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City of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Robin Hobb
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‘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

Review

‘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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007273800
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (23 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1CFGC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robin Hobb is a New York Times best-selling fantasy author. She is published in English in the US, UK and Australia, and her works have been widely translated. Her short stories have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, as well as winning the Asimov's Readers Award. Her best known series is The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest.)

Robin Hobb was born in Oakland California, but grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has spent her life mostly in the Pacific Nortwest region of the US, and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington State, with her husband Fred. They have four grown offspring, and six grandchildren.

Robin Hobb is a pen name for Margaret Ogden. She has also written under the name Megan Lindholm.

She published her first short story for children when she was 18,and for some years wrote as a journalist and children's writer. Her stories for children were published in magazines such as Humpty Dumpty's Magazine for Little Children, Jack & Jill and Highlights for Children. She also created educational reading material for children for a programmed reading series by SRA (Science Research Associates.) She received a grant award from the Alaska State Council on the arts for her short story "The Poaching", published in Finding Our Boundaries in 1980.

Fantasy and Science Fiction had always been her two favorite genres, and in the late 70's she began to write in them. Her initial works were published in small press 'fanzines' such as Space and Time (editor Gordon Linzner). Her first professionally published story was "Bones for Dulath" that appeared in the Ace anthology AMAZONS!, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson in 1979. A short time later, a second Ki and Vandien story entitled The Small One was published in FANTASTIC in 1980.

During that time period, she and her family had moved from Alaska to Hawaii, and subsequently to Washington State, where they settled. She had various money making occupations (waitress, salesperson, etc.) while striving with her writing. Her husband Fred continued to fish Alaskan waters and was home only about 3 months out of every year. The family lived on a small farm in rural Roy where they raised lots of vegetables, chickens, ducks, geese and other small livestock.

In 1983, her first novel, Harpy's Flight, was published by Ace under the pen name Megan Lindholm. Her later titles under that name included Wizard of the Pigeons, Alien Earth, Luck of the Wheels, and Cloven Hooves.

In 1995, she launched her best selling series of books set in the Realm of the Elderlings. At that time, she began writing as Robin Hobb. Her first trilogy of books were about her popular characters, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool. The Farseer Trilogy is comprised of Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest. These books were followed by The Liveship Traders trilogy, set in the same world. The Tawny Man trilogy returned to the tale of Fitz and the Fool. Most recently, the four volumes of the Rain Wilds Chronicles were published: Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons.

In 2013, it was announced that she would return to her best-loved characters with a new trilogy, The Fitz and the Fool trilogy. The first volume, Fool's Assassin, will be published in August of 2014.

Other works as Robin Hobb include The Soldier Son trilogy and short stories published in various anthologies. A collection of her shorter works as both Lindholm and Hobb is available in The Inheritance.

She continues to reside in Tacoma, Washington, with frequent visits to the pocket farm in Roy.

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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub-standard 27 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
Each of this author's first three trilogies; `Farseer', `Liveship Traders' and `Tawny Man' boasted outstanding character development, beautiful prose and momentously engrossing plot developments. The publication of the `Soldier Son' trilogy marked a divergence that surprised many with its less romantic style and less epic story, but was still a series that bore all the hallmarks of this author in its wealth of detail, gripping story and characters whose lives you felt yourself living. It was a series I greatly enjoyed and would recommend. The `Rain Wilds Chronicles' series (or more accurately- quartet, as it will be when the final book, `Blood of Dragons' is published in the UK in March 2013) is, once again, a divergence from the formula of Hobb's early successes.

'City of Dragons' is the shortest book so far in the series (at 425 pages, shorter even than `Dragon Keeper' and `Dragon Haven'), but more disappointingly- the novel begins with the pace once again feeling flat, there is little action and the character arcs evaporate rather than culminate. My sense with this series is that, unlike the authors first four trilogies, there is very little exploration of the profound consequences on the political and social landscape of the setting, which must surely result from the profound discoveries made by the main characters. The return of dragons as lords of the three realms at the closure of the `Tawny Man' trilogy promised much change for the Six Duchies, Bingtown, the Rain Wilds, the Cursed Shore and beyond. Those changes have sadly not materialized sufficiently in this series, with little sense of ripples extending outwards from the small band of Dragons, Elderlings and Humans at the center of this story.

`City of Dragons' is however an improvement in that area.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Robin Hobb used to be my all time favorit phantasy writer - and I would give all her other books 5*s! I could hardly wait for this new volume to come out, but now that I have got and read it, I am a bit dissappointed.

The book feels like about half the size of her previouse Robin Hobb books. Perhaps I am a creature of habit, but I have gotten used to her trilogies. Now suddenly it looks like there is going to be at least 4 in this series?
I would not mind this if the size of this book would be the same as her usual books, but it does a feel bit short (I count about 200 pages less than usual).
Add to that that at least a third, especially the beginning, of the book reiterates plots from past books in partialyy tiresom retropections of the main characters.
If not for my loyalty to Robin Hobb I might have put the book down after 100 pages of notghing much 'new' happening.
I am glad I did not - as Robin does come up with some great and interesting 'new' stuff for the last 150-200 pages.
Nevertheless, after dragging myself through the beginning of the book and just warming up and starting to develop my usual enthusiasm for her writing - the book is finished and I feel somewhat cheated!

I pray Vol.4 will be here soon and that Robin will be inspired with many gifted ideas to bring it back to a standard, of richness and size, which is worthy of her talent!!!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sign of a good book 2 May 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've always said that a sign of a good book is that it leaves you wanting more... and if you read the other reviews of this book, everyone wanted more from the book. But they have managed to make it into a bad thing.

I would like to evaluate the series as a whole so far, simply because I see the series getting a lot of flak from what is essentially a middle book. When there is a series of books, do you single the middle one out and say "that... that was the book that made the series." No. Or at I don't, nor the people I talk to about such things, we simply evaluate a series as a whole. So that's where I'm going with my review

The major issue's I would like to address as such are:
1) Some people have previously complained about the lack of character development and they felt one dimensional.
This has been address in the other 2 books, you end up caring deeply about characters feelings, because of these boring repetitive tasks that they go through i find the reader bonds with them on a more personal level (because we all have boring repetitive tasks in our life) and as such the author stirs far more emotion that some of her other books, like for example what happens with tats.

2) People complained about the lack of page count the book had.
But if you consider the book is a quadrillogy... and it's the authors first series with more than 3 books. The fact of the matter is this series is so big that they couldn't justify squeezing it down to 3 books. If she did that I know there would be a lot more people complaining that the series felt rushed and incomplete. I for one, would rather have an extra book that finish's off a story nicely rather than to have the series condense into something unworthy of the author.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Series should have ended after Dragon Haven 23 Aug 2012
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This isn't a bad book, per se... But it left me feeling empty. No character development, little mention of the social or political implications of the return of the dragons... nothing that made Robin Hobb great to begin with. Even the writing seems lackluster. I feel like her heart just isn't in it anymore.

I keep up to date with where Hobb's at in her writing, for the most part. So I knew before the start of The Rain Wild Chronicles that it began with one book that had been split into two. So when Dragon Keeper was a little slow, I forgave it. Most of her books are quite slow to begin with and pick up pace halfway through. And true to form, Dragon Haven was a much better effort, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Another thing Dragon Haven did was give each of the existing character arcs a definitive ending. So when I realised she was continuing the series I was worried. When I head that book was going to be split as well, I became downright terrified! Is this first book doomed to be just another slow set-up novel? And what on earth is there left to do with these characters anyway?!

Not a lot, as it turns out. I have a huge interest in archaeology, and while Alise's storyline strikes a chord with me, I feel it would be better placed as a mock case study in a university textbook than as the plot of a fantasy novel. It did nothing to endear her to me. Every time she threw a hissy fit over the use of elderling artifacts, my nine-year-old cousin's venomous description of Hermione Granger came to mind. "She's a stink."

Very little new ground was covered with the dragon keepers themselves, those who I feel could have the most interesting storyline. Thymara started out as a vaguely interesting character. But then she got caught up in a love triangle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable
A wonderful read, with realistic characters. I read it in two days and promptly ordered the fourth book, which I read just as quickly.
Well done, Robin!.... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ben McCrea
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A bit slow
Published 2 days ago by homebuild
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Robin Hobb
Great read, this series is not as in depth as some of her previous but it is a good light read.
Published 3 days ago by Marie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Robin Hobb is my favourite author. I love all her work
Published 3 days ago by Miss J. M. Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Terrific series of books. Read them all, in order. Get the whole story.
Published 6 days ago by Lesley
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great trilogy from Robin Hobb - not even going to ...
Another great trilogy from Robin Hobb - not even going to discuss plots etc You should read these if you ever met Fitz or sailed on Vivacia.
Published 9 days ago by Mark Binning
5.0 out of 5 stars More pleasurable reading.
I can't help it, I'm addicted to good fantasy and it doesn't come better than this. The layers upon layers of character, geography and plot development are hard to think of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yvette Heyward-Chaplin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A fantastic read, I have just finished this book and cannot wait til the next one, Robin Hobb just writes so well you feel you are there watching the story unfold
Published 1 month ago by Ms. J. Missenden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am almost at the end and have already ordered book 4. It is compelling.
Published 1 month ago by Lin Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 1 month ago by christopher d such
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