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Dragon Haven – Robin Hobb

Draco ex machina.

Stars: Four out of five.

Review format: Brief review plus links.
Summary: In this sequel to Dragon Keeper:
For years now the dragons have been trapped on a swampy riverbank between forest and river, hungry and barely alive, reliant on humans to provide for them.

With their survival at stake, fifteen dragons—among them the wise golden Mercor, the haughty and dazzling silver-blue queen Sintara, and the delicate copper beauty Relpda—have set off on a dangerous trek into the unknown, up the Rain Wild River, in hopes of rediscovering the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, the lost haven for dragons and Elderlings alike. The dragons are accompanied by a disparate group of human keepers, rejects from Rain Wild society. They, too, yearn to find Kelsingra and create a home of their own, one in which they may make their own rules and decide their own fate. But is Kelsingra real or merely a fragment of a glorified past buried deep in the dragons’ shared memories? No map exists to guide them, and the noble creatures find their ancient recollections of little use in a land changed by generations of flooding and seismic chaos.

As the dragons, the humans—including the strong and defiant Rain Wild girl Thymara; the wealthy dragon scholar and Trader’s wife, Alise; and her companion, the urbane Sedric—and their magical supply barge, captained by the gruff Leftrin, forge their way ever deeper into uncharted wilderness, human and beast alike discover they are changing in mysterious and dangerous ways. While the bonds between them solidify, starvation, flashfloods, and predators will imperil them all. But dragons and humans soon learn that the most savage threats come from within their own company . . . and not all of them may survive.

(quoted from goodreads)
Provenance: Borrowed from the local library.

Dragon Haven – delivers on the promise laid out in the first volume of the Rain Wilds Chronicles, Dragon Keeper. Four stars. Yay.Robin Hobb:  Finally. A Robin Hobb book I can enjoy, without missing out on backstory from ‘part one’.

I am writing up this review many months later than my reading… so this is a short one. Yes, that’s all. Onwards with the links!

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Dragon Keeper – Robin Hobb

Better late than never – finally success with Robin Hobb.

Stars: Three and three quarters out of five.

Review format: Brief review plus links.
Summary: In this novel, Hobb returns to the territory of her Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies with a story of dragons and humans, return and rebirth, and the search for meaning, belonging, and home.
Like everyone else, Thymara is fascinated by the return of the dragons: it is as if they symbolise the return of hope to their war-torn world. Leftrin, captain of the liveship Tarman, also has an interest in the hatching; as does Bingtown newlywed Alise Finbok, who has made it her life’s work to study all there is to know of dragons.
But the creatures which emerge from the cocoons are a travesty of the powerful, shining dragons of old. Stunted and deformed, they cannot fly. Some do not even have wings; others seem witless and bestial. Soon, they are seen as a danger and a burden: something must be done.
Far upriver, so far it is shown on no map, lies the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra – Or so it is believed. Perhaps there the dragons will find their true home. But they cannot get there on their own: a band of dragon keepers, hunters and chroniclers must attend them. 
(quoted from my library’s description plus goodreads)
Provenance: Borrowed from the local library.

Dragon Keeper – Robin Hobb:  Finally. A Robin Hobb book I can enjoy, without missing out on backstory from ‘part one’.  Dragon Keeper is the beginning of a new story arc set in the same world as her other  successful trilogies.

The narrative switches from one limited-first-person to the other. Often there’s a time overlap with segments, so you see an event described first from one character’s point of view, and then from another character’s point of view. This technique worked well – it helped to reinforce their differences, and difficulties caused by limited understanding.

The only hold-back from four stars is the lack of resolution within the scope of this one book.  It’s again a case where one story got too big and was chopped in half for publication. Perhaps if read back-to-back with its sequel, this would rank better.

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