- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Voyager; 1 edition (11 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061931411
- ISBN-13: 978-0061931413
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,877,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dragon Haven (Rain Wilds Chronicles) Hardcover – 11 May 2010
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'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
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From the Back Cover
The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage through the uncharted and treacherous waters of the Rain Wild River, supported by the liveship Tarman, its captain, Leftrin, and Alise Finbok, who has escaped her cruel marriage in Bingtown. They are searching for the mythical city of Kelsingra, hoping to find a safe haven away from the society that has rejected them.
When a vial of dragon blood can earn a man enough gold to last a lifetime, there may be some in the party who see the growing dragons as more valuable as body parts than whole and alive. But it is the Rain Wilds themselves - mysterious, unstable and ever perilous - that may provide the deadliest danger, one that will push them all to the very brink of survival.
Top Customer Reviews
It's not really an exciting tale of adventure though, rather more looking at the characters and how they, and the relationships between them, develop over time. As such, while it's interesting to follow their lives, the narrative isn't really gripping and I didn't find I was as hooked as I have been with earlier Robin Hobb novels.
The characters are good, varied, and perhaps deeper than ever before. Really I suppose this is a love story, a little reminiscent of the film Love Actually, as it follows the budding romances between pairs of characters, and the collapse of others. In this, it's really good, and there's one particular relationship that I found fascinating to follow.
It's quite different to the author's usual tales, and I quite liked the variety, but didn't find it as engaging. It's a little slow and is very much the middle and end of the story started in The Dragon Keeper.
Fantasy, dragons, liveships, adventure, struggle, romance.... and a whole lot more, can be found in these books. If that's your "cup of tea", don't hesitate!
Before starting the Rain Wild books, I had seen a few reviews saying that they were not as good as her previous work – that does not mean bad of course. Now being halfway through the quartet I can see what people mean. I have really enjoyed the stories, loved the characters both human and dragon, but found the hard edge that encompasses a lot of her work missing.
Perhaps, in some ways, Hobb burned herself out (in the matter of treating the characters harshly) on her previous series, the highly-underrated Soldier Son trilogy. So, for once she delivered something that was rather nice to the characters that inhabit this part of her world. There is a feeling that everything works out for the best; that the characters that need to end up together do; that those that deserve to suffer, either die or are left behind, that feeling that everything is working out for the best.
This does not mean that there is not progression. The characters develop and grow as people in ways that one can appreciate and enjoy. In some cases, these are small things, in others they are dramatic, both in personality and physicality.
So yes, this is not Hobb strongest work, but when you are such a superlative writer, even ‘not your best’ leaves you head and shoulders above most of the competition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another amazing read from Robin Hobb. Have been engrossed by her stories for a long time. Strongly recommend her books to everybody.Published 4 months ago by Karen Hackney
Can't put these down, highly recommend this author. working my way through them allPublished 7 months ago by Mad camper