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Dragon Keeper (Rain Wilds Chronicles #1)

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19 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

Clearly just the first in a trilogy, but a great start

As with the other Robin Hobb books I've read, this first volume of the trilogy gets a fascinating story off to a good start. She introduces the characters, the settings, the world she's created, and clearly has a story to tell.

I had great fun reading the earlier bo...
As with the other Robin Hobb books I've read, this first volume of the trilogy gets a fascinating story off to a good start. She introduces the characters, the settings, the world she's created, and clearly has a story to tell.

I had great fun reading the earlier books set in this world (Farseer, LiveShip and Tawny Man trilogies), and enjoyed the beginning of this tale quite a lot, but it's clearly just a beginning, with as yet, no middle and no end.

Here's hoping the next volumes in this trilogy arrive quickly on the scene.

As I read more of her work, I find that certain themes keep reappearing. A character's role in life is proscribed by their gender and family, but somehow they find the strength of character to fumble on, finding their destined place in the world. Charming sociopaths sometimes get their comeuppance, sometimes they get their comeuppance and fulfill their destiny despite themselves. So far in this first volume, there are only hints of the struggles to come.

This story starts out in Bingtown, then moves up the Rain Wild river. A few characters from earlier volumes make an appearance, but so far, all the main characters in the story are new to this volume.

I've recommended the first volumes in each of her earlier trilogies, since in my view, the trilogies really read like gigantic novels.

If you'd like to find a prolific author who can write a novel that stands alone even as it functions well as part of a larger series, seek out the many volumes of the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. Many of her works are combined in omnibus editions, so it's possible to read the entire series without seeking out the earlier (hard to find) single novels.Space opera isn't usually my thing, but I found that series quite entertaining.

posted by Scraggles on February 8, 2010

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17 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

Offensive content: Contains Homosexual Rape of a Minor.

This book may be offensive to some readers. The author builds a creative environment and good characters, but then ruins it with portrayal of homosexual rape of one of the characters as a minor. The book would have been fine without that portion.

posted by Big_Okie on July 21, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Didn't do much for me

    After the thoroughly engrossing Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies, I guess I really expected this to blow me away. Not so. I didn't like the switching of viewpoints; I also never really liked any of the characters. I found it very disappointing. Maybe my expectations after reading the other trilogies were too high- who knows?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

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    Not what I was expecting when i thought it was a dragon based bo

    Not what I was expecting when i thought it was a dragon based book. Small clue should have been at the beginning of the book when saw the index of names of keepers and dragons and short descriptions. (Generally if I see that in a story it means either way too many names to keep track of accurately or that they bounce back and forth from names so hard to get a feel for the character). Disliked that more than halfway thru the book before felt that any real tie to any of the characters. Really find the little bird missives that are used to beginning the chapters silly for lack of a better term as they don't seem to add much to the story. Also would love if someone could explain how the time works - that should have been in the index in my opinion because hard to tell how much time actually has passed based on the chapters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2011

    Not great

    A sad world filled with trapped characters. It reads like a long prologue.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    TMI

    Describing the story with repeat lines word words and more words to get to a point. Usaully vague.
    Good luck if u try to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2010

    So glad it was FREE!!

    Thought I'd try something new and ended up glad it was free. The switching between so many characters, usually out of the blue, BAM next person please! and the long way around of getting MOST of the characters together was slow, plodding. I kept waiting for things to wrap up and get moving. When it looked like the story was really going to mesh and get moving it.....ENDED....abruptly!! Talk about feeling like you've wasted time just to be left hanging!!

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