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Dragon Haven (Rain Wild Chronicles, #2) (Rain Wild Chronicles #2)

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Returning to the world of the Tawny Man trilogy, the second volume in the acclaimed "New York Times"-bestselling fantasy writer's thrilling two-part tale of resurgent dragons in a world that needs--and fears--them.
Paperback, 526 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by HarperCollins Publishing
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Hanne
Dec 29, 2013 Hanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In the past 12 months or so, I finished more than 10 books by Robin Hobb. She’s brilliant, but writing so many raving reviews gets pretty boring and repetitive, so I got a little creative again:

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My blacked out review poem:
It is lovely, like the light [shining] through.
It just got brighter and [more] beautiful.

Don't worry,
you'll fly.



This review was inspired by what Austin Kleon does in his book ‘Newspaper Blackout'. Only he spends more time on it than I did so (unlike me) he manages to get gra
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Kaitlin
Sep 23, 2015 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this book is number #2 in the Rain Wild series and it's the continuation of the story of Thymara, Alise, Leftrin and their magical Dragon creatures they're accompanying. We get to see that the story picks up straight after the ending of the first one, meaning you're straight back into the action. What I liked about this book was that there did seems to be a lot more action scenes and some real moments of stress and worry for our cast of characters.

So, this book follows our intrepid adventurer
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Franco  Santos
3.5

Superior al anterior, ya que en este pasa algo, al menos. En algunos momentos se me hizo bastante pesado y la mayoría de los personajes me siguen sin gustar. No obstante, es fácil de leer, es muy entretenido y la saga se va poniendo cada vez mejor.
helen the bookowl
Another fine fantasy novel by Robin Hobb! While I enjoyed this sequel, I did feel like it dragged in some parts and not much was happening. Still, I loved being back with all of the characters, and I loved seeing how they developed and where this story was going.
Robin Hobb's stories are very easily read even though they are 500-page-novels. I think that's because her stories are very accesible, in the sense that they are easy to follow and very captivating. I'm especially fond of the way this s
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David Sven
Dec 21, 2013 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A satisfying conclusion to the story arc started in book one. The dragon's and their keeper's journey to Kelsingra continues, the storytelling masterfully driven by excellent characterization.

Like many of Hobb's books I've read so far the event driven climaxes tend to happen well before the end and then things wind down to the finish. (view spoiler) Fortunately, most of the climaxes tend to centre around changes in th
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Rob
Executive Summary: An improvement over The Dragon Keeper. With everything set the story is just able to move forward at a brisker pace. This is really Dragon Keeper part 2 from what I understand and it feels like it.

If you enjoyed the first one, you'll likely enjoy this at least as much if not more. If you found the first book a let down, you may find you gave up on the story too soon.

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After completing The Dragon Keeper, I really wanted to jump right into this one. However with othe
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Lisa
Jan 16, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Full Review at Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2015/1...

I continue to be intrigued with the Rain Wilds, but I will confess If I was absolutely forced to rank all of the books, this is my least favorite of the series. And within this series, this particular book I think may be my least favorite. But, I still found it impossible to put down, and my least favorite book by one of my favorite authors is still a book worth reading.

There was actually a lot to love in this book. While y
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Duffy Pratt
Dec 26, 2011 Duffy Pratt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's rare that I care much about how a book ends. This book set up its situations well. I liked the characters and thought them interesting. Hobb had set the stage for some good dramatic conflict. And then, one by one, the conflicts fizzled. The worst, in my opinion, was nothing more than a sort of deus ex machina. This one left the conflict in place, without any sort of resolution at all.

Despite the end, I did enjoy the ride for the course of these two books. And if she decides to return to th
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Gelis
Mar 15, 2010 Gelis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one from Robin Hobb, who does a decent job in presenting a new perspective on her Rainwild / farseer world. It is very interesting to take a walk with these stunted dragons along a poisonous river and see them grow inside and outside just like their "keepers". The dragons, esp. Sintara are egocentric and strange -with the exception of wise Mercor and maybe Kalo they are adolescents. To see Sedric reformed- was not surprising after the Malta incident- hated her at the start and she g ...more
Allison
I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel in the Rain Wild Chronicles. Everything that was set up in the first book comes to a head in Dragon Haven - everything relating to the expedition, anyway. The focus completely narrows to the journey up the river, and for a while we are isolated from the rest of the world and concerns outside of the group. Meanwhile, the small company is starting to show signs of stress and conflict, and nature is doing all it can to prevent their survival.

The travel and sur
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Loederkoningin
Guess who’s back?

Hobb is back! Well, at least so it may appear to those who – like me - just couldn’t plow their way through her Soldier’s Son trilogy. Although the Rain Wilds Chronicles started out a little slow and unremarkable, I was confident that Hobb would not disappoint in the books to come. She is, after all, one of those authors who just like to take their time, sweet time in order to fabricate a compelling world and story. And I like that! It makes the reading experience so much richer
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Robert Beveridge
Robin Hobb, Dragon Haven (Eos, 2010)

Every time I read a Robin Hobb trilogy, it happens. Somewhere along the way, I get sucked into it, and I wind up forgoing such niceties as food and sleep in order to finish whatever book of hers I happen to be in the middle of. It took a little longer than usual with the Rain Wilds Chronicles, but about seventy-five pages into Dragon Haven, it clicked. I finished the rest of the book in a couple of marathon sessions and am now pacing my cage while I wait for t
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Dara
Short review: Once again, Robin Hobb knocks it out of the park. Dragon Haven picks up immediately after The Dragon Keeper. The biggest knock on these two books is that they should have been published as one. If Peter F Hamilton can publish 1300 page opuses, why can't Robin?

Once again, much of this series is devoted to character development. There's some action and certainly plenty of plot progression but character is most important here. I loved every minute I spent with Thymara, Alise, Leftrin,
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Metaphorosis
Mar 16, 2015 Metaphorosis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 stars

My mother made sure we always had some kind of dessert or sweets to snack on. At the same time, with two teenage boys in the house, she got a little upset if an afternoon of baking disappeared in under an hour.

I finished Dragon Keeper, the prequel to this book, yesterday morning. While it wasn't as good as Hobb's best, I liked it. And when I found two sequels on sale for a few dollars apiece, I picked them up immediately. Now, less than 24 hours later, I've finishe
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Erin
Feb 07, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing whatsoever happens in the first book. Then in this one, I wait for ages and ages for the good stuff to happen (them finding the city), which only happens right at the end and we don't even get to know what happens to them after that. There are really only one or two exciting things that happen in both books.

I would be way happier if she reduce both books to one book with a total of 400 pages max, then actually write about the interesting stuff which she never got to at all.

I started read
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Shari  Mulluane
Apr 10, 2014 Shari Mulluane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts. This is a series that is signature Robin Hobb. There is sporadic action, a few thrills, chills, catastrophes and plenty of conflict but mainly it is about characters. Each is distinctly individual and while some share common backgrounds, each experienced those backgrounds in vastly different ways. The dragons too are as unique as their keepers. They are arrogant, wise, self-serving, insecure, quick to anger, loving, cruel, affectionate, in a word, complex. Only one really takes cen ...more
Ole Imsen
Jun 27, 2010 Ole Imsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Unsurprisingly this book follows directly on from the events of "The Dragon Keeper". It does start off with a info-dump prologue that at first glance looks like a unnecessary read if you come directly from the previous book. But the prologue not only recaps the events of book one, Hobb has hidden some interesting new info in it, so it is an essential read.

This book takes place wholly away from the civilization of the Rain Wilds, and follows the journey of the dragons and their keepers further
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Fabian
Jul 27, 2016 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just a bit too much of more of the same for me. The first half was much more traveling with the same characters is the first book. A little bit change would have been refreshing, maybe just another pov from time to time.
The second half got more exciting when the end is in sight (I won't spoil no more). But the good second part couldn't compensate the rather weak first part for me.

Neither the less I'm excited for volume number three!
Yani Meiborg
May 08, 2016 Yani Meiborg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It was a good book and I enjoyed it very much. The strongest point of this book are it's charachters, they develop very realistically and the plot is mainly driven by their mussings and thoughts. The story, however, is less interesting on it's own. More so when put in the whole Robin Hobb saga though. Anyhow, I'm eager to start with
Andi
Feb 24, 2016 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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God damn these glorious books. So, no lie on this one: read it under 24 hours. Now that we have been introduced to most of the main characters, it was time to ramp up the story.

Now, the problem I have with books that involve boats is that they sometimes become a chore to get through. It could be because when you're on a boat, you don't really get any change of location... since there is a boat and nothing else. However, the fact that this is involving dragons who do not go on boats and their ke
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Lisa
Accompanied by the livebarge Tarman and his crew, the dragons and their keepers are continuing their perilous journey toward the Elderling city of Kelsingra - if it still exists. But acidic water, flash floods and hunger aren't the only danger they must face - there's also those that come from within the group, and not just from those planning on enriching themselves through plundered dragon parts. As both groups are altered by the bonds between dragon and keeper, so are the relationships around ...more
Sarah
Apr 05, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-2016
A weak 4, but still a 4. It's definitely getting more interesting!
Heidi Garrett
Mar 25, 2015 Heidi Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm really enjoying this series, close to reading all four books straight through, which I don't often do. My favorite part of the story is the dragons! I love the combination of their grump and magnificence. The clever touch of having the dragons create their "Elderlings"as works of art is very fun. I also appreciate the variety of relationships the dragons share with their respective keepers. Thymara's rocky relationship with Sintara seems true to their characters. I've also enjoyed Sedric's t ...more
Tessa
Apr 09, 2010 Tessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't enjoyed a book by Robin Hobb this much since The Tawny Man Trilogy. When I started in The Dragon Keeper, part one of the chronicles, I was slightly apprehensive because I had never really gotten into her liveship trader trilogy, due to the amount of different characters and the third person perspective (both of which this book has). Nevertheless, I finished the first book, which I definitely enjoyed but wasn't really thrilled about. Certain characters annoyed me a bit and I felt the la ...more
Carolyn
I really enjoyed both Dragon Haven and The Dragon Keeper.

There are adventure/quest books that are all about the quest, and then there are the ones that are all about the people. I'm happy that this series is about the latter - both the humans and the dragons. There's an immense amount of character growth throughout these two books and it was wonderful to immerse myself in it.

I thought the handling of the different relationships of the characters - of friends and lovers, healthy and abusive, kee
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Colleen
Dragon Haven begins right where Dragon Keeper left off (which was in the midst of some action, and for this reason, I don't recommend reading this series out of order). Having temporarily stopped their trek up the Rain Wilds River to find the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, the dragon keepers, dragon scholar Alise, and Captain Leftrin are trying to help the sickly copper dragon recover before moving onward. But secrets amongst the keepers, the hunters, and the crew of the Liveship Tarman ar ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Also posted at The BiblioSanctum.

The story of The Rain Wild Chronicles continues with this sequel to Dragon Keeper. Maybe the plot's simply picking up, or perhaps it has to do with the characters finally starting to grow on me, but somewhere between the pages of this book, I realized I've actually become quite smitten with this series.

As I recall, the end of the first book came rather abruptly, so it's not a surprise that this one picked right up from where it left off. The dragons and their gr
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Crystal
Mar 18, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Rain Wild Chronicles is all-over classic Hobb and highly recommended. I'm very glad I essentially held off judgment on this newer series until I'd finished Book 2, because everything just got better. The best things about Dragon Haven in relationship to the other series Hobb has written and fantasy in general are:

1. There is some angst, but it does not feel like the soul-crushing life-destroying angst in previous novels (I'm looking at you, Soldier Son)
2. There are many realist
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Diane
Apr 04, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
It took a million years to finish this book, not because it wasn't good, or compelling, because it is! But because I read this book in its entirety out loud to my husband. Typically, he falls asleep after a few pages and I'm ready to too.

Dragon Haven is an excellent book, even though there is not much of a plot to speak of. The Dragons, their "keepers" and the LiveShip Tarman and his crew and a couple of Bingtown Traders are on their way up the Rain Wilds River in search of the Elderling and Dra
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Chris Schaeffer
Mar 18, 2010 Chris Schaeffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten months ago I finished reading The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb and I was not pleased with the novel. I now know that the reason Dragon Keeper was not as enjoyable as I had expected was because it was not even close to a full story, nor was it ever meant to be one. Dragon Haven is the amazing finish to The Rain Wild Chronicles. The Rain Wild Chronicles is the combined story of both The Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven. Each book is volume one and volume two.

In Dragon Haven, the characters were w
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Rain Wild Chronicles (4 books)
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