Dragon Keeper (Rain Wilds Chronicles #1)

Dragon Keeper (Rain Wilds Chronicles #1)

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by Robin Hobb
     
 

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“Robin Hobb is one of our very best fantasy writers.”
New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson

With Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling “master fantasist” (Baltimore Sun), begins a breathtaking  new series about the resurgence of dragons in a

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“Robin Hobb is one of our very best fantasy writers.”
New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson

With Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling “master fantasist” (Baltimore Sun), begins a breathtaking  new series about the resurgence of dragons in a world that both needs and fears them—the world Hobb’s readers most recently visited in her immensely popular “Tawny Man” trilogy. Volume One of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, Dragon Keeper is yet another magnificent adventure from the author of  The Soldier Son and Farseer Trilogies, confirming the Contra Costa Times of California’s assessment of Hobb as “one of the most important writers in 21st century fantasy.”

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"In a novel as good as it is massive, the first of two Rain Wilds Chronicles...Hobb continues to occupy a perch at or near the top among contemporary fantasists. This book is imaginative, literate, and compassionate from first page to last."
Booklist (starred review)
“In a novel as good as it is massive, the first of two Rain Wilds Chronicles...Hobb continues to occupy a perch at or near the top among contemporary fantasists. This book is imaginative, literate, and compassionate from first page to last.”
Publishers Weekly
Here be dragons—but debilitated, deformed, damaged dragons, hatched too soon, sick and starving, into a world that has mostly forgotten them. The first of Hobb's Rain Wild Chronicles, an absorbing extension of her Liveship and Tawny Man trilogies, introduces 15 young dragons who struggle to survive with the grudging help of mutant Rain Wilders. Eventually driven out by the Traders Council, the hatchlings decide to seek Kelsingra, their ancient home. Caught up by the dragons' plight and longing to escape unhappy families and the stifling Rain Wild culture, self-taught dragon scholar Alise Kincannon and teenage tree-dwelling mutant Thymara volunteer to accompany them on the quest, with the help of magnetic liveship captain Leftrin and a host of colorful characters. Hobb's meticulously realized fantasy tale is a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore. (Feb.)
Library Journal
The cocoons spun by the migrating sea serpents have burst open to reveal a new generation of dragons that will wreak havoc on the communities of Bingtown and Cassarick. Council members select humans born with strange physical mutations to help with the problem, as well as an unusual dragon "expert," the unfulfilled wife of a Bingtown Trader. Hobb's two-book miniseries, set in the same world as the "Liveship Traders" and the "Tawny Man" series, continues the tale of an exotic land and the people transformed by its inherent magic. VERDICT Human and dragon characters achieve a remarkable degree of believability in this inventive saga marked by its vivid detail and keen insight into human (and draconic) nature. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/09; the second book, Dragon Haven, pubs May 2010.—Ed.]
Kirkus Reviews
Hobb (Renegade's Magic, 2008, etc.) delivers the first of two dragon-filled fantasies, set in the same world as her popular Liveship Traders trilogy. This inaugural title deals mainly with the swirl of events leading up to a quest to find the legendary city of Kelsingra by a group of sickly, deformed, sentient dragons and their human keepers. A host of human and dragon characters are introduced, but two well-drawn women take center stage: unhappily married Trader Alise, a scholar of dragons; and teenage Thymara, a dragon-keeper who is herself deformed by scaly skin and claws. Hobb does an admirable job of creating a complex and engaging medieval fantasy world, greatly expanding on the Rain Wilds setting she introduced in previous books. Characters from past novels make cameos, but the author takes care to keep her new tale self-contained. She handles with originality and subtlety such traditional fantasy elements as dragons and magical items. The only complaint readers may have is that, after hundreds of pages of buildup, the novel ends abruptly before the main quest really gets going. A nicely imagined fantasy setting that will engage readers and raise anticipation for the second installment.
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"Hobb's meticulously realized fantasy tale is a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore." —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061561658
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Series:
Rain Wilds Chronicles, #1
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
135,830
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 4.26(h) x 1.14(d)

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"Hobb's meticulously realized fantasy tale is a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore." —-Publishers Weekly

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