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Publisher Description

“Robin Hobb is one of our very best fantasy writers.”
New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson

With Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling “master fantasist” (Baltimore Sun), begins a breathtaking  new series about the resurgence of dragons in a world that both needs and fears them—the world Hobb’s readers most recently visited in her immensely popular “Tawny Man” trilogy. Volume One of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, Dragon Keeper is yet another magnificent adventure from the author of  The Soldier Son and Farseer Trilogies, confirming the Contra Costa Times of California’s assessment of Hobb as “one of the most important writers in 21st century fantasy.”

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
January 26
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Matavai ,

Better conversion please

Great book, love the sequel. But please, to the publisher, do proof read after conversion. I expect a book as proofed as a print copy. Thank god Dragon Haven was better.

Jeffery Cook ,


Another tale springs to life with a rich new cast and cleverly written hooks I've already read it twice.

Daveed V. ,

Another Quest in Fitz and Althea's world

Robin Hobb's new story takes place shortly after the Liveship adventures of Althea and her family (see "Ship of Destiny" et al.). It's the same world that contains Fitz' Six Duchies (see "Assassin's Apprentice", "Golden Fool", etc.), but that side is barely touched upon in these volumes: The Rain Wilds and, to a lesser extent, Bingtown are the center of the action (making for a simpler storyline than the Liveship series).

The story starts with the metamorphosis of sea serpents into dragons. Unfortunately, it doesn't go quite as hoped for, and the resulting creatures are relatively weak and powerless. Eventually, they start a quest — accompanied by a ragtag group of humans with burdens of their own — for the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra.

The characters are fairly straightforward but the protagonists are likable (where needed). The story is pleasantly paced, with plenty of invention that doesn't hinder suspension of disbelief. Rediscovering the world of Liveships is a great pleasure.

If you haven't read any other books of Hobb in this series, I'd recommend reading at least the original Liveship series first, or better yet start with the adventures of Fitz the Farseer (Assassin's Apprentice). However, the Dragonkeeper adventures are a wonderful sequel, and like another reviewer I can just hope that Robin Hobb can continue produce volumes at a great pace.

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