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Dragon Haven

Dragon Haven
Author Robin Hobb
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Rain Wild Chronicles
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher HarperVoyager (UK)
Publication date 4 March 2010 (UK)
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 570 pp (Hardback)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-00-733581-7 (UK hardback edition)
OCLC Number 316002555
Preceded by Dragon Keeper (released 5th June 2009)
Followed by City of Dragons (released 23rd April 2012)

Dragon Haven is a novel by Robin Hobb, the second novel in The Rain Wild Chronicles. In a blog post Robin Hobb wrote: "The untitled book I am working on now picks up the tale of the Tarman expedition in search of Kelsingra. It’s my work in progress and threatens to be a long book!".[1] Dragon Haven is written in third-person narrative from the viewpoint of several key characters. The narrative joins these separate threads together as a party of malformed dragons, their human keepers and other supporters are on a quest for the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra.

Plot summary

The book opens where the previous book left off and we continue to follow the dragons, the keepers and the barge Tarman as they continue their trek up the river.

Characters in "Dragon Haven"

  • Alise Kincarron Finbok – one of the main protagonists, a self-taught scholar of dragons.
  • Thymara – one of the main protagonists, keeper to Sintara.
  • Sintara – one of the main protagonists, a blue dragon (Thymara's dragon).
  • Captain Leftrin – one of the main protagonists, Captain of the barge Tarman.
  • Sedric – one of the main protagonists, secretary to Hest Finbok, he is assigned to accompany Alise Finbok on her journey.
  • Tats – keeper of the dragon Fente, childhood friend of Thymara and a former slave.
  • Sylve – keeper of the dragon Mercor.
  • Rapskal – keeper of the dragon Heeby.
  • Greft – keeper of the dragon Kalo. In his mid twenties, he is the oldest keeper and their unofficial leader.

Minor Characters

  • Carson Lupskip – a hunter and an old friend of Leftrin's.
  • Davvie – a hunter (bowman) and nephew to Carson.
  • Jess – a hunter.
  • Ranculos – a scarlet, male dragon.
  • Sestican – an azure, male dragon, kept by Warken.
  • Mercor – a golden dragon, tended by Sylve. Implied to have previously been the sea serpent Maulkin.
  • Heeby – a small red dragon queen, tended by Rapskal.
  • Jerd – keeper of the dragon Veras, she is implied to be promiscuous.
  • Fente – a green dragon queen with a nasty temperament, tended by Tats.
  • Veras – a dragon, tended by Jerd.
  • Arbuc – Alum's dragon.
  • Kalo – a blue-black male dragon, the largest of their clan, tended by Greft.
  • Spit – an unclaimed, stunted silver dragon with a wounded tail.
  • Relpda – an unclaimed, sickly copper dragon queen.
  • Kase – a dragon keeper, cousin to Boxter.
  • Boxter – a dragon keeper, cousin to Kase.
  • Alum – a dragon keeper to Arbuc.
  • Nortel – a dragon keeper; one of Greft's closest supporters.
  • Warken – keeper of the dragon Sestican.
  • Harrikin – a dragon keeper, foster brother to Lecter. He is the second oldest keeper at 20 years.
  • Lecter – a dragon keeper, foster brother to Harrikin.
  • Skelly – Deckhand on Tarman and niece of Leftrin.
  • Big Eider – Deckhand on Tarman.
  • Hennesey – Mate on Tarman.
  • Hest Finbok – Husband of Alise Finbok, a rich and important Bingtown trader.
  • Swarge – Tillerman of the barge Tarman.
  • Bellin – Wife to Swarge, a poleman on Tarman.
  • Tarman – A liveship river barge made from wizardwood.


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