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City of Dragons - Robin Hobb

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Author: Robin Hobb / Format: Paperback / Genre: Fantasy /Title: City of Dragons / ISBN 13: 9780007273812 / ISBN 10: 0007273812 / 400 Pages / Book is published 2012-04-23 by Harper Voyager / Alternative title: City of Dragons: The Rain Wild Chronicles Book Three / Alternative ISBN 10: 0007273800

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      01.02.2013 14:57
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      Kelsingra has been discovered but the ramifications for the future are still being determined!

      City Of Dragons is the penultimate book in Robin Hobb's Rainwilds Chronicles which follows on from events first begun way back in her Liveships trilogy. Essentially the series continues the tale of the last surviving dragon offspring who have journeyed up the Rain Wild Rivers as Sea Serpents to later emerge from cocoons as dragons. Except....the serpents swam up the rivers too late in the season and were weak and weary when they built their cocoons meaning that when they emerge, many of them are malnourished and ill-formed and nowhere near as strong as they should be.

      The Rain Wilders begin counting the cost of looking after the dragons and realize that their community can ill afford to care for them indefinitely, despite their agreement with the last dragon Queen Tintaglia. And so they hatch a plan...

      They will send the dragons up the river, accompanied by Keepers to care for them and feed them, in the hope that they will uncover the last, lost legendary Elderling city. The city known to humans and dragons alike as Kelsingra. It is a fools quest but, soon, a group of volunteers have agreed to head out and resettle the dragons elsewhere...

      By the beginning of this novel, the Keepers plus Captain Leftrin and his Liveship barge, Tarman, have finally arrived at their destination after much tragedy, danger and some loss of life. But they have a problem. Kelsingra lies on the other side of the river and, with only one of the dragons able to fly and fast flowing waters, it looks as though the city, for now, will remain tantalizingly just out of the majority of the party's reach.

      Leftrin decides to return back down the Rain Wilds to gather essential supplies but his new lover and Bingtown Trader Alise worries that news of their discovery will bring in hordes of treasure seekers who might damage and destroy whatever they find in the city before she can have a chance to document Kelsingra and all its secrets. And not only that. The Duke Of Chalced still seeks dragon parts as a cure for his ills. The traitor in their midst may have been uncovered but the danger to the dragons is not yet past...

      This book once more shows off Hobb's brilliant talents at telling a story and gives loyal fans a chance to discover what has happened to several of the characters from The Liveships in the interim. The fate of Sedric Vestrit is explored as is what HAS happened to Tintaglia. Once again, the action in this book is very low-key but, again, this book is very character driven with some of them forced to make very hard choices and decisions about their future!

      I really loved this and if you are as big a fan of Robin Hobb as I am, no doubt you will too!

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