Kennet's death, Kyles death, I would like more detail about the changes in appearance because the association with the dragon and what does it mean for the person. Athea's affair with Brashen seems out of place. The Satrap he not to believable and very annoying.
Wintro I like his character
I love her, she is why I tried these books. Her voice hypnotizes me
I have not decided to read the other books yet I am not sure I want to know the direction the story is about to go
I got into the Liveship Traders trilogy after hearing the audio sample on the website, intrigued by Anne Flosnik's style and the unique feel of the world Robin Hobb had created. I was so drawn in by Robin's detailed creation, and could almost feel like this was the recounting of things that really happened somewhere, not something made up. So many characters' viewpoints are integrated to make a sweeping and absorbing whole, it is truly an awesome work. There are many frustrations and tragic turns, much like we all experience in life, and nothing seemed contrived or pointless, and the characters grew and learned as the story went along. I was riveted from start to finish. Fortunately, there are satisfying resolutions to many of the threads by the end of Ship of Destiny, but I did not want the story to end!
I thought Anne Flosnik's style was very appropriate for this set of books, and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance, though I must admit I used the 'faster' playback setting on my Ipod to get the pace up.
A great use of a credit!
Yes, it is one of the best trilogies I have read in a long time.
When Althea's ship fights her first sea monster.
I love Anne Flosnik. I heard her first in Kushiel's Dart and discovered this Trilogy looking for more books read by her. While her melodramatic style of reading can at times be over the top, it is perfect for most of the reading she does in this book, from pre-teen's Malta's agony over wearing old slippers to her presentation ball to Winthrow's shock of being tattooed.
I have read all three in the trilogy, so I am speaking for all three books when I write. The grandmother Ronica's strength is inspiring, and the dismissal of her as an 'old woman' by society is wrenching, but she always seems to come back. :)
I loved this Triology, though my co-worker warns you that the first few chapters start out very dark, so keep going.
The characters are amazingly well rounded and there are no purely evil villains. The Pirate King Kennit walks a razor's edge of good and evil that is wonderfully written, and his character would not be complete without Queen Etta. The Vestrit family is composed of strong women and thoughtful men, but they don't start out that way! You watch them all grow as you follow Ronica's children and grandchildren struggle to be, or try not to be, independent people.
On top of this, the adventure is rampant, with sea battles, wars, earthquakes and portents. The life cycle of the dragons is teased out slowly through the trilogy and you are left with a picture at the end that is startling. There is foreshadowing a plenty to keep you reading and delightful plot twists that are completely unexpected and yet merge seamlessly with the story.
A definite adventure story must read, on the level of Mary Brown, Patricia McPhillip, Zipha Keatley Snyder, Jane Yolen and even Phillip Pullman.
Robin Hobb tells a masterful story. I have to say, though, that this trilogy has mostly bad things happen. Even the good stuff is done for bad reasons, so I felt on edge for most of the series. So, I would hesitate to plunge in to another such. Her Assassins series is not so unrelentingly dour, or could it be that the narrator was better? At any rate, she captured me and I wanted to keep listening to find out what would happen to the characters. Her plots are interesting, and her characters well fleshed out - I cared about them, got to know them. And she created a whole world with cultures and mores that clashed just as ours do today. Good messages behind it all.
By far, the best work by Robin Hobb!! The Narrator was also outstanding. I can assure you that you won't be dissapointed. All three books were enthralling. I couldn't turn it off.
Found book 3 in the book recycle bin at work and it looked interesting so I looked up the firs two books and found that audible had them all so purchased the audio. This is a GREAT read/listen. Not my favorite fantasy series but it's def at the top of my list after Wheel Of Time and Mistborn. Highly recommended. 3.5 stars!!!!