Book I of The Rain Wild Chronicles. Guided by the dragon Tintaglia, they came up from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wild River, the first to make the perilous journey in generations. For Thymara, a Rainwilder born with scales and claws, the return of dragons symbolises the return of hope to her war-torn world. Leftrin, captain of the liveship Tarman, also has an interest in the hatching; as does Bingtown newly-wed  Alise Finbok, who has made it her life’s work to study dragons. But the creatures which emerge from the cocoons are a travesty of the dragons of old. Soon, they become a danger to all: it is decided they must be moved. Far upriver lies the legendary Elderling city of  Kelsingra. Perhaps there the dragons will find their true home. However, if the dragons are to get there, a band of dragon keepers must be recruited  to attend them. None are expected to return – or even survive. But Thymara is certain it is her destiny.