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Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
The second half of the tale begun in February's Dragon Keeper is a mostly satisfying conclusion. Hobb's characterization continues to be top-notch, particularly with Thymara, the outcast teenage girl. Her self-awareness and surety is a delight and her insistence on belonging to no one but herself is simply wonderful.
Continuing their journey to the fabled city of Kelsingra, the dragons, their keepers and their support staff face new dangers and obstacles. Their environment continues to be extremely dangerous and there are new dangers within the group, too. But the dragons are no longer the malformed and sickly creatures who hatched back in the Rain Wilds settlement; they are becoming more fully dragon every day. And as the dragons change, so do their keepers -- leading to interesting consequences. (EOS, May, 624 pp., $27.99)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: May 2010