“This entire book serves as a set up for a story. I am curious to read the next book but not in a rush.”Stephanie S wrote this review Friday, June 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm glad Robin decided to go back to the Rain Wilds to follow up on the serpents rescued in the "Liveship Traders" series. Thiis confirms Robin Hobb as my favorite fantasy author.”Norman H wrote this review Monday, May 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While Dragon Keeper is a decent beginning, it does have its problems. While the characters and world are rather engaging, the plot has a very slow start. World-building and introducing characters is alright, but when it drags out for three fourths of a book without any plot development, it gets a bit egregious.
Fortunately these characters are at least engaging, as is the world, but the majority of the book just seems to be going over the less interesting things, leaving the characters and world static. If it didn't pick up during the end, it would have gotten a worse rating from me, but these parts were a bit of a struggle.
Another common point of contention is the portrayal of two homosexual characters in this book, however, frankly, it's better if you don't treat it as a surprise. Robin Hobb won't be winning any awards for exploring in-depth the difficulties of a homosexual relationship, but it is at least believable, and is sufficient motivation for the characters involved.
Overall, a bit disappointing considering Robin Hobb's previous work, but it has set the foundation for further books. Now that the plot is moving, future installments should go better.”
“enjoyed it”Sandy L wrote this review Friday, April 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book started out slow and even a little boring. I almost turned it aside unfinished. However, Robin Hobb is known (to me) for slow beginning and brilliant endings so I persevered.
Once the place markers were set and the characters introduced, the pace picked up and I found myself entertained and thoroughly immersed in this world of dragons.
Thymara, touched by the Rain Wilds and born with claws and scales, should have been disposed of at birth, but her father could not allow that to happen and went against his wife’s wishes by keeping her. Alise, almost an old maid when she finally marries, had already set her mind to the study of dragons and refuses to let her new husband stop her studies. Lethrin, captain of a Live Ship, will do anything for money…and love. These three people are thrown together when the council are persuaded to move the young dragons to a place more suited to their needs. The problem is … none of them are expected to return to civilisation, as it’s a dangerous journey.
The three main characters are complimented by a great cast of secondary characters. Their individual stories are complex and real. This is compounded by external conflicts and danger. In my opinion, what the author lacks in being able to get straight into the story, she makes up for in character and world development.
This is a brilliant book, once you get past the first 50 or so pages. However, the story ended without resolution. Smack bang in the middle of the tension…it finished! To be continued in book 2. As my definition of a story is that it must have a beginning, a middle and an ending this was a great disappointment for me.”
“A lot of lead-up to a whole lot of nothing. The adventure has JUST started to get off the ground when the first book ends, very abruptly, with no satisfactory conclusion. Not very interesting, and the writing style is stilted at times. The dragons are uninteresting characters, stunted, cranky, and unable to fend for themselves. Not a good stand-alone book, and I didn't like it enough to read the sequel.”David Derrico wrote this review Thursday, March 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love this series!!”Jeanne wrote this review Friday, February 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When I finished reading this book I wanted it to keep on going but luckily it was part of a series.”Megan Shepherd wrote this review Wednesday, February 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Even though I found every character to be irritating, I want to read the next book.”TigerLily wrote this review Monday, January 31, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book. Hard to get into at first as there are many characters to keep track of and several plot lines. Generally well written and engaging after the first 100 pages or so. My first Robin Hobb read...”Diana M wrote this review Sunday, October 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No