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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Dragon Haven

by Robin Hobb (Harper Voyager) ISBN 978 0 00 737609 4

 

Just because a person likes a book, it does not mean it is a good book. Now I like this book and I like Robin Hobb.

 

I have read her last five books and continued to read them even when, in my heart, I know she has gone over to the dark side. She can no longer sense what her readers want. She has become a literary author.

 

And here is my dilemma. She is still writing about the stuff I want to read about. There are Dragons and there is magic.

 

However, and this is the tell-tale sign of a literary book, as opposed to a real not-crap book, there are no heroes. This is the kind of book where the scenery is more important than character development. There is a 150 page description a wave. Yes, a bit of moving water gets a full act.

 

And I will buy the next book and it will be worse but I’m only doing it because Hobb made my teenage life better with her early books. The important thing is that you don’t have to read this book. If you do read this book do it illegally. It’s just not right that a person should be treated like this when they pay good money.

 

I just feel sad that one of the best has fallen so low. This book is bad. Its only redeeming feature is that it ends eventually.

 

Christopher Dean

1/5

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