Dragon Haven: Volume Two of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
by Robin Hobb
Review by Mel Jacob
Eos Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061931413
Date: 01 May 2010 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Robin Hobb's sequel to Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, traces the continuing journey to locate the fabled Elderling city of Kelsingra. Challenges to the dragons, their keepers, and the humans accompanying them, escalate and threaten the survival of all. Some at least wonder if the city exists and whether they can ever reach it. The dragons suffer no such uncertainty. From official release/information:
From back of book: Ancient half-starved, and weary, a lost generation of sea serpents returned to the Rain Wild River to cocoon. Those who survived believed that, when they hatched in the spring, they would rise triumphantly as fully formed dragons. But they did not anticipate the heavy toll their long quest would extract. With the dawn of spring, the proud serpents emerged as half-formed beast, unable to fly or hunt. To complete their humiliation, they cannot survive without the aid of humans--dragon keepers that provide for them, and eventually accompany them on a dangerous trek up the Rain Wild River.
But these dragon keepers are as malformed as their charges. Rejected by Rain Wild society, they have been dispatched on a dangerous expedition to rediscover the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, the lost haven for dragons and Elderlings alike. But no map exists to guide them, and the dragons find their ancient memories of little use in a land changed by generations of earthquakes and seismic chaos.
As the dragons, their keepers, and their supply barge forge their way deeper into uncharted wilderness, human and beast alike discover they are changing in mysterious and dangerous ways. Starvation, flash floods, and predators will threaten them, but hey soon learn that the most savage threats to survival come from within their own company....