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CITY OF DRAGONS
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
The third in Hobb’s Rain Wild series isn’t nearly as compelling or readable as the first two. The story feels a bit predictable and the only interesting part is the letters between the various birdkeepers in the settlements — these small fragments often provide necessary illumination and background to the larger story unfolding within the chapters proper. Hobb fans will likely enjoy this volume while casual readers may be left out in the cold.
The dragons and their keepers have finally made it to the lost city of Kelsingra, but they are still half-formed and barely capable of taking care of themselves, while Leftrin and his liveship Tarman must make the long journey back to the Rain Wilds in order to get supplies so that the explorers can survive the wilderness. In the meantime, the Duke of Chalced continues to hunt (by proxy) for a bit of dragon flesh to eat in order to cure his illness and some residents of Bingtown are swept up in his machinations. (HARPER VOYAGER, Feb., 352 pp., $27.99)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Publisher: HARPER VOYAGER
Published: February 2012