Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders #1)
Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveshipsrare 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 hera legacy she will risk anything to r...more
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My friend introduced to me to Ship of Magic because I'd been complaining about annoying stupid characters. She recommended Robin Hobb in general, but Ship of Magic especially, primarily for Althea Vestrit, our primary protagonist.
One thing I want to point out is that I would have never picked this up on my own. Not for the title, not the cover (yes, I'm disproportionately attracted to pretty covers--the ...more
And while I loved her Farseer series, this has surpassed those as my favorite books.
Vivacia is a liveship, a boat made of wizardwood, that after three deaths of family members on board comes to life. Liveships are the only ships that can make the journey up the river to the Rain Wilds in order to do trade, and are extremely valuable.
This book follows several points of view, including a pirate named Kennit, Althea the ...more
Maybe not a book for everyone, due to its slow pace but I really enjoyed it, which was surprising, cause I normally prefer plot heavy books.
This series is set in the same world at the Farseer Trilogy and so far I am enjoying it a lot more! Unlike the Farseer books The Liveship Traders follows a larger group of characters - from land to sea we are given a whole host of exciting people to share adventures with.
One of our main characters is a young lady named Althea. She lives aboard her families ...more
That being said, the plot started weaving and the world started blooming. So many bad things started happening to everyone so slowly that I wondered if I, too, was slowly being boiled alive.
That's the effect this novel had on me. It's very long, and its very detailed. If you like immersive fantasy and especially nautical fantasy, then you'll love this.
Looking back ...more
Yep, I still stand by my hysterically enthusiastic review from a few years ago *happy sigh*.
2011 fan squealing below :p:
Woot woot..Wow, this trilogy is incredible.
I mean, I've re-read these bible-sized books three to four times. And I keep discovering new bits and pieces, new clues in this extremely rich, yes epic, (now that I' ...more
What I especially like about Robin Hobb's books is that she makes fantasy accessible to me. I'm not the biggest reader of fantasy, but when I do read it I want to be enchanted with the wor ...more
Los hombres crean sus propios tormentos.
Después de tantas novelas históricas y de la anormalidad de King, necesitaba una buena fantasía de las que sabía que me iban a gustar. Hobb está dentro de mi top 5 de autores fantásticos (esperen, ni siquiera sé si son cinco. Déjenme contar. Top 4 tal vez).
Tengo cierto prejuicio con las historias de barco (mi cuerpo se estremece todavía cuando en 2010 me obligaron a leer La isla del tesoro en la escuela. Lo siento por los fans de Stevenson, pero lo ú ...more
This story is set in the same Universe as Farseer, south of the Six Duchies and the Chalced States and approximately three to five years after the Red Ship wars.
Early on in the book it became apparent to me that this was a deeper story than the F ...more
I'm about 75% through with this book, and I'm finding it frustrating.
As others have said, it's very much a character-based book, and I can dig character-based books if I like the characters, but I'm having a hard time really latching onto anyone that I don't want to smack upside the head.
Actually, no, I do like some characters (Brashen and Paragon, for instance) - but the ones I do like we don't seem to spend enough time with, while we spend far too much time with the likes of Kyle and ...more
What can I say? I just loved it!
This book combines two things that make up a brilliant fantasy book to me: amazing world-building and a bunch of real characters for me to love or despise (or constantly change my mind about). Add to that many intriguing storylines and you got a five star book right here!
Differently to Farseer this book is written in a few point of view characters. It all starts in one place, but quickly changes into many different storylines, all of them moving forward with a st ...more
Anyways, this book was almost impossible to put down. There was barely an combat (save maybe a scene or two), no insane bursts of magic everywhere, no goblins or demons running around. But it was still fantasy at its finest. There was a ...more
Boy am I glad that our break is over. Ship of Magic is a fantastic book ...more
I can't think of anything I didn't like about it (apart from Malta who was SO annoying) - it's imaginative, gripping and fast moving with real and complicated characters who you love then hate then love again!
It's got pirates. It's got magic. It's got new and fascinating lands and creatures.
But it also has family, politics, love and revenge.
Highly recommended for fantasy fans!
I've been a bit silent on the book reviewing front. Sorry about that! I went through an unusual reading slump after dragging myself through a few books, and took a small break. I wanted to return to a sure thing....and Hobb has proven her excellence time and again. She is truly a master and I can't sing her praises highly enough. If you ever try Fantasy, I recommend her novels as a jumping off point.
I have written re ...more
The story is constructed more like a Bildungsroman, weaving three narrative threads: the path of Vestrit family and their liveship, Vivacia, of Kennit, the pirate (a surprisingly lov ...more
Muchas personas, naturalmente, despotrican y reniegan de la tela que les ha tejido el destino, pero aún así la toman y se la ponen, y la mayoría la viste hasta el fin de sus días. Tú... tú prefieres adentrarte desnuda en la tormenta.
Escribí esto a las 3 de la mañana y me fue difícil ordenar mis pensamientos en torno a esta novela. Creo que es más fácil decir desde el principio que la amé. Robin Hobb, sos mi ídolo.
Durante los primeros capítulos, se me hizo un poco difícil entender todo. ¿S ...more
Ship Of Magic was a disappointment. I can't hide that, nor I want to. The last book in the Royal Assassin's trilogy disappointed me too, but I had great expectations for this one. Living ships and pirates sounded like a damn good duo to be honest. Sadly, the idea itself satisfied me far more than the book as a whole.
The biggest problem I had with this book was my lack of emotional involvement. I just didn't feel much througho ...more
Es increíble todo lo que me hizo sentir este libro. Llore, reí, me enoje, llegue al punto de hasta tirar el libro en un momento de tanta impotencia. Hace mucho que un libro no me trasmitía tanto. Hobb y sus hermosas palabras lograron tocarme y envolverme en esta hermosa y trágica historia. Hace muchísimo tiempo que no madrugaba con un libro, es q llego a tal punto en el que no paraban de pasar cosas. No lo podía soltar.
Pero bueno vamos de a poco.
La trama sigue las aventuras de vario ...more
I tend to avoid long, multiple POV book series. They're kind of tricky to pull off. I'm usually afraid of uneven characterization, that I'll just want to skip most chapters to get to the protagonist I actually care about. Also, it's more difficult to keep track of the plot in the novel with constantly shifting perspectives, especially when every novel in the trilogy is ...more
Okay, ahora sí.
Es una historia muy buena, con tres o cuatro puntos de vista fantásticos que se unen para crear un gran libro. Los personajes me gustaron mucho, sus personalidades, ambiciones, tristezas, etc. siento que fueron personajes que estuvieron muy bien logrados. ¡Ahora a leer Las naves de la locura! Reseña en el blog: http://www.navegandoentrelibros.cl/20...
This book uses 3rd person, with multiple perspectives compared to the single first person perspective of Farseer. With all that was going on, I think the change of style was warranted.
Hobb introduced an interesting ensemble of characters. The lika ...more
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