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  1. City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
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  2. City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

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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.

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The entirety of the action that takes place in this novel could be put into 50 pages easily. The others are just padding and rehashing. In fact, Hobb rehashes so much, you begin to believe that she thinks her audience is either incredibly stupid, or suffering from an extreme case of short term memory loss. Everything is repeatedly endlessly. The dragon Tintilaga is manipulative and cruel. Malta is very pregnant. Heebie can fly! Hest is stupid and pines for his gay runaway secretary Sedric (in his own way). On and on and on... these points are hammered endlessly page after page. When something does occur, which is rarely, it is padded or stretched out between bits of other characters so much, that by the time she gets back around to it, the novelty has worn and hearing more about it is another exercise in tedium. There are several threads of relationships running through the book, but there is no heat or romance in them either. With that all being said, I will likely read the... Read more
I've read everything Robin Hobb has written & am a big fan. If you have read Books 1 & 2, City of Dragons should be on your reading list. The short version of this review is that this is another good installment in a competent, interesting series.

The rest of this is written for her fans who are wondering if they should read the series. Yes- read it! But be prepared for something unlike her other series. The whole thing reads very "light"- on the edge of Teen/YA. The books are short, easy reads. There are lots of characters and "stuff" going on, but the plot is emotionally thin. The teen characters read a little too tv drama for me. (But then I really dislike the whole angsty Twilight vibe that is working its way into fantasy.)

This is the first book of Hobb's in which I feel she like she is struggling with certain plot lines. While reading, I found myself wondering how the author related to the story and what was going on in her life while she wrote... Read more
If you expect the third book to flow seamlessly into the first two books of the series, you will be disappointed. Older characters from other series are revived and the first one hundred pages are spent introducing new-old characters. Madness, utter madness, but then really there were only a few plot climaxes left to the original story.

What I liked:
1) The city of Kelsingra. I enjoyed learning about the city and seeing it come to life. I think that was undoubtedly the best part of the book.

2) The continuing changes for Thymara. Did Thymara actually pick a partner? Way to go Hobb, upping the drama. This might be the one plot line that gets me to read book 4.

3) There is some really fun action in this book. Without giving away any spoilers let me just say, a character gets shanked in a brothel, dragons may or may not learn to fly, Thymara may or may not mate, and a dying Duke may or may not get healed.

What I didn’t... Read more
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