Book Review – Dragon Haven

by Robin Hobb (Harper Voyager) ISBN 9780007376094

Just because a person likes a book, it does not mean it is a good book. Now I like this book and I like Robin Hobb.

I have read her last five books and continued to read them even when, in my heart, I know she has gone over to the dark side. She can no longer sense what her readers want. She has become a literary author.

And here is my dilemma. She is still writing about the stuff I want to read about. There are Dragons and there is magic.

However, and this is the tell-tale sign of a literary book, as opposed to a real not-crap book, there are no heroes. This is the kind of book where the scenery is more important than character development. There is a 150 page description a wave. Yes, a bit of moving water gets a full act.

And I will buy the next book and it will be worse but I’m only doing it because Hobb made my teenage life better with her early books. The important thing is that you don’t have to read this book. If you do read this book do it illegally. It’s just not right that a person should be treated like this when they pay good money.

I just feel sad that one of the best has fallen so low. This book is bad. Its only redeeming feature is that it ends eventually.

Christopher Dean

Posted on: 6th November 2011