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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Hobb Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rain Wilds Chronicles Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780062115645
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hobb…bears comparison to fantasy star George R. R. Martin: her characters are believable, with even villains and monsters portrayed semi-sympathetically; her settings features starkly mysterious ruins, bone-aching winter rainstorms, colorful crowds of scaly ghosts, and villages built on the branches of giant trees; her story lines are detailed and involving…You’ll be swept deep into them by their marvelous interplay of power, magic, and beauty, and their inhabitants’ appealing stubbornness and bravery.”

    Seattle Times

  • “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.”

    Times (London)

  • “Anne Flosnik narrates with intensity…She moves smoothly between the story of the dragons and their caregivers and the humans that maneuvered to get the dragons out…She maintains a strong pace through the expository passages, and the dialogue is fast moving.”


  • “Illustrates Hobb’s talent for complex plotting, scene setting, and character building.”

    Library Journal

  • “Hobb takes time to explore numerous characters in her sprawling cast…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…Dilemmas are specific to the world of the novel, but the real-life resonance gives the story extra depth…The time spent with the characters never seems like a waste. Bring on the next installment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali | 2/17/2014

    " My least favorite of all of Robin Hobb's books. There was a lot of "telling" instead of "showing," and I felt like a good portion of the book was unnecessarily taken up with reminding readers of things that had happened in previous books. If I weren't so close to finishing the series, I might not bother with the next one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittni | 2/8/2014

    " Amazing. As always! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joost | 2/8/2014

    " Excellent return to form. Can't wait for the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/31/2014

    " I was thinking this was the final book in the Rain Wild Chronicles since Robin Hobb has always written her books as trilogies but it turns out there will be four books in this series and the next one will not be out for another year. I have to say I'm getting irritated with authors dragging out a story just to publish it book by book to make money. This series is one of the worst examples of that. These are not thick books and the story could easily have been published as one longer book. Not only that, the reader is left hanging at the end of each book, wondering what happens next. Even though I enjoy the story, it's very frustrating for the reader to have to wait, once again, for the story to be wrapped up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Oliver | 1/14/2014

    " Good, but ultimately disatisfactory. I was hoping for an ending, or at the very least, anything conclusive. Now I am left hanging until the next book! Why could this not be a trilogy like all your other books, Hobb? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eyjólfur Örn Jónsson | 1/12/2014

    " Everytime I start a Hobb book it feels like a guilty pleasure, the text is extremely simple and at times it even seems as if the books are written for children. However once you get further into the books they are an absolute joy to read, simple but at the same time the plot and character development is intricate and fun. In the rain wild chronicles Hobb creates an amazing and believable world of dragons which is incredibly engrossing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davida | 1/10/2014

    " I've been really enjoying this series, but it kind of petered out towards the end with some pointless villainy in order to make you read the next one. Which I'll do, but if it continues in that direction, I'm not really going to enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Char | 12/24/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the other books of the series, but it was okay "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flissc | 7/24/2013

    " Brilliant as always - the plot thickens - suspect it will take more than 1 book to sort it out... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 5/17/2013

    " Can't give it full marks since it was split into two books. Not looking forward to waiting until the next one comes out. I want to finish it all at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 3/17/2013

    " Brilliant third book in this series. The Rainwilds is one of my favorite places. Currently working on the cover for Blood of Dragons. When that is released make sure you have a few days off as once you start reading it you won't want to do anything else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiré | 2/22/2013

    " Meh. I wish more had happened. I am a huge fan on her and the series, but at the end of the second book, her dragons were already taking to the skies! It was sad that she back-slid in order to make an extra book in the series. Disappointing, but still a good author and series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobbi | 9/8/2012

    " I've read a lot of complaints about this series, but I think its ok. Is it groundbreaking? In a word, no. However, it is an enjoyable, fun read, and sometimes thats what its all about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 7/18/2012

    " Good if you have been reading the series, it seems to mostly be setting up the 4th (conclusion?) book in the series. One issue I've had with Hobb is that often the books in the middle of a series end on a depressing note, not the case with this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Khari | 6/23/2012

    " This was clearly supposed to be a trilogy, but somebody decided that it would be more profitable to break it up into two parts. Pointless "bridge" book, but I still like the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria João | 5/15/2012

    " The best of the series so far. The other two were somewhat... slow. But this one! I can't wait to start the next (final?) in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 3/28/2012

    " I didn't know there was going to be more books in this series! This was an excellent addition to the Rain Wild chronicles and left me wanting even more! I can't wait to see where this story goes. "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening selection, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.