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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,084 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Hobb Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rain Wilds Chronicles Release Date:
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New York Times bestselling master fantasist Robin Hobb returns to the world of her Tawny Man trilogy with this first tale in a thrilling two-book miniseries that explores a world of dragons and men.

After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city’s leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick. To avert catastrophe, the council rules to relocate the young dragons to “a better location” up river, and residents are recruited to escort the valuable yet fearsome creatures on the arduous journey. Among them are Thymara, an unschooled Rain Wilds girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy, educated, and deeply unsatisfied Bingtown Trader’s wife.

Witnessed from the viewpoints of these two very different women, Dragon Keeper tells the story of this disparate band of humans and dragons as they make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River in search of their new home—the ancient, long-lost city of Kelsingra.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hobb continues to occupy a perch at or near the top among contemporary fantasists. This book is imaginative, literate, and compassionate from first page to last.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Hobb’s meticulously realized fantasy tale is a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mel Yu | 2/18/2014

    " I'm a big fan of Robin Hobbs' other trilogies, especially the Farseers, but I didn't like this one as much. Hobbs didn't seem to do an adequate job of describing this "new world" and its fantastical nature, as she's done in other books. The characters are three-dimensional, but there wasn't really one that you can attach to or admire. The book also lacked action, which is probably partly because it's part I. I still want to read the other two books based on her past writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Taylor Stokes | 2/15/2014

    " More mature than it seems at the start - very interesting take on the typical dragon-human relationship! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Ann | 1/28/2014

    " Didn't know if I was going to appreciate this book at the beginning, but did get quite irritated when I saw that it wasn't going to be concluded before ending; at least an ending of some sort would have been appreciated. However, I do find that I need to read the second book to see if there is some form of ending before going to the third and hopefully conclusion of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan | 1/27/2014

    " I didn't care for Robin Hobb's last series. I'm glad to see that she's gone back to the Bingtown traders and Liveships world. This was another book that I could get lost in and forget about the real world for awhile. Sometimes books are the best pain medication for me. "

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