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Monday, April 14, 2014

Rain Wilds Chronicles by Robin Hobb ~ Series Summary


All 4 book covers of Rain Wilds Chronicles by Robin Hobb
Dragon Keeper ~ Dragon Haven ~ City of Dragons ~ Blood of Dragons 
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Dragons, Dragons and more... Dragons! Add in a plethora of character-driven adventure, coming-of-age, romance, betrayal and survival stories and you get plenty of classic Robin Hobb.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book Four)



Years ago, the magnificent dragon queen Tintaglia forged a bargain with the inhabitants of the treacherous Rain Wilds. In exchange for her protection against enemy invaders, the humans promised to protect an unhatched brood of dragons. But when the dragons emerged as weak and misshapen hatchlings unable to fend for themselves, dragonkind seemed doomed to extinction. When even Tintaglia deserted the crippled young dragons, the Rain Wilders abandoned the burden of caring for the destructive and ravenous creatures. They were banished to a dangerous and grueling journey in search of their ancient dragon homeland, the lost city of Kelsingra, accompanied by a band of young and inexperienced human keepers, also deemed damaged and disposable.

Against all odds they have found the fabled city, yet myriad challenges remain. Sintara, Mercor, Heeby, Relpda, and the rest of the dragons struggle to find their wings—and their independence. Their human escorts, too, must contend with unsettling upheaval: Thymara, Tats, Rapskal, Sedric, and the others are transforming into Elderlings—true dragon companions. As old rules give way to new alliances, secret fears, and adult desires, the keepers must redefine their lives as they attempt to reawaken Kelsingra to its former glory. But gaps in the dragons' memories leave them all struggling to recover the magic that once animated the great city.

As the young Elderlings risk "memory walking" in the city's hidden history, an outside threat is growing. The Duke of Chalced has dispatched his forces to the Rain Wilds with a compelling mission: slaughter the dragons in an attempt to stave off his own demise. The tide of history is about to turn on a life-and-death battle that will ultimately decide the dragons' fate. If they win, the regal serpents will rule the world once more. And if they lose, they will vanish from the world forever.

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Book Cover of Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book Four)

| Author: Robin Hobb
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming-of-Age
| ISBN-10: 0062116851
| ISBN-13: 9780062116857
| Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition,
 1st Printing edition (April 9, 2013)
| Hardcover: 448 pages
| Cover Art by Jackie Morris
| Source: Personal Copy / Kindle
| Rating: 5 Stars
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Blood of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #4)



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Don't you love it when a book leaves you smiling after you've finished the last page? So few seem to do that these days. Oh the ending may be satisfactory but does it warm your heart? Well this one warmed mine!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book Three)



Once, dragons ruled the Rain Wilds, tended by privileged human servants known as Elderlings. But a series of cataclysmic eruptions nearly drove these magnificent creatures to extinction. Born weak and deformed, the last of their kind had one hope for survival: to return to their ancient city of Kelsingra. Accompanied by a disparate crew of untested young keepers, the dragons embarked on a harsh journey into the unknown along the toxic Rain Wild River. Battling starvation, a hostile climate, and treacherous enemies, dragons and humans began to forge magical connections, bonds that have wrought astonishing transformations for them all. And though Kelsingra is finally near, their odyssey has only begun.

Because of the swollen waters of the Rain Wild River, the lost city can be reached only by flight—a test of endurance and skill beyond the stunted dragons’ strength. Venturing across the swift-running river in tiny boats, the dragon scholar Alise and a handful of keepers discover a world far different from anything they have ever known or imagined. Immense, ornate structures of black stone veined with silver and lifelike stone statues line the silent, eerily empty streets. Yet what are the whispers they hear, the shadows of voices and bursts of light that flutter and are gone? And why do they feel as if eyes are watching them?

The dragons must plumb the depths of their ancestral memories to help them take flight and unlock the secrets buried in Kelsingra. But enemies driven by greed and dark desires are approaching. Time is running out, not only for the dragons but for their human keepers as well.

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Book Cover of City of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book 3)

| Author: Robin Hobb
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming-of-Age
| ISBN-10: 0062101064
| ISBN-13: 9780062101068
| Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition
 (January 29, 2013)
| Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
| Cover Art by Jackie Morris
| Source: Personal Copy / Kindle
| Rating: 5 Stars
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City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles



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As the title indicates, the journey of the dragons is now over. They have found a new home. However finding is not possessing and there are still some strong obstacles in their path. Meanwhile, in other parts of this world, things are starting to heat up...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb (The Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book Two)



Centuries had passed since dragons last roamed the war-torn world of the Rain Wild River. But as peace once again settled upon the land, a lost generation of sea serpents—ancient, half-starved, and weary—returned to cocoon, certain that they would be reborn as the beautiful and powerful dragons of legend. But their arduous journey exacted a heavy toll, and the proud serpents emerged as sickly, half-formed beasts, unable to fly or hunt . . . or thrive. For years now they have been trapped on a swampy riverbank between forest and river, hungry and barely alive, reliant on humans to provide for them.

With their survival at stake, fifteen dragons—among them the wise golden Mercor, the haughty and dazzling silver-blue queen Sintara, and the delicate copper beauty Relpda—have set off on a dangerous trek into the unknown, up the Rain Wild River, in hopes of rediscovering the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, the lost haven for dragons and Elderlings alike. The dragons are accompanied by a disparate group of human keepers, rejects from Rain Wild society. They, too, yearn to find Kelsingra and create a home of their own, one in which they may make their own rules and decide their own fate. But is Kelsingra real or merely a fragment of a glorified past buried deep in the dragons' shared memories? No map exists to guide them, and the noble creatures find their ancient recollections of little use in a land changed by generations of flooding and seismic chaos.

As the dragons, the humans—including the strong and defiant Rain Wild girl Thymara; the wealthy dragon scholar and Trader's wife, Alise; and her companion, the urbane Sedric—and their magical supply barge, captained by the gruff Leftrin, forge their way ever deeper into uncharted wilderness, human and beast alike discover they are changing in mysterious and dangerous ways. While the bonds between them solidify, starvation, flashfloods, and predators will imperil them all. But dragons and humans soon learn that the most savage threats come from within their own company . . . and not all of them may survive.

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Book Cover of Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb (The Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book Two)

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| Author: Robin Hobb
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming-of-Age
| ISBN-10: 0061931411
| ISBN-13: 9780061931413
| Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition
 (September 25, 2012)
| Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
| Cover Art by Steve Stone
| Rating: 5 Stars
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Dragon Haven takes all that was good in Dragon Keeper and ramps things up a notch. More character development, more conflict and more action. If you liked book one, you'll like this book even better.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book One)



Too much time has passed since the powerful dragon Tintaglia helped the people of the Trader cities stave off an invasion of their enemies. The Traders have forgotten their promises, weary of the labor and expense of tending earthbound dragons who were hatched weak and deformed. If neglected, the creatures will rampage—or die—so it is decreed that they must move farther upriver toward Kelsingra, the mythical homeland whose location is locked deep within the dragons’ uncertain ancestral memories.

Thymara, an unschooled forest girl, and Alise, wife of an unloving and wealthy Trader, are among the disparate group entrusted with escorting the dragons to their new home. And on an extraordinary odyssey with no promise of return, many lessons will be learned—as dragons and tenders alike experience hardships, betrayals... and joys beyond their wildest imaginings.

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Book Cover of Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb (Rain Wilds Chronicles: Book One)

| Author: Robin Hobb
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming-of-Age
| ISBN-10: 0061561657
| ISBN-13: 9780061561658
| Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (September 25, 2012)
| Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
| Cover Art by Jackie Morris
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 4 Stars
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Dragon Keeper continues a storyline started in Robin Hobb's Liveship Trilogy. It asks the question, what happened to the remnants of the dragon population? The answer isn't pretty but it is a great setup for a story of survival against impossible odds.


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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Worlds of Riverside by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman ~ Series Summary


Book Covers of The Worlds of Riverside by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
Swordspoint ~ The Privilege of the Sword ~ The Fall of The Kings
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This series created its very own genre. As you journey through these tales you will encounter a beautifully created secondary world with a unique system of politics. You will savor romance, honor, sharp wit and even sharper swords. What you won't see is magic -- atleast not until book three. No, the fantasy element here is all in the creative worldbuilding and the vividly complicated characters who inhabit it. 

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