The abused Alise

The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, publisher Harpervoyager, published: 25th June 2009 in UK

As one of the main characters in Robin Hobbs book: The Dragon Keeper, Alise is described very accurately. Alise is a kind girl in Bingtown and with age of 18, she was introduced to Bingtown society. Well, that was three years ago, and nobody really thought she would be a “nice catch” (just as the book says). Then suddently a handsome man Hest Finbok seems to be intrested in her. But with her scholarly researches she desires to go to the Rain Wilds treetop city and see the Dragons hatch from their cocoons. She makes a very difficult decision relating to her ambition and her own future as a woman. She made the choise that seemed worthy at the time.

Alise is an freckled girl with humane moral and a big heart, that doesn’t change during the book. She has an obsession to dragons and Elderlings. Hest Finbok which I mentioned before, is a wealthy, handsome and charming man, who is intrested in Alise. However later it will be discovered that he truly is intrested; in a unjust way. He wants an woman who doesnt get in his way in business or in own social life. This means that the poor girl Alise is being abused just because nobody wants her.  

I think myself that Alise makes wise desicions and she is just adorable girl. But I feel sorry about her destiny to be abused as wife. Her only wrong choice was to marry Hest, because he treats her like trash, but still, Hest is a wealthy guy, and it will help with her studies to buy everything she needs. Although she is treated like dirt, the force she is driven by comes from her studies and enthusiasm of the future voyage up the Rain Wild river to study and learn of the dragonlings. If you want to know the conclusion of her studies and the Dream of  travelling up to Rain Wilds; I suggest you should read the book!

The 10 difficult words in The Dragon Keeper

1. abrasive – hiertävä, raastava, hyökkäävä
2. extrusion – puriste, pursotus
3. gallantry – urhoollisuus, ritarillisuus
4. extravagant – liioiteltu, komea
5. smothering – tukahduttaminen
6. indulge – antautua, tyydyttää
7. infatuation – ihastus
8. preoccupied – keskittynyt, syventynyt
9. gauzy – harsoinen
10. rejuvenate – piristää, elvyttää


Dragon Scholar Alise

Character analysis

Alise Kincarron Finbok is one of the main characters of the book The Dragon Keeper and she is a self taught scholar of the dragons. She is 18 years old girl and she really loves the dragons and she likes to study them a lot. She is trying to learn everything she can about the dragons and that is her escape from all humans and her husband. Alises relationship with her husband is not good because her husband married Alise only because he wanted to continue his family. Alise didn’t know that at first and she married Hest because it seemed to be good for her because Hest is rich and Alise needed money. Later she found out that Hest married her for other reasons than love to Alise. That left a mark to Alises heart. Alise can speak to dragons and I think that she feels more comfortable with dragons than humans. Finally when dragons head upriver Alise and Sedric fights about staying with dragons. Alise doesn’t want to leave dragons and she complains about her life with his husband. Alise hates her husband and doesn’t want to go back to him so she has to decide if she wants to continue her mission of studying all she can about the dragons or will she go home. We will see that in the sequel.

My theory is that Alise lost her trust to her family and she wants to stay away from them by studying dragons and staying far away from home. I think she will never be able to trust people like before. She needs the support of her friends more than ever. I think that she will never forgive herself for marrying Hest.

Tale of crippled dragons

I red the book “The Dragon Keeper” and I just loved it. Robin Hobb described the enviroment, objects and living creatures unbelievably accurately as always. If you are intrested in fantasy or dragons like me, it is a wonderful book to read.

Book starts when serpents form from their “cocoons” (which are more like eggs of some sort). They use help of humans to travel through the landscape and beginning the reincarnation. Humans are helping the dragon Tintaglia to protect the cocoons from danger with an contract which makes Tintaglia to guard the borders between Rain Wild Forest and Chalced. These regions are in war with each other, and it is crusial that Tintaglia aids these war weakened people.
Later, the inhabitants of Rain Wilds, discover that the dragons which hatched from their cocoons were crippled, and only a few bad formed creatures made it alive to age of 5. It effects to the humans that is bounded with the contract with Tintaglia. Dwellers in the Rain Wild makes a decision that affects the life of Thymara and everyone else in the Rain Wilds…

If you were intrested… READ THE BOOK!

Beneath The Surface

Book Review

The dragon keeper is a book that tells a story about a fictional world of Rain Wilds and it tells about Alice who is a self taught scholar of the dragons, Leftrin who is a captain of the barge, Thymara who is a keeper to Sinatra and many more characters. This book is obliviously fantasy novel as you can see from the title and the book has very thrilling moments in it. The book also includes some drama and relationships in the book. The ending of the book suprised me a bit because it ended too soon and I guess it just means sequel.

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes fantasy and for those who likes those original fire blasting flying dragons I cannot recommend this because these dragons are sea serpents. That disappointed me a little =(. This book is also very hard to read so I cannot recommend this book for those who cannot understand english quite fluently. It had enough action for me but its not filled with action and fights. If you like fantasy and you have time you should read this book.

Difficult words

  1. slouch-rötköttää
  2. clutter-sekoittaa
  3. dignify-juhlistaa
  4. frequent-tiheä
  5. carve-kaivertaa
  6. roil-hämmentää
  7. haunch-lonkka
  8. inflamed-tulehtunut
  9. outrage-kauhistus
  10. huddle-rykelmä

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