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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 03:01 PM
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New Robin Hobb book comes out this month
Dragon Keeper

From the Amazon.com product description:

" Enter the spellbinding world of dragons . . . and those who tend them

One of the most gifted fantasy authors writing today, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb has dazzled readers with brilliantly imaginative, emotionally resonant, and compulsively readable tales set in far-flung realms not unlike our own. In this enthralling new novel, she returns to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies with a story of dragons and humans, return and rebirth, and the search for meaning, belonging, and home.

For years, the Trader cities valiantly battled their enemies, the Chalcedeans. But they could not have staved off invasion without the powerful dragon Tintaglia. In return, the Traders promised to help her serpents migrate up the Rain Wild River after a long exile at seato find a safe haven and, Tintaglia hopes, to restore her species. But too much time has passed, and the newly hatched dragons are damaged and weak, and many die. The few who survive cannot use their wings; earthbound, they are powerless to hunt and vulnerable to human predators willing to kill them for the fabled healing powers of dragon flesh.

But Tintaglia has vanished and the Traders are weary of the labor and expense of tending useless dragons. The Trader leadership fears that if it stops providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampageor die along the river's acidic muddy banks. To avert catastrophe, the dragons decree a move even farther up the treacherous river to Kelsingra, their ancient, mythical homeland whose mysterious location is locked deep within the dragons' uncertain ancestral memories.

To ensure their safe passage, the Traders recruit a disparate group of young people to care for the damaged creatures and escort them to their new home. Among them is Thymara, an unschooled forest girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy Trader's wife trapped in a loveless marriage, who attaches herself to the expedition as a dragon expert. The two women share a deep kinship with the dragons: Thymara can instinctively communicate with them, and Alise, captivated by their beauty and majesty, has devoted her life to studying them.

Embarking on an arduous journey that holds no promise of return, the band of humans and dragons must make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild Riveran extraordinary odyssey that will teach them lessons about themselves and one another, as they experience hardships, betrayals, and joys beyond their wildest dreams. "

http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Keeper-Rain-Wilds-Chronicl...
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 03:57 PM
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1. Cool! Glad She's Getting Back To This World
The Soldier Son Trilogy was ok, but I like the books she writes that are in this setting.
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travelingtypist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 09:57 AM
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2. I hated Soldier Son.
Could not finish the third book.

But I will give her another chance considering how much I loved the Assassin books.
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 12:16 PM
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3. I liked the first book in the Soldier Son trilogy
but just hated the direction she decided to go with the story.
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travelingtypist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 05:47 PM
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4. Exactly. I liked the first book, too.
But after that it was like I was reading Thomas Covenant again. I couldn't
stand his whining.
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semillama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-24-10 09:54 AM
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5. Yeah, that was it!
I was trying to figure out what the series reminded me of, and the Thomas Covenant books are it (I couldn't get into those either).
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