As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat.
Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.
Bold though it is, her scheme may be in vain. For her beloved Vivacia will face the most terrible confrontation of all as the secret of the liveships is revealed. It is a truth so shattering, it may destroy Vivacia and all who love her, including the boy-priest Wintrow Vestrit, whose life already hangs in the balance.
Spend some more time with the Liveship Traders.
©1999 Robin Hobb (P)2010 Tantor
"One has to use a jeweler's loupe to find a flaw or a dull moment in this splendid conclusion to one of the finest fantasy sagas to bridge the millennium." (Publishers Weekly)
This is a fairly easy book to recommend because if you are reading this review then chances are you found the first 2 books entertaining. Know that this is the best of the three and you can pick it up without hesitation. If you haven't read the first 2 books then you should not start here as many things will not make sense to you.
Overall I enjoyed the series, especially the story surrounding the dragons, wizardwood, and the live ships. It was definitely interesting and unique fantasy fare. The first book started a little slow and introduced many disjointed story threads. The second book picked up the pace and started to bring the threads together. And finally, the third book converged all of the story lines to end an age and usher in a new one. It all concludes nicely at the end so continuing on to Robin Hobb's next series about the Rain Wilds is purely optional.
Anne Flosnik is still the narrator and her performance here is consistent with the first 2 books.
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ¯ Mark Twain
I have read a lot of fantasy in my time and it is rare to come across a story that is truly original. The world Robin Hobb has created in this series is unlike any I've seen, the magic is subtle and the characters are alive. After reading the Farseer trilogy (also by Robin Hobb), I couldn't wait to get my hands on more of her books. This one was as good, if not better. The characters Robin creates are real people, they don't always behave the way you expect them to, they make mistakes and they evolve based on what has happened to them. None of the characters are completely good or completely evil, and they don't fit into classic stereotypes.
This series is actually placed in the same world as the Farseer trilogy and there are a few subtle ties to that story (which is fun if you've read it). If you find you like Robin Hobb's style, you should really consider listening to her works in order. Each trilogy stands alone, but is made better if read in the right order. Start with the Farseer trilogy, next is the Liveship Traders, then the Tawny Man, and finally the Rainwild chronicles. If on the other hand, you are only going to read one set...read this one. It is impossible to stop listening until you've reached the end.
I loved this trilogy especially this final book of the series. I love Anne Flosnik's narration. Her voice is superb. She does each character wonderfully. I was attached to all the characters whether they be "good" or "bad" as the author has a way of showing us both sides of each character.
Perhaps Eragon series. Or Robin Hobb's other Farseer's series.
So much! The accents of each character, the inflections in her voice. She is a true story teller. If I read the book I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as listening to it.
YES!!! I couldn't cook dinner, take care of business, talk to other people lest anything take me away from the story!
Loved this series so much. Highly recommended to those who like fantasy novels with excellent charactor developement.
I am a mom of 4 that loves loves loves my Megan, Colin, Joshua & Aiden baby.
OH TOTALLY YES!!
how can I choose? Brashen? Althea? Paragon? Rain? I am ln love with all these people
I guess Brashen,
I guess Rain's love for Malta.
This book held me spellbound! I went and bought EVER Robin Hobb book
Only to a dedicated fantasy reader.
It is a teensy little bit Pernlike because there are dragons and people dedicated to them.
This narrator just isn't my favorite.
No! I had periods of being sick of it.
I feel as if many of the characters started developing personalities they didn't have in the first two books. Kennit actually became pretty interesting. I still waiting on Althea.
This is another installment in this engrossing story... I thought it was the final of 3 books, but it's certainly not the end of the story, so I look forward to the next book? Trilogy? Still can't stand the narrator.
Fifty something, small business owner, married, no children. Love travel, beaches, tropical isles, classic cars and listening!
Kind of a slow starter with Book 1, but by the time I got to Books 2 and 3 I really didn't want it to end!
I'll admit to being apprehensive after reading some other reviews describe the narrator. I had GREAT difficulty during the first chapter. The cadence adopted by the reader seemed overly dramatic and best suited for children's material. Either the narrator changed her approach soon after starting the book or I became enamored by it, as within a chapter or two I was completely drawn into the story, and not at all distracted by the reading. In fact I'll even go so far as to say that the narrator excelled at giving voice to the characters in the story. This book was a memorable read, and a great start to a rewarding trilogy that expands on the world in the Farseer series.
I love the extended world series by Hobbs, and this whole trilogy is a good link in the chain. Very satisfying conclusion to the Mad Ship trilogy,
It wrapped up all of the complex story ones laid out in the earlier books and set the scene for the next trilogy. Love so many of the characters- Paragon, Althea and Brashen, Kennit, et al.
Good job with the various characters.
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
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