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Dragon Haven (Rain Wilds Chronicles) Hardcover – 11 May 2010

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  • 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)
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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

'Hobb is a remarkable storyteller' Guardian

'Robin Hobb writes achingly well' SFX

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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.

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The second book in the Rain Wilds Chronicles is more the second half of the first book than a separate novel. It follows the journey of the dragons, their keepers and the rest of the party as they travel up the Rain Wilds river to find the legendary city of Kelsingra.

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.
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I just cant put these books down - totally addictive. If you haven't ready any of Robin Hobb's books you are missing a real treat.
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Amworking my way through all Robin Hobb books - all amazing
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Another great series from Hobb. If you've enjoyed "The Farseer" or "Liveship Traders" trilogies, you will love "The Rain Wild Chronicles".
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!
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Brilliant series. I'm on the fourth book now and loving it!
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Well written, excellent read.
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I love these stories hope there are more. Dragons and there helpers trying to get to a safe haven. Lots of adventure on the way.
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When you open a Robin Hobb book you know what you are going to get (unless you have never read a Hobb book before, of course.) Strong characterisation, well thought out realms all presented in a well written, readable style. The complete package. (And the possibility of putting her characters through hell)

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.
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