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 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.
I really enjoyed these two books! Dragons and misfits are both shown in a new and realistic light, with no character unflawed and yet also very few unredeemable. Enticing and suspenseful through the end. Highly recommended.
No one that's used to Hobb's other series
Not this genre but to the Rainwild seris
Most of them
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