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
I might given enough time between readings....otherwise I wouldn't focus on the story...
Thymara.....this character is tough and resilient enough to get through the difficulties of dealing with her dragon.
Dragon Keeper. I have resigned myself to the way she is speaking--it's still not my 'cup of tea' but I will go on to the next book just I can see what happens now that the dragons have gotten to Kelsingra.
No due to the number of hours.
All the other books have been great. BUT this book was full of teeny bopper flirting and a ton of "alternative" lifestyle storytelling. It made all the traders and hunters in this book sound like a bunch of pansies compared to all the other books.
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This book is 500 pages of dragon grooming and feeding, while traveling up a river. With some pigeon grooming and feed mixed in for some variety.
The first two books should have been combined into one book, as this story is just so slow.
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.
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