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City of Boredom,
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This review is from: City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles (Hardcover)The entirety of the action that takes place in this novel could be put into 50 pages easily. The others are just padding and rehashing. In fact, Hobb rehashes so much, you begin to believe that she thinks her audience is either incredibly stupid, or suffering from an extreme case of short term memory loss. Everything is repeatedly endlessly. The dragon Tintilaga is manipulative and cruel. Malta is very pregnant. Heebie can fly! Hest is stupid and pines for his gay runaway secretary Sedric (in his own way). On and on and on... these points are hammered endlessly page after page. When something does occur, which is rarely, it is padded or stretched out between bits of other characters so much, that by the time she gets back around to it, the novelty has worn and hearing more about it is another exercise in tedium. There are several threads of relationships running through the book, but there is no heat or romance in them either. With that all being said, I will likely read the fourth book just to find out where this is all going (if very slowly). There are a few story threads that twist out rapidly near the end of the book that leave you dangling. After slogging through over 300 pages, I expected to come away more satisfied than this.
If you are considering the Rain Wilds to be your introduction to Robin Hobb... STOP! Read "The Farseer" trilogy first, which was an excellent, fast paced, hard to put down romp through a fantastic land stocked with intriguing characters. "City of Dragons" is barren of any of that...