Series: Rain Wild Chronicles #4
Published by Voyager on March 1st 2013
Source: I Bought It
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 co-exist. 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.
I have been a huge Robin Hobb fan for years, ever since I first read the Farseer Trilogy (which remains one of my favourite book series, along with the Tawny Man and the Liveship Traders trilogies). The Rain Wild Chronicles took awhile to get into, mainly because I had a lot of difficulty warming up to the characters at first, but it has really grown on me and I think that Blood of Dragons is the best in the series.
At first I was a bit confused about what was going on (it has been awhile since I read the last book City of Dragons) and there are a lot of character POV’s to follow but I soon picked up the pace and was pulled back into the story. There are a lot of plot threads which makes writing this review a little difficult as I do not want to give away any spoilers.
Suffice it to say that all the character arcs are resolved in a satisfying manner (I couldn’t help but laugh at what happens to Hest!!). I also loved getting to see a little bit more of some of my favourite characters from the Liveship Traders trilogy, albeit briefly, and was happy with how things were left off for the characters that I have followed for the last four books.
Robin Hobb is one of my favourite authors and this book certainly did not disappoint. I eagerly anticipate any future stories that are on the horizon (hopefully very soon! (Fitz and the Fool – be still my heart).