The Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles) Hardcover – 25 Jun 2009
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Praise for Robin Hobb:
'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.'
'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
About the Author
Robin Hobb was born in California in 1952 and majored in Communications at Denver University, Colorado. Assassin’s Apprentice was her first novel, and was followed by the equally successful Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest. She lives outside Seattle, Washington
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If you like reading about angsty women very slowly and tediously throwing off their oppression with a few dragons plodding along for company then you will probably give this series 5 stars. It bored the tits off me. Don't buy all 4 books at once, make sure you enjoy book 1 first.
I feel this author will be a classic great who will endure in libraries, holding her own against any fashion or taste. Here is great writting, it will not fade as most of the genre will: not because it is less fun, but because so many of the others are less credibly human. Here is an equal to Bujold, McCaffrey, Tolkien. I think her better than the very fine Moon, Feist, Weber, Canavan, Lackey.
No conflict of interest: 'Voracious reader'.
This book is a gripping start to a series concerning a world I'm already familiar with from reading the Liveship Traders many years ago, but taking us in a different direction entirely. I can't wait to read the next one!
Whilst the premise is fascinating (and one I was keen to see developed), and the story itself is enjoyable, where is the depth? Such a short book (bigger print, fewer pages) and I would swear this was one of those books aimed at barely literate teenagers that have the concentration span of a gnat.
Ah, when I was a teenager, we could read grown-up books without losing interest or having to send a dozen texts.
I reckon this series of four could probably have made 2 (and I'm being charitable) of Robin's earlier books.