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Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders, Book 1) Paperback – 10 Sep 2015
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‘Hobb is superb’ CONN IGGULDEN
‘Hobb is a remarkable storyteller’ GUARDIAN
'Even better than the Assassin books. I didn't think that was possible' GEORGE RR MARTIN
About the Author
Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction.She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska, where she learned how to raise a wolf cub, to skin a moose and to survive in the wilderness. When she married a fisherman who fished herring and the Kodiak salmon-run for half the year, these skills would stand her in good stead. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer. She lives in Tacoma, Washington State.
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I liked the characterisation in this book. I often hate fiction because all the baddies are just baddies. No person is all black or white but novels rarely take that into account. Although Kyle is an unattractive character you can see why he makes his decisions and in many ways they are perfectly logical, even if you disagree with them. In the same way the heroine of the piece has several very unattractive attributes. So they do come across as real people who you can relate too.
I enjoy her writing and she does draw you in. I miss F & F although maybe the Fool does appear...
However, that all said, it was an enjoyable read - the kind of story that gets in your head and is hard to let go of until you know what happened. If you are a fan of adventure and magic, pirates and dragons and stories set in a time long passed, you might also enjoy the tale.
I found the characters well written and could relate to the heroine's emotions as she dealt with the blows given her and got frustrated with the teenage behaviour of young Malta and her self-absorbed father. There are several separate but converging strands, that will no doubt come together in the final volume. This books ends with lots of loose ends, but I get the sense that it has been written as a very very long story broken into 3 volumes.