City of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #3)
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City of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles #3)

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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
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Dawn
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...more
Scott
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
David Sven
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
Rob
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 appe...more
Cecily
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...more
Hanne
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.

Th...more
Laura
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...more
Alex Ristea
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...more
Maurinejt
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
Brandon Zarzyczny
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
gilmae
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...more
Larou
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
Věrka
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...more
Amanda
4.5/5

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...more
Shari  Mulluane
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 la...more
Christopher
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Brigid Keely
"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
Stacy
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
Anna
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Peter Smith
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...more
Andrea
If you expect the third book to flow seamlessly into the first two books of the series, you will be disappointed. Older characters from other series are revived and the first one hundred pages are spent introducing new-old characters. Madness, utter madness, but then really there were only a few plot climaxes left to the original story.

What I liked:
1) The city of Kelsingra. I enjoyed learning about the city and seeing it come to life. I think that was undoubtedly the best part of the book.

2) Th...more
Duffy Pratt
As I understand it, this book was originally supposed to be published together with book four of the series in a single volume. And that makes sense. It feels like a half a book. How many books have you read that introduce important characters in the last chapter?

For the most part I like this series, and I like how Hobb is setting things up for the conclusion. But it feels a bit different to me from her other books. More than almost any author I can think of, Hobb excels at being cruel to her c...more
Denise Eggleston
I read the first two volumes of what will be a four-part series. City of Dragons is the third of The Rain Wild Chronicles. It's a worthy addition to the series and moves the story on quite nicely. The Duke of Chalced is still evil, Hest is still a schemer, and Thymara is still exasperated with Sintara, the dragon she tends.

But, ultimately I was unsatisfied. My sense of incompleteness is not Robin Hobbs' fault. It stems from reading a series that is still being written. The story is not yet fini...more
Jake Ulasich
The third installment of the Rain Wild Chronicles is a mixed bag.

On the one hand, the characters are much more interesting and less annoying than the past two books. Hobb brings back in more outside politics and renews interest in old characters like Malta, Reyn and Selden. She explores the court of the Duke of Chalced, the frustrations of the hated Hest Finbok, and the interests of Tintaglia and Icefyre.

In the past two books, I felt stuck with the endless trudging of the motley company of drag...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...more
Lucinda
A dazzling diamond, shining in the midst of a competitive genre as something truly breathtaking.

Robin Hobb continues to go from strength to strength with each new trilogy that she produces. Since having been blown-away by the exceptional Farseer trilogy and spellbound by the Liveship Traders, I was naturally keen to explore the world of Dragons from her perspective. I have read and enjoyed many a book concerning Dragons; from Paolini’s Inheritance cycle to the epic Pern series by Anne McCaffrey...more
Metaphorosis
I don't know what happened to the cover of this one. The prior two books had great covers (if not very story-accurate). Then suddenly this one. I like either the US or the UK covers of the first two, but not this strange amalgam.

More substantively, this book is basically a continuation of the prior two, and not, for once, the climax of a trilogy. In fact, it's not really a series at all. The whole story is essentially one long novel broken into four books. City of Dragons picks up where Dragon H...more
Jenny
Waring - mixed feelings on this book. Why - its pretty racy - well just one chapter but too many inferences too.

With that being said - this plot is pretty addictive. If you like dragons and fantasy, you will most likely become addicted too. The plot centers around a group of characters who eventually get chosen or roped into escorting malformed dragons to their ancient homeland. The plot is quite detailed, the characters likeable and if you can get past the gay relationship (sorry but not all o...more
Rob
...As you may have gathered, I enjoyed reading this novel a lot. Despite the fact that it is not a complete story, City of Dragons worked very well for me on several levels. It is Hobb like the fans will probably like to see her. It is not surprising in terms of settings of themes but very well told, with Hobb's characteristic attention to detail and character. Some readers will think Hobb is taking her time putting the pieces in place for the finale of the series. For me, that was one of the as...more
Ruth
This is the first time I've felt let down by a Robin Hobb book. I found this book to be even slightly below the level of the decidedly lackluster Soldier Son trilogy. The reasons for this are three-fold: 1) this installment was much shorter and less complex than her other works, giving the reader less to sink into, 2) very little of the over-arcing story line actually develops in this book: it feels more like a placeholder for the next book than anything else, and 3) much of the tale follows my...more
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