Ship of Magic
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... show more
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 her-a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim. For Althea's young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence.But the fate of the Vestrit family-and the ship-may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles...and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will.
Publish date: February 22nd 2010
Publisher: Tantor Media
Edition language: English
Series: Liveship Traders (#1)
Is it a family drama? A pirate adventure? A magical fantasy? A coming of age tale? Are there bad guys that you root for? Good guys that you hate? Characters you care for? How about mysteries to solve? Gripping suspense? Foreshadowing of secrets yet to be revealed? Oh yes. The writing is outs...
There were things I liked and things I didn't like. I've definitely outgrown the writing style and audiobooks are the only way I can stomach Hobb's writing anymore.
36. SHIP OF MAGIC, BY ROBIN HOBB (Book 1 of The Liveship Traders, Book 4 of The Realm of the Elderlings)I was already a big fan of Robin Hobb (REALLY big fan, like, flag-waving shirt-wearing fan) so I wondered if I should read any of her books this year. After all, the whole point of this reading ch...
It's not everyday I can say I liked the bad guys in a book, not for being cool 'bad guys', but because they were portrayed so well in their villanous ways that, despite being evil and annoying, I was actually charmed to read about them. Even the brattiest character charmed me instead of making me wa...
Ship of Magic is one of those books I'd hesitate to call "slow." The word simply doesn't do it justice. "Ponderous" might be a better word. Even "glacial," perhaps. It's not quite "soporific"--my irritation with the characters did a pretty good job at keeping me awake-so personally, I'd plump for...