• City of Dragons

  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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City of Dragons

By: Robin Hobb
Narrated by: Saskia Butler
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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Half a book?

What did you love best about City of Dragons?

I'm an avid reader of Robin Hobb's work and a love the development of this story and the possibilities that lie ahead.

What other book might you compare City of Dragons to and why?

It fits in perfectly to the other books in the series

Which character ??? as performed by Saskia Butler ??? was your favorite?

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.

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

Selden's plight and the sheer dehumanisation of him. It is not hard to see parallels from our own history.

Any additional comments?

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?

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Delicious

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.

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story was kind of slow

nothing happened. could've easily skipped this book. it kind of feels like a setup book and not well executed. performance by Saskia was still good

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More Setup than Story

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.

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Hate it to be left hanging....

If you could sum up City of Dragons in three words, what would they be?

Very fine read..

What other book might you compare City of Dragons to and why?

Can't think of anything to compary it to...

Have you listened to any of Saskia Butler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I did. This one is of the same high standard..

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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..

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  • Pod
  • 06-21-17

Stop switching narrators.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

1. Keeping the same narrator throughout the series.
2. That single narrator not being Saskia Butler
3. Actually mix the audio well so that it isn't swimming in bass-noise that adds nothing to the high-pitched narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Dragons?

When I found out Saskia Butler was back and she actually tried to use a different voice for each character. I was amazed at her new ability.

Would you be willing to try another one of Saskia Butler’s performances?

Nope.

What character would you cut from City of Dragons?

Hest. I didn't really care for his plight, and at 3 books into a 4 book series I didn't need that distraction.

Any additional comments?

Great story. Read the books, don't listen to this trash.

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  • alc
  • 06-09-13

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-20

Saskia Butler

Shame that after such a terrible reading of the first book, Saskia Butler was hired again? Her voices are worse than before, particularly Rapscal. Ruins the enjoyment of the
story.

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  • Suzy
  • 02-28-17

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.

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  • Sally P.
  • 10-15-22

Everyone is either Cockney or from Yorkshire!?

Very annoying that they've switched the narrator so many times in the series.
It detracts from the story hugely.
There seems to be no correlation between where people come from in the story and what their dialect is. If you are doing really strong accents like Yorkshire dales, Cockney, Scottish - people, especially in Britain will have associations with that. Is Chalced the west country? Is Bingtown East England and Greater London? Are the poor of the Rainwilds northern?

It's so annoying.

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  • Alan
  • 09-30-22

Fantastic series.

Absolutely loving the Rain Wild Chronicles, City Of Dragons is the third book in the series. I was hooked on book one, from living in the trees of Trehaug and Cassaric to adventures on the Rain Wild river and dragons, what more could you want. I know these books are fantasy, but they also feel very real in my mind. Robin Hobb paints such a clear picture of the cities, towns, people and adventure that I feel that I am living it myself and feel a very big part of the characters and Dragons lives. Things are about to get very real for our group of misfits. After discovering the Mythical city of Kelsingra and the wonders it holds, will it be kept secret or overrun with greed, deceit and by outside treacherous influences. The plot is fantasic and the worldbuilding just gets better and better with each book. I really love the asides between chapters that Robin Hobb uses to expand her world in which her stories are set, and they provide a humorous and interesting companion to the main story. I'm in love with Robin Hobb's books and have been mesmerised and enthralled by her dragon world every bit as much as the Assassin and Fool series. So much so ive read this book quickly over a couple of days and just can't get enough, now I can't wait to to delve into book four Blood Of Dragons. I can't highly recommend this series enough...😁💙🔥🐉

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-22

I think book matches narration finally

The return to the narrator from book 1 is welcome.

Story improves from the previous book, and I’m looking forward to the final book.

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  • KalteStern
  • 03-24-22

Just not enough plot to justify its length

I had read the first couple of books in this series, and the whole preceeding trilogy about the live ships, and I was aware the Robin Hobb expends an enormous word count evoking every detail of her imagined worlds. But the plot of this is so minimal that it could be summarised in a single line for each major character, and the plot of the next two books (or three at this rate) can be deduced without one needing to expend the many hours required to confirm one's guesses. Not sure if she has run out of ideas for this story line or subsided into self indulgence with her own characters, but I am not going any further with this series, although I may go to some of her earlier ones. Narration is OK, but not outstanding, but that is not the basic problem

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  • Fran McKay
  • 03-02-22

Another disappointment

I've invested too much in Hobb to abandon it completely, but I am so disappointed in this entire series. It is pure stubbornness and hope of learning small nuggets of useful information forcing me to slog through before getting back to Fitz. This entire series has been a strange sidetrack into bad, YA romance with an occasional nugget of Elderling information. On top of the mediocre story, the narration has been low-quality and inconsistent. I'M SO BORED of this. I already skipped the 2nd one, but I am hoping I can slog through the 4th and just get through this back to Fitz! Seeing there will be yet ANOTHER narrator doesn't give me much confidence, though.

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  • Boo Brooks
  • 01-12-22

Great story

Another brilliant story from Robin Hobb, well read.

The characters are charming and the plot captivating till the end

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  • Amy Schumacher
  • 12-08-17

Robin Hobb Is Unbeatable

Don't hesitate, just get the book, it is great!!!
I love this author and this book does not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-17

great story! excellent narration

What made the experience of listening to City of Dragons the most enjoyable?

the narrator really made the story engaging, the different character voices, the right emphasis, etc. thank you Saskia Butler for the narration and Robin Hobb for the excellent series of books.

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  • Luke
  • 06-21-17

Narrator sucks

This serious is the most mediocre of the robin hobb books imo but still enjoyable. My biggest issue with it is that they have a new narrator every book of this series. This last one reads words wrong and that drives me insane, it really takes you out of the story. I'm disappointed that this production wasn't done better, it feels like there was no care taken to deliver a consistent reading. My least favourite audio book series to date

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  • V
  • 06-29-16

another brilliant Hobb book

loved the story...love all Robin Hobb's books, but really disappointed by the narration, she overused the same accents, with too many errors and wrecked characters, such as Cedric .. I really struggled to get through this, nearly put me r I ght off audible.😢

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  • MJ
  • 07-02-21

read all the Robin Hobb booke you can!

Love this author. my fave series is Fitz and the Fool, but the Rain Wilds series are a close second.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-21

Wonderful

loved it can't wait to hear what comes next is this enough words yet ?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-19

The story is good but...

The first three books in this trilogy (& now there is a 4th book) didn’t seem to have quite enough content for a trilogy. The story is good but each book spends a decent amount of time repeating the story already told. At times it was frustrating and a little boring however, they are still worth reading.

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  • Phoebe
  • 08-26-19

pleasant

good to have Saskia Butler back narrating again and to find out more about the lives of the former and current elderlings.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 07-21-17

Terrible narration

Narration has constant whiney emphasis. I've liked Robin Hobb books in the past but found this one irritating - and I'm not sure if it's partly the story or all due to the narrator's interpretation.

I've really enjoyed the previous Hobb series - which I read as well listened to... but have really struggled with the Rainwild Chronicles and their narration. Thinking of reading a brief plot summary somewhere instead and skipping straight to the final Fitz and the Fool series.

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  • Vicki
  • 07-01-16

City of dragons

loved every minute of the story, the narration was brilliant, really brought stroy to life.