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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.
Where it all begins, love the setting. The use of character development flows just like it does in life. Read morePublished 3 days 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 4 days ago by Nanna Holst Seidelin
A little hard to get traction as there are a lot of arcs going on in a complex story, but about half way through you 'get it'. Quite original. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Robert A. Sutherland
The story was slow to get going, but it picked up well, and now I'm engrossed in the trilogy. Great new story line in Robin Hobb's universe!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book captives the the readers imagination . The wonder of fantasy leaves you wanting more. I loved this book.Published 1 month ago by janean hughey
After reading this book I felt like game of thrones was a lot less originalPublished 1 month ago by Sammeth Brown