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 qu. New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb returns to world of the Rain Wilds —called “one of the most gripping settings in modern fantasy” (Booklist). Editorial Reviews. Review. “A master fantasist.” (Kansas City Star) “fast action, deep emotional City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles by [Hobb, Robin. Audible Sample. Audible Sample. Playing Playing Loading.
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February Alise Kincarron Finbok — one of the main protagonists, a self-taught scholar of dragons. Thymara — one of the main protagonists, keeper to Sintara. Sintara — one of the main protagonists, a blue dragon Thymara's dragon.
Captain Leftrin — one of the main protagonists, Captain of the barge Tarman. Sedric — one of the main protagonists, secretary to Hest Finbok, he is assigned to accompany Alise Finbok on her journey.
Keeper of Relpda. Tats — keeper of the dragon Fente, childhood friend of Thymara and a former slave. Sylve — keeper of the dragon Mercor. Rapskal — keeper of the dragon Heeby.
Minor Characters Carson Lupskip — a hunter and an old friend of Leftrin's. Davvie — a hunter bowman and nephew to Carson. Ranculos — a scarlet, male dragon. Sestican — an azure, male dragon, kept by Warken. Mercor — a golden dragon, tended by Sylve. Implied to have previously been the sea serpent Maulkin. Heeby — a small red dragon queen, tended by Rapskal. Greft — eldest of the keepers, keeper to Kalo. Jerd — keeper of the dragon Veras. Fente — a green dragon queen with a nasty temperament, tended by Tats.
I would have been happier if this book and the fourth was one large book. In the end, a 3 star Hobb book is still a great book.
The answers the reader got about Elderlings were exciting and I really enjoyed Malta's section of reading. Hest is definitely one of those characters that I just hate but I also find where his story might go to be exciting.
I am looking forward to when all these characters meet back up together and the Chalced narration becoming more clear. Mar 08, Scott rated it really liked it. According to Hobb, the first two books Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven were actually intended to be one book, but were split due to length.
And the third and forthcoming fourth books were the same. City of Dragons is not a standalone book—it has no climax, virtually no resolution to its myriad storylines, and in fact where you would expect things to be wrapping up it only spawns new plot threads.
In a genre where Pat Rothfuss can publish The Wise Man's Fear and we get innumerable Wheel of Time doorstops I'd question whether splitting the story was really necessary, but, regardless, my rating and review are with the understanding that I'm only looking at part of a whole.
City of Dragons continues to follow the dragons and their keepers. They've found fabled Kelsingra. Some are beginning to explore the city and reawaken its magic, but most of the dragons are trapped across the river, unable to fly. Leftrin, captain of the liveship Tarman, returns to Cassarick to report on the expedition and download much-needed supplies. Meanwhile, the plot spiderwebs out through the Rain Wilds and beyond. New "impervious" ships that can withstand the caustic Rain Wild River compete with liveships for the valuable Rain Wild trade.
The dying Duke of Chalced becomes more desperate to get his hands on dragon flesh which he believes will cure him. And familiar characters from earlier books and series make an appearance too. We see Tintaglia and Icefyre, if only briefly. Hest Finbock, consumed by greed and revenge, gets caught up in the Chalcedean intrigues. We see a lot more of Malta and Reyn Khuprus, expecting their first child, and even Selden Vestrit, now imprisoned and shown off as a freak due to his Elderling transformations.
The result is that City of Dragons isn't focused on the dragons and keepers like the earlier volumes. It is a much broader book, showing the rippling consequences of Kelsingra's discovery and setting into motion all the forces that will no doubt clash in the finale. Hobb's trademarks are all there: But this book doesn't feel as dark or as desperate as Hobb's other writing. There are threats, such as the fear that with Kelsingra known it will be overrun by treasure seekers, and the mysterious Chalcedean conspiracy.
And problems, like the shortage of food and supplies, or the fact the dragons can't fly and so are completely dependent on their keepers. But none of these things feels particularly urgent or unmanageable.
Disaster is not imminent. There are a few exceptions, such as one very desperate scene on the dark branches of the tree city of Cassarick you'll know it when you read it —but even that scene feels brief and truncated. But not every book needs to ratchet up suspense to unbearable levels. The book is a process of discovery, learning about the past and hoping for the possibilities of the future. Will the ancient society be restored, Elderlings and dragons living in symbiosis?
And it is very much about relationships romantic and otherwise. People are constantly forced to make choices about who to trust, who to be with, and then dealing with the consequences of those choices. Combine that with all the threads Hobb left in motion, and the final book promises to be an exciting conclusion to the series! No words really: Im 'drowning' in her stories. My breath stopped awed by the wonders Robin Hobb so masterfully depicted.
The majesty of the dragons and how their keepers transformed are incredible as well. The entire volume is packed full of emotions, expectations and new challenges. Dec 23, Sad Sunday If I say it's bad, it's bad rated it really liked it. Well, if you liked 1 and 2 you will probably like 3.
I can't tell anything new and you can read summary almost in every comment - story continues, the style is same. And I am pleasantly surprised how good Rain Wild series are. I am still wondering how such story could be finished with only one volume left, but I will gladly read it. View all 7 comments. Oct 29, Mark Halse rated it really liked it. First of all, it's common knowledge that Ms.
Hobb's books are top shelf fantasy all the way. No one needs me to fill you in on that. Secondly, if you're considering reading this book that means that you've already spent considerable time in the world of the Elderlings, including the first two books in this series. So, you don't need me to tell you that you should read this book.
You already know that you have to. Robin Hobb rocks. The end. In this book we see more of our favourite hormone-ridden dragon keepers who are undergoing some fantastical changes as well as all the usual pangs of adolescence, with jealousy and lust spreading about the place like wildfire.
And her foreshadowing feels a bit more heavy-handed In three words: It seems like a stupid way for anyone to feel, until someone makes you feel it.
In this third book, more characters come into play including some I loved from Hobb's Liveship Traders trilogy! His ch In three words: His chapters, and some others that weren't focused on Kelsingra, were certainly rather dark I really liked how the group dynamics were continuing to evolve in this story.
The way the dragons aided by their keepers approached the challenge of learning to fly was so interesting, and seeing how the keepers' relationships were progressing also made for a great read. I didn't really care for the love triangle, but I adored some of the other couples!
Although the characters and descriptions were as great as ever e. I agree with the reviews that describe books one and two as two halves of one longer book and books three and four as the same. I have really high hopes for the last book in the series, based on great reviews from friends and the fact that I enjoyed Dragon Haven so much compared to the first book!
Recommended for: Review from Tenacious Reader: City of Dragons is the third of the four book Rain Wild Chronicles. I have seen complaints about the story arc of this one, that it did not feel like a self contained story.
All I can tell you for sure is that I enjoyed the hell out of it, and was eager for the next book. The dragons and their kee Review from Tenacious Reader: For the dragons to get there, they have to fly.
This is a major challenge for the dragons who were born deformed and have been almost sickly. Some respond with great determination, others with resignation. It is interesting to see how it plays out and how each dragon and their keeper handle the challenge.
For the keepers who can get there by boat, what they find is an amazing city unlike anything in the human world.
Full of ornate craftsmanship and magical artifacts, it is nothing short of amazing. But it is also has the feel of a place lost in time, a place that has been abandoned. One of the things I loved about this was seeing how the keepers and dragons go about setting up their own new settlement and civilization. They realize they can dismiss the laws that had governed them before and start fresh, make decisions as to what is socially acceptable and allowable here versus the world they came from.
Overall, it was another great book. Alice still struggles a bit, but that seems to be her personality. She does find her ways to shine, and that makes it worth it. Still recommend the series and author, no surprise there. This third instalment in the Rain Wild Chronicles is so much more enjoyable than the first two books, it has a completely different feel about it.
Good things actually happen, the dragons, their keepers, Leftrin and Alice, have finally reached Kelsingra and wonderful discoveries are being made in the city.
I'm keen to know how the last book in the series Blood of Dragons will finish, will Selden will be rescued in time and what will happen when everyone converges on Kelsingra?
Of course, the mai This third instalment in the Rain Wild Chronicles is so much more enjoyable than the first two books, it has a completely different feel about it.
Of course, the main thing I'm desperate to find out is how all this will eventually tie in with Fitz and our beloved Fool! View all 4 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What can I say here that I haven't already said in a review of the other Rain Wilds books. This is good but not brilliant, I like it, but don't love it, it's very interesting, but not captivating. I really like how the story has been progressing and I am looking forward to how it's all going to come together.
The last book should be pretty fantastic or a least not be as boring as some of the others. There are so many story lines going on at once and I am rooting for so many characters.
So many have grown on me through the course of this series.
Part of Hobb's magic is not only creating fantastic characters arc's and believable progression. But she has a very clever way of turning your opinion of a character on its head as they develop and grow. Tats, who I liked at the start I now dislike. Rapskal, whom I didn't much care for I now do. Hest, well my opinion on that abusive asshole is just getting worse and worse.
I adore Carson and Sedric. Shipping them for sure. I'm also loving that we spend more time with Reyn and Malta. I've missed some of the Liveship characters quite a bit. The dragons and Elderlings part of the story is getting more and more interesting. The dragons are growing and some even flying, embracing their frail bodies and making them strong. I also like how different they all are.
Each have a different personality and different bonds with their keepers. Also that beautiful, beautiful reveal of where Kelsingra actually is.
Such a perfect link and connection that I had wondered about for so long. For those that missed it or are unsure. The tower and room with the broken window and map of the area. Our beloved Fitz has been there before, and King Verity before him Fitz also had visioned the rooster crowned woman just as Alise had when she touched the memory stone. Such wonderful connections. I look forward to starting the last book in the series in the next couple of days.
Then I need to order the last trilogy in its entirety. As most of you know I inhale read the Fitz and the Fool books. I may try and take a bit more time with them though. As it will all be over too quick. May 05, Cecily rated it liked it Shelves: I was disappointed in this book.
When I first got it in the mail being driven to download a used copy of the hardcover because the paperback isn't out yet I was rather surprised to see how squat and how THIN it is. It did not look like a Robin Hobb book to me! I knew that I'd be able to read it way too fast and I was bummed out.
However, reading it bummed me out even more.
This book serves as a transition piece. Nothing really happens, but things are set up and set in a position to really get going I was disappointed in this book. Nothing really happens, but things are set up and set in a position to really get going for the fourth and final installment which isn't due out until I was sad to see that not only was the book scrawny and small, but so was the plot development. I got bored through pages and pages of dry dialogue with the Bingtown and Trehaug people that just served to catch us up on what Hobb is planning for her next major plot arc.
If only we could have had some of that plot arc in this book. Sure, some people hook up, some people have babies, and a couple familiar characters return The real meat of the story seemed absent from this installment and I was bummed out.
I feel like this book should have been the last two books combined. Why wasn't it? Was there a deadline? Did they want to make more money? Not sure. But I'm highly annoyed to have to wait so long for more plot.
With the conclusion of book two in the series this third book steps things up a gear as far as POV characters go. And the side story we get with the correspondence between the Keepers of the birds steps up in intrigue with some sinister goings on — With the conclusion of book two in the series this third book steps things up a gear as far as POV characters go. And the side story we get with the correspondence between the Keepers of the birds steps up in intrigue with some sinister goings on — I love those letters going back and forth that we get at the end of each chapter.
But what I really like was the city of dragons, Kelsingra.
The last book of the series was some kind of muddy road trip with a bunch of kids, a dozen malformed dragons and just a few adults on a liveship to keep them company. It was great fun, but the scope was somewhat limited. In this book that changes again and we learn more about what is happening away from the river. We get some clue about what happens to Hest back in Bingtown, what Selden is up to, and we get properly introduced to our big villain, his logic and his tactics: Th The last book of the series was some kind of muddy road trip with a bunch of kids, a dozen malformed dragons and just a few adults on a liveship to keep them company.
I found it even very hard to review this book on its own. My best advice: Rilettura finitaaaa Aiuto sta arrivando Hest e saranno c Amari per tutti ahahah. View all 6 comments. Executive Summary: Much like The Dragon Keeper , this book is a lot of setup, but I still enjoyed it albeit probably the least of the series so far.
This was obvious with The Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven which felt like two halves of the same book. The Dragon Keeper seemed to have a lot of setup for the events of Dragon Haven and this one feels the same. Not a lot seems to really happen, but things app Executive Summary: Not a lot seems to really happen, but things appear to be nicely set up for the final book of the series.
That isn't to say I didn't enjoy it, because I did. The scenes exploring Kelsingra were especially enjoyable. I might have been happier if the whole book were simply exploring the "City of Dragons". Of course Ms. Hobb needs to roll out her hated characters to make you grind your teeth, and finally seems to get around to really abusing her likable characters like she does in previous series. All and all excellent writing, characters and world building that just fell a little short on the plot development for me.
I can't wait to jump into Blood of Dragons. City of Dragons is the third out of four books in the Rain Wilds series, which is the fourth out of five subseries in the larger Realms of the Elderlings series. Although I enjoyed this book, I thought it was the slowest of all the Elderlings books so far.
The first half was the slowest and then it started to pick up for me in the second half. There were some interesting discoveries and there were a few moments of excitement, but not as much as in the previous books. A few additional POVs were i City of Dragons is the third out of four books in the Rain Wilds series, which is the fourth out of five subseries in the larger Realms of the Elderlings series.
Some of those were quite interesting, but one of them was a little tedious. Note that there are a handful of spoilers here for previous books from the other subseries also.
I was also happy to see the reference to the broken glass and table in the map tower from when Verity and then Fitz were there. The city exploration got more interesting to me after Sintara woke it up, and I look forward to finding out what else they discover in the next book.
The other slowest parts were the chapters from the POV of Hest. I very much look forward to the confrontation when he catches up with Alise and Sedric. I liked Rapskal well enough in the previous books, but not as a romantic interest for Thymara. The more they pressure her, the more annoyed with them I get. The sections where Malta went into labor and was kidnapped by the Chalcedeans were probably the most exciting parts of the book to me.
And it looks like Tintaglia will be headed that way also. It will be fun to see her reaction to the dragons too. He risked everything and went through so much misery in his quest to ensure Icefyre was released from the ice so he could mate with Tintaglia and bring dragons back into the world. And yet it seems like the dragons that hatched in the Rain Wilds are well on their way toward becoming flying, mating-capable dragons.
If she had, they might not have been motivated to try to get to Kelsingra, especially since Tintaglia had gone there before and found the city to be dead and probably would have discouraged the idea. The exercise from that journey, the dragon warming spots they found on the way, and the warm baths in Kelsingra all seem to be chiefly instrumental in strengthening them. Still, I'm hoping there will be a more satisfying explanation. When I turned the last page I released a long sigh. I was not expecting this series would turn out to make me curious and impatient to start the next book but with its 3rd book, "City of Dragons," it did.
Even though it is the shortest book of the series it is the best so far. I am almost convinced that the final book of the "Rain Wild Chronicles," will exceed this book because a lot unsolved matters will find answers in the last book.