Thursday, June 6, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Robin Hobb

Meme hosted by Melissa My World in Words and Pages. It's about books that are already on the shelves and are waiting to be read. Go to her website to join in!

My submission:

Dragon Keeper
(The Rain Wild Chronicles #1)
by Robin Hobb
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 by a river turned toxic. If neglected, the creatures will rampage--or die--so it is 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.
Dragon Haven
(The Rain Wild Chronicles #2)
by Robin Hobb
Centuries had passed since dragons last roamed the war-torn world of the Rain Wild River. But as peace once again settled upon the land, a lost generation of sea serpents--ancient, half-starved, and weary--returned to cocoon, certain that they would be reborn as the beautiful and powerful dragons of legend. But their arduous journey exacted a heavy toll, and the proud serpents emerged as sickly, half-formed beasts, unable to fly or hunt . . . or thrive. For years now they have been trapped on a swampy riverbank between forest and river, hungry and barely alive, reliant on humans to provide for them. 
With their survival at stake, fifteen dragons--among them the wise golden Mercor, the haughty and dazzling silver-blue queen Sintara, and the delicate copper beauty Relpda--have set off on a dangerous trek into the unknown, up the Rain Wild River, in hopes of rediscovering the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, the lost haven for dragons and Elderlings alike. The dragons are accompanied by a disparate group of human keepers, rejects from Rain Wild society. They, too, yearn to find Kelsingra and create a home of their own, one in which they may make their own rules and decide their own fate. But is Kelsingra real or merely a fragment of a glorified past buried deep in the dragons' shared memories? No map exists to guide them, and the noble creatures find their ancient recollections of little use in a land changed by generations of flooding and seismic chaos.

As the dragons, the humans--including the strong and defiant Rain Wild girl Thymara; the wealthy dragon scholar and Trader's wife, Alise; and her companion, the urbane Sedric--and their magical supply barge, captained by the gruff Leftrin, forge their way ever deeper into uncharted wilderness, human and beast alike discover they are changing in mysterious and dangerous ways. While the bonds between them solidify, starvation, flashfloods, and predators will imperil them all. But dragons and humans soon learn that the most savage threats come from within their own company . . . and not all of them may survive.
I won both of these in HC but just haven't had the time to pick them up.
Any fantasy or dragon reads on your shelf waiting to be read? 

22 comments:

  1. I have both of these books on mt TBR pile as well!! I loved the earlier books in the same world by Robin Hobb, but I just wanted to wait until the whole series is finished before I started reading them. Actually, I haven't read a dragon book for a long time...hmmm...maybe something I should correct!

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    1. I have been wanting to read a Robin Hobb book for a while now and was so happy when I won these. I can't believe I haven't read them yet. :)

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  2. I've read both of these! I swear I have a bit of a penchant for dragon books despite the fact that I don't really review them...ever. I sure hope you give these a go sometime, Melissa :)

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  3. I do so love dragon books! I feel like I've read these...but it's been a while. Maybe time for a re-read?

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    1. Oh I see 3 peeps who need to read it. Read a long? :)

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  4. Funny how your mind sometimes makes leaps ..... having read the title as Robin Hood, I was wondering about the dragons.

    Sounds like a great read - I know lots of people who are really into dragons at the moment - and I love the cover.

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    1. I'm always misreading things but with not so innocent titles... ;)

      i love those covers too!

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  5. I adore dragons and I obviously love high fantasy, but Robin Hobb?! That is SO funny!
    I was just thinking about Eona yesterday and about how long it's been sitting on my shelf and I feel SO guilty, but I don't think I can handle the angst ight now. Plus, I really dislike Eona, haha.
    Anyway, go dragons. have you read Seraphina? my favorite dragon fantasy ever.

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    1. LOL Don't read Eona then. :D

      I have Seraphina on my want list! So pushing it up now. :D

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  6. Fantasy are hit and miss with me... I sometimes struggle with them, don't know why. These sound great though and dragons, what's not to like!

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    1. I think you just need to find the right fantasy. I can get so sucked into a good fantasy world and I've heard good things about her. I've struggled with less than good ones too. So I do know what you mean.

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  7. Ohhh Dragons! I love Dragons and sci-fy fantasy books. Super cool!

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    1. Oh I bet you'd like these! I can't wait to start them.

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  8. I have read both of them so get cracking lady

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  9. I love dragons, and the covers are beautiful, but to be honest I would prefer watching a movie with them..LOL

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  10. Oh I LOVE fantasy books like this! This sounds like a series I would really enjoy so you need to read them soon and let us know what you thought!

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  11. Ooh dragons! I love a good dragon fantasy, and these sound great! I have to agree with Maja, Seraphina is still my favorite dragon fantasy read so far.

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  12. Oohh, I love dragon books. these both look good.

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  13. I have a bunch by Shana Abe who wrote The Sweetest Dark. I think we all reviewed it around the same time about the girl, Lora raised in orphanages and sent to an asylum b/c she heard music. Then she went to an exclusive girl's school and met Jesse and found out what she was. It happened during WWII in England. Ring a bell??? Anyway, these books are all by the same author.

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  14. I have read those books. I think you will enjoy them more if you read her other series first though.

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  15. Oooo, I love the sounds and looks of these. :) I need them! :D

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