Return to the world of the Liveships Traders and journey along the Rain Wild River in the third installment of high adventure from the author of the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy.
Kelsingra waits for those brave enough to enter…
The dragons and their keepers have discovered Kelsingra but so far only Heeby has succeeded in flying over the river to enter the fabled city. The other dragons, with their deformed wings and feeble muscles, are afraid to risk failure and humiliation. But wondrous things wait in Kelsingra, a city built for dragons and their Elderling keepers.
Alise, overwhelmed by the treasures she finds there, records her finds for posterity. Once the rest of the world knows about the riches the city contains, nothing will ever be the same again. Already, rumours of the city’s discovery have floated down the Rain Wild River and reached envious ears in Bingtown and beyond. Adventurers, pirates and fortune hunters are coming in droves to pillage what they can from the city. As is Hest Finbok, Alise’s husband…
Meanwhile, Selden Vestrit finds himself a prisoner of the ailing Duke of Chalced, who believes him to be some sort of dragon-man whose flesh and blood may work miracle cures.
Where is Tintaglia, the great sapphire-blue dragon, when all have such need of her? Has she really abandoned her beloved Selden and the fledgling dragons forever? Or will she too return to seek the wonders of Kelsingra?
©2012 Robin Hobb (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons." (George R. R. Martin)
"Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination." (Conn Iggulden)
"Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics." (The Times)
"Hobb is a remarkable storyteller." (Guardian)
"Robin Hobb writes achingly well." (SFX)
I've been into epic fantasy, sci-fi and everything in between since I first read The Lord of the Rings. I also love detective novels.
I'm an avid reader of Robin Hobb's work and a love the development of this story and the possibilities that lie ahead.
It fits in perfectly to the other books in the series
Although typically teenaged and angsty, Thymara has the most to gain if only she finds it in herself to rise above her own poor expectations of herself.
Selden's plight and the sheer dehumanisation of him. It is not hard to see parallels from our own history.
I like the book, there was little chance of me not doing so, however, it felt too much like half a book. Almost everything seemed to be in progress without anything really substantial happening. A book between books perhaps?
This is currently the last in this series but there is clearly more to come. Wonderful to listen to. A real joy. Don't miss it.
Fantasy fanatic, sci fi dabbler
There are two main differences between this book and the previous two books in the series - the first is that it's about half the size. The second is that the camera is panned around a bit - instead of the tight focus on Alys, Cedric, the Tarmon, the Dragons and their Keepers, we get a peek at what is happening in the wider world - Selden the Elderling, Tintaglia and her mate Icefire (who fits the expression "not unless he was the last man on Earth" nicely), Martya and Rayne, the situation in Chalced and what's happening with Alys' happily erstwhile husband in Bingtown.
The book also provided some interesting pieces of information about the world as it stands as well as its past
I will spare you the disappointment and tell you straight up that neither Fitz nor the Fool make any physical appearance in this story. However there are some signs of them - at times it's like they have passed by so recently you can still feel the stir of them in the air.
This book seems to me more of a set up for the finale than a story in itself. It was a bit of a disappointment, but it has definitely left me twitching with anticipation for the next book in the series, which is rumoured to be the final book of the Rainwild Chronicles.
Very fine read..
Can't think of anything to compary it to...
Yes, I did. This one is of the same high standard..
Yes, the fact that I am left hanging and yearning for the sequel quite annoyed me.. Luckily I just found the hard copy of the sequel, so my suffering will be minimal.. ;-), although I prefer the audio book format. It is however the reason I just rated the story with 4-stars..
Expertly read. Aside from Morgan Freeman or Stephen Fry, I wish the entirety of the series was read by Saskia Butler.
"It's like punctuation doesn't exist"
Very disappointed with the narration of this as I am a huge fan of Robin Hobb and think her writing is wonderful. The narration of this is exhausting to listen to, it's incredibly rushed, as if there are no commas or full stops at all. The book and story itself is fantastic but the narration leaves a lot to be desired.
"City of Dragons Review by K.Mackay"
As the Rain Wilds Chronicles continue this intricate story of the sad new batch of dragons who had been born misshapen and mostly crippled from their cocoons it shows Robin Hobbs deft touch for story telling ,cleverly drawing one into the gradually improving health of the dragons and their keepers. I began to see the intricacies of the politics of both Bing Town and the RainWilds whilst also hoping for the newfound Kelsingra and that it can become a proper city again for both Dragons and the re-emergence of the Elderlings. The Duke of Chalced begins to loom larger as his Shadow threatens to engulf them all with his stubborn and grim desire for immortality at any cost. Yet another great read by Robin Hobb!
"Better than the previous two volumnes"
Definitely an improvement over the first two volumes, but still not as good as the Assassin series.
"An Enjoyable journey"
But ...how I wish book 4 was the same narrator 😐 here we go again with that awful drone of book 2 that was a hard listen
good story but I know it's going to be killed literally why Robin Hobb -
"Another wonderful entry in the series"
Definitely. The story itself is excellent, continuing the same high standard set in the previous two books. The scope of the story is widened to include the other characters we hear so much about, but rarely see. The sense of impending danger is heightened, as are the stakes. The characters really grow and change, and this is done really well.
The chase through the treetops when the baby was being born was incredible. It was so tense and thrilling I couldn't stop listening.
I loved the scenes featuring Thymara. She is one of my favourite characters. The changes she goes through and her growth as a character is really well written. She comes across really well.
The plight of Selden was harrowing. He is paying such a high price for the changes he has gone through. I can't wait to find out what happens to him.
The narration is excellent. I found the story really coming to life, and I could visualise everything clearly. This really helps me to connect with the book, and I was upset to find out that Saskia Butler is not narrating the final book in the series. I hope her replacement is just as good.
I know that book narrators work very hard, but why don't they read the books and understand the main characters before they narrate them? In this book, one of the main characters, Sedric, is described as a fine gentleman from Bingtown. Why, then, does the accent used indicate that he's a lower class person? This kind of inconsistency is quite annoying and a blot on an otherwise good reading of an enjoyable book.
"keep them coming"
I love Robin Hobbs I just wish they would have the same person reading the books as you just get to know the vioice and the the book ends ,you go to the next and the reader has changed. Robin please keep the books coming you are Great
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