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For years, the Trader cities valiantly battled their enemies, the Chalcedeans. But they could not have staved off invasion without the powerful dragon, Tintaglia. In return, the Traders promised to help her serpents migrate up the Rain Wild River after a long exile at sea - to find a safe haven and, Tintaglia hopes, to restore her species.

But too much time has passed, and the newly hatched dragons are damaged and weak, and many die. The few who survive cannot use their wings; earthbound, they are powerless to hunt and vulnerable to human predators willing to kill them for the fabled healing powers of dragon flesh.

But Tintaglia has vanished, and the Traders are weary of the labor and expense of tending useless dragons. The Trader leadership fears that if it stops providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage - or die along the river’s acidic muddy banks.

To avert catastrophe, the dragons decree a move even farther up the treacherous river to Kelsingra, their ancient, mythical homeland whose mysterious location is locked deep within the dragons’ uncertain ancestral memories. To ensure their safe passage, the Traders recruit a disparate group of young people to care for the damaged creatures and escort them to their new home. Among them is Thymara, an unschooled forest girl of 16, and Alise, a wealthy Trader’s wife trapped in a loveless marriage, who attaches herself to the expedition as a dragon expert. The two women share a deep kinship with the dragons: Thymara can instinctively communicate with them, and Alise, captivated by their beauty and majesty, has devoted her life to studying them.

Embarking on an arduous journey that holds no promise of return, the band of humans and dragons must make its way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River - an extraordinary odyssey that will teach them lessons about themselves and one another as they experience hardships, betrayals, and joys beyond their wildest dreams.

©2010 Robin Hobb (P)2020 HarperAudio

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I knew I have already listened to this!

This is not the first book I would read if I were just starting to listen to Robin Hobb's books. Seems you maybe able to start here if you'd like, but I think I like it more because of the other Robin Hobb series of books that I have already listened to.
I was so confused as I was listening to this. I knew that I have heard this book before, but the release date was 2020, and I listened years ago. After some online research seems audible has released this again with a new narrator. I can't find the old one in my library. I feel kind of ripped off as now I have to buy two new books if I want to listen to them again :(

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Great Dragon Tale; boring "Harlequin" romance

Books one and two weave two storylines. Storyline A is a relatively slow-moving and introspective tale of dragons and their keepers - all finding their identity. Storyline B is about men hiding their true love identity. "A" could appeal to younger readers who love dragons. "B" will confound where to shelve the books. I do wish the two stories could be separated so that one could choose which story to read.

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Good start and continuation from Liveship Traders

It sorta continues the story from the earlier Liveship Traders trilogy, but with new characters. Some old characters make cameos. But you definitely at least need to read that trilogy first, if not all the other previous Robin Hobb books.

I like the characterization. Some characters are more good and some more bad, but they are all three dimensional with their own motivations that make sense. There are a few different point-of-view characters, but their stories converged soon enough, which I appreciated.

The ending was very abrupt and caught me off guard. It wasn't really much of an ending. Just something to be continued in the next book. But it was a good start, and I'm interested to see where it goes.

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A Disgusting Foray Into Rape Fantasy

Not one, but two scenes depicting characters fantasizing about being sexually raped.

I can't believe a writer would to pick something so foul knowing that it would serve to encourage people to commit such crimes.

I will review this book on every platform I can find and spread the word that Robin Hobb is a filthy monster who should never be encouraged!

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Good story but....

I have enjoyed Hobbs, books I do wish they were a little more clearly defined as to order. The overlap between series can be confusing.

The narrator is fairly good. I find the multiple final “r”s to be annoying. Sometimes there seem to be five or six in herrrrrr. Aggrrrggghhh!

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I love me some Robin Hobb! She just gets me.

I'm not good at reviews and I don't know which books you've already read. You might want to go all the way back to The Tawney Man Trilogy. Hobb is a master. The narration was a little jarring but she did a decent job. although she took me out of the story quite often. this may be one of those authors that you just have to read.

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Classic Hobb

Every time I read these novels I like them more and more!

I love seeing the relationships develop and I feel that is the real hallmark of a Robin Hobb novel! She really delves into the human aspect while adding in dragons and magic! I think Thymara is very reminiscent of Fitz because I often want to smack her due to her inability to comprehend people and see the obvious! Can’t wait for the next book!

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Longing and intrigue, plus dragons

Wasn't expecting this much romantic longing and relational issues in this book, but it did fit the story even if a bit much for my taste. Definitely adds more details around dragons and the rainwilds, but you would be missing out on a lot (plus getting some spoilers) if this is your first read in the series.

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initial slog

i found it very difficult to get into the story. the opening chapter did not spark an interest.

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The weakest Realm of the Elderlings series

These books aren’t bad, and they actually add a lot to the world building of the Elderlings series. However they are the weakest. The plot is plodding and sometimes just feels like such a slog. Occasionally it hits high points and is really enjoyable, but it never really attains the highs of the rest of the Elderlings books. I don’t recommend skipping these if you really love the rest of the books, but be aware that they aren’t the best.

Dragon Keeper is probably the slowest of the books as it is introducing us to characters that we’ll follow over four books. Alise’s set up is particularly long in its build-up. Leftrin is a bit of a confusing one to follow as well, but he gets better. Thymara is generally pretty cool. I liked her parts.

Anyway, hang in there if you’re a completionist like me. It’s definitely not the worst I’ve read.