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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 March 25, 2014

    Enjoyable

    Good Read

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    A tad slow and predictable

    I enjoyed this but am not sure that I want to continue it. I found the human characters a boring and predictable and not particularly likeable, really. I didn't find the homosexuality offensive but for one of the main characters not to have noticed that the man she was married to was homosexual when it was plainly obvious was just unbelievable. The dragons are more interesting. I might not buy the other books. Not really sure I'm interested enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Love Robin Hobb . . .

    I enjoyed this visit to the Rain Wilds, but didn't feel like this first installment in its new series read as a complete story with its own arc. I expected there to be loose threads connecting this book with its sequels, but I also expected there to be a bit of story contained within this volume. In the end, I don't think anything was wrapped up or resolved.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Meh...

    It isn't the Farseer, or Tawny man books...or the Live Ship books. I picked it up because I liked the other series so much. Book one is like a prelude to the story, it should be the first half of the first book. There aren't any really dramatic spots or sections of the book that you just can't put down...the "social issues" in the book seem forced and unnecessary. I picked it up to figure out what happens next in this world..but it really just isn't that good.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    Thank goodness it was free

    This book seemed good for the first couple of chapters, but after that I quickly lost interest. I tried to keep on reading because it seemed like a fun fantasy book but really, it was a snooze fest once the book got off the point of view of the dragons to the point of view of the people surrounding them. It just wasn't what I thought it would be. If this book wasn't free, I would have been very disappointed with it because I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed the "free sample"

    This book couldnt keep my interest and I never finished it. I'm planning on going back to it when I have nothing else to read, but it's not on my top books.

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