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, 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 its 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.
©2010 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
The narrator of this series takes a little getting used to...I think she would be more suited to children's books. Great continuation of the story.
She's done much beter work. I'm not sure whether it's the story concept or the characters, but this book just seems to drag a little bit. Especially when compared with her earlier work. It makes you long for Fitz....
Im reading this series as I loved the Assasins/Fools/Liveship books. The second book in the series has a bit more going on it than the first - but the narrator still sends me to sleep with her boring voice. She sounds much better suited to a kids book, or an essay. Overall I wouldn't recommend these books, but I dont want to miss out on anything that may give an insight to the other books in that world.
A wonderful series sequel from one of my favorite fantasy writers! In order to really enjoy this series and avoid spoilers, you need to have read the Liveship trilogy first. And by several references, i suspect that the Tawney Man trilogy also ties in between Liveship, The Royal Assassin trilogy, and this one. I'm checking those out next time i can escape to another world for a while.
As several other reviewers have commented, the narrator has an unusual accent which i found distracting at first, although once captivated by the story i no longer noticed it.
There is a fourth book in the series, Dragon's Blood, which i haven't reviewed here since i read the book rather than listened to it.
Don't start Dragon Keepers until you have Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, and Dragon's Blood on standby. Each book ends on a cliffhanger and leads directly to the next.
The story, for me, included too many weird sexual episodes. I love fantasy, but don't need to listen to things that distract from the story line.
Great voice and good performance
I've listened to the first 2 books so far. Will not listen to the rest of the serious. The books may have dragons in them..but they aren't fantasy books. They are gay/hetero romance novels. Bordering on Harlequin.
Yes, I love several of her books.
No. Horrible reader. Has a tedious tendency to elongate every syllable at the end of a sentencsssssssss. It was almost embarrassing to listen to out loud. My wife even commented, wondering if it was a horror novel and the narrator was trying to sound evil.
The basic premise of the story was interesting and could have been fleshed out more..unless the author intended romance to be the story.
This story just gets better and better. The story line continues to develop....new characters get added and it makes perfect sense that they are there.....you just don't know what will happen. I recommend this series!
The story is very good. The author manages to make an entire new world but not one that is difficult to understand.
I wouldn't say the narrator is quite as bad as some other people are saying but I can definitely understand that she doesn't appeal to some listeners.
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