City of Dragons: Book Three of The Rain Wild Chronicles

by Robin Hobb (Harper Voyager) ISBN: 9780007273805 R240

 

Return to the world of the Liveships Traders, journey along the Rain Wild River in the third instalment of the Farseer trilogy.

 

Wait, I can do this. I hated the last book I read in this series so much I almost swore off on reading this one. But it is good. And I don’t know why.

 

Well, I mean it’s written well it has compelling characters, and, finally has something happening in the plot. And then it ends. Hmm. Well you’re thinking, “That sounds good, I bet there will be another book out soon to continue the series.”

 

But you are wrong. Hobb is getting old and only writes in series. I have had to read twelve other of her books to understand her brief glorious passages. Most of her work is boring and over written but her overarching storyline is fantastic. And for that I will forgive her.

 

I just hope she finds some commons sense and finishes the story before she dies.

 

P.S. I love dragons.

 

Christopher Dean

5/5

 

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Wither

by Lauren DeStefano (Harper Voyager) ISBN: 9781442409057

 

Genetic engineering has produced a flawless generation of strong, disease-free people. However, their children are born to die young. Girls live until 20. Boys die when they are 24.

 

Rhine Ellery is kidnapped as a 'bride' in this bleak dystopian offering. She is taken into a mansion with slaves and sister wives, and a husband who is kind to her. Her father-in-law is cast as the villain, his son a weakling.

 

The world is divided into two camps - those who are pro finding a cure, and those who want the human race to die. This should make for a brilliant book.

 

DeStefano has a great idea, her writing is good enough, but the book lacks a soul. I think the problem lies in the protagonist. I could not identify with Rhine. Her more disposable ‘sister wives’, Rose, Jenna and Cecily were far more interesting.

 

There is too much back story in Wither. Perhaps the second book will be better, but I have lost interest.

 

Amanda Patterson

2/5

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