Dragon Haven (Rain Wilds Chronicles #2)

Dragon Haven (Rain Wilds Chronicles #2)

by Robin Hobb

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Overview

“A full master of the epic fantasy.”
Tulsa World

One of the world’s most acclaimed fantasists, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb returns to the world of her popular “Tawny Man” trilogy with Dragon Haven—the second book, following Dragon Keeper (“Imaginative, literate, and compassionate from first page to last” —Booklist) in an epic adventure about the resurgence of dragons in a world that both needs and fears them. Hobb, whose Soldier Son Trilogy (Shaman’s Crossing, Forest Mage, Renegade’s Magic) has won raves from critics, fans, and peers alike, returns to the Rain Wilds with Dragon Haven, and readers of Raymond Feist, Terry Brooks, and Lois McMaster Bujold will eagerly follow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061931550
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Series: Rain Wilds Chronicles , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 54,497
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robin Hobb was born in California but grew up in Alaska. It was there that she learned to love the forest and the wilderness. She has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of five critically acclaimed fantasy series: The Rain Wilds Chronicles (Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons, Blood of Dragons), The Soldier Son Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, The Liveship Traders Trilogy, and The Farseer Trilogy. Under the name Megan Lindholm she is the author of The Wizard of the Pigeons, Windsingers, and Cloven Hooves. The Inheritance, a collection of stories, was published under both names. Her short fiction has won the Asimov's Readers' Award and she has been a finalist for both the Nebula and Hugo awards.

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"A vividly depicted exotic fantasy background and compelling characters make this a strong, well-written fantasy with broad appeal." —-Library Journal

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Dragon Haven (Rain Wilds Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 260 reviews.
Scraggles More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Robin Hobb's books so far, and am definitely impressed with this latest addition to the Rain Wilds stories. The first volume in the series, Dragon Keeper was interesting, but I do think that's at least in part because I'd read all her other books and wanted to know more about the world she's crafted. It struck me as a good beginning, but not necessarily a tale unto itself. The second book in the series, however, does seem to function more independently in terms of character development and plot. The first, was just a beginning. Must you read the first, in order to enjoy this story? No. I'd say that reading the earlier works set in this world will be an intriguing preparation for finding out more, but they aren't totally essential. If I were a total newbie to her works, I'd start right at the beginning, with Assassin's Apprentice (FarSeer series #1 ), and continue, in sequence, right to the most current works. She's crafted this world very carefully, so there are mysteries in the earlier volumes set the stage for the later stories. Knowing the things you learn along the way doesn't wreck the fun, though I do think at the very least, you should read each trilogy in sequence. (The trilogies do, for the most part read like gigantic, three volume novels, though each book tends to have a story of it's own.) I'm intrigued to see where this world's tales will lead, if there's a third volume in this series, the continuation isn't necessarily obvious based on the conclusion to the second volume. There are mysteries left over from the earlier book that haven't been addressed, but the story that's to come isn't obvious. I'm intrigued.
SJJOR More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Robin Hobb's books and am now ordering books by Megan Lindholm which is another pen name of Robin Hobb's. Her descriptive writing makes all other pale in comparison. I hope she is very busy writing more!
meaow More than 1 year ago
Robin Hobb has done it again. I always appreciate a well honed plot. She never fails me.
ma_book_lover More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the third book to be released. Robin Hobb does such a wonderful job of creating a story and pulling you into it that it's such a shame when it ends. If you haven't started this series yet, then I recommend you go to the beginning of her work with the Assassin apprentice series and read through to this one (skipping the Soldier Son Trilogy which doesn't apply).
harstan More than 1 year ago
Expelled from the Cassarik area by the fear of the locals of the new dragon hatchlings, the beasts and their mutated human keepers continue their journey to find the fabled lost city of Kelingra with danger and starvation every step along the deadly Rain Wild River. As the dragons mature, they become powerful fully developed while their keepers remain malformed but are well adjusted for the most part. However finding the ancient Elderings' vanished haven proves impossible as the collective memory of the landscape fails to match what the world along the Rain Wild River has become. Instead danger from flash floods and a scarcity of food as supplies dwindle threatens the explorers. The sequel to the Dragon Keeper is an exciting climax to a well written duology that returns readers to the Hobbs' realm of the Liveship Traders and the Tawny Man sagas. The story line is a coming of age fantasy especially of the naive female teenager Thymara who grows in confidence as she learns who to trust and more important to distrust. Although the rest of the cast seems somewhat interchangeable as shallowly deceptive or even shallower naive, fans of Robin Hobb will enjoy the trek along the Rain Wild River. Harriet Klausner
Jare More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to start reading the next book.
CalvinG35 More than 1 year ago
I thought the first book in the series (Dragon Keepers) was well written and had good character development. This second book in the series was even better. I felt emotionally connected to the characters and found myself taken in by their struggles. An excellent continuation.
bakFL More than 1 year ago
very enjoyable
WillowFL More than 1 year ago
See my comments on Series #1.
Cathie50 More than 1 year ago
I thought the idea was different from most fantasy/ dragon based books I have read. I bought this book within minutes of finishing book 1. I have just heard there will be a fourth book, and I can't wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this fantasy about dragons - a new twist to me - several (unhealthy) dragons, several (mostly young) care givers, a saturated, swampy area, a town that wants to rid themselves of both dragons and youngsters. A compelling story continues in this second of a trilogy.
Sai12 More than 1 year ago
I was immediately immersed in the Rain Wilds and taken for an incredible journey. The first book in this series was a bit dull and seemed to drag on. That was not the case at all with Dragon Haven. It was a ride all the way through from start to finish. I am eagerly waiting for the next installment. Although I was a bit sad that the dragons got very little time. This story was focused on the people in the journey more than the dragons.
DA_Bull More than 1 year ago
Was a very entertaining book, i really enjoyed it.
Cateland More than 1 year ago
Prior to discovering author Robin Hobb, through a free offering of the first book in this series 'Dragon Keeper', I was not a big fan of the genre. So enamored have I become of her Rain Wild folk that, while waiting for the release of this book, I escaped the mundane world of us normal mortals with her Liveship Trilogy! This is a wonderful book. Hobb skillfully avoids the traps befalling authors who write sequels and then burden following books with redundant details of plot lines and characters or - worse yet - leave out chunks of narrative that render it useless as a stand alone work. If you haven't read the prequel, you will still enjoy this book but I gaurantee it will leave you wanting more of this marvelous tale and, quite possibly, dreaming of dragons!
The5016 More than 1 year ago
Robin Hobb is an AMAZING writer, and I love her stories! The stories in the Rain Wilds Chronicles are no less fantastic than her other novels. The characters, world, and politics are rich and complex and very interesting. I do have one complaint though: there are same-sex relationships that I was not expecting to come across. I was well into the series and had purchased all the books before stumbling across this element. I had no reason to assume it would be there and I felt ambushed by the topic as if it were an agenda item. It does not improve the storyline; if it weren't there the main storyline wouldn't change, so I felt like it was there for no other reason than as an agenda point. If I knew it was there beforehand, I wouldn't have purchased since it's not a topic I follow or care to explore. If you are considering the purchase, and the same-sex theme doesn't matter to you, you will likely enjoy the stories, character development, Hobb's writing style.
FlorenceArt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm afraid I find the quality of Robin Hobb's books decreasing with every new book. Still enjoyable though, with many believable, flawed but lovable characters. The writing is OK but could have benefited from some editing work.
KarenLeeField on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book, is called The Dragon Keeper.The second book, Dagon Haven, is a continuation from the first book. The first few pages were about ¿what had gone before¿ for those who may not remember where things were at, luckily for me I did, but I read it anyway to bring it all clear in my mind.This is the second series I¿ve read by Robin Hobb. The first one, The Farseer Trilogy, was great but it had long sections where nothing seemed to happen and equally long descriptions and weather reports (which I really do hate). I was able to let those things go because I became attached to the characters. However, in The Rain Wild Chronicles the author didn¿t go off in these tangents as much and because of that I felt the books were easier to read¿and much more enjoyable.The story is told from several view points; all had their secrets and stubborn ways. I especially liked watching the characters grow and change. And there were ¿issues¿ to be dealt with that were quite confronting as well. Romance was foremost in these books, so I imagine they were mainly written for women, as I can¿t see men enjoying them as much as there is lots of conflict, of the emotional kind, but few of the fighting kind.The review is short as I don¿t feel the need to go on and on about it. I really did enjoy the book and recommend it. It¿s different.
eric-k on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Saw this and remembered that I had read the first in the series, although I didn't remember anything specific about it.This book definitely felt like a middle book of a trilogy. Decent plot development, but a less than satisfying end. Parts of the middle felt like filler, and the development of the relationships between the characters seemed to drag on.Still, at the end I was satisfied with the book, and will probably try to remember to read the third book when it comes out to see the conclusion.
bjanecarp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a pleasure to read Dragon Haven. As I stated in my review of the the series' first novel, I was quite surprised by Robin Hobb's ability to build characters and make them believable. I was expecting a quiet, brainless read--I mean heck, it had the word Dragon in the title... It was bound to seem like every other novel I've ever read that's created a dragon universe (with the possible exception of How to Train Your Dragon), right? well, not exactly. Hobb's dragons are deformed, arrogant beasts with little respect for humans and their traditions. Their keepers, the opposite of McCaffrey's celebrated dragonriders of Pern, are societal outcasts who escaped being exposed to the Wilds as infants. The dragons and their keepers travel up the acidic swamp river, searching for the almost-mythical city Kelsingra, where dragons and humans coexisted. The plot is a relatively straightforward affair. The fantasy is coherent, not because of the fantastic world, or the amazing dragons, but because of the relationships Hobb explores. She manages to portray each character with remarkably strong internal coherence. She doesn't lock ito any one perspective, but tells the story from a variety of characters' points of view. The young Thymara, the scholar of Elderling history Alise, her troubled friend Sedric, and even the dragon Sintara. Each has their own strong personality, their own motivations, and each of their actions and relationships seem plausible. Many reviewers on Amazon point at this as a problem: "Nothing happens. The people just whine a lot and they don't do anything interesting." I find this to be an asset to her writing. I don't WANT anyone to do anything. I want these people to grow. And Hobb writes exactly that kind of story. Many people seem to be put off by Hobb's portrayal of gay characters in this series. I read one reviewer say Hobb's book is nothing more than a "manifesto for the homosexual agenda." It's a fantasy, people. If you can suspend disbelief long enough to accept the existence of dragons, you should be able to handle two men sharing a loving, committed relationship, in a culture that doesn't bat an eye.It's probably the most fantastic (in every sense of the word) passages in the novel; more so than acid-filled riverbeds, and magic dragon clothes: a world where gay men and lesbians are treated as equals. In all, I loved the novel. This surprised me. I didn't think Hobb could sustain this culture for one book, let alone two. I hope to be just as impressed in February 2012, when the third volume of the series releases to the public. Thank you, Ms. Hobb, for your well-rounded and interesting characters. Five of Five stars.
MorganGMac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hobb explores the Rain Wilds, an area of the world that she mentioned in her other trilogies, but now it gets its own full plot line. A whole new cast, but you come to love them as much as the characters in her other books. As always, I love Hobb's engaging and descriptive style. You can't help but be engrossed. This series is a bit more sexual than her others.
Jvstin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb started a duology of novels set in her "Farseer" universe. After the events which allowed the Traders to become independent (as chronicledin the Liveship novels), a group of dragon eggs, entrusted to the inhabitants of the dense and deadly Rain Wilds rainforest, have hatched into pale imitations of the dragonTintaglia, who laid them. A misfit group of keepers, hunters and dracophiles banded together to take the young proto-dragons deep into the Wilds in search of an ancient dragoncity. Dragon Haven completes and concludes the story of those keepers, their dragons, and those with them, as the physical challenges of the deadly Rain Wilds, dissension amongst thecrew of the Tarman, and doubts about whether the mysterious dragon city of Kelsingra even exists anymore threaten the health and well being of not only the expedition, but allof those associated with it. Robin Hobb is one of the most acclaimed writers of "low fantasy" (fantasy without tremendous amounts of magic), and the conclusion to the Rain Wilds series, Dragon Haven, shows us why. First, its all about the characters, especially female characters. Well drawn, complex, conflicted and most importantly, capable of change and growing, Hobbs characters continue the development they started in the first volume, and grow to meet the challenges they meet. Not only the young adults, Thymara, Tats, Rapskal and the other keepers. Not only the adults, too, Alise, Captain Leftrin, Sedric and the other adults. No, Hobb's deft hand extends to the dragons, as well. While dragons with personalities is not new in fantasy fiction, Hobb's still-growing dragons evolve and change over the course of the two novels, and more especially this one.Second, the milieu of the Rain Wilds is vividly described and invoked in her writing. The Rain Wilds, with significant (and frightening) changes resembles the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest that Ms. Hobb makes her home in, and that mise en scene, that sense of place, is wonderfully set before the reader. The Rain Wilds are a character as much as the human or dragon characters are. Unintentionally, perhaps, but the book has only reinforced my desire to see the area of the country that inspired the Rain Wilds.Thirdly, the plot. Although the first book ended in medias res, and clearly as the first book of a duology, we receive a solid resolution to the plots of the first book. Even the keepers of the messenger birds, Erek and Detozi, whose messages have served as a window to the world beyond the Tarman, have a subtle and small plot of their own that resolves nicely. Although part of the resolution seems to come a bit out of the blue, I realized at the end that I had, indeed, missed a Chekhov's Gun Ms. Hobb had subtly placed earlier in the series. Lastly, the inventiveness of Ms. Hobb's writing. Let me give you one example, her Dragons. Dragons are not quite as common as werewolves and vampires in novels these days, but a glance in the local F/SF section of the bookstore shows that Dragons have always been a big part of the Duchy of Fantasy. Hobb does not tread new ground; her dragons are new, and different, given their weaknesses, deformities and deficiencies that the dragons have been cursed with, and must overcome in order to become true dragons. I can't help but wonder what the young life of other fantasy dragons were like, now that Hobb has so expertly thought out and shown us the birth and development of young dragons in her world.You couldn't and shouldn't read this book before reading Dragon Keeper. Fans of Hobb will have already bought this book, of course, and their loyalty to her writing is rewarded. Start with Dragon Keeper, and continue on with Dragon Haven, and I would bet good money that you will become a fan of Hobb's writing, too.Highly Recommended.
salimbol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slightly plotless and a little repetitive at times, but with a pleasingly strong focus on characterisation and growth (particularly for Sedric, as I expected, but Alise and Thymara were also well-served) and thematically strong. In particular, Hobb is examining female agency and sexuality in an interesting fashion (I don't actually find it that dogmatic, though some reviewers have). While I think this series lacks some of the "magic" of her earlier trilogies set in this world, Dragon Haven was still a very satisfying read (I devoured it in the space of a day). Bring on the next book!
alcarinqa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in The Rain wilds Chronicles continues the journey of a small company of humans and dragons in search of a lost city. This book demands that both humans and dragons learn from one another and overcome their difficulties. The dragons, born disfigured and unable to hunt and fly, rediscover what it means to be a dragon. Many of the dragons and keepers bond strongly throughout the novel, and it is only Sintara who continues to be self-centred. Sintara¿s refusal to bond with her keeper and continued arrogance becomes boring quickly. The humans on the journey grow through their relationships with one another. Rain Wilder Thymara is afraid to have relationships with men she admires because of the physical defects which make her, and her fellow dragon keepers, outcasts in the Rain Wilds society. I admired her continual strength and self confidence, and her refusal to let others make decisions for her. The character development of Alise is centred around dealing with accepting the nature of her relationship with her husband. I found her to be a much more enjoyable to read once she took her life into her own hands. In contrast to the previous book, the end of Dragon Haven was satisfying and although it left room to continue the story in the future, the plot line gave closure. Robin Hobb¿s world building skills, trademark character development and unique portrayal of the coming age of a group of malformed dragons make this novel a delight to read. Her multi-faceted characters and twisting plot take you right into the world she creates. The slow revelation of the secrets of dragon magic and the connection between humans, Elderlings and dragons was satisfying and answered many of my questions while leaving some territory unexplored for the next book.
nimoloth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
[Contains minor spoilers.]Essentially a continuation of the first book, Dragon Keeper - it's really one book split in two. This book (well, both) were fantastic! I couldn't stop thinking about the characters every moment I wasn't reading it, which is very distracting, so it's a good thing I was on holiday. The plot also affects my emotions a lot, which can be good or bad. Some books do that, the kind you can't put down mainly (although not always).There is not a lot of action or "things happening" sort of plot in this book - it's all about character development. They are travelling upriver to find a place which may or may not exist, and that's it. But the development of the characters and their relationships with each other (I don't necessarily mean sexual relationships, but there is that too) is what makes it so compelling. They are all so strongly realised, especially the female characters. The keepers, teenagers mainly, act very much as their age would suggest - it's all a bit Lord of the Flies with them sometimes, whereas the adult relationships of those accompanying them are more complex and difficult, for societal reasons as much as anything. I like Alise's story best, since I suppose I can relate most closely to her, but also Thymara's story.There are homosexual relationships as well, although they are not covered in as much detail as the heterosexual ones. It did seem slightly unlikely to me that there would be three gay characters in this cast of about 20 people - what a coincidence, now a new relationship can develop for character X! But it does make for good plot, and it's very tenderly written.The dragons are interesting in their social heirarchy and development - some things I didn't see coming emerged here and there. They're not particularly likeable, although that's in good part because the main focus in that area is on the keeper Thymara and her relationship with Sintara, the most obnoxious, arrogant and annoying dragon ever, in contrary to the relationships between most of the other keepers and their dragons, which are more fantasy-conventional bonding. The hints and ties to the Farseer and Fool series are there, primarily related to the Elderlings and their civilisation, which is satisfying if you've read them, but they are entirely stand-alone books. I've not read the Liveship books yet (I'm about to) but I believe they're more closely linked to those, particularly given guest-characters in the first novel.The book rounds off the story of the two novels very well, leaving it right until the last minute. It's a suitable end point, even though it does leave you wanting more, and more could be done. I think it was originally intended as a two book sequence, but she is going to be releasing two more in the series next year, six months apart, which I can't wait for! Although I wait with some trepidation - the happy ending of this book is probably not going to last very long, and I know Hobb doesn't always give you what you want.
McWolf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest I was disappointed with this book. Disappointed that it was the last in the series, that is. It finished where I expected it to, so the story of what happens next will hopefully be explored in another series.Robin Hobb fans (like myself) will read this book no matter how bad a review it gets. In Dragon Haven, the quest for the Elderling city of Kelsingra continues. The narrative was gripping enough that I wanted to keep reading but there was always a nagging feeling of when will something happen? When some action did happen it was concluded quickly. This novel is character driven not action driven. One reviewer said this book was Pride and Prejudice with Dragons. Not having read Pride and Prejudice, I cannot comment about that but I feel that does ring true as relationships and lots of dialogue takes precedence over action. I would offer that this is 'ChickLit' with dragons. The dragons even sparkle in the sun, if that's what you like.The central theme of this book was Transformation. The Dragons were transforming from brutish beasts into... real dragons. Their Keepers were transforming into the fabled Elderlings (part human part dragon). The more the dragon and keeper interacted with each other the quicker both of them transformed. The relationships between the characters was changing but most importantly the characters of the main characters were changing. Their personalities were being forged in the furnace of the quest and under the hammer of the traumas they faced. Just as the Dragons guided the transformation which was happening to their Keepers, two human Hunters on the expedition, Carson and Jess, guide the transformation of character within two of the young men, Sedric and Greft respectively, for better and worse. I was happy to see the outcome of Sedrics' transformation even though the journey was painful to read about. The biggest gem in this book for me was a speech given to all the females on the expedition by Bellin. A normally taciturn woman and background character, she steps to the fore in a time of distress and takes charge. Bellin gets six pages in the spotlight, most of it a speach which is backed up by her actions.I felt very uncomfortable with the homosexual encounters sprinkled through this book. However, being a fan of Robin Hobbs' writting and of this 'Realm of the Elderlings' series, I would still have read Dragon Haven even if I had been prewarned.