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Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2)

Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Robin Hobb
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Praise for Robin Hobb:

'Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination.'
Conn Iggulden

'Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics.'
The Times

'Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.'
'Robin Hobb writes achingly well'

Praise for The Liveship Traders series:
'Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible'
George R R Martin


Praise for Robin Hobb:

'Hobb is superb, spinning wonderful characters and plots from pure imagination' Conn Iggulden

‘In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons’ George R. R. Martin

'Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics' The Times

'Hobb is a remarkable storyteller' Guardian

'Robin Hobb writes achingly well' SFX

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Robin Hobb is a New York Times best-selling fantasy author. She is published in English in the US, UK and Australia, and her works have been widely translated. Her short stories have been finalists for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, as well as winning the Asimov's Readers Award. Her best known series is The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest.)

Robin Hobb was born in Oakland California, but grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has spent her life mostly in the Pacific Nortwest region of the US, and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington State, with her husband Fred. They have four grown offspring, and six grandchildren.

Robin Hobb is a pen name for Margaret Ogden. She has also written under the name Megan Lindholm.

She published her first short story for children when she was 18,and for some years wrote as a journalist and children's writer. Her stories for children were published in magazines such as Humpty Dumpty's Magazine for Little Children, Jack & Jill and Highlights for Children. She also created educational reading material for children for a programmed reading series by SRA (Science Research Associates.) She received a grant award from the Alaska State Council on the arts for her short story "The Poaching", published in Finding Our Boundaries in 1980.

Fantasy and Science Fiction had always been her two favorite genres, and in the late 70's she began to write in them. Her initial works were published in small press 'fanzines' such as Space and Time (editor Gordon Linzner). Her first professionally published story was "Bones for Dulath" that appeared in the Ace anthology AMAZONS!, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson in 1979. A short time later, a second Ki and Vandien story entitled The Small One was published in FANTASTIC in 1980.

During that time period, she and her family had moved from Alaska to Hawaii, and subsequently to Washington State, where they settled. She had various money making occupations (waitress, salesperson, etc.) while striving with her writing. Her husband Fred continued to fish Alaskan waters and was home only about 3 months out of every year. The family lived on a small farm in rural Roy where they raised lots of vegetables, chickens, ducks, geese and other small livestock.

In 1983, her first novel, Harpy's Flight, was published by Ace under the pen name Megan Lindholm. Her later titles under that name included Wizard of the Pigeons, Alien Earth, Luck of the Wheels, and Cloven Hooves.

In 1995, she launched her best selling series of books set in the Realm of the Elderlings. At that time, she began writing as Robin Hobb. Her first trilogy of books were about her popular characters, FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool. The Farseer Trilogy is comprised of Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin's Quest. These books were followed by The Liveship Traders trilogy, set in the same world. The Tawny Man trilogy returned to the tale of Fitz and the Fool. Most recently, the four volumes of the Rain Wilds Chronicles were published: Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons.

In 2013, it was announced that she would return to her best-loved characters with a new trilogy, The Fitz and the Fool trilogy. The first volume, Fool's Assassin, will be published in August of 2014.

Other works as Robin Hobb include The Soldier Son trilogy and short stories published in various anthologies. A collection of her shorter works as both Lindholm and Hobb is available in The Inheritance.

She continues to reside in Tacoma, Washington, with frequent visits to the pocket farm in Roy.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But I still want more! 10 Mar 2010
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Firstly a warning to anyone who is buying this book. Make sure you have read the predecessor, The Dragon Keeper, before starting this one. It picks up exactly where Dragon Keeper left off with very little in the way of explaination.
Hobb continues to write gripping narative with yet another book by her causing me to stay up to the early hours to finish it. Development of the charecters was excellent and not always along predicted routes, which is what makes the book worth reading.
If I wanted to be picky I could say that really there are too many charecters being followed and this sometimes detracts from the story line by the rapid changing of views. Yet this perhaps adds to the charm of the book, making it clear it is not in the Assassin vain. This book is about a group, not an individual.
For anyone who is a fan of the Liveship and Assassin books, this answers some questions. Not all though! Hobb has the good sense to leave our imagination to fill in what happens at the end of the epic journey started in Dragon Keeper, without feeling you have been cheated of plot.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 23 May 2010
After being disappointed by the Soldier Son Trilogy, I was delighted to find The Rain Wild Chronicles were a return to the wonderful writing previously produced by Robin Hobb. In fact, I think the characterisation in those two books is, in some ways, the best so far. I liked the slow pace of the books and the way the characters developed. Thymara's determination to be true to herself, and both Alise and Sedric's journeys of self realisation/acceptance are all well constructed. I was left wondering `so, what happens next...?!' I hope we'll find out in a future book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The journey continues 19 Sep 2011
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Second novel in a trilogy of fantasy books, this picks right from where book one The Rain Wild Chronicles (1) - Dragon Keeper finished. And thus it's not a great jumping on point - despite a bit of exposition at the beginning - and you are better off starting with the first book.

This one runs for 570 pages, and is divided into twenty chapters. There are short pages between some of them which are letters sent between characters who aren't involved in the main plot.

The main plot is a journey, for various humans and newly hatched dragons, in search of a mythical dragon city of old.

All characters have their own desires and agendas.

Robin Hobb always writes very good and readable prose, and this book is no exception to that. Second books in a trilogy need to move the story along nicely and leave things set up for a good finale.

But this does more than that. Because whilst the physical journey of the main characters takes some interesting twists and turns, and has some drama thrown in during the middle, the characters do the same. None of them are quite the same at the end of the book as they were at the start. All grow and change and develop in very believable manners, all as a result of things they do and choices they make, rather than just the requirement of the plot.

And the plot is pretty good too. This will leave you wanting to know what will happen next. And how things will turn out for the main characters also. A superb read from a master of the genre.

Some may wish to be aware that there are occasional scenes of an adult nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite author! 2 Aug 2011
I think Robin Hobb is an amazing author and have read all her books. I must agree with the other reviews that I was disapointed with the soilder son trilogy and found it really hard to connect with the characters. However when The Rain Wild Chronicles came out I was very excited because they go back to the same world some of her other books were based in. I wasn't disapointed. I found the books easy to read and enjoyed the links to past books. I found it easy to connect to both the humans and the dragons. This is a brillant series and I would recommend these books, but you must read the Liveship trilogy first to better understand the storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shuffle and redeal 7 July 2011
This is the second and last book in the Rain Wild Chronicles duology (after The Dragon Keeper).

In this volume we follow the Tarman crew, the dragons and their keepers deeper into the Rain Wilds as they continue their doomed expedition in search of the fabled Elderlings city of Kelsingra. We witness the dragons' physical and mental development, and the various changes the keepers go through, tending to the wondrous creatures. Friendships hatch, secrets surface, resentment builds, remorse haunts, love grows.

Greft starts dreaming of a new life, free from the constricting rules of Trehaug. He harasses Thymara, insisting that she must choose a mate among the male keepers, like he has chosen Jerd. But Thymara isn't ready to commit, even to Tats: she's too afraid of becoming pregnant in this hostile environment, and a burden for the other keepers.

Leftrin is soon caught up by the shameful deal he made with a Chalcedean merchant to provide him with dragon parts. He has to find a way to get rid of this threat to the expedition, and to his new relationship.

Until disaster strikes, scattering crew, hunters, keepers and dragons, shuffling and jumbling their lives.

From then on, I literally couldn't put the book down. I was already enjoying reading about the characters' evolution, especially about Alise and Sedric slowing getting used to their life away from Bingtown and its comfort, away from Hest, but this event rearranged the story into a new pattern and gave it a wonderful kick. I'm thrilled to know that Robin Hobb is currently working on a sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More happiness as I return to old friends.
The way everything links back to other tales while still telling a new one is fabulous. There is a depth of storytelling that other series would like to have but because of their... Read more
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I could not stop reading it and desperately didn't want to finish it.
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Robin Hobb is one of my favorite authors primarily due to the Farseer Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy and Live Ships Trilogy. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Judge Tabor
3.0 out of 5 stars It got better!
It had been a while since I had read the last book so took a little time to get back into the story. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better all the time.
This author always writes on a slow burn, developing the characters and storyline slowly. But with well thought out precision and timing, inexorably draw's the reader in to the... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 16 days ago by lynda howarth
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Robin Hobb
Love Robin Hobb. You really get involved with her characters and I like the fact that she carries some of the characters over into her new novels.
Published 18 days ago by Mrs. J. Gool
2.0 out of 5 stars Fallen sadly short .............
Sorry to all you hard core fans, but these books were super dull and awful - and a real poor relation to her other notable works. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sussman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Look forward it reading them all
Published 25 days ago by Ken Meech
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Good to find out where it all began and have now read all of the 'Farseer' books - can't wait for more
Published 3 months ago by J Hyde
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