With Blood of Dragons completed, I am finished with the Rain Wild Chronicles, and I have mixed feelings on this 4 book series. I believe that the publisher’s decision to split this series up into 4 different books wasn’t the best decision. I could tell from reading this series that some sections were almost a “oh btw, this is what is happening here,” section. In the previous Hobb books we really didn’t get a whole lot of these moments of reminding the reader about other characters and I feel that because the books were split into 4 books instead of the 2, that this is much more prevalent. I much preferred the long, drawn out scenes, dealing with just a few characters, than chapters being split between multiple points of view.
I also think that while The Rain Wild Chronicles started off focusing on the characters that it became more about the world building near the end of the series. As much as I loved learning about the Elderlings and the Dragons, I never connected to a character as much as I connected to Fitz, Burrich, Malta, or Althea. Thymara had the possibility to become that type of character for me but once she got to Kelsingra, she kind of fell away, and got too involved with love drama.
I love that this 4 part tetralogy answered a lot of the big questions I’ve been having throughout this entire large series. Because of this, I think that the Rain Wild Chronicles is definitely required reading for the entire series. The answers really fill in the entire past of this world but if you aren’t that interested in the origins of Elderings, Dragons, and more, and only want more Fitz, maybe you can skip this.
I was disappointed in how this story ended. The ending seemed abrupt and a bit anti-climatic. I did not like Seldan’s storyline and I wasn’t the biggest fan of Malta and Reyne’s more passive role in these books. Thymara and Tats were great characters and what happened with Rapskal was interesting, albeit underutilized. Hest was a great evil character that I absolutely hated but I was looking for a big moral or thematic problem to be the central problem in this tetralogy.
Overall, I thought this 4 book interlude was good but probably my least favorite stories from The Realm of the Elderlings. I must admit that I am more excited about finishing this series to get back to Fitz and the Fool than I am excited that this series was amazing. I really like that I learned a ton about Elderlings in these books but the mystery was probably the best part of this series. I’m hoping there will be more amazing mysteries and reveals in the next series that made me as excited as I was when I first read the Farseer Trilogy.
14/25 Possible Score
3 – Plot
3 – Characters
3 – World Building
3 – Writing Style
2 – Heart & Mind Aspect