The Dragon Keeper is part one of Rain Wild Chronicles. It was originally meant to be a standalone book. When the manuscript grew too large to be a single book, it was split into two parts that were then published as "The Dragon Keeper" and Dragon Haven. A later sequel met with the same fate and was published as City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons, making the chronicles a four volume series.
The story takes place in the Rain Wilds and Bingtown some time after the events in Ship of Magic and Fool's Fate. Like the Liveship Traders, the story is told in third person. The viewpoint characters are Thymara, Alise Kincarron, Sisarqua/Sintara, Leftrin and Sedric Meldar. Notes sent between two Keepers of the Birds, Erek and Detozi are set between each chapter of the book.
- UK and Australia hardcover edition published by HarperVoyager 25th of June 2009 with ISBN 9780007273744. Cover art by Jackie Morris. Dustjacket price ¬£ 20.00 HarperCollins UK website also lists a "signed limited edition", a hardback with ISBN 9780007345595 published 3rd of September 2009 but this doesn't seem to exist.
- Australian trade paperback 1st of July 2009 with the UK cover and ISBN 9780007273768.
- UK audio book by HarperCollins, unabridged edition 1st of July 2009, narrated by Saskia Butler. ISBN 9780007317097.
- UK paperback edition by HarperVoyager 4th of March 2010. There seem to be two different sizes with two ISBNs:
The US editions print the title as "Dragon Keeper" without the definite article.
- at least some of the US ARC/proof copies of this book were send out tied with a leather string with a tiny dragon charm attached to it. The US covers went through some major font changes before publishing, whether any actual copies with the red and white "fantasy font" exists is not certain .
- US hardcover edition by HarperCollins/Eos January 26th 2010 with ISBN 0061561622. Cover art by Steve Stone.
- US audio book by Tantor media, unabridged edition 26th of January, narrated by Anne Flosnik. ISBN 9781400113330.
- US mass market paperback by Eos January 25th 2011 with ISBN 9780061561658
- 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.
- 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.
Notes and sources
- Drafts 6 and 7 of the book's prologue at Robin's Myspace blog.
- The official book trailer for the Dragon Keeper
- Extract at Voyager blog
- Another extract
- Summary for the book and other details at HarperVoyager (UK)
- HarperCollins Australia trade paperback
- HarperCollins Australia hardcover
- US audio book sample and details at tantor.com
- Summary for the book and other details at HarperCollins/Eos (US)