The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River. They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and are accompanied by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and a group of hunters who must search the forests for game with which to keep the dragons fed.
With them are Alise, who has escaped her cold marriage to the cruel libertine Hest Finbok in order to continue her study of dragons, and Hest's amanuensis, the Bingtown dandy Sedric.
Rivalries and romances are already threatening to disrupt the band of explorers, but external forces may prove to be even more dangerous. Chalcedean merchants are keen to lay hands on dragon blood and organs to turn them to medicines and profit. Their traitor has infiltrated the expedition and will stop at nothing to obtain the coveted body parts.
And then there are the Rain Wilds themselves: mysterious, unstable, and ever perilous, its mighty river running with acid, its jungle impenetrable, and its waterways uncharted. Will the expedition reach their destination unscathed? Does the city of Kelsingra even exist?
Only one thing is certain: the journey will leave none of the dragons nor their human companions unchanged by the experience.
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Hardly anything happens in this book. Almost all the plot has to do with one or another love story. To make it even more frustrating the female characters are unbelievable naive.
This book was a disappointment after the great start of the series.
Also the narrater should have listened to the first book and kept similar pronunciation of names as the first narrator. Very confusing when a city and people "change" name from on book to the next.
Characters that are not superficial, naive and most of the time plain stupid. Characters not having to be force feed the obvious facts in front of them to understand simple concepts.
Ok but hampered by the material
Disappointment - I have read many of Robin Hobbs' books and enjoyed them. This was weak and the homosexual threads added nothing to book and were poorly written. I found myself cringing because of the absurdities as I listened.
Id say in the top 25 percentile. Great book from an awesome author.
The clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel comes to mind, both books featuring strong young female characters growing up in adverse environments and harsh settings.
The narration isn't bad and the readers voice grow on you after a while. The change of narrators between books is always difficult to get accustomed to with some varying discrepancy in pronunciation, especially in names.
Greff is a dickhead but I also felt sorry for him. No satisfaction for me in his end.
Robin Hobb is a brilliant writer and it's a real joy to listen to her stories. If you enjoy fantasy fiction this is one you must not miss. This is the second in a series of 3.
While I was getting hooked with the 1st book was then left diss interested with the change in narrator? Saskia Butlar was excellent why why why book two with Jacqui Crago seemed a completely different Book. Ruined the whole book
"A satisfying conclusion"
What an excellent sequel to Dragon Keeper! This continued in the same vein - excellent writing, excellent narration and so vivid I feel I would recognise Kelsingra myself.
The writing is so evocative I feel as though I am right there with the characters, sharing their experiences. The characters are well rounded and completely believable, even the dragons! The conclusion to all of their individual arcs feels natural and not contrived. The narration, while different from Dragon Keeper, is still excellent, although it is a little jarring at first.
This book is definitely more adult than the first, and while not explicit I would advise caution for those with young ones in the house.
My only criticism is that the series is too short - I would have loved to listen to more of these books! Also, Robin Hobb has written many other books based in the same world, and a reading of these would make this later series a lot easier to understand than diving straight in as I did at first.
A highly recommended listen, although it is very addictive so allow more time than usual!
"Good story about t'dragons ;)"
I really liked it, a good continuation of the previous book - if you haven't read/heard number 1 I doubt you will get the most out of this one - but I agree with the other reviewer, why did they change the narrator?? This narrator is good, but the change was disconcerting. One of the characters went from sounding like Ray Winstone in book 1 to Alan Bennett in book 2! Although I personally wouldn't let it put me off a third installment as if the narrators had been the other way round I might still have flagged it as a problem. You do have to pay attention though as it can be a little tricky to tell which character is talking, though I am undecided if this is a fault with the audio process or some decision the original author took. Bottom line if you loved the first one they get this now! If you only liked the first one maybe wait till you can get it cheap, if you didn't like the first one then this won't turn you around.
While the book is very good, the story flows well and the characters develop believably, the narrator has been changed from the first book, and its not a good change, the original narrator was very good for the series, and expressed the characters well, so that you knew who she was portraying without needing to be told, but this narrator has ruined the book for me, if she is narrating the next installment, I doubt I will get it, shame.
"I Wish Jacqui Crago Did The Whole Series"
I am currently listening to it again. As ever, Robin Hobb's character and plot development is a thing of beauty. This book is beautifully paced.
I just love her voice. I find it incredibly soothing, and though I don't mind Saskia at all, I prefer Jacqui and find myself wishing she had more audiobooks to her name!
"Great Story, Not Great Narrator"
Definitely worth listening to to carry on the awesome story, however it's a shame they used a different narrator as it's a big change from the previous one who was really good. You do get used to the new narrator after a while but it was good to get back to the original in the next book.
As for the story, it moves quicker than the previous book and is an overall good listen! Definitely worth it if you enjoyed the first and recommended to continue to the end.
"didn't really like the narrator"
The narrator sounded like she had a boiled sweet in her mouth the whole time she was reading it
"Read the book twice listened to it thrice! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"
Love this book so much my dreams are set in this world! Cannot recommended it enough!!!
"Great story, but let down by awful audiobook."
It's another high-quality, introspective and emotive story with a great plot by Robin Hobb.
Unfortunately the book just ends, as if the last couple of chapters forgot to be read out. (This is the same as the physical book)
I'd recommend it to any fan of Robin Hobb, but it's definitely *not* the place to start for a person new to Robin Hobb. (Assassin's apprentice or Live ship series are the place to start).
The audio book itself was let down by poor editing and narration.
The narrator was sub-par:
1. She had a rather childish voice
2. Her 'range' of character voices were extremely limited, with most characters sounding identical to the narrator (i.e. like a young girl) and sometimes she'd even 'give up' half way through doing a voice (e.g. with Thymara's father!)
I didn't even realise she was "doing" voices for different characters until a few chapters in.
Yes, but only in-order, after the other Robin Hobb books/movies.
The editing of the audiobook was absolutely awful:
1. It was badly mixed. There was way too much bass which made it difficult to hear the narration and I had to EQ it to listen properly.
2. The Audible 'chapter' doesn't match the book chapters AT ALL.
i. The Audible chapter markers are in completely random places and often in the middle of a paragraph.
ii. There's no acknowledgement of switching between chapters. The stream of words from one chapter just merges into another and so the narrator is suddenly talking from a different POV, which is very very disorientating!
"worst reading on audible so far"
really disappointed to find an otherwise great story ruined by a poor reader who sounds like she's trying to get through the book while enjoying a boiled sweet.
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