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Black City Dragon

(Black City Saint #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A historical urban fantasy set in Prohibition-era Chicago, which combines action, mystery, and romance against a backdrop of gangland wars and the threat of supernatural horror.

For sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has guarded the gate between our world and Feirie, preventing the Wyld--the darkest Feirie of all--from coming into Chicago to find human prey. But since he def
Paperback, 378 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Pyr Books
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Richard Knaak It's the third in the Black City Saint series. While each novel has a separate story, they do build on one another.

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Kristen Burns
Enter the giveaway (ends 4/4/19) and check out my interview with Richard A. Knaak about the Black City Saint series @ Metaphors and Moonlight!


4 Stars

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

Every time I read a book in this series, I feel the need to bring up how much I absolutely love what a unique combination of elements it has. Fae, Catholic saints, the Prohibition Era, reincarnation---it even has a dragon! It's such a
C.T. Phipps
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy


BLACK CITY DRAGON is the third book of Richard Knaak's Black City series, which I've been enjoying since the first volume of BLACK CITY SAINT. It is an urban fantasy series that centers around Nick Medea, the 1920s incarnation of Saint George, who investigates the supernatual during the Great Depression while protecting the gateway to Fairyland. It's a unique series that I really love the quirky and oddball cast of. It reminds me a bit of the Dresden
Tiffany Austin
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Amanda Robinette
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love these books. Adventure, fantasy, a love story, all with funny characters and interesting villains. I can't wait to see what happens to Nick Medea next!
Jeff Bryant
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Richard Knaak is back and at the top of his game again with the urban fantasy Black City series. Nick Medea returns as a combination of Phillip Marlow and Harry Dresden, a “ghostbuster “ in an alternate Prohibition Era Chicago where the Fae mingle with the mob. Quick moving and with a great feel for the era it represents, it’s a joy to see another book in this series. Recommended!
Dale Russell
Centuries have gone by and you would think that things would be getting easier for Nick Medea. Protector of the Gate to Faerie...hunter of the Wyld...conqueror of the Dragon, that SHOULD bring with it some form of respect. But...recently... he has battled, and defeated, Oberon, the King of the Faerie and then confronted H.H. Holmes, the Beast of Chicago, stopping his apocalyptic plans.

Now, perhaps the most evil and dangerous enemy from his past has returned...the one who was ultimately responsib
Tracy Rowan
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
There are distinct disadvantages to being late to the party in terms of reading a series, and with this series in particular, I found myself flailing around trying to deal with the author's frequent references to events of previous books, people who never appear in this volume but who apparently play huge parts in the first two, and so on.

Yes, you can read this and get the story straight, but it does take some extra effort to grasp the deeper implications of the events here. That's fine, the onl
Assaph Mehr
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Black City Dragon is the third installment in the series, one I have been waiting for since I first came across it. Nor was I disappointed.

What to Expect

This novel deal a lot with the protagonist's past (Nick Medea, aka St George). As such it is imperative to read the first two volumes first - just so you'd get that the build-up of excitement to the backstory dealt with in this volume. Here we learn more about Nick's past, with his relationship of the dragon and Cleolinda as well as more about t
Rusty Dalferes
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Another entry with a good plot that I wish had been strung together by better writing. It also included a bonus prequel short story that seemed to give short shrift to a character who could have potentially offered a worthy antagonist for a full-length novel, so again I'm left both intrigued and disappointed.

This third novel in the "Black City" series follows Nick Medea, the pseudonym of the real Saint George the dragonslayer, once again in 1920s Chicago, as he battles the machinations of his ol
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting read. This is the first book I’ve read from this author. It reminded me of a different time period with some magic mixed in. I found out after receiving and starting the book that it is in fact a third in a series. With that knowledge, I kept reading. The story is fantastic! Yes, there were times were I felt like I should have read the others prior to reading this one but I still enjoyed the book as is. The characters were unique and wonderfully written. I like the twists ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Review: This series has been one of my favs since I picked up the first book a while ago. I and die hard in love with the uniqueness that this series gives us readers and I just could not put it down. This one has to be the best yet I mean it has more DRAGON!! And who could say no to that one? The story was so good it had some great twists and turns that I didn't see coming and I thought that the pacing was really good. The only thing that bothered me in this one was that some of the plot poi ...more
Andrew Weston
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Black City Dragon, the Gatekeeper needs to show his mettle as never before when the puppet master behind a sixteen hundred year-old deception shows their face at last. The thing is, this adversary seems more intent on claiming Nick’s reincarnated lover – Claryce – than him.
That begs the question, why? What is it about Claryce and her connection to the Dacian Draco that’s holds the key to life and death, and ultimately, which reality will survive the coming upheaval?
Perhaps history has got it
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Well written stories in the vein of this would have me reading more of this genre. The first two books in this series are equally well told tales of a 1600 year old knight/saint, his dragon alter ego, and reincarnated love.

Based in Chicago during the Roaring 20's, not is all that it seems to be with gangster's, pols, and the general populace. Some of the gangsters are creatures from another realm and our hero's side kicks include a werewolf (kind of), a Ferie assassin turned religious zealot, a
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 95-in-2019, fantasy
The books in this series have all been very fun to read. Prohibition era Chicago, the Fae, and dragons what's not to love!? I really like a lot of the characters. Nick Medea, the main character, is the gatekeeper between our world and The Fae. He's a bit world-weary without being to cynical. His inner monologues with the dragon are sometimes funny, sometimes threatening. The only character I am not the biggest fan of is the love interest Claryce. I'm not sure why she sometimes annoys me but I fi ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I enjoyed this book and it feels like its the last one in the series.... but it didn't give the reader any real sense of completion.

There are some interesting ideas here... but I couldn't enjoy it because of one aspect of the author's world which just felt wrong.... the underlying McGuffin that is the super powerful reality shifting cards felt like too much to me.... the reality shifts were done well, don't get me wrong, but left me feeling like there was no real ground to stand on.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Ahh! I didn't realize this wasn't the first in the series! I didn't know it was number three. I read about 100 pages before realizing this, so I've put it down to go find and read 1 and 2 before I read any more of this. I hate reading books out of order. But based on what I've read so far, it's a solid 4*. I'll come back and change this review and potentially my rating after I've read the series proper.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I won a copy of this book.

i haven't read the other books in this series, but I very much enjoyed this story and will - for sure - go back and read the 2 previous ones now. Adventure and fantasy await you!
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Richard A. Knaak is the bestselling author of Dragonlance novels, the Dragonrealm and Black City Saint series (his own creations), six novels for Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo series, and six works in the Warcraft universe. He has also written several non-series fantasy books.

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