The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Adult version of The Dragon Riders of Pern?? The story is different, the dragons still talk, but are not exactly very cheerful or all that humble or helpful.
This book is really, really slow for roughly the first 200 pages, interesting, but slow going as not much happens. But after that, things start in motion and a huge adventure starts. I thought the main characters were developed nicely, even the characters that we are not supposed to like very well. The dragons have their own very distinct personalities, and sometimes you do forget they are dragons and instead think they are a bunch of moody teenagers. I enjoyed reading about the dragon mythology and how the problems that caused them to be so scarce happened, and their appearance is described very vividly, very colourful dragons. And I do really like the idea of a live ship, a vessel that could navigate itself and also in some cases talk.
I do want to find out what happens to the dragons and their keepers, the book does end with the adventure having pretty much just started. Through the whole story you are told it could take a long time, if they get there at all, to reach their final destination, but since the series is complete I will just assume they do reach their goal or they all die :p (Its fantasy, people generally get killed/maimed or eaten by a dragon, which could happen with all the dragons around)
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