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High heroic fantasy has rarely paid enough attention to ships and sailors, the lifeblood, after all, of trade and survival in a non-technological world. In her Liveship Traders series, Robin Hobb more than makes up for this with a sequence in which economic survival is the principal objective of the merchant family, the Vestrits, who provide most of her viewpoint characters. The Mad Ship takes up their adventures where Ship of Magic left off, with young would-be priest Wintrow the captive of the pirate Kennit and bonded to the living figurehead of the family ship Vivacia; and his sister Malta caught up in the affairs of the changeling traders of the Rain Wild. Their aunt Althea, who feels she should have had command of Vivacia, is off having adventures as a sailor, and the mysterious Amber is trying to heal and repair the shattered mad hulk Paragon, who killed his crew and lies abandoned in the sand dunes. All this and war and conspiracy too--Hobb gives us a rich portrait of a world and a family in turmoil and raises some interesting questions about what it is to be used and make use of. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Hobb is one of the great modern fantasy writers… what makes her novels as addictive as morphine is not just their imaginative brilliance but the way her characters are compromised and manipulated by politics'
'Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible'
George R R Martin
'Hobb is a remarkable storyteller'
Draws you in and the interwoven stories move at a pace to keep you hookedPublished 1 month ago by Alun W.
What a wonderful writer,I just cannot stop reading this book with all it's twists and curves!!!Published 1 month ago by The Geek
Just one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. Some mistakes in the Kindle version but nothing too bad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Agathe
Robin Hobb is an exceptional writer, and in the Mad Ship she excels her normal stellar self. Get this if you enjoy good SF.Published 1 month ago by Seafire