The dragons and their dedicated band of keepers have at last found the lost city of Kelsingra. The magical creatures have learned to use their wings and are growing into their regal inheritance. Their humans, too, are changing. As the mystical bonds with their dragons deepen, Thymara, Tats, Rapskal, and even Sedric, the unlikeliest of keepers, have begun transforming into beautiful Elderlings raked with exquisite features that complement and reflect the dragons they serve.
But while the humans have scoured the empty streets and enormous buildings of Kelsingra, they cannot find the mythical silver wells the dragons need to stay health and survive. With enemies encroaching, the keepers must risk “memory walking”- immersing themselves in the dangerously addictive memories of long-deceased Elderlings – to uncover clues necessary to their survival.
And time is of the essence, for the legendary Tintaglia, long feared dead, has returned, wounded in a battle with humans hunting dragon blood and scales. She is weakening and only the hidden silver can revive her. If Tintaglia dies, so, too, will the ancient memories she carries – a devastating loss that will ensure the dragons’ extinction.
How did I get the book? Bought it.
Review: Lore building at it’s wonderful best!
I have yet to review a Robin Hobb book – this being partly because I’m fairly new to this, but most of it being to a 3 year hiatus from buying books due to limited love and largely falling out of love with the The rain wild chronicles because, as many other reviewers have focused on, – no Fitz or the Fool.
But I came back to this finalé with a more open mind and set on the positives. The Dragons – thinking back to girl-on-a-dragon whilst seeing the new breed start to fly, become majestic and finally put down a thorn in the known world’s side was a delight. The characters could be a little one-dimensional occasionally, but can we not rationalise with some of this? Are we not all guilty of being utterly focussed on one thought process when we really want something! I liked the interactions, the growth and more importantly – The lore.
THE LORE. The world is enormous, Over several series we have learned more about the events before the cataclysm that wiped out dragons little by little, we learn mysteries of ancient magic and how they work. We see characters fight against their fate, some succeeding, some not. But it works.
My only real criticism is that sometimes it can be a little too neat.
This is not my favourite book from the standpoint of the characters, but my word – I love lore and this series delves further than the others. It was a one-sit read for me and I am still bathed in the warmth of remembering how Robin’s books helped my view of fantasy when younger.
It’s a different series from the usual heavy character growth arcs, but it’s powerful in it’s own right and I very much recommend.
Thank you Robin for your hard work!
Review by: @Angelhearte