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  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 19 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (312 ratings)

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Blood of Dragons

By: Robin Hobb
Narrated by: Avita Jay
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Summary

The final instalment of Robin Hobb’s Sunday Times best-selling series The Rain Wild Chronicles.

Dragon blood and scales, dragon liver and eyes and teeth. All required ingredients for medicines with near-miraculous healing powers. The legendary blue dragon Tintaglia is dying of wounds inflicted by hunters sent by the Duke of Chalced, who meanwhile preserves his dwindling life by consuming the blood of the dragon’s poet Selden Vestrit.

If Tintaglia 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. Their keepers immerse themselves in the dangerously addictive memory-stone records of the city in the hope of recovering the Elderling magic that once allowed humans and dragons to coexist. In doing so they risk losing their own identities, even their lives.

And danger threatens from beyond the city, too. For war is coming: war between dragonkind and those who would destroy them.

©2018 Robin Hobb (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)

"Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination." (Conn Iggulden)

"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers...what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." (The Times)

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Another narrator change

Disappointed with 3 narrators in this series really makes it difficult to get into it.

The story is solid and brings it to a decent not great but decent conclusion.

This has been the weakest series so far in my opinion.

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Pronouncing

This performance is much better than the previous version of this book which was so bad that I had to return it. However I have to point out that they are LIVE ships not liv ships.

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Weakest of the series

This is a review of the four books. I have invested a couple of months and just finished this the 13th book and last of the 4th series. That suggests correctly that overall I think that the investment has been worthwhile but this series lacked characters as well drawn as earlier books and the “baddies” continue to be slightly cartoonishly drawn. The finish also has been a little bit hurried as if Hobb decided let’s just wrap it up. Not that much of the writing isn’t good, it is. But it was not as good as earlier books. The narrator though was the best since the first series, so not all bad news.

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Narrator annoying

The different pronunciation of words to the previous books takes some getting used to, but you do after a while. What is unforgivable, to me anyway, is the lack of any pause between scenes, not even a breath! This tends to lose you for a moment until you can realise that it's not the same people talking or doing something, or you're suddenly in a different city altogether.
Wouldn't it be nice if all the books in a series were narrated by the same person.

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Thrilling end to the series

A fantastical ending to this thrilling series. I loved it. My only comment about the 4 audio books as a whole is that if you are listening to them one after another as I have it is irritating that the reader changes as then all the character voices also change but I still enjoyed it.

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Epic Goodness.

What a absolutely fantastic conclusion, Blood of Dragons delivers to this epic series The Rain Wild Chronicles, this series is the stuff of every fantasy fans dreams. Every book from the farseer trilogy to this has captured my imagination from the beginning has just blown me away with the authors amazing storytelling. Robin Hobb creates characters and places and time lines that just capture your heart and soul. Her characters are so relatable, you feel every event, hardship and the emotional roller coaster Robin Hobb takes you on with them is just incredible. Words leap out of the page so well that it' feels more and more like watching a movie then reading. The only thing I disliked and disheartened me was having to put the book down. After finding the mythical dragon city of Kelsingra the dragons and their dedicated band of keepers can at last call a place home. The dragons have finally learned to use their wings and are growing into their graceful regalness. Their humans too are changing. As the mystical bonds with their dragons deepen our band of misfits have begun transforming into beautiful Elderlings that mirror the features that complement the dragons they serve. When a dragon is at deaths door by those who's greed for dragon flesh, this time it's personal and its time to go to war. Just brilliant, love the mixing of old and new characters between The Liveship Traders and The Rain Wild Chronicles. I very highly recommend, Now for the final Trilogy Fitz And The Fool, the bloody excitement....😁🐉💙🔥

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Great series

I Loved this series of books can't wait to find a new series from this author

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ANOTHER NARRATOR WHY?!?!?!?

While it can be said that the narration on this final book was at a decent level, it is beset by the same issues as the other books.

Truthfully - this nonsense would have had me bin any other series off.

However - the story and writing is simply awesome.

Let’s hope whoever decided the narration is far far away from the team that does a TV series (if one happens)

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terrible narration but great book

Great series, narration ruined it. 3 narrators for 4 books all different pronunciations/character personalities

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Truly brilliant author - poor performance

These books are wonderful but I didn't like the fact that they were read by different people. This mucks about with the sense of continuity and feeling of knowing the characters. Their accents and ways of speaking are all over the place!!

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  • Bob Conrod
  • 03-09-22

Great book thoroughly enjoyable

Really enjoyed this book I truly hope it’s not the end of the series. I hope there’s going to be more to come love these particular characters

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  • Deon van Heerden
  • 20-04-22

Great story, disappointing narration

An excellent book and a satisfying conclusion to the series, no complaints there.

The narrator is fine for the most part, but their character voices are unbearable at times, often completely at odds with the character. Rapskal is particularly egregious.

There are also a number of consistent mispronunciations that grate (Liveship, Chalced), and poor editing which fails to leave a pause between scene changes, meaning you often only realise you're in a new scene several sentences in.

If you're torn between reading and listening, I'd lean toward reading.

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  • Raul
  • 26-10-20

ending was better

Based on this book previous one could've been easily skipped. it almost wraps all the storylines started in book 1. Reader's performance was excellent