Synopsis for Robin Hobb's forthcoming DRAGON KEEPER

I've been meaning to post this news for a while, but somehow it always slipped my mind. . .

Here's the blurb:

Return to the world of the Liveships Traders and journey along the Rain Wild River in this standalone adventure from the author of the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy. Tintaglia the blue dragon has lost interest in the stunted dragons that emerged from the cocoons of Maulkin's Serpent Tangle. Dragons are fiercely practical about survival of the fittest, and now that she has produced her own batch of healthy hatching serpents Tintaglia no longer provides for the weak creatures abandoned near Trehaug, the main city of the Rain Wilds. The Rain Wild Council is as ruthless as Tintaglia: Deciding that the pack must be relocated they begin to recruit their least useful citizens to tend the beasts and escort them upriver to better hunting grounds. Because of their proximity to the acid waters and vapours of the Rain Wild River, Rain Wilders are born with deformities that shorten their life expectancy and must wed young and reproduce early if their family lines are to survive. Thymara is long past marriageable age. Having been born with too many abnormalities she should have been exposed as an infant, but her father chose to keep and raise her, against his wife's wishes. When Thymara's mother hears that the council is seeking tenders she grasps the chance to be rid of her wild, ugly daughter. But Thymara shows just as much enthusiasm at the prospect of adventure and grabs the opportunity to travel with the dragons. But the youngsters that will herd the dragons are as ignorant as the beasts themselves - both completely unaware that they are being sent into an exile rather than to a sanctuary.

15 commentaires:

Anonymous said...

Sounds good. The fate of Shreever & co was one of the main loose ends left after the Liveship/Tawny Man series.

rockspark said...

Having not read that series, the blurb is gibberish to me. I enjoyed the Soldier Son series but am struggling to get into Tawny Man without having read Farseer. I'd rather read a series which doesn't follow a previous one, but I will give this a try.

Anonymous said...

I found that 3 series (Farseer, Liveship, tawny man) should be read in order. there probably wouldn't be much point starting the new one, unless you read the Liveship series.

Horia Nicola Ursu said...

i have just started with the farseer trilogy and i was wondering what i should buy next, the liveship traders or the tawny man trilogy?
i know they're set in the same world, but is the liveship trilogy a must read before beginning the tawny man?
can anyone help?

Qlberts said...

You really should read them in order. Some things from the Liveship Traders come back in Tawny Man.

I loved The Liveship Traders, but I'm not too sure about this one. I'll give it a try, though - Hobb has yet to disappoint me!

ShadowofGod said...

Farseer> Liveship> Tawny Man

rolemaster said...

I agree with the previouss posters, but unless you are fervent Hobb-fan, I wouldn't recommend the Soldie Son trilogy. While the premise is truly promising and intriguing, the payoff sadly fails to satisfy

Anonymous said...

After reading the Farseer books I just HAD to have more Fitz and went right on to Tawny Man. Afterwards I read Liveship and enjoyed them even more than the Fitz books. I recommend reading them in order (Farseer, Liveship, Tawny Man) though.

I read the first Soldier Son book but didn't like the main character enough to finish the series.

Rockspark...You really need to start with the Farseer trilogy before you read anymore Hobb! :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but have tried to read the Tawny Man series (Ye Gods, slow and boring) and the Soldier Son series (Truly destable and unlikeable protagonists). Thus, I will not be reading any other books by Ms. Hobb!

Ryan said...

I loved Farseer and Liveship, but Soldier Son was a disappointment to me, even though I enjoyed the first half of the first book quite a lot.

rockspark said...

Thanks for the recommendation. Back to Farseer it is.

As for Soldier Son, the pace is indeed slow but the writing is so good. I can sympathize with the main character, as the rest of his society is quite brutal.

ediFanoB said...

I loved Farseer and Tawny Man. Liveship Traders and Solider Son are on my shelf.

And so I will add DRAGON KEEPER to my book list.

Anonymous said...

This pretty awesome news, the whole concept about the dragons in the books was almost half the fascination for me in Hobb's series.I found the Soldier Son series a solidly enjoyable read, but the Farseer universe has to be the most gripping read for me.

Anonymous said...

if u want to read teh tawny man/ live ship series start with the farseer trilogy then the live ship trilogy then tawny man HAS TO BE IN THAT ORDER!

Anonymous said...

You all make interesting comments. But what I see Robin doing is creating an entire world and the dragons are key. I'm looking forward to these next books as a prologue to what's next in her continuing saga. Clearly the dragons are a higher life form than man. What a concept.