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The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

There was a time when I was a kid, I truly believe in fairy tales, dragon, monsters and also politics. I’m serious, I was into those stuffs believing there had to be partial truth about them, otherwise how comes all these tales. Though I must say, sometimes education is pretty much disappointing, the more I learn the more I find out how rarely those amazing things can be real. Till date, I don’t know what to believe but I still dream…

I can’t imagine life without fantasy, because it is such a big part of me. I want to know that something beyond my imagination exists. Maybe that’s why I love travel and adventure… maybe we are looking for some fantasies. Who know we might see some mysterious creatures along the ride some day. Don’t worry, I won’t forget to update the pictures on the blog 🙂

I am a fan of dragon, and grew up reading a lot of fictions about them. Something about this creature is so fascinating. It’s big, powerful, and full of mysteries. My favourite books about dragon are Eragon and Song in the Silence.

I’ve recently found the Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, the first novel in The Rain Wild Chronicles series. I was in love with the book at first sight. It looks mysterious and the first few chapters really made me wanna keep going.

The Dragon Keeper is really a book about growth and adventure. It starts with the sea serpents’ journey to cocooning and becoming dragons which I found very beautiful and surreal. In the Dragon Keeper, the dragon Tintaglia had an agreement with the human town to protect them if they helped her bringing up the young dragons emerging from the cocoons. But the creatures hatched from the cocoons were stunted and deformed. They had become burden and soon turned dangerous to the people in the town. That’s when the fellowship of the dragon keepers was formed. The dragon keepers were to attend the dragons and moved them to the suitable location where the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra stood. The journey had brought some of the interesting characters both human and dragons together. They were friendships and relationship formed on the journey as well as the betrayal peril waiting along the way.

To be honest, this book disappointed me. I really loved the first chapter about the process of becoming dragon. I found it to be very beautiful and well written. Though it was very difficult to read at first, I got swept out of my mind constantly. But as the story continued, I wasn’t sure about liking it anymore. The story had become stiff and less exciting. No action or fantasy for that matter. I did love the author’s vibrant and diverse characters and how they came together very well in the scenes. But the plot was quite dry and nothing happened much. Saying that, I did enjoy how every character developed and grew. It was the hard journey for those dragon keepers and their dragons… also it was hard for me. It hated when the stories bored but I wanted to know the result.

I still can’t decide if I want to read the second books of the series or not. I felt like I need to finish what I left off. I did hear a good thing about the second book… so maybe I will try.

I treasured a lot of information when I read about beautiful fantasy. I kept it safe and nicely for me to read and re-dream about those beautiful things. A part of this book contributes to such note. I like dragon… oh boy, if I can have one at home 🙂 It’s nice to have something to remind you of what you used to believe.

What’s your favourite fantasy creature? Mine is mermaid.



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