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27 Mar 2014 The Rain Wild Chronicles (Book 4)

'Fantasy as it ought to be written' George R.R. Martin

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 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.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (27 Mar 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0007444168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007444168
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Hobb is a New York Times best-selling fantasy author. She is published in English in the US, UK and Australia, and her works have been widely translated. Her short stories have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, as well as winning the Asimov's Readers Award. Her best known series is The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest.)

Robin Hobb was born in Oakland California, but grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has spent her life mostly in the Pacific Nortwest region of the US, and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington State, with her husband Fred. They have four grown offspring, and six grandchildren.

Robin Hobb is a pen name for Margaret Ogden. She has also written under the name Megan Lindholm.

She published her first short story for children when she was 18,and for some years wrote as a journalist and children's writer. Her stories for children were published in magazines such as Humpty Dumpty's Magazine for Little Children, Jack & Jill and Highlights for Children. She also created educational reading material for children for a programmed reading series by SRA (Science Research Associates.) She received a grant award from the Alaska State Council on the arts for her short story "The Poaching", published in Finding Our Boundaries in 1980.

Fantasy and Science Fiction had always been her two favorite genres, and in the late 70's she began to write in them. Her initial works were published in small press 'fanzines' such as Space and Time (editor Gordon Linzner). Her first professionally published story was "Bones for Dulath" that appeared in the Ace anthology AMAZONS!, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson in 1979. A short time later, a second Ki and Vandien story entitled The Small One was published in FANTASTIC in 1980.

During that time period, she and her family had moved from Alaska to Hawaii, and subsequently to Washington State, where they settled. She had various money making occupations (waitress, salesperson, etc.) while striving with her writing. Her husband Fred continued to fish Alaskan waters and was home only about 3 months out of every year. The family lived on a small farm in rural Roy where they raised lots of vegetables, chickens, ducks, geese and other small livestock.

In 1983, her first novel, Harpy's Flight, was published by Ace under the pen name Megan Lindholm. Her later titles under that name included Wizard of the Pigeons, Alien Earth, Luck of the Wheels, and Cloven Hooves.

In 1995, she launched her best selling series of books set in the Realm of the Elderlings. At that time, she began writing as Robin Hobb. Her first trilogy of books were about her popular characters, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool. The Farseer Trilogy is comprised of Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest. These books were followed by The Liveship Traders trilogy, set in the same world. The Tawny Man trilogy returned to the tale of Fitz and the Fool. Most recently, the four volumes of the Rain Wilds Chronicles were published: Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons.

In 2013, it was announced that she would return to her best-loved characters with a new trilogy, The Fitz and the Fool trilogy. The first volume, Fool's Assassin, will be published in August of 2014.

Other works as Robin Hobb include The Soldier Son trilogy and short stories published in various anthologies. A collection of her shorter works as both Lindholm and Hobb is available in The Inheritance.

She continues to reside in Tacoma, Washington, with frequent visits to the pocket farm in Roy.

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'What makes her novels addictive is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics' The Times

‘Hobb is superb’ Conn Iggulden

‘Hobb is a remarkable storyteller’ Guardian

About the Author

Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction.She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska, where she learned how to raise a wolf cub, to skin a moose and to survive in the wilderness. When she married a fisherman who fished herring and the Kodiak salmon-run for half the year, these skills would stand her in good stead. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington State.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ending of One Story... 14 Mar 2013
By Fantasy Lore TOP 1000 REVIEWER
And so the Rain Wild Chronicles draws to a close. With the exception perhaps of `Dragon Keeper', the opening book of this quartet, `Blood of Dragons' is the best chapter in this series. It provides conclusion in many important ways to the continuing development of the new lords of the three realms, not only in respect of the intimate group of the dragons and their keepers which this series has shadowed, but also in respect of the story architecture of these novels. It achieves this in a satisfying way for the reader in terms of (comparatively, to the previous two novels) fast-paced storytelling and also by forming a landscape that can be easily resumed or referenced in forthcoming titles by the author should she wish to return here.

However, for many I suspect there will be a sense if not of annoyance then at least of disappointment that there is not a major sense of completion to characters such as Alise, Thymara, Tats, Sedric, Sintara and Tintaglia. Certainly they are transformed both physically and emotionally from how they began in the opening chapter, but the author has shied away from awarding them the final resolution you feel they deserve. Because of this and in spite of a momentous final battle that allows the game pieces to be strewn to the wind and to fall as they may; I'm sad to say this novel peters out towards the end. This is in very stark contrast to the fate of one character in particular whose arc terminates so abruptly and with such finality that despite their questionable conduct throughout this series, I was surprised to see disposed of so mercilessly.

An area in which this series has undoubtedly made great strides in the genre while receiving very little recognition is in the introduction of gay characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 starts but slightly disappointed 20 April 2013
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Although I love the book I feel as if it is too short and some parts of e story could have been given in more detail. As there is so much going on you are left with the basis of things. The characters are still present and you get to see a bit more if each but the book is not as long as many of the other novels and I think the ending is particularly sparse. Even thou Robin Hobb has a way of rounding things up in a summary that explains it all there are still things you would have liked to have read in detail.

Other reviews spoke of the end of one particular character as if we're wrong, well it pleased me it was just a shame that it didn't get a bit more attention and therefore a reaction from the characters. We do however get a slight revisit to some old Bingtown characters that draws the story to a nice close and yet again the story is left open to come back to.

It is also good to see all the trilogies come together in a sort of understanding that takes your mind back to key points from other stories. I hope that next we can see all the characters come together for a final ending that sees everyone together so they can all understand everything because at the moment it seems like the rain winders need some six duchies understanding of things!

Overall I think it's brilliant it's just a shame that the ending seems rushed and we don't get a final story for all the characters that play a major part in all the books. I have to say though it does seem to have the happy endings that many readers expressed was missing from other trilogies. I hope that we get to return!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another fantastic book by Robin Hobb 15 Nov 2013
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As Robin Hobb this writer has written some fantastic books and as No 4 of the Rain Wild Chronicles this is no exception. Continuing the story of the dragons and their helpers this is good writing flowing effortlessly from first page to last but still leaving me wanting to know more about this world of dragons, rainwilders and all the others. I have read and re-read all her books about this land and still want more. Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 April 2013
By Jamie
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An excellent book and a good ending to the series, as always I have put this last book in the series down and feel a little gutted that I won't be able to read anymore about these characters and storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More twists and turns than you could ever imagine. 19 April 2013
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Although the fourth bok in the series it was still as gripping as ever. The imagination of Robin Hobb is amazing. Her writing is unputdownable once you begin to read. The characters are still believable although they are all imaginary beings. The build up of events is moves smoothly from pne setting to another. If you are a fantasy fanatic then Robin Hobb and her Dragon series is a must not miss!! Loved every minute of it and missed it when I had finished.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So good 12 April 2013
By Oili
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Read this series! Robin Hobb is excellent. Dragons just don't fail. Series doesn't get tired on the way :) So good <3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to The Rain Wild Chronicles 2 April 2013
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Book 4 was a fitting climax to a wonderful series of the Rain Wild Chronicles. Fantastic author; exciting story telling!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right back to form 29 Mar 2013
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I love everything Robyn Hobb does, my bookshelf groans under the weight of all her earlier book -- thank goodness for my new KIndle! She slightly lost the way with the Soldier Son trilogy, but now we're right back to the wonderful world of dragons. If you are new to these books, start at the beginning with the Assassin trilogy, each book builds for the next. I am sorry I read this one so fast!!
Now I must go back and start again... thirteen books to enjoy. More, please, Robyn!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I enjoyed reading the series
Published 8 hours ago by Hils
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't enjpy this as much as the earlier books. Gone off the boil a bit.
Published 1 day ago by C. Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is such a wonderfully imagined series of books. Three trilogies and one set of four. You can live in Robin Hobb's world for a long time if you start at the beginning. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow on
I flew through this like a Dragon in full flight.

A great read and gripping from start to finish.

One of the Hobb masterpieces
Published 9 days ago by C. Scuzza
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Thoroughly entertaining!
Published 10 days ago by madboots
5.0 out of 5 stars but it is very good and with twists which makes it very interesting
Still in the middle of reading it...but it is very good and with twists which makes it very interesting...never disappointed by a Robin or Megan book...!!!... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nicla Dragon
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Published 25 days ago by D. A. Lowe
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Amazing story - but then all her books are enthralling. Highly recommend Robin Hobb.
Published 25 days ago by Mrs L M Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!
Fantastic book, same as all Robin Hobb fantasies. If you havent read any then do yourself a big favour and start with the Assassin trilogy, followed by the liveships, then tawny... Read more
Published 28 days ago by C. E. Oneill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this series.
Published 29 days ago by Julie M
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