Ship of Magic

Ship of Magic Wizardwood a sentient wood The most precious commodity in the world Like many other legendary wares it comes only from the Rain River Wilds But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders when only a l

  • Title: Ship of Magic
  • Author: Robin Hobb
  • ISBN: 9780002254786
  • Page: 197
  • Format: None
  • Wizardwood, a sentient wood The most precious commodity in the world Like many other legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds.But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders, when only a liveship fashioned from wizardwood can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River Rare and valuable a liveship will quicken only when three members, from successive genWizardwood, a sentient wood The most precious commodity in the world Like many other legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds.But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders, when only a liveship fashioned from wizardwood can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River Rare and valuable a liveship will quicken only when three members, from successive generations, have died on board The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening as Althea Vestrit s father is carried on deck in his death throes Althea waits for the ship that she loves than anything else in the world to awaken Only to discover that the Vivacia has been signed away in her father s will to her brutal brother in law, Kyle HavenOthers plot to win or steal a liveship The Paragon, known by many as the Pariah, went mad, turned turtle, and drowned his crew Now he lies blind, lonely, and broken on a deserted beach But greedy men have designs to restore him, to sail the waters of the Rain Wild River once .

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    1. 4.5/5 starsColor me impressed, just the first book in the Liveship Traders trilogy alone is already better than the entire Farseer trilogy.Don’t get me wrong, the Farseer trilogy certainly has its charm but the third book of the trilogy, Ass Quest, was a massive disappointment for me. Fortunately, that didn’t stop me from giving Hobb another try because this was just utterly fantastic.Ship of Magic, the first book in the Liveship Traders trilogy—which is also the second out five subseries [...]

    2. This was good, but it wasn’t as good as Robin Hobb's Farseer books. Fitz is an excellent narrator, and an excellent focal point for a series, though this uses several point of view characters. Some are great and some are, unfortunately, as dry as dust. Wintrow was by far my favourite character in this series. He is torn between two lives. As a young boy he was sent away from home and raised as a priest; it’s a life he has gotten used to, but circumstances demands that he returns to his forme [...]

    3. Final verdict: a great antidote to A Game of Thrones, with brilliant, complicated characters.My friend introduced to me to Ship of Magic because I'd been complaining about annoying stupid characters. She recommended Robin Hobb in general, but Ship of Magic especially, primarily for Althea Vestrit, our primary protagonist. One thing I want to point out is that I would have never picked this up on my own. Not for the title, not the cover (yes, I'm disproportionately attracted to pretty covers--the [...]

    4. Step aside Pirates of The Caribbean, Robin Hobb is the crowned queen of maritime fiction and she's here to stay!Allow to say that I can't believe I've been putting off starting Robin Hobb's work for the last couple of years just because it's a little bit on the heftier and slow burning side. OH MY GOD I'VE BEEN SUCH AN IDIOT! Well, better late than never and all that rotI was thinking about saying that getting to this book was worth the time it took me to read through the Farseer trilogy, but I [...]

    5. I was a huge fan of Robin Hobb ever since I read her story Homecoming in Epic. And while I loved her Farseer series, this has surpassed those as my favorite books.Vivacia is a liveship, a boat made of wizardwood, that after three deaths of family members on board comes to life. Liveships are the only ships that can make the journey up the river to the Rain Wilds in order to do trade, and are extremely valuable.This book follows several points of view, including a pirate named Kennit, Althea the [...]

    6. A very, very character-driven book. It reads almost like a classical family drama ala The Buddenbrocks. Despite the plot being rather on the back-burner I pretty much enjoyed all the characters and their development.Maybe not a book for everyone, due to its slow pace but I really enjoyed it, which was surprising, cause I normally prefer plot heavy books.

    7. This book was fabulous! I read it as a part of the #TBRTakedown Readathon and as a Buddy Read. It's a little bit on the slow side for sure, but actually it's a very interesting story and the characterisation and development of this was seriously fantastic. It's a slow story which is made up mostly from the introduction of various characters (mostly Traders) and developing our understanding of them and their ways. It's set in a different part of the world from the Farseer Books and it's set on th [...]

    8. It started slow for me until I realized that nothing much was going to happen until the extended family all had their say. That being said, the plot started weaving and the world started blooming. So many bad things started happening to everyone so slowly that I wondered if I, too, was slowly being boiled alive.That's the effect this novel had on me. It's very long, and its very detailed. If you like immersive fantasy and especially nautical fantasy, then you'll love this.Edit 7/5/16Looking back [...]

    9. I think this could be the one of the best fantasy books I've read so far this year - I can't wait to see what the rest of this trilogy holds!This series is set in the same world at the Farseer Trilogy and so far I am enjoying it a lot more! Unlike the Farseer books The Liveship Traders follows a larger group of characters - from land to sea we are given a whole host of exciting people to share adventures with.One of our main characters is a young lady named Althea. She lives aboard her families [...]

    10. 12/21/10I'm about 75% through with this book, and I'm finding it frustrating. As others have said, it's very much a character-based book, and I can dig character-based books if I like the characters, but I'm having a hard time really latching onto anyone that I don't want to smack upside the head. Actually, no, I do like some characters (Brashen and Paragon, for instance) - but the ones I do like we don't seem to spend enough time with, while we spend far too much time with the likes of Kyle and [...]

    11. JEEBUS I love you Robin ❤️ Full review to come when I have the time to flail properly!Reasons to love Ship of Magic:+ Talking ships+ Mean, handsome pirate captain who sets his skin on fire for angst reasons+ Almost cried 20% in+ Character development like a bossI just cannot COMPREHEND how Hobb is able to make each and every character so multi-faceted?! Like even vile Kyle is doing what he thinks is right.

    12. If you're looking for a great and original fantasy story with a big set of characters and an amazing world building, then this is it. Robin Hobb is a master at creating suspenseful stories with vivid and interesting characters that you feel a connection to. In this book, you even feel a connection to the ships!What I especially like about Robin Hobb's books is that she makes fantasy accessible to me. I'm not the biggest reader of fantasy, but when I do read it I want to be enchanted with the wor [...]

    13. It will never cease to amaze me how writers can take words, spin it and make you care about characters that exist only in books, make you care about the words these characters utter, how because of words on a page, you're rooting for a character to be better, stronger, braver. It's awe inspiring and just amazing.Robin Hobb is one of those writers that weaves magic with her words. and it's curious, it's not like her books at least the few i've read have an insane amount of gore or are especially [...]

    14. March 2014: Buddy read with Kat, Damian and Em. Ooooooh, Kennit! If I had to choose between you and Toreth, I'd have to chop myself in half.:')Yep, I still stand by my hysterically enthusiastic review from a few years ago *happy sigh*.__________________________2011 fan squealing below :p: Woot wootWow, this trilogy is incredible. I mean, I've re-read these bible-sized books three to four times. And I keep discovering new bits and pieces, new clues in this extremely rich, yes epic, (now that I'm [...]

    15. 4.5Los hombres crean sus propios tormentos.Después de tantas novelas históricas y de la anormalidad de King, necesitaba una buena fantasía de las que sabía que me iban a gustar. Hobb está dentro de mi top 5 de autores fantásticos (esperen, ni siquiera sé si son cinco. Déjenme contar. Top 4 tal vez). Tengo cierto prejuicio con las historias de barco (mi cuerpo se estremece todavía cuando en 2010 me obligaron a leer La isla del tesoro en la escuela. Lo siento por los fans de Stevenson, pe [...]

    16. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ships that bond with their owners, absorb their souls when they die until they become fully sentient. Fantastic concept. Throw in pirates, slavers, sentient sea serpents, other worldly beings; I was hooked start to finish.This story is set in the same Universe as Farseer, south of the Six Duchies and the Chalced States and approximately three to five years after the Red Ship wars.Early on in the book it became apparent to me that this was a deeper story than the F [...]

    17.  What can I say? I just loved it!This book combines two things that make up a brilliant fantasy book to me: amazing world-building and a bunch of real characters for me to love or despise (or constantly change my mind about). Add to that many intriguing storylines and you got a five star book right here! Differently to Farseer this book is written in a few point of view characters. It all starts in one place, but quickly changes into many different storylines, all of them moving forward with a [...]

    18. I've finished it. What do I do now? I feel so lost and I don't own the other two yet so I will just have to wait. I feel like I have been waiting my whole adult life to read this trilogy. Obviously 5 stars.

    19. 4.5Esta autora no deja de sorprenderme. ¡Qué personajes! ¡Qué diálogos! Espectacular trabajo de Hobb. Muy introductorio, le faltó fuerza al final y es espectacular. Lo amé.

    20. 4.5 stars. Absolutely loved this! I didn't really get into it at first; I kind of struggled with the number of characters, but once the story got going and I got to know the characters better, I loved it. Can't wait to finish the series once I've read my other book for book club. :)Reread 2018: Absolutely LOVED this reread and I'm bumping it up to 5 stars on . I think the writing is even better than the Fitz books (which obviously I still love) and there are so many complex characters to love an [...]

    21. I have very mixed feelings about this book. At this point, I'm invested - to the tune of 800 pages - and I liked the world and the general direction the series seems to be going in. Even with 800 pages, though, it felt like Hobb ran out of room to truly develop the world, and because this is a trilogy the characters end up at (what I hope is) the nadir of their fortunes at the end of the book. All of it feels a little incomplete. I'll end up reading on, but before I do:Things I Really Liked- The [...]

    22. Having immensely enjoyed Robin Hobb's "Farseer Trilogy", I enthusiastically turned to her next fantasy series, the vast "Liveship Trader's" trilogy. This first novel in the series, "Ship of Magic", is set in the same world as the "Assassins Apprentice" but otherwise has very little to do with it, instead focusing on a whole new and unique fantasy setting. Liveships are large masted sailing ships made of wizardwood that actually become sentient beings after three generations of their owners' fami [...]

    23. Like most Robin Hobb fans, I was introduced to her work through Assassin's Apprentice, the first book of her Farseer trilogy. I devoured the next two books but was totally turned off after the ending of Assassin's Quest (most people know that I physically launched the book across the room after finishing it). After that, I declared that Ms. Hobb and I were on a break (yes, like Ross and Rachel [I am Ross in this situation]).Boy am I glad that our break is over. Ship of Magic is a fantastic book [...]

    24. Absolutely amazing!I was entranced by this book from the start. It left me wanting more and more with every flip of a page, so much that I ended up slacking in my classes just so I could get the chance to read this. Robin Hobb is going to be my downfall, I swear. Anyways, this book was almost impossible to put down. There was barely an combat (save maybe a scene or two), no insane bursts of magic everywhere, no goblins or demons running around. But it was still fantasy at its finest. There was a [...]

    25. This book was fantastic. I absolutely love how Robin Hobb writes. There's such richness and depth to her stories. The characters and the world feel real in a way that I rarely experience in books. And this book was just so fun, and pretty intense (never since Professor Umbridge have I hated a character with such vehemence). I loved the ships, and pirates and sea monsters automatically make things more exciting. I just can't praise Robin Hobb highly enough. She's an incredible author. Read her bo [...]

    26. This epic fantasy adventure is awesome!I can't think of anything I didn't like about it (apart from Malta who was SO annoying) - it's imaginative, gripping and fast moving with real and complicated characters who you love then hate then love again!It's got pirates. It's got magic. It's got new and fascinating lands and creatures. But it also has family, politics, love and revenge.Highly recommended for fantasy fans!

    27. My reviews can also be found on my blog at: pattisbooknook/I've been a bit silent on the book reviewing front. Sorry about that! I went through an unusual reading slump after dragging myself through a few books, and took a small break. I wanted to return to a sure thingd Hobb has proven her excellence time and again. She is truly a master and I can't sing her praises highly enough. If you ever try Fantasy, I recommend her novels as a jumping off point. I have written reviews for the Farseer Tril [...]

    28. Easiest five stars I have awarded and lining up to be one of the best series I have read. All about the Vestrit family and their sentient liveship Vivacia. When the father passes away tne family matriach passes the ship to son in law Kyle - a bastard of the highest order - who thinks slavery sales will boost the family fortunes. Daughter of the family Althea runs off and joins a 'slaughter ship', her nephew is dragged from a monastery and forced to serve on the unhappy ship, the pirate Kennit pl [...]

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