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Dragon Haven is the second Book in the Wild Rain series written by author Robin Hobb. The book was published in 2010. Robin Hobb is a pseudonym for Megan Lindholm. She is famous for a series entitled farseer which I have not read yet. I will probably do reviews in the future. I am a huge fan of fantasy or anything with dragons or magic hence reading this book.
I came across Dragon Haven while browsing the fantastic fiction web site. She is one of the top authors on the site.
The book continues where the last book left off. Several Deformed dragons are in search of a fabled city called Kelsingra. They have help from a few Rain Wild inhabitants on their journey.
These people are considered outcasts and it is there job to see the dragons safely and fed. As with any journey it is fraught with danger from people wanting Dragon Parts. These people known as Chalcedean and are willing to kill or do anything for their goals.
In this book we learn more about the dragons themselves. The author does a more of character development for this book than previous.
In the previous book we met a character named Alise. It is her job to study and record everything about the dragons. She gets this job to escape her cold hearted husband Hest Finbook. She is accompanied by a man named Sedric who is meant to be her guardian
To be honest of you are looking for action in this book you won't find much. The author focuses more on the journey itself and how each individual changes. For me both books have been hard to get into as there is not as much action as I would have liked.
This book is not suitable for children as it has a sex scene in it.
I got this book in kindle edition £4.49 on Amazon.
Hardcover is available for £11.99
This review may also be found under my ciao username Pratchettfan.
This is the second and final instalment of the Rain Wild Chronicles, the story of what happens when the serpents we met in the Liveship Traders series hatch out into dragons and try to find their way back home to the remembered Elderling city of Kelsingra, attended by a rag-tag bunch of outsiders designated as their Keepers.
As usual, Robin Hobb crafts all of the characters with great care and skill, they all come alive on the page and in your mind, and the story is so real that it is hard to sit back and remember that this is a work of fiction, despite the fantastical subject matter.
The dragons are on their journey up the Rain Wild river with their Keepers in this volume, and they all have to overcome betrayals, devastating accidents and fraught personal relationships. The journey is a hard one and many lessons are learned along the way and obstacles overcome.
The first book in this two-book series is called Dragon Keeper and you will need to have read this before picking up Dragon Haven. It would also be a good idea to have read the Liveship Traders series of books before this one as it will give a more in depth background to the story - as well as being a fine series in itself!
Most of the characters in the Rain Wilds books are new to the reader (although obviously the dragons appeared as serpents in previous books) though the setting is very familiar. We finally get to visit the Rain Wilds properly and start to picture what life is like for the native Rain Wilders.
I still think I would have liked to have known more about what happened after this book ended (I won't spoil the ending though!) but it was a fabulous story as usual, incredibly well crafted with a fantastic location, realistic and appealing characters with some really interesting dynamics between them, and of course dragons - who could ask for more!
Hobb is a supremely talented author, nobody writes quite like her, and she remains my absolute favourite novelist.
Dragon Haven is the second and concluding chapter of The Rain Wild Chronicles which follows the first of a new generation of Dragons and their keepers as they travel up The Rain Wild rivers in search of the mythical Elderling city of Kelsingra.
Fans of Robin Hobb who have read her previous novels will know only too well that Kelsingra exists, it is the untitled, abandoned city that Fitz Chivalry visits at the close of The Farseer Trilogy, but for the Dragons, their Keepers and those who accompany them, the outcome seems less certain. This motley crew of misfits and roughnecks are travelling in previously uncharted territory and the perils and dangers are immense, the waters often treacherous. Add to this the fact that some of the party have their own agendas concerning the Dragons and that the group dynamics are rapidly changing and what are you are left with is another highly engaging fantasy from an extremely accomplished author!!
The Rain Wild Chronicles suffer only in the fact that their story is so short! But Hobb is ever a master of the art of leaving her fans wanting and desiring more!! Originally designed as a single stand-alone novel, Hobb split the story over two parts when she realised how long her tale would be so really fans should be happy that they have got more for their money than was at first planned. Still, compared to her other epics, such a short tale cannot help but slightly disappointment.
But of course where The Chronicles may be short on quantity, there can be no doubt that they over-deliver on quality!! Hobb is, without any question at all, one of the best fantasy writers around at the minute if not ever and her work once again here proves highly engaging. The attention to detail with her characters is faultless and you are swept up along with the plot before you know it as quickly as though you too were traveling along the legendary Rain Wilds! It is a welcome return to a world that fans feared may have been left behind, Hobb's last trilogy was set in a different universe, and this final chapter brings the series to a very satisfying close.
Whether or not there will any more novels set in this world remains to be seen and it certainly looks as though, for now at least, everything that can be said about this series has now been told already but then that is why Robin Hobb is the writer and we are her fans. Because there is every possibility that she can probably see open avenues yet that we, as readers, cannot percieve. Certainly sahe is currently working on yet another novel but what they may or not be for now remains under wraps!
As one of my favourite ever authors, I am delighted by this wonderful entry into the Fantasy genre and cannot reccommend it enough. Obviously you need to have read Dragon Keeper first for this one to make any sense but the two books together can be easily read independant of any of Hobb's previous back catalogue. Though connected to her other Elderling novels, there is no point in this series where new-timers might feel alienated and, if you enjoy this (and who wouldn't?), this a great place to kick off reading all her previous trilogies.
Once again, Robin Hobb excells.....