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[[Image:DragonKeeperHBfront.jpg|thumb|The front cover for The Dragon Keeper UK hardcover edition and paperback editions, art by [[Jackie Morris]].]][[Image:Dragon Keeper US.jpg|thumb|The cover for the US hardcover edition of Dragon Keeper, art by [[Steve Stone]].]]
'''The Dragon Keeper''' is part one of the two-part [[Rain Wild Chronicles]]. It was originally written as just one meant to be a standalone book. When the manuscript grew too large to be a single book, titled it was split into two parts that were then published as "The Dragon Keeper" but it was so long that the publishers decided to split it (much like happened with and [[The Reindeer PeopleDragon Haven]] and . A later sequel met with the same fate and was published as [[Wolf's BrotherCity of Dragons]].) Part two is and [[Dragon HavenBlood of Dragons]], making the chronicles a four volume series.<ref> Fantasy faction Robin Hobb interview</ref>
It is not a direct continuation of the the [[Liveship Traders trilogy]] but it does take The story takes place in the [[Rain Wilds]] and [[Bingtown]] a short some time after the events in [[Ship of Destiny]] and [[Fool's Fate]].Like the [[Liveship booksTraders trilogy|Liveship Traders]], the story is told in third person. There The viewpoint characters are four view point characters [[Thymara]], [[Alise Kincarron]], [[Sisarqua]]/[[Sintara]], [[Leftrin]] and [[Sedric Meldar]]. Notes sent between two [[Keeper of the Birds|Keepers of the Birds]], [[Erek]] and we meet some old friends in passing[[Detozi]] are set between each chapter of the book.
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To the memory of Spot and Smokey,
Brownie-butt and Rainbow, Rag-bag and Sinbad.
Fine pigeons, one and all.
[[Image:==Editions==The US editions print the title as "Dragon Keeper US.jpg|thumb|The front cover for " and the US Advanced Review Copy of UK editions as "The Dragon Keeper ".* A UK hardcover edition published by HarperVoyager the 25th of June 2009 with ISBN 9780007273744. Cover art by [[Steve StoneJackie Morris]].]]**HarperCollins UK website also lists a "signed limited edition", a hardback with ISBN 9780007345595 published the 3rd of September 2009 but this doesn't seem to exist.* An Australian/New Zealand trade paperback the 1st of July 2009 with ISBN 9780007273768.
==The Rain Wild Chronicles - The Dragon Keeper=====Editions and translations===* UK and Australian A US hardcover edition published by HarperVoyager 25th of June 2009 HarperCollins/Eos January the 26th 2010 with ISBN 97800072737449780061561627. Cover art by [[Jackie MorrisSteve Stone]]. Dustjacket price £ 20.00* Australian trade paperback * At least some of the US Advance Reading Copies of this book were tied with a leather string with a tiny dragon charm attached to it. The ARCs sent out seem to have had more or less the final cover design with a tiny round "stamp" declaring them as ARCs. The cover design with ISBN 9780007273768 1st of July 2009red and white font seem to have been used in online marketing only.* an audio book edition read A US mass market paperback by [[Saskia Butler]], published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; Unabridged edition 1 July 2009 HarperVoyager in January/February 2011 with ISBN 9780007317097* UK paperback edition 9780061561658. First printed with the Steve Stone cover, later reprints with the original Jackie Morris cover use the same ISBN 9780007342594 March 4th 2010.
* US ARC A UK paperback edition by HarperVoyager the 4th of this book seems to have been sent out tied March 2010 with a leather string ISBN 9780007342594 and another with a tiny dragon charm attached to it* US hardcover ISBN 9780007273751 (not sure whether these are the same edition January 26th 2010 (or Feb 1stpossibly trade and regular size) with ISBN 0061561622. Cover art by [[Steve Stone]].* a Dutch translation titled ''De Kronieken van de Wilde Regenlanden eerste boek: Drakenhoeder'' by Luitingh scheduled for 11th of November 2009 with ISBN 9789024528769
----* A UK paperback and ebook the 17th of December 2015 from Harper Voyager and ISBN 9780008154394, this is the edition with the new Jackie Morris cover art.
Notes and sources* A Kindle edition from Harper Voyager the 8th of May 2012 with ASIN B003GFIW10. * An unabridged UK audio book by HarperCollins, the 1st of July 2009, narrated by [[Saskia Butler]]. ISBN 9780007317097. Length 17 hours 3 minutes. * An unabridged US audio book by Tantor media, the 26th of January 2010, narrated by [[httpAnne Flosnik]]. ISBN 9781400113330. Length 21 hours. ===Covers===<gallery>Image:Us-dk-final.jpg|US cover draftImage:Us-dragonkeeper-arc.jpg|US ARCImage:Us-pb-dragonkeeper.jpg|US paperbackImage://fantasyhotlistUs-dk.pb.blogspotjpg|US paperback|UK paperback & ebook 2015Image:61ae-robinuAzmHL. SS500 .jpg|UK audio bookImage:US-hobbdragonkeeper-interviewaudio.html Patjpeg|US audio book</gallery> ==Translations==* A Chinese translation titled ''雨野原傳奇1:巨龍守護者''s by Fantasy Hotlist interviewFoundation in Taiwan the 4th of January 2018 with ISBN 9789869563451 (paperback). Translated by 李鐳, cover art by Jackie Morris.* A Czech translation ''Dračí strážce'' from Nakladatelství Fragment the 15th of November 2018 in hardcover with ISBN 9788025339312.* A Dutch translation titled ''Drakenhoeder'' by Luitingh the 11th of November 2009 with ISBN 9789024528769.* A French translation split into two parts ** ''Dragons et serpents'' from Pygmalion the 22nd of September 2010 with ISBN 9782756402871, cover by Steve Stone, translated by Arnaud Mousnier-Lompré. Also released as a kindle edition the 11th of October 2011 with ASIN B005Y14L2I. Reprinted the 9th of November 2011 by J'ai lu with ISBN 9782290032763 as well as by France Loisirs.** ''Les eaux acides'' from Pygmalion the 17th of November 2010 with ISBN 9782756402888, cover by Steve Stone, translated by Arnaud Mousnier-Lompré. Also released as a kindle edition the 21st of October 2011 with ASIN B005Y14L5K. Reprinted the 8th of January 2012 by J'ai lu with ISBN 9782290033135 as well as by France Loisirs.]* [httpA French combined volume of the above: ''Les Cités des Anciens : Coffret 2 volumes :Tome 1, Dragons et serpents ; Tome 2, Les Eaux acids'' from Pygmalion the 8th of October 2011 with ISBN 9782756405629. (Looks like this was a standalone edition//wwwcover.)* A French combined volume ''Les Cités des Anciens, L'intégrale 1'' from Pygmalion the 24th of September 2014 with ISBN 9782756411217 (The cover design of this one matches other recent Pygmalion combo volumes.)* A German translation ''Drachenhüter'' in March 2012 from Heyne with ISBN 9783453529182. Translated by Simon Weinert.* An Italian translation ''Il Custode del Drago'' by Fanucci the 22nd of April 2010 with ISBN 9788834715895. Translated by Gabriele Giorgi.* A Russian translation ''Хранитель драконов'', hardcover, in June 2012 with ISBN 9785699574230. ===International covers===<gallery>Image:Tw-dragonkeeper.jpg|Chinese, ''巨龍守護者''Cz-dragonkeeper.jpg|Czech, ''Dračí strážce''Image:9024528763.gif|Dutch, ''Drakenhoeder''Image:Dragonsetserpents.jpg|French ''Dragons et serpents'' (2010)Image:Leseauxacides.uksfbooknewsjpg|French ''Les eaux acides'' (2010)|French ''Dragons et serpents'' (2011)Image:Fr-dk-2-jailu.jpg|French ''Les eaux acides'' (2012)Image:Fr-hobbdk-on1-theloisirs.jpg|French ''Dragons et serpents'' Image:Fr-conclusiondk-of2-herloisirs.jpg|French ''Les eaux acides''Image:Fr-soldierdk-soncombined.jpg|French ''Dragons et serpents'' & ''Les eaux acides''Image:fr-trilogy UK SF Book News interview] dkcombo2ndtry.jpg|French ''Les Cités des Anciens, L'intégrale 1''Image:De-dragonkeeper.jpg|German, ''Drachenhüter''Image:IIscustode.jpg|Italian, ''Il Custode del Drago''Image:Ru-dragonkeeper.jpeg|Russian, ''Хранитель драконов''</gallery> ==Related links==<references/>* [httphttps://webnewswww.sffyoutube.netcom/readwatch?cmdv=read&group=sff.people.robin-hobb&artnum=34395 Robin's NewsgroupyI9z1SuPIt4 Official book trailer for the Dragon Keeper]* [ Drafts 6 and 7 of the book's prologue at Robin's Myspace blog]. * [ link?objId=40208 Summary for the book and other details at the publisher's site]* [ HarperCollins Australia trade paperback]* [ HarperCollins Australia hardcover])* [ Extract at the Voyager UK blog]* [ The official book trailer for the Dragon Keeper]* [ Another extract]*[ Dragon Haven on HarperCollins homepage]* [ Freelance Writingat Pat's Fantasy Hotlist]
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* Hardcover Publisher: HarperVoyager (1 July 2009) Language English ISBN 9780007290253
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