After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick. To avert catastrophe, the council rules to relocate the young dragons to "a better location" up river, and residents are recruited to escort the valuable yet fearsome creatures on the arduous journey. Among them are Thymara, an unschooled Rain Wilds girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy, educated, and deeply unsatisfied Bingtown Trader's wife.
Witnessed from the viewpoints of these two very different women, Dragon Keeper tells the story of this disparate band of humans and dragons as they make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River in search of their new home---the ancient, long-lost city of Kelsingra.
©2010 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
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.
In a whole its well worth the listening. It is slow and I admit I almost stopped listening after 10 minutes in. But if you stay with it. You will be rewarded with a interesting story.
I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!
The Dragon Keeper and the Rain Wild Chronicles is presently my favorite - and also longest series of books I have read by one Author. There is one more related series - that is not offered by Audible - or I would be listening to it instead of writing this review.
The story of the hatching - is beautiful, but also heart rending. The Dragons hatch to an audience of curiosity seekers. Some people are immediately caught up in the drama of helping the creatures survive - others feel no kinship at all with the dragons. It is interesting to see how from the very moment of their hatching - each dragon and each spectator has his/her own individual personality.
The first series I listened to (Assassin's Quest) was my first experience with Anne Flosnick. I read reviews that complained about her slow speed and how she drags out the last word in sentences and/or paragraphs. By the time I got this far into the series - I no longer noticed it. I also came to feel that the speech pattern was perhaps cultural and that made it okay. Robin Hobb has created a new world, and several new cultures - each unique. Why should I expect it to have the flat tonal, rapid pace of the midwest. Her voice became a part of the whole experience that I became very comfortable with.
No. The whole series is excellent. This book was not a "high point" in the series but it was essential to answer our questions about the RainWilder-ers and their culture and to come to understand how they were "created" and in part ruined by their relationship with the dragons and the citizens of Bing and the Duke.
Wasted a lot of verbiage doing world building in a slow SLOW fashion. One of the main character, Thymira, has a mother who is described as talking all around a main point out of spite. Feels like this was written by Thymira's mom! Why does it take 2/3 of the book to cover what was described in 1 paragraph of the books description.Everything was discussed in the most roundabout way possible. In the end of this, the story barely got started. Felt like there was only about 100 minutes worth of material and spent the rest 1100 minutes on padding
Book 1 of a series should focus on events which will make readers want to know more about the characters and what happens next. With all the dialog and so many narrators, the reader is lost in the streams of consciousness and have no idea what's actually "happening". By the end, I stopped caring.
The story was interesting just never really went anywhere. I love that it dumps you right back into the realm created in the previous books and contains characters from the live ship series! Her take on the growth and development of dragons is quite unique and exciting. However this book just seemed to meander on and then just came to an abrupt end. Its understandable that there are several books in the series but I feel like when a book ends there should be some type of plot resolution or at least a cliff hanger to make you want to read more. I was really disappointed after really enjoying some of Robin Hobbs other works.
I really found the readers "male" voices to be odd and distracting. I feel like if she just read it in her normal voice it wouldnt of been as bad.
Im going to give the next one a try but only because im hoping the story will enthrall me.
The reader's voice took some getting used to, but was fine after a while. Would listen to her again.
There was no attempt to wrap up anything and the book ended suddenly in mid plot. Not even any subplots were tidied up. I think this would really piss off some readers. I found it annoying but I had already planned on getting the whole series anyway.
A great continuation of this series. The narrator is why it's a 4/5 - even after over 100 hours of listening over 5 books, she drives me bonkers. The story is worth it though.
The book was perfect in content and story flowed effortlessly.
The interweaving of characters was done smoothly. Narrator made it hard to pick out small details important to the plot.
Completely horrible!!!! Her accent made it hard to follow the story.I found myself often rewinding just to catch something I missed. The narrator for the Farseer series would have been much better. She talks as if she has rocks in her mouth.
NO!! Better off just reading book.
Would not purchase anymore narrated by Anne Flosnik.
I still love Ann Flosnik. Her melodramatic reading makes me giggle at points. Of course, she's not for everyone. My co-worker listens to her readings at 2x speed to reduce the melodrama. XD
This story starts out with a great premise: The serpents that were led to the cocooning ground hatched... but they are deformed (From Robin Hobb's delightful Liveship Trader's Triolgy). This story starts with the "leftovers"... this is the story of people and dragons that the cities no longer want.
This is book one of what I suppose will become a 4 part series. I have just finished "City of Dragons" and I must say I'm very disappointed in this story. Perhaps my standards were too high after The Liveship Traders trilogy, but the suspense is just not present for these books, and the plot line is simultaneously too direct and straightforward for our main characters while not giving enough information about some of the subplots that suddenly appear in the third book. We also do not have the delightful tension of our characters walking the knife's edge of good and evil that made The Liveship Traders trilogy so enjoyable. Also, Robin Hobb's editor has not caught all of her repetition. She repeats story lines and conversations to an exasperating degree in these books so far.
All that being said, if you are looking for a very simple, direct, feel good sort of book, this one is for you. Also, if you love her other books and want to know what happened, these books have some key updates on the lives of the main characters in The Liveship Traders.
For myself, I will probably listen to the next installment of the story on a rainy day when it comes out, but I will not eagerly await its publishing.
Goodness the narrator for this book is annoying, with her overly mannered pronunciations, especially saying "tham" for "them", except when she forgot that was how she had decided to say it. I am kind of hooked into listening to book 2 because of the content, but I wouldn't ever buy another book narrated by this person.
I agree that it is a bit of an abrupt ending, clearly building up to book 2, but I think that's the publisher as much as Hobb herself.
I would give the book 4 stars, but the narration really took some of the enjoyment out of it.
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