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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.
This is a difficult book for me to rate.
As a novel, with all of the elements and characters and plots, it is a five star written novel; However ... Read more
Good story, lots of action. Some very sound bits of philosophy worked in. Interesting characters and situations.Published 1 month ago by Daisy Kirkpatrick
The start of this trilogy represents a good effort that diminishes only in the comparison to that of the Assassin's trilogy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by GClugo
I love Robin Hobb, and have breeen a fan for a long time. Anything she writes I enjoy, as I did this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack M.
Very slow start introducing characters and setting. Recovers ok toward the end but not enough for me to purchase Book 2.Published 2 months ago by steveo
Loved this book. Robin Hobb is currently my favorite fantasy author. The six duchies books are great but I almost think I like these betterPublished 2 months ago by David J. Parker
some have criticized the pace of development of Robin Hobbs fantasy world. Yet i find that the most interesting and captivating part. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patrick D Walker