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Dragon Keeper

Rain Wilds Chronicles

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Enter the spellbinding world of dragons . . . and those who tend them

One of the most gifted fantasy authors writing today, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb has dazzled readers with brilliantly imaginative, emotionally resonant, and compulsively readable tales set in far-flung realms not unlike our own. In this enthralling new novel, she returns to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies with a story of dragons and humans, return and rebirth, and the search for meaning, belonging, and home.

For years, the Trader cities valiantly battled their enemies, the Chalcedeans. But they could not have staved off invasion without the powerful dragon Tintaglia. In return, the Traders promised to help her serpents migrate up the Rain Wild River after a long exile at sea—to find a safe haven and, Tintaglia hopes, to restore her species. But too much time has passed, and the newly hatched dragons are damaged and weak, and many die. The few who survive cannot use their wings; earthbound, they are powerless to hunt and vulnerable to human predators willing to kill them for the fabled healing powers of dragon flesh.

But Tintaglia has vanished and the Traders are weary of the labor and expense of tending useless dragons. The Trader leadership fears that if it stops providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage—or die along the river's acidic muddy banks. To avert catastrophe, the dragons decree a move even farther up the treacherous river to Kelsingra, their ancient, mythical homeland whose mysterious location is locked deep within the dragons' uncertain ancestral memories.

To ensure their safe passage, the Traders recruit a disparate group of young people to care for the damaged creatures and escort them to their new home. Among them is Thymara, an unschooled forest girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy Trader's wife trapped in a loveless marriage, who attaches herself to the expedition as a dragon expert. The two women share a deep kinship with the dragons: Thymara can instinctively communicate with them, and Alise, captivated by their beauty and majesty, has devoted her life to studying them.

Embarking on an arduous journey that holds no promise of return, the band of humans and dragons must make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River—an extraordinary odyssey that will teach them lessons about themselves and one another, as they experience hardships, betrayals, and joys beyond their wildest dreams.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 21, 2009 – Here be dragons but debilitated, deformed, damaged dragons, hatched too soon, sick and starving, into a world that has mostly forgotten them. The first of Hobb's Rain Wild Chronicles, an absorbing extension of her Liveship and Tawny Man trilogies, introduces 15 young dragons who struggle to survive with the grudging help of mutant Rain Wilders. Eventually driven out by the Traders Council, the hatchlings decide to seek Kelsingra, their ancient home. Caught up by the dragons' plight and longing to escape unhappy families and the stifling Rain Wild culture, self-taught dragon scholar Alise Kincannon and teenage tree-dwelling mutant Thymara volunteer to accompany them on the quest, with the help of magnetic liveship captain Leftrin and a host of colorful characters. Hobb's meticulously realized fantasy tale is a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait for the next one!

Back into the world of Fitz and his Fool, Liveships and Dragons, ordinary people and wild magics. Robin Hobb is a master storyteller. This is an amazing place and I can't wait for another glimpse. I only wish she could write faster!

Better conversion please

Great book, love the sequel. But please, to the publisher, do proof read after conversion. I expect a book as proofed as a print copy. Thank god Dragon Haven was better.

Another Quest in Fitz and Althea's world

Robin Hobb's new story takes place shortly after the Liveship adventures of Althea and her family (see "Ship of Destiny" et al.). It's the same world that contains Fitz' Six Duchies (see "Assassin's Apprentice", "Golden Fool", etc.), but that side is barely touched upon in these volumes: The Rain Wilds and, to a lesser extent, Bingtown are the center of the action (making for a simpler storyline than the Liveship series).

The story starts with the metamorphosis of sea serpents into dragons. Unfortunately, it doesn't go quite as hoped for, and the resulting creatures are relatively weak and powerless. Eventually, they start a quest — accompanied by a ragtag group of humans with burdens of their own — for the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra.

The characters are fairly straightforward but the protagonists are likable (where needed). The story is pleasantly paced, with plenty of invention that doesn't hinder suspension of disbelief. Rediscovering the world of Liveships is a great pleasure.

If you haven't read any other books of Hobb in this series, I'd recommend reading at least the original Liveship series first, or better yet start with the adventures of Fitz the Farseer (Assassin's Apprentice). However, the Dragonkeeper adventures are a wonderful sequel, and like another reviewer I can just hope that Robin Hobb can continue produce volumes at a great pace.

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Dragon Keeper
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: Jan 26, 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Print Length: 528 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Rain Wilds Chronicles
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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