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Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
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May 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, librarybook, series, women, marine, politics
Read in May, 2009

Nicely done fantasy about family machinations ensnaring a woman and a ship she wants, cast in a larger framework of political evolution. Women's roles, ship handling (and what happens when the ship can talk and act for herself), honesty, trust, slavery, family authority, piracy: all of these themes are worked into a story line full of well-wrought characters and competently-interwoven if not sophisticated plotting. While not as replete as the giant fantasy mega-series, this set of three books should please our library patrons who want more length than some of the YA series we've recently been acquiring. And although longish, there's nothing in at least this volume that would make me hesitate to hand it over to all but the most protected-from-all-mention-of-sex teen readers.

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