City of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles #3) [NOOK Book]

Overview

New York Times bestselling 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

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...

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City of Dragons (Rain Wilds Chronicles #3)

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Overview

New York Times bestselling 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

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. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062101068
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: Rain Wilds Chronicles , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 12,843
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Hobb

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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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Check the Author's Website!

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Too short.

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Worst Ending Ever

    I've read every trilogy that Robin Hobb has written and loved them all until now. This trilogy has no conclusion. It ends as though her deadline came and she just turned in what she had written at the time ... very disappointing

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    good read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    Disappointing

    I love Robin Hobb, great stories, great characterization, beautiful world... however this book really upset me! We have spent 2 books getting characters to Kelsingra and now that the main characters are there we branch out and bring more people in to the story! The last chapter was introducing new characters even. There was barely any forward motion at all in this book and a lot of sexual discovery and new partners. Fine, put that in there to develop the characters but don't spend one third of the book doing it. Especially about characters we don't care about. Hobb needs a better editor to cut her viewpoints down and get rid of all the chaf (sp?).

    Overall the entire book felt like an introduction, or maybe the first book of a series. Unfortunately its the third book, and I paid 27 dollars for something another book and feel like Hobb has started to milk her audience for money. The 3 books really only have enough story to be a single novel and that's how I feel about that!

    -still love Hobb, not loving Rain Wild Series

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Wait until the pricw goes down

    You pay 15$ for a short, incomplete book. Frustrating and dissappointing

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    No end in sight

    Unlike her other series, volume 3 doesn't wrap up the plot lines. I could sum up this book in 2 sentences. I love the characters and her writing style, but for the money, I would advise reading the synopsis and waiting for the final installment.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Michael

    He builds a tiger and lion pinn fir shire khon and kovu.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Enjoy

    Great series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Awesome book

    Robin Hobb is by far my favorite author, and this is one of the reasons why

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    The whole series is worth reading. Different and holds your interest.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Highly recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Anonymous

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    wonderful

    I can't get enough of The Rain Wilds...this didn't disapoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Love the series

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Not the best

    I enjoyed the first two books but I found myself skimming through this book searching for something new. A majority of the book is spent catching the reader up on the previous two books. I don't think I will be buying the next book in this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Story not moving forward

    Disapointed in this. Road trip book, nothing is resolved, we only moved some people around. felt unfinished, like she had written it out and someone said 'Hey, we can cut this in half and make twice the money!"

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    thaawsome!

    My only complaint is the book doesn't ever feel done at the end. It is almost like the books following are till about the same people. Just wonder why split them at all or else wind it all up so it feels like a closed chapter at at the end give some completion or book two might as well have the same title and say continuing saga....
    Otherwise. Wow loved the story the trials adventures romances great heros and villans and a woman who grows a real strong characture during the trip
    Also cool species and and I love the selfish dragon route. Please keep em coming.
    Tonya Dee

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Deputys den

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Very good third book

    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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