Ship of Magic

Ship of Magic

The Realm of the Elderlings: The Liveship Traders Trilogy, Book 1

eBook - 2003
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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. Now 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. For Althea's young nephew, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard the ship, the Vivacia is a life sentence. But the fate of the ship—and the Vestrits—may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider: the ruthless buccaneer captain Kennit, who plans to seize power over the Pirate Isles by capturing a liveship and bending it to his will. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robin Hobb's Mad Ship. Praise for Robin Hobb and the Liveship Traders Trilogy "Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb's books are diamonds in a sea of zircons."—George R. R. Martin "A truly extraordinary saga . . . The characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea."—Booklist "A major work of high fantasy, reading like a cross between Tolkien and Patrick O'Brian . . . one of the finest fantasy sagas to bridge the millennium."—Publishers Weekly "Rich, complex . . . [Hobb's] plotting is complex but tightly controlled, and her descriptive powers match her excellent visual imagination. But her chief virtue is that she delineates character extremely well."—Interzone
Publisher: 2003
ISBN: 9780553900255
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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This is one of my favorite Robin Hobb books! I love the mystery and the relationships building. The rest of the series is also just as good, but this book really sealed the deal for me.

Nov 21, 2014

Fan flipping tastic. So many wonderfully drawn and believable characters. So many side stories all swirling around the central theme. The book is about so much, I ended up feeling like it was simply about what it means to be human. Very memorable.

Dec 06, 2011

Another great novel by Robin Hobb. Interesting characters, interesting story, interesting world.

Oct 11, 2009

I find Robin Hobb to be an excellent writer.
The characters and plot are so rich, you will actually want to be in this story!


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Oct 11, 2009

"The wide straight streets that had been so open and welcoming now seemed designed only to expose him to pursuit."

Oct 11, 2009

"She had hennaed her black hair this month and her perfume hung about her as heavily as her jewels."


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