4 of 5 stars
Robin Hobb is one of my favorite authors and I was delighted when I saw she had a new series out especially books about dragons. In "Dragon Keeper" we are introduced to a new batch of dragons, but they're not exactly right or even healthy. They can't fly nor can they hunt on their own. When the humans tire of trying to feed and care for the dragons, a plan is hatched to send the dragons on a journey to their home--the mystical city, Kelsingra. A misfit band of teenagers including Thymarra, a wealthy Bingtown Traders wife, Alise Kincarron who is an scholar on dragons and a crusty river boat captain take on the quest to escort the dragons home. The beginning of the book is a bit confusing as all of the characters are introduced, but after that the book flows along.
The author does a great job of fleshing out the characters--their hopes and dreams, their heartache and loneliness and even the dragons begin to take on personalities of their own. The one criticism that I have is that Book 1 does not resolve any of the major conflicts in the story, but is more of a setup for the other 2 books. I'm happy that the other books in the series are already published and I'm eager to see what happens next in this series.