Dragon Keeper ~ Dragon Haven ~ City of Dragons ~ Blood of Dragons
Dragons, Dragons and more... Dragons! Add in a plethora of character-driven adventure, coming-of-age, romance, betrayal and survival stories and you get plenty of classic Robin Hobb.
Epic Fantasy Series Review by Mulluane
♦ The Story. This is the continuation of a storyline started in the Liveships Trilogy. It answers the question: "What happened to the poorly hatched dragons?" All were hatched with deformities of some kind, both mental and physical. None of them can fly, hunt or even clearly remember the ancestral memories they should have been born with. And the dragon Tintaglia, once thought to be the last of her kind, has abandoned them. It is a tragic situation and one that has to be remedied before they all expire or the Rain Wilders simply run out of food to feed them.
♦ What I Liked. I love character-driven fiction. I like seeing worlds through the eyes of the characters. I enjoy riding around in their heads as they work through joy, despair, love and loss. I don't want to know that a character did a thing without knowing the internal motivation, good or bad. This, for me, creates total immersion. As I read character-driven fantasy I get the chance, for just a little while, to be that person (or dragon.) This is something you almost never get from a movie and the reason why I prefer books.
Get the idea that this is a character-driven series? Well you would be right and not only that, this is character-driven fantasy at its very best.
♦ What I didn't like. Looking back over the series, now that I've read the whole thing, it has become abundantly clear as to how uneven the pace was. The first 2 books are all character development and very little action. The second two books were by comparison, almost too heavy on the action, politics, adventure and conflict. It was like reading two separate but related duologies. Book one was so slow even I gave it a four and I never give 4s to Robin Hobb!
♦ My Thoughts. For those of you considering this series I'll run it down for you thus:
- Action/adventure lovers will need to be patient. You will have to muddle through two books of character development before you get to the "good" stuff.
- For those of us who enjoy both, This series is just about perfect. (Raises hand)
- For pure character loving folks, the first two will be priceless while the last two will seem rushed but are still great reads.
- And for dragon lovers it is all good because... well... Dragons!
I'd also like to make a couple of reading order clarifications because this entire saga is confusing to those of you who haven't explored this author and this world.
There are are 4 subseries set in the The Realm of the Elderlings. All take place in the same world but in different countries. The Farseer trilogy was published first. Farseer and the third trilogy, Tawny Man, share a storyline. (And she is writing a brand new trilogy that continues this storyline too! Squeals!!!)
The Liveship trilogy, which was published second, shares a storyline with the Rain Wilds Chronicles. There is one main character crossover between the two sets but that character's role is vastly different in Liveships than it is in Farseer/Tawny Man and they don't appear at all in Rain Wilds.
♦ My Advice. I highly suggest reading Liveships prior to reading Rain Wilds. It is possible to enjoy Rain Wilds on its own but I really don't advise it. Getting the whole story is much better. On the other hand, since Farseer and Tawny Man are set in a different country, they are not as vital but will add more depth if you chose to read them first. Personally I recommend doing so for their own sake. In my opinion the entire Realm of the Elderlings series should be a staple of any character-driven fantasy lover's bookcase.
♦ Conclusion. This is a series that I was actually hoping for long before it was ever published. I
I got all of that and so much more. And the ending, oh my heavens it was as perfect as they come. I was grinning for hours afterwards. I can't recommend this series enough. Just like the three series before this one, I will be reading it over and over and over again for years to come.
Dragon Keepers #1 ~ Dragon Haven #2 ~ City of Dragons #3 ~ Blood of Dragons #4
|Author: Robin Hobb
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Series: Rain Wilds Chronicles
Publishers: Harper Voyager
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