Book Review

DRAGON KEEPER by Robin Hobb

Rating: 4.5 / 5

DRAGON KEEPER by Robin Hobb is the first book in the Rain Wild Chronicles series by Robin Hobb, the the fourth series in her Realm of the Elderling series and the tenth book for the #elderlingalong readalong. I am always a little nervous when switching segments in the Elderling series and I knew the least about this one going into it, but I have added Robin Hobb to my list of favorite authors so I was excited for it as well.

DRAGON KEEPER returns the series back to the Rain Wilds, mostly following the action of the Live Ship Traders trilogy, though all of the books are interconnected. This book gives us our first expansive look at this portion of Robin Hobb’s realm. It is hard to say a lot about the plot of a book this far into the series, but in broad strokes we have a group of people who have been chosen to care for a group of dragons as they seek out a more permanent home. This is a multi-POV novel giving us insights to the people and the dragons.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about reading a book from dragons’ points of view, but I really found their perspectives to be interesting. It was nice to find that some characters from the past also had roles to play in this iteration of the series. This book definitely acts as setup for the series. As is often the case with the first book in the previous trilogies, I didn’t necessarily love it as much as the most recent books of hers I’ve read, but I think that is largely due to the introduction of a lot of new characters and plot points. Even with this, I really was easily sucked back in to Hobb’s writing and quickly learned to love the new characters.

I am very excited to continue on with the series. This is a good thing since this review is very overdue (having read this book back in October, hence the pumpkin-ish cupcake) and need to read book two in the next couple weeks before the next Elderlingalong live show this month!

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