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Dragon Haven: Rain Wilds Chronicles, Volume 2 | [Robin Hobb]

Dragon Haven: Rain Wilds Chronicles, Volume 2

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.
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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

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    Joe Modesto, CA 05-13-10
    Joe Modesto, CA 05-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A very LITTLE better than the first book"

    I loved this author's Farseer trilogy. I loved her Soldier son Trilogy. I though her Tawny man trilogy was also good. I was looking forward to such a trilogy in the Rain Wilds trilogy. I felt very little happened in the first book. In this last book, just a little more happened. I guess the closest thing I can compare how I feel about this series so far is this: It's just like when you are very hungry, an excellent cook invites you to a meal, you sit down to eat, and instead of getting some solid, delicious food, you get watered down soup without any meat, peas, or anything - just hot water. I believe Robin Hobb is a great writer, but this series really hasn't borne that out.

    I am always looking for a good new epic fantasy. If you are like me and doing the same and have already done the greats (Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, George R. R. Martin's A song of ice and fire series - warning: Martin is slow about finishing this series so it gets frustrating) try Brandon Sanderson's books - Elantris is very good. So is his Mistborn series. His new book - War breaker is also pretty good. It seems he is batting a thousand right now - everything he is putting out is pretty good.
    There is a series I read recently that was also pretty good - The Deeds of Parksenarion Dathsandotter(a female heroine).
    Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series just got finished - it was very good. Jim Butlter's Codex Alera series is excellent - I have listened to it at least 10 times this year - the series just concluded although I hope JB will continue the series or start a new series that continues the story.

    Brent Week's Night Angel trilogy wasn't bad (The way of Shadows, etc). Although I kept seeing reflections of other series in it - a lot of the elements of the world were very similar to elements from the Wheel of Time series.
    There are others, but the above is probably good enough for right now.

    Please pass on any good series you read. Thanks.


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry harrison, TN, USA 05-14-10
    Kerry harrison, TN, USA 05-14-10
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    "Drags on a bit"

    I am a big fan of Robin Hobb, and have loved all of her series. This book is good, but it seems like a little more of the same of the first. I thought there would be more of a change but it seems the whole voyage up the Rain Wild river drags on and on. I know it's a long journey for the characters in the story, but almost two full books of the same thing gets a bit boring. I was still interested in the story and do look forward to the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    frostbitealley FARGO, ND, USA 05-14-10
    frostbitealley FARGO, ND, USA 05-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Up to Hobb's Usual High Standards!!!"

    This is a great book, consistent with Robin Hobb's usual high standards! Of course, Anne Flosnik's narration only adds to the story - it seems to me that Hobb's and Flosnik's styles are perfectly suited to one another and combine to make Hobb's book even that much better.

    I must disagree with the other reviewer - having read/listened to the first book in Brent Weeks' Night Angel Trilogy, I would NOT recommend it. Weeks does not possess the maturity as a writer and I kept getting the feeling that portions had been written by a 15-year old male. The first book in the trilogy was tolerable at best and I do not plan to read the other two. I feel like I wasted time reading the first one.

    However, after finishing the second book in Hobb's The Rain Wilds Chronicles today, I feel a warm glow when I think about the progression of the characters from the first book and excitement as I look forward to the third installment!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adam kingston, Ontario, Canada 07-14-10
    Adam kingston, Ontario, Canada 07-14-10
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    "Terriffic "

    this is an absolutely terrific book i would reccomend it to all, there was only one thing i did not like and it was just that when the story came to a conversation or someone thinking to themselves it would delve way to deep into backround and it trails on and on, but after you get past that it is a terriffic story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Calgary, AB, Canada 09-13-11
    Robyn Calgary, AB, Canada 09-13-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Ruined by horrible narration"

    I like this book, although it has a bit of a "filler" element, being obviously the second in a series. However, Flosnik's overly mannered reading style makes it difficult to listen to. These books would be so much better with a narrator who wasn't so determined to make ridiculous vowel sounds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Lewisville, TX, United States 09-12-10
    Jamie Lewisville, TX, United States 09-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Dragon Haven"

    Dragon Haven is an excellent follow up to the 1st book in this trilogy. After reading Dragon Keeper I was already fully engaged with the characters, and this book continues to build on that while still furthering and adding to the storyline. I cannot wait for the 3rd book to be published and tie everything together. Seriously, I am chewing my nails in anticipation! I still love the narrator, her voice lulls me into forgetting where I am. Much love for this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Enosburg Falls, VT, United States 09-05-10
    Deborah Enosburg Falls, VT, United States 09-05-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Dragon Haven"

    This was a pretty good book and I found the characters were well developed. I wish the dragons were different, being a dragon lover. I was hoping the story was more about them, but it wasn't. It was a decent story and one I hope that will develop more about about the dragons in following books. The reader was good and was able to use different voices for different characters, which I like. The story did drag from time to time and I wish there was more action in it. If you have dragons in a story, there is usually action! Don't plan on too much with this story. The dragons were not very likeable at all, which disappointed me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kaaren McGlynn Independence, OR 03-15-14
    Kaaren McGlynn Independence, OR 03-15-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Too much soap opera for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Hobb again?

    no


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    Great voice and good performance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Corrales, NM, United States 12-19-13
    Sean Corrales, NM, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing."
    What disappointed you about Dragon Haven?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Hobb again?

    Yes, I love several of her books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Flosnik?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The basic premise of the story was interesting and could have been fleshed out more..unless the author intended romance to be the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-05-13
    Edward VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-05-13
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    "Better and Better"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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