse themselves in the dangerously addictive memory-stone records of the city in the hope of recovering the lost Elderling magic that once allowed humans and dragons to co-exist.

But war is coming: war between dragons and those who would destroy them.

My Thoughts

Blood of Dragons was the perfect conclusion to a series that, having heard so many negative things about, was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it!

This book gave me pretty much everything I wanted: certain characters were vindicated,  others got some well-deserved punishments, and there were so many scenes that made me grin from ear-to-ear and want to cheer, which doesn’t often happen when I read Robin Hobb’s books!

In addition, many of the issues I had with City of Dragons were resolved in this book. For instance, since the disparate storylines started to converge, I got to spend more time with those characters I’d missed in the previous book.

Throughout the series, each chapter was prefaced with a letter sent between bird keepers from Bingtown and different cities of the Rain Wilds. At first I thought these disconnected snippets were kind of pointless, but I ended up loving the story within a story. In fact, I think my only complaint about Blood of Dragons was that we never got to meet the bird keepers!

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this series. I was expecting the worst, but I should have known by now that even the weakest Hobb book is better than the the best book most other authors are capable of writing!

My Rating

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