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.
"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.
"Complex imaginative storytelling"
Book 2 of 4, the ongoing story unfolds, weaving several threads with complex characterisation in detail. Imaginative and descriptive.
Wonderfully narrated, and an excellent follow-up to the first story in the series. I'm already eager for the next instalment !!
Great novel - read it lots & enjoyed the story telling - only critique was the dodgy accents of some of the characters
"Not a stand alone book"
I loved everything about this book except the way the ending is presented. It seems that all is progressing well and suddenly it ends without a proper conclusion. Don't buy this book unless you intend to buy the complete set.
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
"More from the best"
I love Robin Hobbs work, the Rain wilds books are descriptive, interesting ans well worth anyone's time.
"Robin Hobb's 'Rain Wild Chronicles'"
The Rain Wild Chronicles continues the saga that began with 'The Live Ship Traders'. We learn in the earlier books that the serpents must migrate to the rain wilds to 'hatch' into dragons and in the 'Tawny Man' series Tintaglia, the last dragon, finds a mate buried in ice. Tintaglia has persuaded the humans to help the hatched dragons but unfortunately problems arise and the young dragons are unable to fly.This latest series tells particularly of the dragon's search for the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, with the help of their human 'keepers',and a live ship barge.
The two books make a superb addition to Robin Hobb's Live Ship stories and can be read independently of the earlier books I think. Saskia Butler does an excellent job with the narration. Be warned that having tried the books, you may well become hooked, like me, and end up reading everything that Hobb has written!
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