City of Dragons
The Tarman expedition has at last found Kelsingra, a city filled with ancient treasures. Rumours of the city have floated down the Rain Wild River. Adventurers, pirates and fortune hunters will soon be coming to pillage what they can. Among them, Hest Finbok, determined to claim back his errant wife, Alise.
Meanwhile, Selden Vestrit finds himself a prisoner of the ailing Duke of Chalced, who believes the ‘dragon man’s’ flesh and blood may cure him.
Where is Tintaglia, greatest of dragons, when there is need of her? She holds the memories that will unlock the mysteries of Kelsingra, and the power to defend it, and dragonkind. Without her, all may be lost.
The scope of this book was much more vast than its two predecessors. While the first two focused on one group of people who were all travelling together, City of Dragons also incorporated storylines of characters from Bingtown, the Rain Wilds, and Chalced. The best part of this was the chance to catch up with some of my favourite characters from the Liveship Traders Trilogy, which I’d been crossing my fingers for before I’d even started the series! The new characters also meant that the soap opera-ness I hated in the second book was practically non-existent. With so many storylines to follow, there was no need for the characters’ romantic relationships and troubles to be as prominent. The downside was that it took away from some of the new characters that I’d come to know and love. In fact, some of my favourite characters only had a few scenes in the entire book!
The only other drawback was how incomplete it felt. It was almost as if the third and fourth books had been written as one, then the editor randomly decided how to split one book into two.
Despite the problems I had, the new characters truly reinvigorated my enthusiasm for the series, and made me want start the fourth book right away (which I did).