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- Print Length: 2503 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (June 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 3, 2014
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J7QKYZ4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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As always, Hobb's characters are particularly well written. They have significant and complex backstories to ensure their motivation is never merely a plot device: her people aren't merely noble or venal, courageous or cowardly; they have reasons for having grown up to be the people they are, and the opportunity to grow and mature as the story progresses. Conservative traders, dissolute rulers, bitter slaves, proud fisherfolk and brave pirates (and proud traders, brave slaves, conservative fisherfolk, etc.) people the trilogy, and nor are her characters limited to human beings.
The Liveships of the title, sailing ships constructed at least in part of wizardwood, are conscious, living beings with personalities as disparate as those of the humans who sail them. Bound by ties of affection and blood to particular Trader families and extremely long-lived (they achieve full consciousness when the third generation of Trader ship captains dies on board, his personality and memories entering into the shop on his death), the origins of the wizardwood allowing the Liveships to come to life is an integral part of the story. So too are the fabled giant serpents that live beneath the sea. Drawn north by some strange biological imperative to waters where once they were only frightening legend, they were once also conscious, intelligent beings, although many are now becoming unthinking beasts, their enormous size and acid venom makes them a terrible threat to wooden sailing ships.
Most of all, though, Robin Hobb is a good writer. Her descriptions of the sea are lyrical, of a flooding archaeological dig frightening, of the hold of a slave ship abhorrent. Following a long and difficult winter, she writes that "the slow mercy of time had finally brought spring...". Her prose is far better than that of the majority of writers in the genre.
Buying the trilogy as a single, long, ebook ensures it's not read out of order (Ms Hobb is not known for writing short books, and each volume of the three would probably make for a 450+ page paperback). It isn't absolutely necessary to read the Farseer books first, but is certainly helpful. If you haven't read any of Hobb's writing, start with Farseer (also available as a single download from Amazon/Kindle), but start-- Robin Hobb's books are definitely worth reading and rereading.
This is a long read, with all three books combined, but it has been an exciting experience to read such a powerful tale of love, hate, kindness cruelty, adventure and questing...and so much more.
While there are many interesting characters, I think the star of the book is the pirate captain, Kennit. What a complex man. What drives him to be as he is is part of the plot. I kept hoping he would "turn from the dark side". Maybe he does in the end, you decide.
A warning, the first chapter begins with the serpents, and it is a little unclear what is going on, but keep reading, you will be caught up in the action soon enough.
Seriously, this would be a great series for HBO. They already have dragons to die for. I would love to see how they handle the Liveships, the serpents and the people who live up the Rain Wild River.
I got so caught up in the story that I wanted it to end. I wanted to see these people and Dragons and Serpents reach their end to the story and I knew they would end up all right and everybody would be happy. But, oh no. I stayed up for 4 nights in a row hoping to get to the end. 1 am, 2 am, 3 am. Once, I got back up after 4 hours of sleep and read another 2 hours. I can't remember when a story has had me quite this badly hooked.
Now, about the plot: there are dragons and serpents, river boat captains and Pirates, spurned suitors and spoiled teenage girls who want to be grown women and little boys given to a monastery at four years old. One of my favorites is Althea who only wants to be a tomboy, sailing a Liveship with her father. Of course she loses the ship and her father. The Dragon Tintaglia may be the saving of Bingtown, but is just as likely to destroy it.
I won't say more. Just this: Robin Hobb is my new favorite sci-fi and fantasy author.