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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:
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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 by 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 by Brittni | 2/8/2014

    " Amazing. As always! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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. "

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