“Ugg... what has happened to Robin Hobb? I loved her early trilogies. I was so excited about this book because I enjoyed the Liveship Trilogy so much, and this book picks up where that trilogy left off... but this book comes no where close to the caliber of that trilogy. If you iked the Soldier Son Trilogy you will like this book.
Is the author so depressed that she has to make such depressing characters- get on some prozac, and stop turning all the characters into either antagonists or victims. They are not enjoyable or fulfilling to read about and quite honestly, I couldn't wait for the book to be over.
Vol. 2 of the Dragon Keeper series... TBD...”
“The first in the Wild RIver Chronicles, (the second, Dragon Haven, is coming out in May) Dragon Keeper is not a book on his own but the first part. It does a good job in introducing the characters and setting the world and the story but there is no resolution whatsover.
I would recommend waiting until the second book is out.
Check my full review at myshelf.com”
“I always enjoy Robin Hobb--it looks like this series is going to be fun too. Until this book I'd never noticed the Jane Eyre quality of many fantasy heroines--women trapped in oppressive societies using their wits to make a better life for themselves; these characters are always compelling to me.”Michelle N wrote this review Monday, March 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“series start and nothing off about the whole story line”Cheryl I wrote this review Friday, March 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dragon Keeper is the first book of a new duology by Robin Hobb. I haven't read the rest of her work, but this certainly opens up a wonderful world of reading I need to do.
As part of a pact with the dragon Tintaglia, the people of the Rain Wilds and the Traders have promised to help hatch and fledge new dragons, after the Traders committed a monstrous sin against dragonkind in years past. Many are disappointed when the dragons hatch from their cocoons and are deformed weaklings. As part of their pact as well as a way to avoid the strain on the city's resources, the dragons are sent along with some volunteer keepers to the fabled city of Kelsingra, a place that the dragons' ancestral memories tell them exists, but which no map shows.
This is a really engaging story, but the shame of it is that it seems that Hobb has written one 1000-page story, and the publishers decided to hack it in half and into two volumes. That being said, it's a very good story. For the first half of the book, you are treated to the emotional and physical abusive that the two human heroines deal with as a matter of course in their life. At the same time, you see the dragon Sintara/Skymaw try to deal with the failures and deficiencies of her own underdeveloped body. Honestly, the first half of the book is a real downer. About halfway, the adventure starts in earnest and you're swept away.
This isn't a really deep fantasy - the bad characters are mostly BAD and the good characters are GOOD - but there are some very intersting ideas here, like the concept of dragons coocooning from sea serpents into dragons, and the fact that all but one dragon we meet in the story is a malformed wreck, for example. The idea that some of the dragons are simple-minded makes for an interesting dynamic. Some of the characters are wild cards - I'm still not sure what role Sedric is going to play in the second book, but I have a feeling that it won't end well for him, and of course it's interesting to see how Alise grows from naive girl to jaded woman and on.
I really look forward to reading the second book. If possible, I would recommend waiting until you have access to both volumes, since this book sort of just...ends. There is no real defined wrap-up at the end.
Recommended for newcomers as well as Hobb-veterans!”
“This is a sad, sad day. This is the first Robin Hobb book I didn't desperately love (wait- I didn't "desperately" love the last Soldier Son trilogy. But everything else I did).
Was it me? Was it her? I just didn't fall in love with the characters and got tired of it all. Maybe I just read it at the wrong time - sometimes you have to be in the right mood. I liked the idea of it - maybe the next one will be better for me. ”
“Good story,but drawn out ! like reading a bad book report ! To many details about nothing interesting.”Rogeer D wrote this review Tuesday, February 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great continuation of an already brilliant series, very glad Robin Hobb decided to return to this one.”nadia e wrote this review Thursday, January 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well done. I did not fall as deeply into the world as with the Assassin or Tawny Man series, but enjoyed it none the less. Nice to return to Hobb after a few years away. ”Dennis B wrote this review Saturday, April 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love Robin Hobbs books. The Soldier Son Trilogy not so much as the Farseer, Tawny Man and Liveship Trilogies, but still in it's own way different.
I have been looking forward to her return to The Rain Wilds and continuing the story of the dragons. So far it has taken quite a while to set the scene and introduce and establish the new characters, and I have been a bit impatient with the story. Nearly 400 pages in and they still haven't set out on thier quest to help the dragons. I like the way Hobb weaves comments on society and it's attitudes, into her stories - disability and homosexuality in the current book. Hopefully the pace will pick up with the other books in the series and we won't have to wait too long for them to be published.