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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
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Helen Foster-Turner on 05-09-12

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Judith on 08-13-12


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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1 out of 5 stars
By Pod on 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?


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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2 out of 5 stars
By Suzy Veitch on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amy Schumacher on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 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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