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Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer trilogy, has returned to that world for a new series. Ship of Magic is a sea tale, reminiscent of Moby Dick and Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series in its details of shipboard life. It is also a fantasy adventure with sea serpents, pirates, and all sorts of magic. The liveships have distinct personalities and partner with specific people, somewhat like Anne McCaffrey's Brain ships and their Brawns, though these are trading ships and have full crews.
Hobb has peopled the book with many wonderfully developed characters. Most of the primary ones are members of the Vestritts, an Old Trader family which owns the liveship Vivacia. Their stories are intercut with those of Kennit, the ambitious pirate Brashen, the disinherited scion of another family who served on the Vestritt's ship, and Paragon, an old liveship abandoned and believed mad. The sentient sea serpents have their own story hinted at, as well.
Though Ship of Magic is full of action, none of the plotlines get resolved in this book. Readers who resent being left with many questions and few answers after almost 700 pages should think twice before starting, or wait until the rest of the series is out so that their suspense won't be too prolonged. But Hobb's writing draws you in and makes you care desperately about what will happen next, the mark of a terrific storyteller. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The untimely death of Old Trader Ephron Vestrit deprives his daughter Althea of her inheritance and places her ambitious brother-in-law Kyle in command of the live ship Viveca and the family fortunes. The author of the Farseer trilogy (Assassin's Apprentice, LJ 3/15/95; Royal Assassin, Bantam, 1996; Assassin's Quest, Bantam, 1997) launches a new series set in a world of sentient ships, merchant traders, ruthless pirates, dangerous treasures, seagoing dragons, and a mysterious elder race. Hobb excels in depicting complex characters; even her villains command respect, if not sympathy, for their actions. Most libraries should purchase this exotic, nonstandard fantasy.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I loved this book. It is well written and keeps the pace going steadily. I love that there are different characters developed and followed throughout the book and that each has... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Happy Housewife
Great story, good characters. Plus magic talking ships!
I only say "good" characters because you will need to read more of this trilogy to really understand some... Read more
Robin Hobb is an amazing author, and this series is but another jewel in her crown of awesomeness :p I do favor the FitChivalry Farseer story-line, but this is definitely,... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Cassandra McKenzie
Starts off a bit slow for my preferences, but it quickly picked up and became on the better books that I have read this year.Published 1 month ago by Meh
I thought this was to be a YA fantasy yet enjoyed
it immensely. Each character shows his/her/its strengths and weaknesses, the "humanity" of each so striking. Read more
There were parts of the book where the author spent too much time describing the scenery. I skipped those because I just had to know how things would twist and turn out.Published 3 months ago by Alicia
Where it all begins, love the setting. The use of character development flows just like it does in life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Martha
Engaging, Well-written and very hard to put down, though it is not fast paced or action packed. I find that I always care about Hobbs' characters and kind of misses them after... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nanna Holst Seidelin