Dragon Keeper: Volume One of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
by Robin Hobb
Cover Artist: Steve Stone
Review by Mel Jacob
Eos Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061561627
Date: 01 February 2010 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Set in the same world as Robin Hobb's acclaimed trilogies The Tawny Man and The Liveship Traders, the Dragon Keeper begins with the sea serpents that have, like salmon, migrated upriver to begin their transition to dragon form. Old and exhausted by the long journey, many die on the way. Those left must form cases to protect themselves from the oncoming winter so they can transform into dragons. Age has sapped the serpents' strength, and the migration has been left late leaving them little time to create their cases. The cause of these events is never explained. From official release/information:
From back of book: After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick. To avert catastrophe, the council rules to relocate the young dragons to "a better location" up river, and residents are recruited to escort the valuable yet fearsome creatures on the arduous journey. Among them are Thymara, an unschooled Rain Wilds girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy, educated, and deeply unsatisfied Bingtown Trader's wife.
Witnessed form the viewpoints of these two very different women, Dragon Keeper tells the story of this disparate band of humans and dragons as they make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River in search of their new home--the ancient, long-lost city of Kelsingra.