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- Print Length: 500 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (January 8, 2010)
- Publication Date: January 26, 2010
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00338QEUG
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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But Robin Hobb examines a different idea: what if something hadn't gone quite right with the forming dragons? "Dragon Keeper: Volume One of the Rain Wilds" is a slow-moving, richly detailed book that builds on the past events of her last two trilogies, but introduces a rather different dilemma and radically different characters.
Five years ago, the dragon Tintaglia led a number of exhausted, half starved sea serpents to the Rain Wilds, and oversaw them going into their cocoons. But when they emerged, these new dragons were deformed and stunted in mind and body. Now Tintaglia has gone off with her new mate, leaving the hungry flightless dragons to be fed by the Rain Wilds people who are uncovering Cassarick -- and both dragons and humans are rapidly getting sick of this miserable arrangement.
So the dragons trick the humans into agreeing to take them to the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, along with several human keepers. Among those on the journey are the deformed locals including a girl named Thymara, and with an unhappily-married scholar named Alise. But can the strong personalities among the embittered dragons and their equally deformed keepers avoid clashes -- and who will make it up the river?
As dragoncentric books go, "Dragon Keeper" is pretty lacking in glamour. The dragons are stunted, petty, flea-bitten, muddy and fed on spoiled meat, and they live in a rainforesty region full of mud and acid rivers. Fun. The biggest problem is that "Dragon Keeper" goes SLOWLY -- it feels like somebody split one massive book in half, and that this is the first part before the plot really gets moving.Read more ›
My problem with it is perhaps only my personal preference, but I didn't like any of the characters except for Captain Leftrin and Alise...and she began to grate on me, too, near the end. The portrayal of the characters whose eyes we see through is realistically done, and they are extremely believable, even though I didn't like them. We have Hest, Alise's jerk of a husband; the arrogant-to-extreme dragon Sintara; Alise the abused wife finally out from under her husband's thumb; Captain Leftrin, who isn't a saint but is a real guy's guy and nice to boot; Thymara the Rain Wilds girl; and Sedric, the 'friend' accompanying Alise who is so shallow, selfish and two-faced I barely could stand reading his viewpoint. But I had a difficult time reading much of them, they were mostly so unlikeable to me, no matter how well written the story was.
And my final difficulty had to do with the pace. This book is SLOW MOVING.Read more ›
The basic tale, as billed on the jacket, is that a (flock? herd?) of baby dragons have hatched near a human city, but due to environmental pollution and other factors they are all disabled in one way or another, and when they start to present a danger to the city, a small group of humans is enlisted to help the dragons relocate to a more remote location. The first problem is that in a 470 page book, the first substantive meeting between the dragons and either one of the two major female protagonists comes on page 292. This book isn't the story of a journey; it's the story that starts the journey. Presumably, everyone will get somewhere in the second volume. Call me old-fashioned, but I liked it more when fantasy series made sure that each volume had a plot arc all its own -- this book felt more like the publisher had arbitrarily split an 800-page novel in the middle to maximize sales, rather than like one single 400-page story conceived and written as half of a pair.
That might not be a critical flaw, though, if you're reading for something other than plot. I'd never read Robin Hobb's novels before now, but had always heard they were excellently written, with strong and interesting characters and novel concepts. On those points, this book does deliver.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robin Hobb is a fine writer, and I mostly liked this book, the first in the Rain Wilds series. The characters are interesting and well developed, but I didn't like the story as... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kay McDonald
Robin Hobb is currently the best fantasy writer, I love her characters and style of writing.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not as good as the Fitz line of books but this is still a very good read. Anything written by Robin will take you to far away places.Published 1 month ago by idratherbeskiing
An excellent read. This author really knows how to put you in her world!Published 2 months ago by Sonia Yates
Dragon Keeper started off pretty slowly, the main plot not really getting going till pg. 150-ish. Once it really got moving, I couldn't put the book down.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love Hobb's books and this new series(to me) is wonderful. Am now starting the second book and do not like to lay it down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marjorie W.