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“In a novel as good as it is massive, the first of two Rain Wilds Chronicles...Hobb continues to occupy a perch at or near the top among contemporary fantasists. This book is imaginative, literate, and compassionate from first page to last.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Hobb does an admirable job of creating a complex and engaging medieval fantasy world …with originality and subtlety [she handles] such traditional fantasy elements as dragons and magical items…A nicely imagined fantasy setting that will engage readers and raise anticipation for the second installment. (Kirkus Reviews)
“Hobb’s meticulously realized fantasy tale is a welcome addition to contemporary dragon lore.” (Publishers Weekly)
Too much time has passed since the powerful dragon Tintaglia helped the people of the Trader cities stave off an invasion of their enemies. The Traders have forgotten their promises, weary of the labor and expense of tending earthbound dragons who were hatched weak and deformed. If neglected, the creatures will rampage—or die—so itis decreed that they must move farther upriver toward Kelsingra, the mythical homeland whose location is locked deep within the dragons’ uncertain ancestral memories.
Thymara, an unschooled forest girl, and Alise, wife of an unloving and wealthy Trader, are among the disparate group entrusted with escorting the dragons to their new home. And on an extraordinary odyssey with no promise of return, many lessons will be learned—as dragons and tenders alike experience hardships, betrayals...and joys beyond their wildest imaginings.See all Product Description
Robin is such an excellent author - keeps you moving from page to page with anticipation for the next twist in the plot.Published 6 months ago by Carol Vaage
I would not recommend this series. At the beginning, I had high hopes. The setting is enchanting and the overarching plot intriguing. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2012 by Juandfr
Hobb writes with such realism that I can't help but bury myself in her writing. Her characters are varied and rich, and are the true focus of the novel--like the rest of her... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2012 by Heroes Die