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City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles | [Robin Hobb]

City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

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 dragons embarked on a harsh journey into the unknown along the toxic Rain Wild River.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Robin Hobb - "one of the most important writers in 21st-century fantasy" (Contra Costa Times) - continues her enthralling fantasy saga of dragons and their keepers.

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 dragons embarked on a harsh journey into the unknown along the toxic Rain Wild River.

Battling starvation, a hostile climate, and treacherous enemies, dragons and humans began to forge magical connections, bonds that have wrought astonishing transformations for them all. And though Kelsingra is finally near, their odyssey has only begun.

Because of the swollen waters of the Rain Wild River, the lost city can be reached only by flight - a test of endurance and skill beyond the stunted dragons’ strength. Venturing across the swift-running river in tiny boats, the dragon scholar Alise and a handful of keepers discover a world far different from anything they have ever known or imagined. Immense, ornate structures of black stone veined with silver and lifelike stone statues line the silent, eerily empty streets. Yet what are the whispers they hear, the shadows of voices and bursts of light that flutter and are gone? And why do they feel as if eyes are watching them?

The dragons must plumb the depths of their ancestral memories to help them take flight and unlock the secrets buried in Kelsingra. But enemies driven by greed and dark desires are approaching. Time is running out, not only for the dragons but for their human keepers as well.

©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Tyler San Marcos, CA, United States 02-13-12
    Tyler San Marcos, CA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Story was incomplete and felt rushed"

    I just finished the audiobook and was disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I love Robin Hobb and most all of her books, but I knew something was wrong with this book when I saw that this book was only 13 hours when all of her others were at least 20+. Without any spoilers I felt this book was all filler drama to make an extra buck. This can't be the end of the series because there was not much progress from the last book. New problems that were introduced in this book were not even resolved. Anyways all bagging on the story aside, I was glad I read it. It wasn't horrible, it just felt incomplete and like it had no real ending.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Shreveport, LA, United States 03-29-12
    Sharon Shreveport, LA, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Safe to call it Rain Wilds Chronicles Part 3A"

    I think some of the other reviews for this have been a little unfair.

    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 Rothfuss can publish The Wise Man's Fear and we get innumerable Wheel of Time doorstops I'd question whether splitting the story was really necessary, but, regardless, my rating and review are with the understanding that I'm only looking at part of a whole.

    Hobb's trademarks are all there: an immersive setting, lush prose, and deep, sympathetic characters. But this book doesn't feel as dark or as desperate as Hobb's other writing. There are threats, such as the fear that with Kelsingra known it will be overrun by treasure seekers, and the mysterious Chalcedean conspiracy. And problems, like the shortage of food and supplies, or the fact the dragons can't fly and so are completely dependent on their keepers. But none of these things feels particularly urgent or unmanageable. Disaster is not imminent. There are a few exceptions, such as one very desperate scene on the dark branches of the tree city of Cassarick (you'll know it when you read it)—but even that scene feels brief and truncated.

    The result is that City of Dragons isn't focused on the dragons and keepers like the earlier volumes. It is a much broader book, showing the rippling consequences of Kelsingra's discovery and setting into motion all the forces that will no doubt clash in the finale.

    But not every book needs to ratchet up suspense to unbearable levels. The book is a process of discovery, learning about the past and hoping for the possibilities of the future. Will the ancient society be restored, Elderlings and dragons living in symbiosis? And it is very much about relationships (romantic and otherwise). People are constantly forced to make choices about who to trust, who to be with, and then dealing with the consequences of those choices. Combine that with all the threads Hobb left in motion, and the final book promises to be an exciting conclusion to the series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    07-03-12
    07-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved It! Ready for the Next One"
    What did you love best about City of Dragons?

    I really became invested in the characters, especially the dragons. Sintara is wonderfully developed and Thymara is her equal in every way. I frequently forgot that Mercor (was he the wise old serpent in the first Liveship book?) was a dragon and Hebe wasn’t a frisky puppy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thymara, of course. That girl has skills and guts. Tats was a close second.


    What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dragons. I never thought I'd invest in a book with talking dragons, but this one really pulled me in.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved when Sedric and Carson came together.


    Any additional comments?

    My only disappointment with the book was Hobb’s inconsistencies with Malta, one of my favorite characters. When did her dark hair become golden? And when did Ephraim Vestrit become her father? She didn’t even like the man. Kyle Haven was her adored father. Sloppy. But I’m willing to forgive and forget if Hobb writes a final book (longer this time please!) to wrap up the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    martha Atlanta, GA, United States 03-19-12
    martha Atlanta, GA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointment"
    Would you try another book from Robin Hobb and/or Anne Flosnik?

    Yes I have loved all her previous books on audible


    If you’ve listened to books by Robin Hobb before, how does this one compare?

    Yes and this one disappoints. The first help is a rehash of the the series so far. When it starts to get into new story lines it ends leaving you feeling cheated.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    ?


    Could you see City of Dragons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes I am not good at casting.


    Any additional comments?

    disappointed but waiting for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darrin Petersen 02-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Only half a book..."
    Any additional comments?

    This book appears to have been published to please anyone but the readers. Please finish the book before you ask us to buy it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten RIDGECREST, NC, United States 09-06-14
    Kirsten RIDGECREST, NC, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I hope you have some time off!"

    A wonderful series sequel from one of my favorite fantasy writers! In order to really enjoy this series and avoid spoilers, you need to have read the Liveship trilogy first. And by several references, i suspect that the Tawney Man trilogy also ties in between Liveship, The Royal Assassin trilogy, and this one. I'm checking those out next time i can escape to another world for a while.
    As several other reviewers have commented, the narrator has an unusual accent which i found distracting at first, although once captivated by the story i no longer noticed it.
    There is a fourth book in the series, Dragon's Blood, which i haven't reviewed here since i read the book rather than listened to it.
    Don't start Dragon Keepers until you have Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, and Dragon's Blood on standby. Each book ends on a cliffhanger and leads directly to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-28-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "The Best Of The Three"

    I must have listened to a different recording then the other reviewers. I thought this book was the best of the first three and the first two were very good. I got lots of story for my money, more character development, and dragons that are real dragons. Dragons with attitude as it should be. You can start here and enjoy the book, but you really should start at the beginning. Matter of fact I would suggest you start with Ship of Magic and read that trilogy first. Reading the liveship trader trilogy will make this a richer experience. The Liveship Trader trilogy is my favorite fantasy trilogy of all time.

    CEDRIC WOULD NO MORE RUN OFF WITH A WOMAN, THEN GROW A SPINE AND ASSERT HIMSELF.

    I will agree with some others that their is a lot in this book that basically sets up the next book. I find it exciting to know that these characters are going to get involved more and what is the city going to be like? Watch out for chapter 10, it is the most emotional, scary, disgusting, and fantastic chapter of any book I have ever read. If you could win an award for best chapter, Hobb should get it for chapter 10. I will admit Hobb speaks to me, I am always amazed in how well she develops her characters. I am amazed in her insight into the human condition and how she is able to write about it in story form. I will say that if you have read any Hobb, with the exception of the Tawny Man trilogy and you don't already feel the way I do, then this will not change your mind. If you love Hobb, this is more of he same.

    Flosnik is perfect for Robin Hobb books. I would not want her to read The Godfather, but her voice adds to the mood and atmosphere set in Robin Hobb's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Tennessee, USA 03-18-13
    Debbie Tennessee, USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't end right"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very disappointed with the ending. I was listening to the book, really enjoying it and it ended right in the middle. There are characters that you're left wondering what happened to them. I wish the author would write another book to properly end the series!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Flosnik?

    The narrator did a good job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would go see it only if the author would finish the series and sum up what happened to each character in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 10-11-12
    Michelle 10-11-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Good Continuation of the Story"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This narrator reads way too slow! I speed it up to 1.5x!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the continuation of the story. I didn't care for the new character point of views, it seemed a little like just fillers. I can't wait to get more in to Kelsingra.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    charles LAWTON, OK, United States 08-01-12
    charles LAWTON, OK, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "half a book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend it after the next book comes out because i feel like i made it one chapter before the climax and it ended


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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