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Rarely will I not make it through a book. I can count on one hand the amount of books that have failed to see me make it to the last page. And really, it has to be a poor book to put me off from being able to push through. Think about it, I made it through Brisingr! But I have a method as well. One need only spend a little time at the site to realize how much we love Robin Hobb.

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Her Liveship Traders series ranks as one of our best ever. So to find this book so truly disappointing was, truly, disappointing. We are introduced about a year after the Traders finished, and the dragons are about to be hatching. But nothing is the same anymore.

The characters are two-dimensional and boring and the story is half-hearted at best, as if Hobb had realized how much money she had made off the series and was forcing herself to return. I made it about halfway through the book before it went back into the bookshelf.


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Whether I have to push on, whether I am being too harsh. But for right now, I honestly cannot recommend The Dragon Keeper to anyone. An intriguing, albeit slower paced, return to the Realm of the Elderlings in this much-anticipated new fantasy from one of our greatest fantasy authors. Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey to the cocooning grounds in generations.

Many have died along the way. With its acid waters and impenetrable forest, it is a hard place for any to survive. People are changed by the Rain Wilds, subtly or otherwise.

One such is Thymara. Born with black claws and other aberrations, she should have been exposed at birth.

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But her father saved her and her mother has never forgiven him. Like everyone else, Thymara is fascinated by the return of 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 seem witless and bestial. Soon, they become a danger and a burden to the Rain Wilders: something must be done. The dragons claim an ancestral memory of a fabled Elderling city far upriver: perhaps there the dragons will find their true home. But Kelsingra appears on no maps and they cannot get there on their own: a band of dragon keepers, hunters and chroniclers must attend them.

To be a dragon keeper is a dangerous job: their charges are vicious and unpredictable, and there are many unknown perils on the journey to a city which may not even exist! Robin Hobb is of course the author behind the three trilogies that make up the incredibly well-written and compellingly-readable Realm of the Elderlings series. Dragon Keeper sees a welcome return to the acid waters of the Rain Wilds in a brand new series, from one of the most gifted authors within the genre. Hobb is a skilled wordsmith and readers will once again experience a wonderful array of imaginative and vivid descriptions of people and places.

Readers of preceding books in the series, and those in particular that were intrigued by the Elderlings, their cities and their relationships with dragons, will be delighted with Dragon Keeper as Hobb slowly unveils their lore and legend, thereby removing the veil of mystery that surrounds these fascinating half-human, half-dragon people. The book also further explains how dragons come into being and the whole sea serpent to dragon development. However, Dragon Keeper may not be for all. Fans of Hobb may well find lacks the instant hook of her earlier works may find the pacing problematic as character development is everything in this first instalment.

Dragon Keeper is a book that will reward the patient, perfect for those looking for thoughtful, unrushed fantasy that is very strong on character. It is written at a slower pace than the preceding trilogies but, like Thymara, many will be fascinated by the return of dragons. Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey t The dragon keepers and the fledgling dragons are forging a passage up the treacherous Rain Wild River.

They are in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra, and a The dragon keepers and fledgling dragons have discovered a route to the lost city of Kelsingra but there is one problem: they need to be able to fly to cross the treacherou Dragon blood and scales, dragon liver and eyes and teeth. All required ingredients for medicines with near-miraculous healing powers. The legendary blue dragon Tintaglia is We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them.

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Just about to start on the 4th in this series. I have to say I am rather disappointed.

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I have been a Robin Hobb fan for many years, the nine books that make up the Elderling series are, in my opinion, amongst the best that the fantasy genre has to offer. When I learned that she had returned to the realm I was plunged into a state of excitement and now that I have read the new book, Dragon Keeper, I would just like to share my thoughts.

I found the book to read more like a brand new book in a series, rather than the tenth, as Hobb creates a whole new cast of characters, all of which she introduces in her own good time. Dragon Keeper's stately pace may not be for all but in circumstances like this I just place myself in the author's proven hands and allow her to unveil the history of the Rain Wilds, of Elderlings and dragons as she sees fit.

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This is a book to savour, and different from the frenetic, violent and simplified fantasy that so many writers produce. So just sit back, read and enjoy a trip up the Rain Wilds. I also couldn't get through this book and would never recomend. By far one of the best books I've ever read. I love Sedric and Relpda. Yes I can see where some guys would be turned off by some of the relationships but it is such a fresh approach in fantasy literature that I can't help but love it.

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I though the review of this book was a little bit harsh. Jenna Solitaire. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Keeper of the Waters , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.

Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 13, Neh Khie rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. May 15, Alexis Neuville rated it liked it Shelves: books-i-own , sent-by-author , , 3-star. This was part of the Oldies But Goodies post in which I do mini-reviews for books that haven't been published in the past two years.

So this one wasn't as great as the first one, because it's a sequel, but it still held my attention! I really liked the adventure and romance in this one with Jenna, Simon and Saduj! Definitely interesting, but not as great as the first. I think I'm still going to read the other books in this series though!

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Hopefully I won't be let down! Jul 24, Taylor rated it really liked it. This was one of the first book series I ever read. And tbh, since then I have read it once or twice more. It was so long ago that I barely remember how it was written, I just know that I enjoyed it. It made me cry and laugh and it did captivate me. May 03, Wendy rated it really liked it. Quite enjoying this series. Surprisingly more than I expected. Fro a teen novel it is well written and quite the page turner.

Looking forward to reading more. Dec 27, Belinda rated it liked it Shelves: i-spy-challange , daughter-of-destiny. This series makes for a great quick read. Interestingly the author has integrated herself as the main character.

Feb 15, Elin rated it it was amazing. Dec 29, Potato rated it it was amazing.