Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb

Dragon Haven

By Robin Hobb

  • Release Date: 2010-05-11
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 196 Ratings

Description

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Dragon Keeper returns with a second enthralling tale of dragons and humans, adventure and discovery, love and freedom

Centuries had passed since dragons last roamed the war-torn world of the Rain Wild River. But as peace once again settled upon the land, a lost generation of sea serpents—ancient, half-starved, and weary—returned to cocoon, certain that they would be reborn as the beautiful and powerful dragons of legend. But their arduous journey exacted a heavy toll, and the proud serpents emerged as sickly, half-formed beasts, unable to fly or hunt . . . or thrive. For years now they 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.

Returning to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb creates a lush and ultimately triumphant tale set in an imaginative world of magic and wonder as compelling and emotionally resonant as our own.

Reviews

  • Five Stars

    5
    By BrandonBDavis
    Simply fantastic, could not put it down. Can't wait to start the next one!
  • That's it?

    5
    By Gamma of Oregon
    Please PLEASE! why did you stop? Web will the 3rd book be out?? It's been almost 2 years since the first one. Release then third book already!
  • Slow

    2
    By Damodred Hammerfist
    My biggest complaint is the lack of interest this book inspires. Read this if you desire to find the perfect example of "slow". Also, the actual story is somewhat less then exciting. But for all that it for the most part is well written. The tendency to over explain with redundancy takes a bit away from the writing quality, but all in all she knows how to write, she just doesn't know how to tell a story. If that makes any sense :)
  • Good read

    5
    By Vortarian
    Great read, really enjoyed a book that didn't follow a norm of some evil tyrant to be vanquished. The character development was good, interactions seemed genuine and the predictability was low. Priced to high? Get over it people, it costs more for 1 ticket to go to the movies these days. Everyone takes their hits starting off, robin hobb will eventually demand the share her talent deserves if she isn't already.
  • Excelent book

    5
    By NetSafari
    Great writer and great story. I'm looking forward to the concluding book when it comes out.
  • Excellent series

    5
    By PTouzet
    The series is phenomenal, one of her best! Robin Hobb is a master story teller. The price of the book should not affect the rating!
  • A little pricey.

    3
    By brozint
    Good book, but the price is too high, lower the price please!
  • Nor a bad price for 2 books

    3
    By tiaJuia
    Considering that I read both this one and the preceding free volume in this series, I don't consider the price to be exorbitant. Great story, good character development, and a nice escapist summer read. Hope the series ends as well as the Soldier Son one did.
  • Buy yourself a nice dinner instead

    2
    By Blltprftskfrc
    This book was not worth the price.
  • Overpriced

    1
    By Wisconsin folks
    This is way overpriced. While I enjoyed the first in the series as a trial read on my iPad - I simply refuse to pay this high price for a ebook. Get real on the pricing.