Dragon Haven (Rain Wilds Chronicles #2)
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Dragon Haven (Rain Wilds Chronicles #2)

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by Robin Hobb
     
 

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“A full master of the epic fantasy.”
Tulsa World

One of the world’s most acclaimed fantasists, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb returns to the world of her popular “Tawny Man” trilogy with Dragon Haven—the second book, following Dragon Keeper (“Imaginative,

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“A full master of the epic fantasy.”
Tulsa World

One of the world’s most acclaimed fantasists, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb returns to the world of her popular “Tawny Man” trilogy with Dragon Haven—the second book, following Dragon Keeper (“Imaginative, literate, and compassionate from first page to last” —Booklist) in an epic adventure about the resurgence of dragons in a world that both needs and fears them. Hobb, whose Soldier Son Trilogy (Shaman’s Crossing, Forest Mage, Renegade’s Magic) has won raves from critics, fans, and peers alike, returns to the Rain Wilds with Dragon Haven, and readers of Raymond Feist, Terry Brooks, and Lois McMaster Bujold will eagerly follow.

Editorial Reviews

Miami Herald
“Hobb has a deft hand with accessible and sympathetic characters, regardless of their fantasy trappings, and he makes effective use of the divide between what the reader knows and what the characters know to build tension.…A quick and fun read”
Bellingham Herald
“Hobb creates a completely alluring portrait of dragons and their culture.”
Romantic Times
“Hobb’s characterization continues to be top-notch, particularly with Thymara, the outcast teenage girl. Her self-awareness and surety is a delight and her insistence on belonging to no one but herself is simply wonderful.”
Blogcritics.com
“fast action, deep emotional bonds and a great ending...[I] encourage you to check out Dragon Haven”
Library Journal
A new generation of dragons promises new life and prosperity to the people who live along the Rain Wild River, but they emerge from their cocoons deformed and sickly. Driven away from human settlements and assigned a group of young misfits as their keepers, the dragons make their dangerous way upriver toward a legendary lost haven, the city of Kelsingra. This journey brings dragons, keepers, and other travelers into conflict with a hostile environment and, most dangerous of all, with one another. Hobb's sequel to Dragon Keeper continues the stories of the Wilding girl Thymara, the Bingtown gentlewoman-turned-naturalist Alyse, and the blue queen dragon Sintara. VERDICT A vividly depicted exotic fantasy background and compelling characters make this a strong, well-written fantasy with broad appeal, particularly to fans of Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels and lovers of dragon lore in general.
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"A vividly depicted exotic fantasy background and compelling characters make this a strong, well-written fantasy with broad appeal." —Library Journal
Bellingham Herald on DRAGON HAVEN
“Hobb creates a completely alluring portrait of dragons and their culture.”
Miami Herald on DRAGON HAVEN
“Hobb has a deft hand with accessible and sympathetic characters, regardless of their fantasy trappings, and he makes effective use of the divide between what the reader knows and what the characters know to build tension.…A quick and fun read”
Shroud Magazine Book Reviews on DRAGON KEEPER and DRAGON HAVEN
“Hobb’s strength has always been her ability to create compelling characters to inhabit her richly detailed worlds. The Rain Wilds Chronicles is no exception.”
Shroud Magazine Book Reviews
“Hobb’s strength has always been her ability to create compelling characters to inhabit her richly detailed worlds. The Rain Wilds Chronicles is no exception.”
The News-Star (Monroe)
"A satisfying story"
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“A satisfying story”
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"A satisfying story"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061931413
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Series:
Rain Wilds Chronicles, #2
Pages:
507
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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"A vividly depicted exotic fantasy background and compelling characters make this a strong, well-written fantasy with broad appeal." —-Library Journal

Meet the Author

Robin Hobb is the author of the Farseer, Liveship Traders, Tawny Man, and Soldier Son trilogies. She has also written as Megan Lindholm. She currently resides in Tacoma, Washington.

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Dragon Haven (Rain Wilds Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 249 reviews.
Scraggles More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Robin Hobb's books so far, and am definitely impressed with this latest addition to the Rain Wilds stories. The first volume in the series, Dragon Keeper was interesting, but I do think that's at least in part because I'd read all her other books and wanted to know more about the world she's crafted. It struck me as a good beginning, but not necessarily a tale unto itself. The second book in the series, however, does seem to function more independently in terms of character development and plot. The first, was just a beginning. Must you read the first, in order to enjoy this story? No. I'd say that reading the earlier works set in this world will be an intriguing preparation for finding out more, but they aren't totally essential. If I were a total newbie to her works, I'd start right at the beginning, with Assassin's Apprentice (FarSeer series #1 ), and continue, in sequence, right to the most current works. She's crafted this world very carefully, so there are mysteries in the earlier volumes set the stage for the later stories. Knowing the things you learn along the way doesn't wreck the fun, though I do think at the very least, you should read each trilogy in sequence. (The trilogies do, for the most part read like gigantic, three volume novels, though each book tends to have a story of it's own.) I'm intrigued to see where this world's tales will lead, if there's a third volume in this series, the continuation isn't necessarily obvious based on the conclusion to the second volume. There are mysteries left over from the earlier book that haven't been addressed, but the story that's to come isn't obvious. I'm intrigued.
SJJOR More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Robin Hobb's books and am now ordering books by Megan Lindholm which is another pen name of Robin Hobb's. Her descriptive writing makes all other pale in comparison. I hope she is very busy writing more!
meaow More than 1 year ago
Robin Hobb has done it again. I always appreciate a well honed plot. She never fails me.
ma_book_lover More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the third book to be released. Robin Hobb does such a wonderful job of creating a story and pulling you into it that it's such a shame when it ends. If you haven't started this series yet, then I recommend you go to the beginning of her work with the Assassin apprentice series and read through to this one (skipping the Soldier Son Trilogy which doesn't apply).
harstan More than 1 year ago
Expelled from the Cassarik area by the fear of the locals of the new dragon hatchlings, the beasts and their mutated human keepers continue their journey to find the fabled lost city of Kelingra with danger and starvation every step along the deadly Rain Wild River. As the dragons mature, they become powerful fully developed while their keepers remain malformed but are well adjusted for the most part. However finding the ancient Elderings' vanished haven proves impossible as the collective memory of the landscape fails to match what the world along the Rain Wild River has become. Instead danger from flash floods and a scarcity of food as supplies dwindle threatens the explorers. The sequel to the Dragon Keeper is an exciting climax to a well written duology that returns readers to the Hobbs' realm of the Liveship Traders and the Tawny Man sagas. The story line is a coming of age fantasy especially of the naive female teenager Thymara who grows in confidence as she learns who to trust and more important to distrust. Although the rest of the cast seems somewhat interchangeable as shallowly deceptive or even shallower naive, fans of Robin Hobb will enjoy the trek along the Rain Wild River. Harriet Klausner
Jare More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to start reading the next book.
CalvinG35 More than 1 year ago
I thought the first book in the series (Dragon Keepers) was well written and had good character development. This second book in the series was even better. I felt emotionally connected to the characters and found myself taken in by their struggles. An excellent continuation.
bakFL More than 1 year ago
very enjoyable
WillowFL More than 1 year ago
See my comments on Series #1.
Cathie50 More than 1 year ago
I thought the idea was different from most fantasy/ dragon based books I have read. I bought this book within minutes of finishing book 1. I have just heard there will be a fourth book, and I can't wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this fantasy about dragons - a new twist to me - several (unhealthy) dragons, several (mostly young) care givers, a saturated, swampy area, a town that wants to rid themselves of both dragons and youngsters. A compelling story continues in this second of a trilogy.
Sai12 More than 1 year ago
I was immediately immersed in the Rain Wilds and taken for an incredible journey. The first book in this series was a bit dull and seemed to drag on. That was not the case at all with Dragon Haven. It was a ride all the way through from start to finish. I am eagerly waiting for the next installment. Although I was a bit sad that the dragons got very little time. This story was focused on the people in the journey more than the dragons.
DA_Bull More than 1 year ago
Was a very entertaining book, i really enjoyed it.
Cateland More than 1 year ago
Prior to discovering author Robin Hobb, through a free offering of the first book in this series 'Dragon Keeper', I was not a big fan of the genre. So enamored have I become of her Rain Wild folk that, while waiting for the release of this book, I escaped the mundane world of us normal mortals with her Liveship Trilogy! This is a wonderful book. Hobb skillfully avoids the traps befalling authors who write sequels and then burden following books with redundant details of plot lines and characters or - worse yet - leave out chunks of narrative that render it useless as a stand alone work. If you haven't read the prequel, you will still enjoy this book but I gaurantee it will leave you wanting more of this marvelous tale and, quite possibly, dreaming of dragons!
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