Ship of Destiny (The Liveship Traders, Book 3): 3/3 Paperback – 4 Feb 2008
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Robin Hobb's books combine heroic adventures by land and sea with a passionate urgency about the morality which underlies her character's deeds. Ship of Destiny, the third in The Liveship Traders trilogy, involves us further with the efforts of the Vestrit family to reclaim the fortunes which war and piracy have cost them, raising interesting questions about the sources of even an attractive family's wealth. It is clear that the liveships Vivacia and Paragon were carved from husks which should have hatched dragons; that the attractive personalities of the figureheads are only pale shadows of the autonomous beings they might have been. Malta Vestrit has freed the last of the real dragons from an underground prison, and he is not especially grateful. The slave-liberating pirate Kennit, one of Hobb's richest creations, is ever more drawn to the darker side of his flawed nature in an attempt to hide from the secrets of his past.
This is one of the most satisfying heroic fantasies of recent years, simply because it is about difficult choices and complex emotions, while Hobb's tight plotting and fast-moving storytelling are fascinating in their own right.--Roz Kaveney
'Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible'
George R R Martin
‘A truly extraordinary saga… the characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea. If Patrick O’Brian were to turn to writing high fantasy, he might produce something like this.’
‘A wonderful book, by a writer at the height of her abilities’
J V Jones
'Hobb is a remarkable storyteller.'
'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.'
Praise for Robin Hobb:
'A gleaming debut'
'Assassin's Quest achieves a bittersweet, powerful complexity rare in fantasy'
'Robin Hobb writes achingly well'
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Top Customer Reviews
The setting, slightly outside the normal run of high fantasy, is clearly inspired by colonial America. The pioneer Trader families have prospered for several generations in the bustling entrepot of Bingtown, thanks in large part to commerce undertaken with the Liveships - magical, self-aware vessels built of a particular wood only found upriver from Bingtown, crafted for the Traders by their mysterious kin who live there. But theirs is, naturally, a precarious existence in a frontier land. They are dependent upon trade for much of their food and other supplies, and remain politically subordinate to their former homeland; the society that has developed in response to the challenges is a deeply conservative one; and there are other opportunists who desire the same chance at making their fortune, who are willing to use slave labour to get it.
The concerns, then, are familiar ones; this is all about a society in the painful throes of transition, forced to confront issues of privilege, hierarchy, and access to power. This is played out in a number of ways, one of the most pointed and nuanced being the status of women, as expressed through a diverse range of major characters.Read more ›
They are so well written and they keep you wanting to keep reading. It's difficult to put them down. I just love them they fired the imagination and you feel you are there with them. That's how they make me feel any way.
Anybody reading Ship Of Destiny would surely have read the previous novels and be familiar with the characters. Anyone reading this book who has,nt read the other books....what are you playing at? The plot draws together the multiple members of the Vestrit family as they struggle to survive . Ronica and Keffria are still in Bingtown , a place under siege and falling apart. Malta is stranded on a tiny boat on the Rain Wild River with the arrogant Satrap of Jamellia while her possible husband to be Reyn is trapped in the mud of the sunken city destroyed by an earthquake with Malta,s little brother Seldon.
Meanwhile Althea is aboard the Liveship Paragon still confused about her feelings for Brashen but determined to find the families Liveship Vivacia. The ship herself is exploring her long hidden identity , exacerbated by the serpents that follow in her wake. Would be pirate king Kennitt , the arch manipulator , is still attempting to coerce Wintrow and Etta into a destiny neither envisage . On top of all this the freed but arrogant Dragon Tintaglia views the humans as mere pawns to be used in the propagation of her species.
The way Robin Hobb draws all the characters together for the sagas conclusion is completely believable , free of contrivance and masterfully paced. It is also hugely satisfying without resorting to sentimentality and cliché though it does,nt have quite the lump in the throat effect of the end of the Farseer series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the characters especially Althea and Brashen. Tried to spin this last book out for as long as I could. Will miss them all.Published 11 hours ago by The Chemist
Really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down, pulls in all the threads of the previous 2 books and gives it a proper ending.Published 3 days ago by E M KEOGH
Brilliant. Can't wait to read the other two books in the trilogy which I have already boughtPublished 11 days ago by joy
Good read if you like this fantasy genre. Am now reading the follow up series. Easy reading.Published 12 days ago by Matt
Fantastic installment of this ongoing saga. I am fully bought into Robin Hobb's Elderling world. Only 4 stars because whilst I love the books and stories, her writing is not as... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Michelle
Intriguing great read. Not finished yet but as this is the third in a series can't wait to read what happens next.Published 1 month ago by angie