Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb is the final instalment in the Rain Wild Chronicles – due next month (Harper Voyager £20.00).
“The dragons and their motley crew of keepers (who are slowly turning into elegant Elderlings) have finally found the long lost city of Kelsingra where the mythical silver wells that the dragons need to survive supposedly exist. But the legendary city is shrouded in secrets and ancient memories trapped in stone and the wells are no where to be found. In a desperate attempt to unlock the whereabouts of the wells the keepers risk ‘memory walking’ — immersing oneself into the drug-like memories of long deceased Elderlings — to find clues necessary to their survival.
To make matters worse time is of the utmost importance because Tintaglia will not survive the wounds from her long sojourn to Kelsingra without silver. And if Tintaglia dies, she’ll take with her the ancient memories needed to survive and doom the group to extinction.”