Monday, February 15, 2010

Giveaway - "Dragon Keeper" by Robin Hobb

I have a couple of terrific giveaways for today and the first is Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb. Robin Hobb is one of my all time favourite fantasy authors, whether she is writing as Robin Hobb (Farseer, Liveship Traders, Tawny Man, and Soldier Son trilogies) or as Megan Lindholm (Harpy's Flight, The Windsingers, The Limbreth Gate,Wizard of the Pigeons and more). Dragon Keeper is the first book in The Rain Wilds Chronicles.

I have two (2) copies of the hardcover (released January 26) to giveaway. To enter leave a comment telling us what you favourite book, story or series about dragons is. Full giveaway details at the end of the post.

For years, the Trader cities valiantly battled their enemies, the Chalcedeans. But they could not have staved off invasion without the powerful dragon Tintaglia. In return, the Traders promised to help her serpents migrate up the Rain Wild River after a long exile at sea-to find a safe haven and, Tintaglia hopes, to restore her species. But too much time has passed, and the newly hatched dragons are damaged and weak, and many die. The few who survive cannot use their wings; earthbound, they are powerless to hunt and vulnerable to human predators willing to kill them for the fabled healing powers of dragon flesh.

But Tintaglia has vanished and the Traders are weary of the labor and expense of tending useless dragons. The Trader leadership fears that if it stops providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage-or die along the river's acidic muddy banks. To avert catastrophe, the dragons decree a move even farther up the treacherous river to Kelsingra, their ancient, mythical homeland whose mysterious location is locked deep within the dragons' uncertain ancestral memories.

To ensure their safepassage, the Traders recruit a disparate group of young people to care for the damaged creatures and escort them to their new home. Among them is Thymara, an unschooled forest girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy Trader's wife trapped in a loveless marriage, who attaches herself to the expedition as a dragon expert. The two women share a deep kinship with the dragons: Thymara can instinctively communicate with them, and Alise, captivated by their beauty and majesty, has devoted her life to studying them.

Embarking on an arduous journey that holds no promise of return, the band of humans and dragons must make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wild River-an extraordinary odyssey that will teach them lessons about themselves and one another, as they experience hardships, betrayals, and joys beyond their wildest dreams.
Thanks to Harper Collins/EOS for the promotion. Read an excerpt of Dragon Keeper.

  1. Two (2) copies of Dragon Keeper to giveaway.
  2. Leave a commenttelling us about your favourite book, story or series about dragons.
  3. Open to residents of the US and Canada.
  4. Leave a way to notify you if you should win.
  5. Blog, tweet, post on Facebook or other social network sites for an extra entry. Leave a comment here to let me know.
  6. Giveaway open until Midnight, March 1, 2010 EST.


  1. My favorite dragon series is 'The Enchanted Forest Chronicles' by Patricia Wrede.

  2. The Discworld books by Terry Pratchett are my fave with dragons.

    Please enter me into the contest. :)


  3. For a long time I loved Pern, but honestly? My favorite dragon book is an older YA work by Vivian Vande Velde called Dragonsbait. Really great, subtle story about a shape shifting dragon-boy.

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  4. My favorite is the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey (The White Dragon = most favorite).
    All the best,

  5. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon! It's not based on dragons but it does have them!

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

  6. While the series itself isn't entirely "dragon driven," I've really enjoyed Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi series and the dragons portrayed therein.

    I can be reached at julia dot payne at gmail dot com.

  7. My favorite series based on dragons is by G.A. Aiken. They are sort of naughty but they are hilarious and they got me started on my love of dragons. I got them first as a ebook but loved them so much I bought them in print.

  8. I have three favorites that I can't possibly pick between. Hope that's okay! :D

    - Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

    - Anne McCaffrey's Pern books (the older ones, mostly)

    - Anything DragonLance prior to 5th Age.


    (No need to enter me in the contest as I'll be ordering my own copy -- I just had to comment!)

  9. Dragonfire Series - Deborah Cooke
    Dragon Kin Series - G.A. Aiken
    Pern Series - Anne McCaffery

  10. My favourite series are 'The Enchanted Forest Chronicles' by Wrede and the original Pern trilogy by McCaffrey. Raymond Feist uses dragons in his novels as well and I've enjoyed those.

    icewoman96 at gmail dot com

  11. I never knew Robing Hobb wrote under another name. I'll have to take a look at these other books now.

    I've read the madship trilogy, and this new series sounds like it's related. I remember the name Titanglia from the other books.

    I love Terry Pratchett's take on dragons, especially with the Countess and her baby dragon shelter. If they get too excited they explode.

  12. Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven Book #4) by Brandon Mull is one of my faves

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  13. King Arthur has a cool dragon in it.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  14. My favourite book featuring a dragon has to be The Hobbit, but then it probably was my first book involving dragons, having read it when I was quite young.

    chrissy dot morin at gmail dot com

  15. Dragon Riders of Pern has been a long time favorite of mine.


  16. "The Never Ending Story." It reminds me of my childhood.....Stacy


  17. My favorite is: Dragonfire Series - Deborah Cooke

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  18. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

    Many thanks for this opportunity!

    rubs.escalona [at]

  19. my favorite dragon series is Temeraire by Naomi Novik.

  20. My favorite dragon series is Ann mCafferty's Pern series

    sgiden AT verizon DOT net

  21. I'm another Pern lover. McCaffrey sparked my interest in dragons and reading when I was about 12. Ruth is still one of my all time favorite dragons.
    Thank you for the contest.

    cheleooc at yahoo dot com

  22. My fav is Eregon. Thanks for the contest.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  23. The dragon series by G A Aiken and Temeraire by Naomi Novik which my son got me hooked on.

  24. My favorite books about dragons are the three books in the Farseer trilogy. It was so refreshing to read a story about dragons that was SO different and original. Robin Hobb is AMAZING!

  25. I've read Anne McCaffrey's Dragons and would love to read from other authors.

    ki mi ka io @ (no spaces)

  26. Dragonriders of Pern, no doubt. Wouldn't mind finding a new fave :) Also posted tweet from @neonjade. Thanks for the contest!

    joan.edens at gmail

  27. When it comes to dragons I really like Katie McAlister's paranormal series about dragons, the Silver Dragons series. They're fabulous reads.

    chichai_hana at hotmail dot com

  28. My favorite one is by Christopher Paolini,"Eragon (Inheritance)".

    alterlisa Giveaway - "Dragon Keeper" by Robin Hobb Doug is giving away two(2) copies of Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb.
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  29. My favorite series so far is Dragons in Our Midst by Bryan Davis. Written for a younger audience, I was still kept enthralled by a really great story!


  30. Anne McCaffrey's Pern series is probably my favorite dragon series.

    Posted about the contest here:


  31. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

  32. I really love the Alta series by Mercedes Lackey and also Temeraire by Naomi Novik

  33. The Neverending Story is my favourite.

  34. The Pern series by McCaffrey.

  35. Being a sailor and a love of all things nautical, my favortite dragon is Temeraire by Naomi Novik.
    George R.R. Martin's ASOIAF Balerion is up there as well :)

  36. The first book I read that involves dragon-like creatures is The Hobbit. I am currently reading Eon the Dragon-eye. :]


  37. My first dragon was Smaug.

    My first dragon series were the Pern books.

    My favorite backcover blurb is from Kate MacAlister's books. (Mona made me pick up the series.)

    My favorite humorous dragons are in Discworld. (Used for lighting cigars.)

    Naomi Novik's books are my current dragon fix.

    Robin Hobb's are the most original that I've read. (Mad Ship was my favorite.)

    The Dragon and the George is on my list to find again since I started reading it and it disappeared before I could finish.

    I like me some dragon.

    Not entering, just commenting.

  38. My favourite would be Anne McCaffrey's Pern series.

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  39. The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I also loved The Dragonstone by Dennis McKiernan.


    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    My favorite Dragon series, is The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne Macaffrey.

  41. I'm another fan of The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. :0)

    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  42. I think my favorite dragon story is my grandmother's. She swore she saw one when she was walking around the rice fields near her town.

    I've never actually read stories ABOUT dragons, or with dragons as the main characters, but I've always been fascinated by them since they have been part of my family lore. My favorite book so far with a dragon as part of the story is Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind--I know there're many other creatures as well in that book, so it really doesn't count much as a dragon story. Still, I loved Richard's red dragon.

  43. I liked the Liveship Trader series. Though I have enjoyed most everything I have read from Robin Hobb.


  44. I have recently finished my first dragon series. It was the Dragon Actually series by G.A. Aiken. Book four comes out this year. YEAH!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmai dot com


    Pern is probably still my favorite dragon series.

    I also tweeted here

  46. Paolini's Eragon <3

    Can I has teh Dragon Keepr plz?

  47. I don't know if I can name an absolute favorite, but a really good one is The Sundering duology by Jacqueline Carey (Banewreaker and Godslayer). Great traditional fantasy that's completely heart-wrenching.


  48. I think my most memoriable dragon is still Smog from 'The Hobbit'. His description gave me the willies when I was a kid.


  49. Gotte love Smaug, he was my first

  50. Hmmm not sure but I do enjoy reading Deborah Cooke's Dragon series (Kiss of fire, kiss of fury, etc).

    Anything with dragons is cool tome. :)

    love2read28 AT gmail DOT com

  51. "The Never Ending Story" Is the only dragon book I have read other than Pete's Dragon. But I loved both of them. Also read Never Ending Story 2.? I think that was the name. It was a continuation. I also read book where the hero changes into a dragon and they fight evil but can't remember the name. Great giveaway. Thanks and pls enter my name.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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