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City of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles #3)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,205 Ratings  ·  688 Reviews
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 drago ...more
Unknown Binding, 334 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Voyager (first published September 2011)
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Feb 14, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
This is definitely (in my humble opinion of course) the best of the Rain Wild Chronicles series so far. It's still not quite at the Farseer/Liveship/Tawny Man level, but it's at least a solid four stars for me.

I'll say this though.. It's definitely only half of a story. Actually, it's more like half of the second half of a story. Each book so far in the RWC series has been significantly shorter than normal Hobb novels, really the series probably could have been a two book duology and done better
Oct 07, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
4.5/5 so far the best in the series! Now onto Blood of Dragons!
Oct 07, 2015 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This book is by far my favourite one of the Rain Wilds books. It is certainly back to the old standards I have come to know and expect from Robin Hobb in that it has many shocking and surprising aspects which both thrilled and enticed me, made me want to read on and on, and kept me wondering at her imagination and experiences. She's a stellar writer when she is on form and she certainly seemed to be one form in this book. Apart from some tiny repetitions and a very abrupt ending (probably due to ...more
Franco  Santos
Mi querida Hobb, ¡has vuelto!

City of dragons tiene mucha más acción, personajes que quedaron en segundo plano en los anteriores de la saga toman más protagonismo, es más oscuro y menos estúpido, también es mucho más dinámico. En definición, muy buena tercera parte de la serie. Pronto comenzaré Blood of dragons.
Mar 08, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it
City of Dragons is the third book in Robin Hobb's Rain Wild Chronicles. According to Hobb, the first two books (Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven) were actually intended to be one book, but were split due to length. And the third and (forthcoming) fourth books were the same. City of Dragons is not a standalone book—it has no climax, virtually no resolution to its myriad storylines, and in fact where you would expect things to be wrapping up it only spawns new plot threads. In a genre where Pat Roth ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dtr
This third instalment in the Rain Wild Chronicles is so much more enjoyable than the first two books, it has a completely different feel about it. Good things actually happen, the dragons, their keepers, Leftrin and Alice, have finally reached Kelsingra and wonderful discoveries are being made in the city. I'm keen to know how the last book in the series Blood of Dragons will finish, will Selden will be rescued in time and what will happen when everyone converges on Kelsingra?

Of course, the mai
David Sven
Jan 01, 2014 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
With the conclusion of book two in the series this third book steps things up a gear as far as POV characters go. The unexpected success of the dragon expedition has consequences for the wider world and we get a bit more variety in scenery as we get POV’s from Malta, Seldon, Hest, Tintaglia and even the dying Duke of Chalced – on top of the ones we already have. And the side story we get with the correspondence between the Keepers of the birds steps up in intrigue with some sinister goings on – ...more
May 05, 2012 Cecily rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, nautical, farseer
I was disappointed in this book. When I first got it in the mail (being driven to buy a used copy of the hardcover because the paperback isn't out yet) I was rather surprised to see how squat and how THIN it is. It did not look like a Robin Hobb book to me! I knew that I'd be able to read it way too fast and I was bummed out.

However, reading it bummed me out even more. This book serves as a transition piece. Nothing really happens, but things are set up and set in a position to really get going
Jan 21, 2014 Hanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The last book of the series was some kind of muddy road trip with a bunch of kids, a dozen malformed dragons and just a few adults on a liveship to keep them company. It was great fun, but the scope was somewhat limited. In this book that changes again and we learn more about what is happening away from the river. We get some clue about what happens to Hest back in Bingtown, what Selden is up to, and we get properly introduced to our big villain, his logic and his tactics: the Duke of Chalced.

Jan 31, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
Review from Tenacious Reader:

City of Dragons is the third of the four book Rain Wild Chronicles. I have to admit, I binge read this entire series back to back and so I feel like I can’t comment on how this book stands by itself. I have seen complaints about the story arc of this one, that it did not feel like a self contained story. All I can tell you for sure is that I enjoyed the hell out of it, and was eager for the next book.

The dragons and their kee
Feb 03, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Executive Summary: Much like The Dragon Keeper, this book is a lot of setup, but I still enjoyed it albeit probably the least of the series so far.

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The Rain Wild Chronicles should really be a Duology rather than a four book series. This was obvious with The Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven which felt like two halves of the same book.

The Dragon Keeper seemed to have a lot of setup for the events of Dragon Haven and this one feels the same.

Not a lot seems to really happen, but things app
Mar 05, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
I think I'm just echoing much of what has already been said by other reviewers, but this is really just half a book.

Is it half of a good book? Yes.
Do I like where she is taking this story? Yes.
Am I happy to get to see a bit more of the Realm of the Elderlings? Yes.

I love the fact that arriving at Kelsingra wasn't the end of the journey. I look forward to seeing an altercation with the Chalcedeans that - to my mind - has been brewing since we learned the origins of Burrich's earring and almost c
Apr 26, 2012 Maurinejt rated it liked it
I will be honest, the three stars were mostly because it was a Robin Hobb book and I am definitely in favor of continuing the saga of the dragons, traders, Rain Wilders, and Elderlings. I would love to find out what happens, plus at some point we HAVE to meet up with beloved characters from previous books. This series though, has annoyed me. Robin Hobb's books of late have been plagued with lack of forward motion. You will read for hundreds of pages and realized that not much has actually happen ...more
Alex Ristea
Jan 13, 2014 Alex Ristea rated it really liked it
Holy increased pace, Batman!

Robin Hobb sure stepped on the gas for this one. There are more POVs, more plots, and the story is just tighter.

Let me talk about TV, and specifically Breaking Bad, a bit to illustrate this point.

In TV, when you only have forty-odd minutes for an episode, you have to make sure that each scene counts. In a (good) show, there are no throwaway parts. Every scene and interaction must either move the story along or show something about character development.

If you want to
Brandon Zarzyczny
Aug 08, 2012 Brandon Zarzyczny rated it really liked it
So, I'm a little conflicted regarding this book, as I absolutely loved it while I was reading it, but when I finished the book I was just left shaking my head. Part of the problem is that previously, Robin Hobb has always written in trilogies, and the third book was always the best, with absolutely amazing endings. When I consider my top 5 favorite book endings of all time, at least 2 (Liveship Traders Trilogy and Solider Son Trilogy) are from Hobb and possibly 3 (Tawny Man Trilogy), but here al ...more
Apr 10, 2012 David rated it it was ok
A middle book, and it felt like it. I think the most interesting thing happened off stage before the book even started, (view spoiler).

She can do this kind of thing really well. Fantasy doesn't have to be flashy wizards and sword fighting and macguffins, it can be just life. But with dragons, in this case obviously, but still, just basically normal people in fantasy tinged conflict and strife. Hobb can do that. Tawny Man, a couple of fights aside, was basical
Feb 23, 2012 Larou added it
Shelves: fantasy, 2012-02
I have been a fan of Robin Hobb’s work ever since first reading Assassin’s Apprentice. I loved the beauty of her writing, the depth of her characterisation and that she avoided the beaten paths of most Epic Fantasy novels and took the genre into new directions, where she did lots of exciting things with it. And I think she only got better with every work she published, up to her Soldier Son trilogy which I loved even though many of her fans did not, most likely because it blithely ignores pretty ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Věrka rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
There was nothing really surprising about this book, what with it being the third in the series. As usual, the writing is good, but unfortunately, long descriptions and thoughts of various creatures are just not that interesting to me, so I found myself skipping through certain parts. It doesn't seem like I really missed something. And that doesn't sound quite right to me.
To be completely honest, I just wish Hobb would write more Farseer stuff and ditch the dragons for a while. Seeing as she ap
Feb 09, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed-books

Another excellent novel by Robin Hobb. My only complaint is that the ending was rather abrupt. Since this book was published only two days ago, I'm going to have a long wait to see what happens to the keepers and their dragons.

I highly recommend this series but suggest that you begin with the first series and read them in order: The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders, and The Tawny Man Trilogy. All of the books are related indirectly but should be read in order to fully appreciate the s
Shari  Mulluane
Apr 10, 2014 Shari Mulluane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts. Now that the traveling part of the dragon's journey is done, more time can be devoted to what is going on in other parts of this world. There are more scenes in Chalced, a distant country with a dying Duke who believes dragon parts can restore his health. There are scenes in the Rain Wilds surrounding the Elderlings Malta and Reyn. There are even goings on in Bingtown, concerning Hest, Alise's cruel husband and her friend Sedric's former employer. There is also a new and varied lan ...more
With our dragons and keepers now settled, albeit on a different side of the unpassable river to Kelsingra, they and Tarman have fulfilled their contract with the Cassarick Trader's Council. Sadly, the Council isn't keen on paying them their dues and news of their find has inflamed most with greed, ensuring that as Leftrin tries to make his way back to the colony (accompanied by some of our old friends, who have themselves fallen victim to Chalced's thirst for dragon parts) he does so with more t ...more
May 14, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brigid Keely
Feb 16, 2013 Brigid Keely rated it really liked it
Shelves: yay-girls, fantasy, 2013
"City of Dragons," by Robin Hobb, is the 3rd book in The Rain Wild Chronicles and not, as I thought, the final book in a trilogy. Which, y'know, explained why 2/3s of the way through the book things kept ramping up with no resolution in sight. "How will this be resolved!?!" I interrobanged to myself. "How can she wrap this up? So much is happening!" Well, the obvious answer is, she won't. There'll be a whole other book ("Blood Of Dragons" released in the USA in April 2013, hopefully. Not that I ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
This is the third book of Robin Hobb's Rain Wild Chronicles series and unfortunately also my least favorite installment so far. That's not to say I didn't like it, but I'm also sensing a definite slowdown compared to the first couple of novels.

The book picks up from where we last left our group of dragons, their keepers and their crew. After overcoming the dangers of the Rain Wild River, the expedition has finally found the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra. And yet, due to the eruptions and
Apr 08, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it
Originally, the Rain Wild Chronicles were touted as a duology (at least according to the Sci Fi Book Club), which I considered odd based on Hobb's history of trilogies, but they were published so close together that I figured that particular story was complete. Now having read the third book in the Chronicles, it's obvious this series is going to have more coming--I'd guess at least another two, but maybe she'll round it out to six. I'm not complaining by any means--I just usually like to wait ( ...more
Sara J.
Apr 08, 2016 Sara J. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone... yes... everyone :p
Shelves: fantasy
Have yet to read a Robin Hobb book that disappoints. Book three in the Rain Wild Chronicles quartet is another one of pure gold. I will not wax and wane on its merits because it will speak for itself in the reading (and if you have been on board since Assassin's Apprentice I will probably just be "preaching to the choir"). Top notch marks on the "immersion" scale, great character study & social dynamics. And a smorgasbord of world building/background history to sink your teeth into.

And so..
Oct 20, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing
This novel is not as filled with action and suspense as the second novel in the series, but it still adds a lot the the story and I still really enjoyed it. Once you are engrossed in one of Hobb's stories there is no going back. It is impossible not to care for the characters in this series even though all of them are flawed in one way or another.
Jul 21, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 18, 2015 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, 2010s
City of Dragon's isn't as even as the previous book. It's very much a transition book, and it really shows how breaking this series into four books doesn't work so well.

The group has finally reached Kelsingra. However, only Heeby and Rapskal can reach the city, as it is surrounded by deep water, and there is no decent mooring for the Tarman to dock at. The group settles down on a nearby piece of land, and begin to build shelters and start a semblance of civilization.

Eventually, Leftrin brings wo
Peter Smith
Feb 23, 2014 Peter Smith rated it did not like it
City of Dragons does the same thing Dragon Keeper did; it wastes the reader's time. The book is about 1/3 recap of the prior books, 1/3 filler, and 1/3 story, and once again just as things start to get interesting the book ends.

I can only think this is deliberate and that the author intentionally sets out to turn a book into a marketing vehicle for the next book. So she has two novels worth of story in her head, but she pads things out so that they take up 2 books in order to maximize her reven
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