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Ship of Magic
Ship of Magic
Author: Robin Hobb
Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships--rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. — For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780002254786
ISBN-10: 0002254786
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 667
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Voyager
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 3
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Helpful Score: 4
This is one of my ALL time favorite Trilogies! It's a fun book with twists and turns, and tons of realistic characters....Hobb does a great job with them...some you love, and others you wanna slap....^_^
I loved it. It has adventure, coming of age legacies, a tad romance, mystery, magic and pirates...loved it and highly recommend.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a review for the entire Liveship Traders Trilogy (Ship of Magic, Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny) because I find it almost impossible to rate them as individual books.

This series falls in the gap between The Farseer Trilogy and The Tawny Man Trilogy. One or two characters overlap between the series (namely Amber, although her real identity is never truly revealed, only alluded to quite strongly...) and the rest are totally original but no less enjoyable.

This was also a very well written and complex series. I did not think I would find the subject matter of pirates and nautical tales as interesting as her other books, but I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Hobb does a masterful job of creating yet another living, thriving, complicated world that is full of characters so well drawn that it is hard to remember that they don't actually exist.

The issues of politics, self-government, slavery, piracy, inheritance, gender roles, higher callings, dragons, serpents, blood oaths, luck, destiny, hidden secrets, forgiveness and self-discovery provide a glimpse of what these books are about. Oh yes, and there are lots of ships as well.

All three have the typical pacing of a Robin Hobb book: not particularly fast-moving, but undeniably compelling and emotionally draining. By the end of the series, you will feel that you have actually lived it. You will be exhausted. Then you will want to read it again.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was the fist book I read by Hobb. Stylistically, she reminded me of Melanie Rawn, but a bit more modern and original. A great mix of nautical/piratical tales with epic fantasy.
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Helpful Score: 2
Book 1 of a three book series. Do not start this book unless you plan the read the entire 3 book series, Interesting female lead character, who grows and develops thru the arc of the three books. Sexy at times without blatant porn descriptions of romantic events. If you like fantasy, and period stories set in a trading coastal sailing setting then you'll enjoy this empire building/destroying piratical romp. Mysteries abound and you might have to wait to the next book to figure out exactly what is going on, so if you like long trilogies these books might be up your ally.
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Helpful Score: 1
Superb begining to the three novels. I wish the two that followed were as good.
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This is a review for the entire Liveship Traders Trilogy (Ship of Magic, Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny) because I find it almost impossible to rate them as individual books.

This series falls in the gap between The Farseer Trilogy and The Tawny Man Trilogy. One or two characters overlap between the series (namely Amber, although her real identity is never truly revealed, only alluded to quite strongly...) and the rest are totally original but no less enjoyable.

This was also a very well written and complex series. I did not think I would find the subject matter of pirates and nautical tales as interesting as her other books, but I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Hobb does a masterful job of creating yet another living, thriving, complicated world that is full of characters so well drawn that it is hard to remember that they don't actually exist.

The issues of politics, self-government, slavery, piracy, inheritance, gender roles, higher callings, dragons, serpents, blood oaths, luck, destiny, hidden secrets, forgiveness and self-discovery provide a glimpse of what these books are about. Oh yes, and there are lots of ships as well.

All three have the typical pacing of a Robin Hobb book: not particularly fast-moving, but undeniably compelling and emotionally draining. By the end of the series, you will feel that you have actually lived it. You will be exhausted. Then you will want to read it again.

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