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Robin Hobb concludes her nautical fantasy epic with Ship of Destiny, set in the world of her Farseer series. It lives up to its predecessors, Ship of Magic and Mad Ship in every way: the characters continue to develop, the plot moves swiftly, and the setting is vividly realized.

Again, three generations of Vestrit women are at the heart of the story. Ronica, the matriarch,

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Kindle Edition, 816 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by Spectra (first published 2000)
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David Sven
Robin Hobb delivers a highly satisfying finale to an enjoyable fantasy series. If you have read The Farseer Trilogy and are debating whether to read this trilogy next or skip ahead to the Tawny Man trilogy – I can’t recommend The Liveships Trilogy enough. I think there are little tidbits throughout to reward those who choose to continue in publication order.

One thing Hobb does well, is produce interesting, well thought out, multidimensional characters. Many of the characters who are arguably “go
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Hanne
This one is going down as one of my favourite fantasy trilogies.
Without a doubt! (This review contains some spoilers of book 1 and 2)

Part of it is very typical Robin Hobb (after 6 books I’m allowed to say that right?) she makes characters so incredible real they become existing people. I’ve said it before, but it’s just really true: they become people for you to love or loathe. But it’s also remarkable how mean she is to them all: she sends them through hell, leaves them there without food or d
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Nikki
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Damian Dubois
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. My favourite of the three Hobb trilogies I've read to date and even better the second time through them all. Simply fantastic.
Loederkoningin
One of the few books that render me speechless. No review of mine will do this series justice.
Lisa
Full Review: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2014/1...

Here it is. The conclusion of the Liveship Traders. The first two books have laid out many obstacles and conflicts. Bingtown is in a state of disarray, Vivacia has been turned Pirate, Malta has been lost, stranded with the Satrap. And with all that was still wrong from the previous book, there’s much more that will happen. This book is full of tension, conflict and a dragon! Tintaglia awoke in the last book, so we get to see her in this and ge
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Lisa
We've finally reached the end of this brilliant, emotionally bruising trilogy and I can say, now that I've raged, snarled and sobbed my way through it, that it stands above the Farseer Trilogy for me (sorry Night-Eyes and The Fool!).

The Vivacia is still in the hands of Captain Kennit, leading Althea, Brashen and Amber to sail off in pursuit on board Paragon. Bingtown is being torn apart by the Chalcedeans, as well as the strife between the groups of people living there, and having fled the dange
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Rob
Nov 22, 2012 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read Ms. Hobb's books, especially Farseer.
Executive Summary: In the third and final book of the Liveship Traders trilogy, Ms. Hobb expertly brings everything that built up for 3 books to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. Many people seem to skip this trilogy and jump right into The Tawny Man Trilogy. I think this is a mistake. While there is very little overlap with Farseer (and maybe Tawny man, can't say for sure since I haven't read it yet), it's quite well written with many diverse and interesting characters.


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Debbie
This stunning trilogy comes to a dramatic close in this series finale. Each loose end is tied up; each character gets their own closure, for better or worse; and every intricate detail building throughout the three books is beautifully resolved.

I have seen this series get lots of comparison to the Farseer/Tawny Man series, however other than being based in the same world, they are nothing alike, and simply cannot be compared against each other.

Although I did find myself much more attached to the
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Wastrel
The concluding part of The Liveship Traders, and probably the best, as the excitement and emotion are ramped up into an explosive conclusion, as multiple plotlines collide. More than an enjoyable read, it is a thought-provoking novel enlivened by perhaps the greatest character in fantasy. I found the various problems (the wrapping-up could have been a bit better; some characters and plotlines feel barged out of the way by the main climax entering) relatively minor; however, many reader may conti ...more
Jade
This book is an exellent finale to an amazing series. Hobb creates a world with characters that you live, you love and you can't detach yourself from - all key to brilliant writing. In this last chapter she doesn't just give you the endings that you want, she makes the good bits ever so more bitter sweet by at first presenting you with familiar characters who disappoint, rip your heart out and anger you. And I blooming loved every minute of it. My only challenge now is how to get back to reality ...more
Em
A truly amazing ending to the last book in The Complete Liveship Traders Trilogy: Ship of Magic, The Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny series. This series falls between The Farseer Trilogy and Tawny Man trilogy and in my opinion is a must read. There are some important little tidbits of information you'll need for the rest of the series and it's so jaw-droppingly good you really don't want to miss out!
Nicholas
So I think this book in particular is an excellent response to the current fad of "grimdark" novels. Especially considering the Guardian piece on it that sparked the twitter joke of inventing Grimpink as a female version of this. (tl:dr Grimdark is a boy's club that girls aren't invited to play in. Female authors and publishers disagree w/ this to hilarious effect.)

What sets this aside from other dark fantasies is that the violence and darkness are shown to full effect. There is no cartoon viole
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Hazel
Can't agree with my friends who liked this. I thought it was a disappointing conclusion. Hobb lost control of her characterisation. New characters were flat and old ones inconsistent, and I lost interest in them. I was particularly dismayed to find that the Satrap went to bed one night as a whining, self-centred, childish excuse for a prince, oblivious to his political milieu and woke up the next morning asking relevant questions and demonstrating resolve. (But then Malta had done something simi ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Robin Hobb concludes her Liveship Traders trilogy in fine fashion, weaving an incredibly vibrant tapestry of pirates, dragons, romance, danger, and political assignation. In particular, the second half of this book is packed full of action as the author deftly maneuvers her characters through rough seas, both literally and figuratively, and brings the entire epic to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion.
Essentially, the book begins, with bringing us up to speed on the three major plots that had for
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Célia
Se não tiver em conta as versões divididas das edições portuguesas, demorei 9 livros da Robin Hobb para perceber uma coisa: estou francamente apaixonada pelos livros dela. Não é daquelas paixões que nos levam a ler todos os livros de um autor de enfiada, quase sem tempo para respirar, não. É uma paixão que me leva a vida real para bem longe quando leio estes livros, aquelas histórias que ficam agarradas a nós mesmo quando não estamos a ler. É aquela vontade de prolongar o prazer da leitura, de i ...more
Carolyn
I would have given this four stars, except for the fact that the middle 300 pages were so bleak that I considered abandoning the book. I just couldn't see how it would work out well for any of the characters. I was somewhat satisfied with the ending, but glad that I had already read both of the Fool trilogies and the first two of the new series, (The Dragon Keeper & Dragon Haven) dealing with what happens when the dragons hatch.
Tamsin
A great end to a trilogy that I have thoroughly enjoyed. It gets a 4 star rating from me though as unfortunately there were sections that I did find a little tedious because they involved characters that I really wasn’t interested in (the Satrap - who I wanted to pick up by his collar and slap repeatedly - and the Bingtown New Traders vs Old Traders), but this was only a minor blip. Storylines weaved together well, along with a few revelations along the way, characters grew (and were recognised ...more
Olethros
-Remate a la trilogía que propone un tipo de Fantasía no muy habitual.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Malta trata de desembarazarse de la custodia del sátrapa Cosgo y de Kekki, Keffria encabeza los trabajos de búsqueda de supervivientes al terremoto que ha afectado Casárbol cuando le llegan informes de que se ha avistado un dragón azul brillante, algo increíble. Reyn y Selden están atrapados en el fondo de la cámara abovedada de la que se liberó a la dragona, Tintaglia. El Miton
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Jamie
A very satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, although I think some people would say that the ending is too neat. This book is just as long as the first two but seems to move at a much faster pace as the storylines converge at breakneck speed. In the fantasy genre, amazing coincidences are not weak plotting - they're destiny. Especially if you put "destiny" in the title of the book.

I'm looking forward to the Tawny Man trilogy, which picks up with the same characters as the Assassin trilogy.
Kaelie
Richly detailed AU, absolutely stuffed with complex characters who change and grow over time in a very refreshing way -- characters I disliked in book one became my favorites by book three, and visa versa.

Great ending to this trilogy, and I was so involved with the characters that I really wanted more. I'm heading directly over to Hobb's next trilogy, which is taking me back to characters I got to know if the first trilogy. Book seven of nine, here I come!
Angus Mcfarlane
The final in the series which I have gluttonously devoured over Christmas, gobbled up like a big Christmas turkey baked dinner, perhaps. The pace is a little slower in this book by virtue of the convergent paths of the characters as they meet one another and plot lines are resolved. However, there are enough options available until late on to ensure questions remain and intrigue prevail. Some of these are subtle, or underemphasized enough to be a pleasant surprise.

One of the recurring themes was
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Lucia
I just finished reading and I have only one word: Perfect. A perfect end for a perfect trilogy, but also a beginning, because after the events in the Liveship Traders trilogy the world we first discovered in Assassin's Apprentice won't be the same.

I'll review the Liveship Traders trilogy as a whole, spoilers are properly marked ;)

When I started Ship of Magic I'd just finished the Farseer Trilogy, and even though I knew this story took place in a different part of that world with different charac
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Denise Trans
What was that ending

I honestly really enjoyed reading this series overall. It was exciting, in a vivid and diverse world, and rarely boring. But the ending left me so confused and disappointed.

What really threw me off was how characters just gave up on their ambitions to do the bidding of the dragons and serpents, just cause y'know, they probably should, even though it may have absolutely nothing to do with those characters personally. Liveship? Nah, nevermind, even though getting it back was m
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Barbara ★
Oh man what a conclusion to the series. I absolutely loved every word of it. This book picks up exactly were book 2 ended and takes our heroes and heroines (there are a lot of each) on various dangerous adventures along the Pirate Isles. There are many ongoing plot elements - (view spoiler) ...more
Nicole Field
I finished this book yesterday and, while I still maintain that this series didn't hold the punch of either the Assassin Trilogy or the Tawny Man Trilogy, the Live Ship Traders have stayed with me. Most of today, I've been moping around thinking none of the other books I'm reading are anywhere near as good.

This isn't just about the quality of Ship of Destiny, the last book in the Live Ship Traders trilogy. The first half of it is used mostly for recap of the previous two books and last minute s
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Brittany
Goodness gracious, Ship of Destiny's ending is something to behold for all Fantasy genre lovers. Frankly, this trilogy has quickly become one of my top three favorites, even going as far as to eclipse FitzChivalry Farseer's story in the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies. THAT, my friends, is good writing. At first, it was difficult to get into caring about the different characters, because, let's face it: they aren't Fitz, the well-loved heroic protagonist of Hobb's other trilogies. You feel almos ...more
Paul
A comment in two parts: review, then rant.

My review is that the book is fairly good, and wraps up the series satisfactorily. I wanted to give it four stars, but I didn't feel it was quite strong enough. Close, though. Definitely not as good as the last book (Mad Ship).

Character arcs were done well, and they all showed growth (with one exception). It might not have been how I'd have written it, but all the characters displayed change and had matured, which is good. The exception is (view spoiler)
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Ronald
*This review contains some spoilers*

While reading this series I went directly from The Mad Ship to Ship of Destiny with barely a moment between, so I decided to skip doing a full review of that novel. The events from the previous book bled over into Ship of Destiny very easily. What I will say is that The Mad Ship was a better read than book one, with some interesting new perspectives, situations and character developments. Unlike many second books in trilogies, where things go along at an awkwa
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Joshua Palmatier
This it the third book in the Liveship Traders series by Robin Hobb. Like the previous two volumes, this one was good. All of the various plotlines (and there were many) came together and a generally believable way (I'll get to the hesitation here in a moment) and I really think that the character arcs ended where they should have ended. Nearly everything that happened in the previous two books was set-up for this novel, which takes all of that and ties it all up. By that I mean that there wasn' ...more
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