Robin Hobb has not disappointed her readers with the novel – The Dragon Keepers, with a mixture of new and old characters, taking what are already epic fantasy series and adding yet another. There were many stories left incomplete after the Liveship Traders series. Readers were most curious to find out what would happen to the Sea Serpents, and the overall fate of the Dragons. The Rain Wild Chronicles is an intersecting series to follow this storyline whilst dazzling readers with new twists and characters that continue to keep readers at the edge of the seats.
The Story begins with some familiar names and places. The Dragon’s have cocooned in their logs and it is almost time for them to emerge. Tintaglia remains a presence along the Rain Wild River and so are the Liveship. All of this readers are aware fo the Liveship Traders series, earlier authored by Robin Hobb. But this time, Bingtown is not the centre stage for events and nor are the Liveship. Focus is now on Trehaug and Cassrick, and finding a place known as Kelsingra.
Readers meet some interesting new characters right from the beginning. Thymara and Tats, both from Trehaug are outsiders. Thymara is touched by the Rain Wilds quite severely and has been since birth. And though it is custom to allow births of such a nature to come to a quick demise, Thymara’s father decided that his only child to be born alive deserves a chance at life. Tats is different as he is a child of one of the slaves who had made the transition to Trehaug from Bingtown, in the attempt to create a new life. His mother had abandoned him, but he had managed to survive with help from other Freed Slaves who had also moved home.
Another character that I find interesting is Alise. Her character is central to the story in that she travels to the Rain Wilds to study Dragons. However, the whole scenario of marrying into a loveless marriage in order to make a deal that allows her to travel is quite… sad. Alise basically sells herself to her husband Hest. Unfortunately it turns out she has need up with the rough end of the bargain.
As always, Robin Hobb has produced an awesome storyline that begins with the emergence of Dragon’s into the world once, more and the eventual reality of what that actually means. It looks as though there will be a lot of change to Trehaug and Bingtown as well as for its residence. Nothing will ever be quite the same again.
Overall, The Dragon Keeper is a fantastic novel filled with adventure and magic that really captures the imagination. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels especially anyone who finds Dragons alluring. I give this book a rating of 10 out of 10 stars. This is set to be the beginning of yet another fantastic series by the Queen of Fantasy, Robin Hobb.