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Guided by the great blue dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wilds River, the first to make the perilous journey to the cocooning grounds in generations. Many have died along the way. With its acid waters and impenetrable forest, it is a hard place for any to survive. People are changed by the Rain Wilds, subtly or otherwise. One such is Thymara. Born with black claws and other aberrations, she should have been exposed at birth. But her father saved her and her mother has never forgiven him. Like everyone else, Thymara is fascinated by the return of dragons: it is as if they symbolise the return of hope to their war-torn world. Leftrin, captain of the liveship Tarman, also has an interest in the hatching; as does Bingtown newlywed, Alise Finbok, who has made it her life's work to study all there is to know of dragons. But the creatures which emerge from the cocoons are a travesty of the powerful, shining dragons of old. Stunted and deformed, they cannot fly; some seem witless and bestial. Soon, they become a danger and a burden to the Rain Wilders: something must be done. The dragons claim an ancestral memory of a fabled Elderling city far upriver: perhaps there the dragons will find their true home. But Kelsingra appears on no maps and they cannot get there on their own: a band of dragon keepers, hunters and chroniclers must attend them. To be a dragon keeper is a dangerous job: their charges are vicious and unpredictable, and there are many unknown perils on the journey to a city which may not even exist...
©2009 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Alison on 08-21-09

Great story

This continues in the same world as the author's "Live Ships" trilogy, and includes some of the same characters, a few years on. The narrator voices the fine mix of interesting characters, human and inhuman, with convincing skill. The only minor annoyance is that it ends somewhat abruptly, albeit after 17 very enjoyable hours - a story that is very clearly "to be continued". Soon I hope!

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By E on 05-08-16

Reader reads far to quickly had to listen on 0.75

Would you be willing to try another one of Saskia Butler’s performances?

Only if I have too!

Any additional comments?

Please to see this narrator isn't used for the whole series

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 09-14-09

A wonderful 'listen'!

I really enjoyed this, and will look forward to the next book in the series, when it is published, next year. This book introduced me to Robin Hobb and I am, at present, reading her first book. Hopefully Audible will present other books by this author soon!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

By Valerie on 09-20-09

Valerie C

Having read all of Robin Hobb's books, including those written under the name Megan Lindholm, I can say that she as done it once again! Fantastic book, vivid, real and with characters that draw you in and don't let go. Read it!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Eleanor on 04-28-16

beautiful! Loved it

Loved the powerful feminine characters. Not at all disappointed after The Tawny Man Trilogy. Loved it!

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By Amazon Customer on 09-02-17


The character and plot development was great! I loved all the characters and found the story itself very believable. On to the next book!
Narration was good- it did its job on keeping me focused on the story and able to distinguish different characters- I only wish there was more pause between switching of characters as it take me some time to realise there had been a switch and it's confusing. But all in all: LOVED IT!

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