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City of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles #3)
     

City of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles #3)

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by Robin Hobb
 

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New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb returns to world of the Rain Wilds—called “one of the most gripping settings in modern fantasy” (Booklist)—in City of Dragons. Continuing the enthralling journey she began in her acclaimed Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven, Hobb rejoins a small group of

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New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb returns to world of the Rain Wilds—called “one of the most gripping settings in modern fantasy” (Booklist)—in City of Dragons. Continuing the enthralling journey she began in her acclaimed Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven, Hobb rejoins a small group of weak, half-formed and unwanted dragons and their displaced human companions as they search for a legendary sanctuary. Now, as the misfit band approaches its final destination, dragons and keepers alike face a challenge so insurmountable that it threatens to render their long, difficult odyssey utterly meaningless. Touching, powerful, and dazzlingly inventive, Hobb’s City of Dragons is not to be missed—further proof that this author belongs alongside Raymond E. Feist, Terry Brooks, and Lois McMaster Bujold in the pantheon of fantasy fiction’s true greats.

Editorial Reviews

The seemingly improbable heroes of Robin Hobb's Rain Wilds Chronicles are an embattled band of outcast mutant dragons and their human companions. As these poor creatures search for a promised sanctuary, they encounter whole series of escalating challenges. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

The News-Star (Monroe
“A satisfying story”
Las Vegas Review Journal on CITY OF DRAGONS
“[A]n engaging tale with fully realized characters that already feel like friends.”
Miami Herald
“Hobb has a deft hand with accessible and sympathetic characters, regardless of their fantasy trappings, and he makes effective use of the divide between what the reader knows and what the characters know to build tension.…A quick and fun read.”
London Times
“The Soldier Son [trilogy] can be read as a political satire on American military aggression, but on a more personal level it is profoundly perceptive about the challenge faced by the honorable, brave and good. Nevarre is a true hero.”
Kansas City Star
“A master fantasist.”
Booklist
"In a novel as good as it is massive, the first of two Rain Wilds Chronicles...Hobb continues to occupy a perch at or near the top among contemporary fantasists. This book is imaginative, literate, and compassionate from first page to last."
Bellingham Herald
“Hobb creates a completely alluring portrait of dragons and their culture.”
Contra Costa Times
“[W]e suspend disbelief with complete abandon as the pages turn and turn...Robin Hobb is one of the most important writers in 21st century fantasy.”
Booklist (starred review)
“In a novel as good as it is massive, the first of two Rain Wilds Chronicles...Hobb continues to occupy a perch at or near the top among contemporary fantasists. This book is imaginative, literate, and compassionate from first page to last.”
Realms of Fantasy Magazine
“Full throttle…[a] thrilling conclusion…Hobb’s writing unfurls here with muscular and self-assured bravado, the characters fascinating and three-dimensional.”
Blogcritics.com
“fast action, deep emotional bonds and a great ending...[I] encourage you to check out Dragon Haven”
Bellingham Herald on DRAGON HAVEN
“Hobb creates a completely alluring portrait of dragons and their culture.”
Miami Herald on DRAGON HAVEN
“Hobb has a deft hand with accessible and sympathetic characters, regardless of their fantasy trappings, and he makes effective use of the divide between what the reader knows and what the characters know to build tension.…A quick and fun read.”
Shroud Magazine Book Reviews on DRAGON KEEPER and DRAGON HAVEN
“Hobb’s strength has always been her ability to create compelling characters to inhabit her richly detailed worlds. The Rain Wilds Chronicles is no exception.”
Realms of Fantasy Magazine on RENEGADE'S MAGIC
“Full throttle…[a] thrilling conclusion…Hobb’s writing unfurls here with muscular and self-assured bravado, the characters fascinating and three-dimensional.”
Contra Costa Times on RENEGADE'S MAGIC
“[W]e suspend disbelief with complete abandon as the pages turn and turn...Robin Hobb is one of the most important writers in 21st century fantasy.”
Shroud Magazine Book Reviews
“Hobb’s strength has always been her ability to create compelling characters to inhabit her richly detailed worlds. The Rain Wilds Chronicles is no exception.”
The News-Star (Monroe)
"A satisfying story"
The News-Star (Monroe))
"A satisfying story"
Library Journal
The dragons who have returned to the Rain Wilds bear little resemblance to their forebears. Malformed, flightless, and all but helpless, they travel in search of the legendary Kelsingra, the dragon homeland, with a retinue of human keepers, themselves misfits. As they enter the final part of their difficult trek, the bonds between dragon and keeper are stretched to the limit, and hope disappears when the only way to reach their mythical city is discovered to be flight—a skill beyond the capabilities of the dragons. VERDICT The latest volume set in the world of the Rain Wilds (Dragon Keeper; Dragon Haven) illustrates Hobb's talent for complex plotting, scene setting, and character building. Series followers and fans of the novels of Raymond E. Feist and Naomi Novik should enjoy Hobb's depiction of a very different type of dragon. [See Prepub Alert, 8/21/11.]
Kirkus Reviews
The third book in the Rain Wilds Chronicles is a leisurely journey to nowhere, but its well-drawn characters and intriguing setting make it worth the trip. Set, as are many of fantasy maven Hobb's (Dragon Haven, 2010, etc.) novels, in the Realm of the Elderlings, the story picks up as a group of dragons and their human keepers are settling in near the ancient city of Kelsingra. Once inhabited by dragons and Elderlings, a race of humans transformed to be dragon companions, Kelsingra lies dormant, waiting to be rediscovered by the fledgling dragons, who are still learning to fly. The keepers deal with a range of interpersonal dramas, while down the river from Kelsingra, various factions conspire to exploit the dragons and their ancestral home for financial and political gain. Hobb takes time to explore numerous characters in her sprawling cast, and thus the plot moves at a very slow pace, even though there are several important discoveries. Anyone hoping for resolution or significant advancement from the story will be disappointed, but Hobb tempers that frustration by delving deeply into her characters' lives, using the rigid customs of the fantasy world to explore universal ideas about social pressures and romantic longing. The author is especially adept at examining the roles of women, whether through nervous teenage dragon-keeper Thymara's trying to balance two jealous suitors or Elderling Malta's struggles to bring a child to term. Their dilemmas are specific to the world of the novel, but the real-life resonance gives the story extra depth. The resurgence of the dragon species is vital, but no more so than men and women figuring out how to relate to one another. By the end, little has changed and few answers have been found, but the time spent with the characters never seems like a waste. Bring on the next installment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062101068
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Series:
Rain Wilds Chronicles , #3
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
31,856
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska, where she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, the Farseer Trilogy, the Liveship Traders Trilogy, and the Tawny Man Trilogy. Her books under the pseudonym Megan Lindholm include Wizard of the Pigeons, The Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves. She is also the author of The Inheritance, a collection of stories written under both names. Her short fiction has won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award and been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.

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City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far this is a great series.I want the next book. Come on Robin, don't do the WOT thing like Robert Jordan. To long between books is not fair to your fans.
tabbycat03 More than 1 year ago
The most common complaint for this book is that it was incomplete for a trilogy. Robin Hobb posted a while back in her journal that this was intended to be a trilogy, but she has expanded it to be four books so she could tell the story better. "Blood of Dragons" should be out sometime in the next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robin Hobb is by far my favorite author, and this is one of the reasons why
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without knowing anything about the author or any of the books. I took a chance and really loved the series. When you finish the first one, you can't wait to read the second, and so on.
WillowFL More than 1 year ago
I would recommend all of Robin Hobb's books. I've read around nine of the books so far and love all of them. There is one set and the last of the Rain Wilds Chronicles at least book #4 that I haven't read yet, but I'm sure I'll love them as much as the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, I loved all the Rain Wild books, and am happy that there's another book in the works. Robin Hobbs is one of my favorite authors! Would give more then 5 stars if I could!!!
discworldfan More than 1 year ago
I can't get enough of The Rain Wilds...this didn't disapoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all her work. As normal the story ends exactly when you don't want it too. Can't wait for book 4 to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hobb is known for long sprawling fantasy. The writing style is the same that i have come to know and love, but when i buy a hobb book i expect at least five to six hundred pages of fantastic adventure. There is obviously more she has to say about the charaters, so why not include that in this book instead of having the ending of this book feel so incomplete. I feel like i am being ripped off by this "chronicle" when the first three books could have been condensed into one or two of a trilogy like hobbs books normally are. I feel as if hobb or her publishers are taking advantage of me and causing me to pay substantially more for less product.
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CalvinG35 More than 1 year ago
Not quite as good as the second book in the series (Dragon Haven), but still a good read. The author has a tendency of rehashing some of the story lines as if the reader forgot what the read a couple of chapters ago, but the characters are still interesting and the story is exciting.
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mjmaatd More than 1 year ago
This is a great series that you will not be disappointed to read!
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