The Dragon Keeper

The Dragon Keeper Guided by the dragon Tintaglia they came from the sea a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River the first to make the perilous journey in generations For Thymara a Rainwilder

  • Title: The Dragon Keeper
  • Author: Robin Hobb
  • ISBN: 9780007342594
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • Guided by the dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey in generations.For Thymara, a Rainwilder born with scales and claws, the return of dragons symbolises the return of hope to her war torn world Leftrin, captain of the liveship Tarman, also has an interest in the haGuided by the dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey in generations.For Thymara, a Rainwilder born with scales and claws, the return of dragons symbolises the return of hope to her war torn world Leftrin, captain of the liveship Tarman, also has an interest in the hatching as does Bingtown newlywed, Alise Finbok, who has made it her life s work to study dragons.But the creatures which emerge from the cocoons are a travesty of the dragons of old Soon, they become a danger to all it is decided that they must be moved Far upriver lies the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra Perhaps there the dragons will find their true home.However, if the dragons are to get there, a band of dragon keepers must be recruited to attend them None are expected to return, or even survive, but Thymara is certain it is here destiny

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    I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star I liked it rating is a bad rating What I liked it I LIKED it That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me It s a good book that survives the reading process with me If a book is so so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van So a 2 star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I d loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it A 3 star means that I ve ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes A 4 star means I m probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book But I want you to know I don t finish books I don t like There s too many good ones out there waiting to be found.Robin Hobb is the author of three well received fantasy trilogies The Farseer Trilogy Assassin s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin s Quest , The Liveship Traders Trilogy Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny and the Tawny Man Trilogy Fool s Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool s Fate Her current work in progress is entitled Shaman s Crossing Robin Hobb lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, and has been a professional writer for over 30 years.In addition to writing, her interests include gardening, mushrooming, and beachcombing She and her husband Fred have three grown children and one teenager, and three grand children.She also writes as Megan Lindholm, and works under that name have been finalists for the Hugo award, the Nebula Award, and the Endeavor award She has twice won an Isaac Asimov s Science Fiction Readers Award.

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    • I grew up on a toxic waste dump. I realize that sounds melodramatic, but technically it's accurate. My childhood home was ringed by no fewer than five Superfund sites - and, as we like to say, those are just the spots they've cleaned. When I was a kid people weren't so concerned about the pollution. Arsenic was in the dust we kicked up on the playgrounds, on the berries we picked in the woods, in the small ponds where nothing lived and no birds ever stopped. The waterways were lined with gray he [...]

    • Bookdragon Sean

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:34 AM)

      I feel somewhat sorry for the dragons in this. They spent the entirety of the Liveship Trader’s trilogy trying to find a place to evolve out of their basic serpent form, and when they do find it most of them die in the process. They’re too mutated and twisted to be able to develop into dragons. Only fourteen remain by the end and even those are stunted and unusual, that much so that the dragon Tintaglia abandons them for a richer prospect, mating with the ancient dragon Icefyre in Fool's Fat [...]

    • Robin Hobb wrote a few of my FAVORITE series, Assassin's Apprentice and the Liveship Traders, so I'm always a fan of her books. This one was as well written as the others, but it felt slow to start, and as soon as the story picked up, the book ended! JUST AS I GOT INTO IT!So, I guess I should be waiting for the next book excitedly to continue the story, but considering the subject matter of the book, I'm a bit reluctant to follow up with the series, for totally squeamish personal reasons. The wh [...]

    • I just cannot get bored with Robin Hobb :D Ive been away this weekend busying around in the Rainwild. No one to bother me but my dry cough and tired body. I swooshed through the book, while normally Im a slow reader. Her writing simply captivates you till the end, like a trance. Even though there is no action. So glad to be backin that world with every character pulling you, engrossing you with their every step.

    • 3.5 stars. Great, but not my favorite of Hobb's books. Definitely seems like a big set-up book though and I've heard good things about the rest of the series. So here's to book 2!

    • It took me a little bit to get into this one, which isn't unheard of for a Robin Hobb book since she is so thorough with her characterization. However, I still didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as her other series' so I reduced it a star.Her characters are still decent, but I found that I have not connected with any yet, which was disappointing. The story is interesting enough to keep me turning those pages, but not much was accomplished in this one. Hopefully that will not be the case with t [...]

    • I read this book once again as a buddy read with my loyal group of Robin Hobb readers. We're all a bit obsessed with her work by this point honestly and we'd all been missing this world and these characters so being able to dive back into a story of Elderlings, Magic, Monsters and Myths was just wonderful and although this isn't my favourite of her books I still really enjoyed this. It is a shorter book than many of the Hobb ones I've recently read, and the story does have a few skips in time an [...]

    • Dragon Keeper is definitely a book for Robin Hobb fans, and fans only.A fair warning that this is a *slow* book. It's the first half of Book 1, technically, having been split for publishing reasons, so the story doesn't get underway for a long, long time. A lot of the text is spent building up characters and their motivations, so expect lots of exposition between dialogue.But who cares, it's Robin Hobb! We get right into the heads and mindset of being a dragon (similar to being a cat), and some [...]

    • The Dragon Keeper is not epic. It doesn't wow me. It doesn't overwhelm me the way Hobb's books usually do (*cough* with the exception of her Soldier Son trilogy, I awkwardly bit the dust halfway through it *cough*). This book should be read as an introduction to the books to come. Toward the end, things do heat up when all those newly introduced characters are thrown on a boat together (which results in the first sneaky power games) and head for a vaguely remembered magical city somewhere out th [...]

    • Some memories are best left undisturbed. Sometimes, if you forget something, it's because it's better forgotten.Gracias, Hobb, por esta introducción de personajes de 550 páginas. En The dragon keeper se presentan las bases para lo que va a suceder en los siguientes tomos de la saga, quiero creer. A pesar de esto, es un buen libro, entretenido y para nada pesado.

    • Though it pains me to give a Robin Hobb book anything less than 5 stars the ending to this book was an enormous middle finger. This story was clearly chopped up by a publisher in hopes of making as much money as possible. The page count of each book alone is telling of this crime.Publishing politics aside, this book was Hobb business as usual and that means excellent character development. Robin Hobb writes stories that become a part of you and that's all a reader can ask.Highly recommended if y [...]

    • Review from Tenacious Reader: tenaciousreader/2015/1It took me a while to get to this series, and I’m not entirely sure why since I count Robin Hobb as one of my favorite authors. I also have to confess to reading the different series that make up The Realm of the Elderlings in the wrong order as I was ignorant of how much interconnection there is between all of them. So, lesson learned. Going into this series (The Rain Wilds Chronicles), I have read all the other published books that make up [...]

    • Helene Jeppesen

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:34 AM)

      I was looking for a great fantasy story and that is exactly what I got. This book contains dragons, and even though this is clearly the beginning of a big journey and we don't get to spend that much time with the dragons, I can sense that Robin Hobb is going to rectify that in the next books in the series. I liked how the dragons were portrayed as vulnerable as well as strong and fierce animals, because that made me grow to like them and care for them. We also get to follow the story from one of [...]

    • Reading this book was like revisiting a favorite place. And now I am reading the manuscript for Dragon Haven, book 2 and it is even better.

    • It wasn’t one of RH’s best, that’s for sure. As much as I love her writing, this was waaaaaaaaay too stretched out. It could have easily been half as it is now and would have been almost perfect. Further more, not much happened; it also ended like a chapter, not like a first part in a series. Still… the dragons ripped my heart in thousand pieces and some of their keepers too. And I thought till now that Fitz was the unhappiest of her characters. I was wrong. !@#$%^&*!!!As for the oth [...]

    • Executive Summary: This one may only be for big Robin Hobb fans, and those who didn't read/like Liveship Traders need not apply.Full ReviewI tore through the first 9 books of Ms. Hobb's Ederlings world last year. This series wasn't complete however so I wasn't in a rush to start it.After almost a year away, it's good to be back. There is some overlap with the events of Tawny man, so I'd recommend you have read those as well as Liveship before tackling this one.That said this book is slow. Any fa [...]

    • If I did't already have Robin Hobb in my blood I may not have loved this book. As it is, I do and I did. This is the continuation of the dragon's story that started in Live Ships. When I read Live Ships, the bit about the dragons was my least favourite part so I wasn't sure how much I would like Rain Wilds. Tintaglia kind of irritates me. Turns out, it was great to return to the Rain Wilds. And there are some amazing new characters and relationships to get sucked in to. It's a bit of a slow star [...]

    • I'm back into The Realm of the Elderlings and I certainly missed it. I missed Robin Hobb's slow character building and detailed scenes. Dragon Keeper focuses our attention on the Rain Wilds and a few characters from Bingtown as well. Our first character is a debutante woman, named Alise, from Bingtown with a scholarly appreciation to learn more about the dragons and Elderlings. She is in a loveless marriage with a man, Hest, that is in a relationship with his male assistant, Sedric. In exchange [...]

    • Michelle Morrell

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:34 AM)

      And we begin another series. This one, taking place in Bingtown (a bit) and the Rain Wilds (mostly) is classic Hobb goodness. The serpents that traveled so long and so hard in the Liveship books have completed their hibernation and are now dragons. Only, their travel was too long and too hard, only a handful have survived, and they are all stunted in one way or another. Unable to fly, dependent on the humans to feed them now that Tingtalia has disappeared, the situation is untenable. Until the d [...]

    • I listened to this on Audible and really enjoyed Saskia Butler's narration - maybe not quite as much as Nick Taylor in the Tawny Man Trilogy, but she was still very easy to listen to.The story picks up shortly after the events of the Liveships Trilogy and we get to see the serpents cocoon and then hatch as dragons on the shores of the Wild Rains River. Unfortunately, most of the dragons die and what remain are stunted and deformed and have to be tended by humans who see them as little more than [...]

    • I like dragons! (DNFs Seraphina)I don't like series! (Reads The Witcher saga like there is no tomorrow)Females in magic rock! (Magic Bites is somewhere in my attic)I looooove old fashioned high fantasy! (If you bring The Black Company close - it hisses at me)So, I had doubts plunging into this book. And I think the first half is 3*. But somehow I grew to like it as I read further. Maybe it's still 3,5* but I would really like to read series further. The author takes her time with everything - th [...]

    • 3.5 Stars on this one. It's still good, but it's a lot of setup and basically a series of pissing contests between a whole set of new character. I'm enjoying learning more about the dragons and I'm excited to see what this book has set up for us to learn in the next three

    • I can see why some people were not excited with Dragon Keeper. It's really the first half of a 900 page book, and it moves very slowly without reaching any goals other than the start of a journey. Unlike the Liveship books, it's not a seafaring Fantasy adventure, but more of a long introduction to a new host of characters. The characters are where the book excels. Hobb has the ability to make you feel a whole range of emotions for them, including hatred for some. I am amazed at how quickly I loa [...]

    • I love Robin Hobb's fantasy storytelling - she writes relatable characters in an interesting worldwith dragons yay!This was not WOW but I really enjoyed it and will definitely be carrying on with the series.I think the live ship traders series was better but maybe that's because I read it first and loved the novelty of a new world? I think the characters were stronger in that series. I am so glad I started reading Robin Hobb - I really like her style. Hopefully the next book will be back to her [...]

    • Steph // bookplaits

      (Mar 31, 2020 - 09:34 AM)

      In three words: slow, character-driven, fascinating."'Some memories are best left undisturbed. Sometimes, if you forget something, it's because it's better forgotten.'" I really don't know how Hobb does it, but she consistently creates characters I either can't help but fall in love with or feel such strong dislike for. In The Dragon Keeper, we get the perspectives (written in third person) of several new characters in Hobb's world: Sintara, one of a number of deformed dragons; Alise, a Bingtown [...]

    • I don’t know how she keeps doing it; where she keeps finding the creativity and the imagination to flesh out yet another story, yet another set of characters that sound so real they could have been my companions on the tram today. None of those had any scales, but it was close. There was one man in particular that looked like he had washed his hair in acid river water. Not kidding!This clearly is a first book in a trilogy though; it doesn’t have any legs to stand on its own. And given that t [...]

    • Well then. I never thought I'd rate a Robin Hobb book 3 stars but alas, the time has come. I struggled with this, partly because the POV change from the Fitz and the Fool trilogies. Partly though, because I wasn't that interested in the story. I know, I know, Phee how can you not be interested in dragons? Well let me tell you. The parts from their perspective were the more boring chapters, they still read like the serpent ones did in the Liveship traders books, I if I'm honest I didn't enjoy rea [...]

    • I have read the Liveship Traders and the Farseer trilogies. They might be improved in small ways but they were generally really good.This book sucked. Three quarters of it could be removed and it wouldn't affect the story too much. The things with Sedric and Hess and Alise it seemed so cheap, their stories were more worthy of Mills and Boon than a serious author. None of the characters felt very real. In the other series, the world had a nice haunting feeling of there being deep layers to it th [...]

    • In my opinion this is Hobbs' best series. I would recommend reading the Liveship Traders trilogy first, even though you certainly don't have to read it to enjoy this series. The Liveship books are a prequel of sorts to these books, and they are also a wonderful read. Caution: if you want to take on both series, it is a whole lot of reading material, and even if you read super fast like me, it will keep you occupied for quite some time.Update (re-read): Though the pacing for Hobb's novels are oft [...]

    • Decent. Wordy. Repetitive. Not that well-written, technically speaking.Enjoyable but not enchanting. Insanely abrupt ending!Will continue story.I realize that I started with the wrong series. Sounds like the one preceding this is better and also builds into this one. Oh well.

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