Dragon Keeper is definitely a book for Robin Hobb fans, and fans only.
A fair warning that this is a *slow* book. It’s the first half of Book 1, technically, having been split for publishing reasons, so the story doesn’t get underway for a long, long time. A lot of the text is spent building up characters and their motivations, so expect lots of exposition between dialogue.
But who cares, it’s Robin Hobb! We get right into the heads and mindset of being a dragon (similar to being a cat…), and some of the scenes show a masterful play between humans and dragons. The language, as always, is superb, and you will have never savoured a story more than this. It’s like a long walk in the woods, where you don’t really have anywhere to be, and no responsibilities weighing on your mind.
And the politics! It doesn’t all have to be court intrigue and power struggles like we’re used to in the genre. Hobb gives you real characters on a much smaller scale, but the emotional payoff is none smaller for it.
I read this with The Robin Hobb Collection book club—hop in the discussion with us!