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Publisher's 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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More Dragons than you can poke a stick at

Listened to the whole story going to and from work over many months. loved it

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I need more

I wish so much that we're was more to this series very relatable and entertaining

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epic series!

In classic Hobb style it was a marathon where character development took time and went deep. I must admit it was a slow starter but like most of her stories twisted and turned and delivered a fitting end. onto the next one !

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lovely story, good reading enjoyed listening to it

loved it good reading enjoyed listening to it. finding it difficult to find the next one in the series.

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Decent

Decent but uninspiring compared to Hobbs' other series. Rather predictable, too much teen angst, foreshadowing wasn't convincing. Setting is still mysterious and characterisation is effective, though very slow. The entire series could have been condensed into half the size or even smaller and still been effective

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I found Saskia Butler's voice not as easy to listen to as Avita Jay and Jacqui Crago. I also think that the story line isn't as effective as Robin's earlier works.

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  • Raul
  • 26-10-2020

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-2018

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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  • 11thman
  • 21-11-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-2020

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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  • jennifer heseltine
  • 31-07-2020

On the whole very good

I enjoyed the story I didn't like the way the narrator didn't pause between I situation and the next. I was never sure where 1 scene finished and the next started

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-2020

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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  • Lucy W
  • 31-05-2020

missing the first word of each sentence

it's been very difficult to concentrate on the story as the editing is soooo bad! It's missing the beginning of loads of sentences and so frustrating. I don't think I can go back to listening to it 😓I'm only an hour or two in!

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  • TheHunt
  • 12-05-2020

distracting inconsistencies

It was clear that the narrator did not listen to any of the previous books, changing the pronunciation of key names and places and not even being consistent herself. I found this distacting and frustrating. A couple of times I was confused between 2 characters whose voices were too similar which was not the case in the first three books. It would also have been less confusing if a short pause was left between moving locations. Overall I enjoyed the book and the series, it's a shame more effort was not put into making it a more enjoyable listening experience.

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  • Alfred
  • 29-02-2020

Editing was awful. Paragraphs fed in to each other

Half a story for the price of a book, but this I can forgive. The editing drove me crazy! A paragraph would end and flow in to the next with no pause. The story would make no sense and then you'd realise that two different characters were talking in a different city and you'd have to rewind it to get the gist of what was going on! Time and time again! I had to laugh cos otherwise I'd cry. I'm sure it was slowed down to bolster the length of the recording as well. It was painfully slow and when I uped the speed to 1.3, it sounded natural. So in reality. I reckon the book is actually around 8 hours long. A whole credit for half a book. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and I liked Avita's reading. It was just a bit of a rip off and I didn't appreciate having to clock it back all of the time whilst driving!

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  • EastClareMum
  • 03-02-2020

Good book, not a great narrator

Narration on this one really bothered me. Accent & pronunciation very different to the 3 prior books. Nearly all conversations are delivered with a creepy intense tone, often at odds with the context. Accents of keepers in prior books were generally working class/northern which worked well I thought. This was not continued which was regrettable. It bothered me so much I had to abandon it & finish it in a text copy.

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