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
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.
I have read all of Robin Hobbs previous series. Sometimes her books were frustrating to read. She would build and build a story and at times it played out and at other times it would drag on with no real happenings for a whole book. This series seems to be a great middle ground for her. This is only the second book in the series and the plot has progressed far more than any of the previous series. I enjoyed it!
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